The Spanish government announced that tourists must produce a negative lateral flow test 24 hours before departing. The rules, which kicked in on T
The Spanish government announced that tourists must produce a negative lateral flow test 24 hours before departing. The rules, which kicked in on Tuesday, are a reduction from the previous requirements that have been in force since June 2021, which gave travellers up to 48 hours to take a lateral flow test.
The Spanish government said: “As of today [February 1] only negative results of antigen tests for SARS-CoV-2 infection obtained within 24 hours before arrival in Spain will be considered valid, and not 48 hours, as was the case until now.”
Travellers will still have 72 hours to take a PCR test before they set off.
The new rules also included an expiration date on vaccination certificates, meaning that British holidaymakers will only be able to visit the country if they were fully vaccinated against Covid within the last 270 days.
Those who received their second dose more than nine months ago are required to get a booster jab – administered more than 14 days before travel – to enter the country.
This comes as wider EU restrictions have been described as a “penalty” on the UK by travel industry leaders.
While each EU country has a slightly different set of rules, Paul Charles, chief executive of travel consultancy the PC Agency, said that many of them are “penalising British citizens because of Brexit.”
Spain requires all Britons to be fully vaccinated but they waive the requirement if they are travelling with EU citizens.
The country will also not let in children with only one jab even if they have had Covid because they do not recognise UK Covid recovery certificates.
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Speaking about the EU regulations, Mr Charles said: “Some countries are penalising British citizens because of Brexit.
“British consumers are losing their freedom of movement.
“People are so confused now about the restrictions in place to get to certain European countries that they are almost giving up on some destinations in Europe and choosing to go to other places.
“It will be Europe’s loss if they continue to put such barriers in place.”
Meanwhile, speaking to the Telegraph, chief executive of the Advantage Travel Partnership, Julia Lo Bue-Said, said: “How can we be treated differently if we base it purely on vaccination status?
“Why are travellers from the UK being treated differently?”