The Embassy of Spain in the United Kingdom has announced new rules for those who want or need to travel to and from Spain to the UK.
From Wednesday 1 December 2021, full vaccination will be an unskippable requirement for non-essential travelers from the United Kingdom to the Kingdom of Spain. Exceptions are children under 12 years old, Spanish or EU citizens and their family members, people who legally reside in Spain, and those who travel under the category of “essential trip”.
Essential trips include:
The Embassy of Spain has also published a summary of current entry restrictions to the Kingdom of Spain that were updated on December 1st, 2021.
People in the first category don’t have to provide a reason for traveling to Spain. Those who are under 12 years old must only present the SPTH Form (a health control form that everybody can download from the Spain Travel Health website). Adults must present the SPTH form and vaccination certificate, recovery certificate, or a negative COVID-19 diagnostic test of one of the following types: PCR, LAMP, TMA, or rapid antigen test.
People in the second category are subject to the same requirements because they’re essential travelers. But those in the last category must obligatorily present a vaccination certificate. This means that from now on, unvaccinated people from third countries (including the United Kingdom) are not allowed to enter Spain for non-essential reasons.
This is due to the Omicron variant, which is more contagious than the “normal” COVID-19 strain and is quickly infecting people in six continents around the world.
A few hours ago, the Omicron cases in the United Kingdom were nearly 700, versus 11 registered cases in Spain.