2021 Travel to Spain: What you need to know!

Updated 15th October 2021

Overcoming the mighty Alto de l’Angliru with Marmot Tours

Leisure travel between Spain and the UK is straightforward for fully-vaccinated travellers and we have a whole host of great cycling holidays on offer in Spain this Autumn!

Travel abroad during the pandemic is different than it was and it’s important that you familiarise yourself with the travel requirements in both your destination and home country. There is some good advice for travellers on the ABTA website.

This page summarises our understanding of the current entry requirements, paperwork, and testing for travel to Spain, and back to the UK.

Travel Insurance

As always, we require that you have adequate travel insurance in place for your cycling holiday. Most insurance providers are now including Covid-19 in their cover but you should check your policy carefully to ensure that it meets your needs in relation to accident, injury & medical care, as well as cancellation or delay due to Covid-19 infection, or possible self-isolation requirement either in the UK or Spain.

Entry to Spain

The covid entry requirements for Spain vary depending on your country of origin. However all travellers need to complete the Spanish Health Control form (FCS form).

You can find information about Spain’s entry requirements on the Spanish Ministry of Health website where you can also access the Health Control form (FCS form): https://www.spth.gob.es

There is also information on the UK FCDO website: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain/entry-requirements#entry-rules-in-response-to-coronavirus-covid-19

If you are coming from the UK, you also need to show either proof of vaccination, or a negative test.

You can obtain proof of your UK vaccination status via the UK NHS app (different to the NHS Track & Trace app) or by requesting a letter from your GP. Remember that ‘fully vaccinated’ in the UK means that you have had the required number of doses of an approved vaccine at least 14 days ago.

If you are travelling to Spain from somewhere other than the UK then Spain’s official tourism website has a useful map that gives details of entry requirements from all over the world (note that the map does not display correctly on some mobile phones): https://travelsafe.spain.info/en/

Catalonia: cycling heaven!

Returning to the UK

Everyone entering the UK needs to complete a UK passenger locater form (which can be found here) and UNTIL 24 OCTOBER take a pre-booked PCR test within two days of returning. FROM 24 OCTOBER this test can be a pre-booked, cheaper LFD (LFD tests can be booked from 22 October when a list of a approved LFD test providers will be made available on gov.uk). The passenger locater form must be completed on-trip, in the 48 hrs before you return to the UK. You will need to enter your Day-2 PCR test (or LFD test after 24 October) booking reference on the form.

If you are fully vaccinated, you no longer need to take a pre-departure test before your return flight.

If you are NOT fully vaccinated, you will have to have a negative test result to enter the UK, and you’ll need to self-isolate on arrival. You can read the government’s guidance here.

For those NOT fully vaccinated who require a pre-departure test in your holiday destination within the 72 hours before your return journey to the UK commences, we think that the most convenient thing is to arrange a remote, self-test, video appointment. These must be booked in advance before you go on holiday, and the testing kit will be posted to you so that you can bring it with you. While we cannot endorse any of these companies personally, remote self-tests are available from companies such as BreatheAssured, Qured or Collinson.

Please note that rapid results tests are not widely available in Spain and the results delivery time for either Rapid Antigen or PCR tests is typically 12 hours or more. However Malaga airport does now have a testing facility offering rapid tests (both antigen and PCR) with results within 30 minutes – these can be booked online here.

While in Spain

For some details of how your trip will run, please read our webpage Covid-19 & Your Holiday.

In Spain, you must observe social distancing of 1.5 m. Masks must be worn in all indoor public areas. They must also be worn outdoors where social distancing of 1.5m cannot be maintained. There may also be regional restrictions such as curfews (usually midnight or 1am in Spain!), or limits to the number of people who can socialise together.

In the unlikely event that you develop Covid-19 symptoms or test positive for Covid-19 while in Spain, you will need to contact the regional health authorities for guidance. You may need to stay where you are until you test negative and you may also need to seek treatment in Spain. We will assist you in making necessary arrangements if we can but any additional costs will need to be covered by yourself or your travel insurance.

The UK government advises that you plan ahead and make sure you:
• can access money
• understand what your insurance will cover
• can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned