British Embassy in Spain clarifies travel for expats to the UK

British Embassy in Spain clarifies travel for expats to the UK. Image: Wikimedia

THE British Embassy in Spain has clarified the restrictions for expats to travel to the UK following the government’s announcement that Spain remains on its amber list.

The embassy has set out the regulations over travel for expats to the UK.

It said: “Spain remains on the UK’s amber list.

If you have been fully vaccinated in Spain, you will not need to quarantine when you arrive in England or take a day 8 test. You still need to take a COVID-19 test in the 3 days before you travel, book and take a day 2 test and complete a passenger locator form.”

It added: “You must be fully vaccinated with a vaccine authorised by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) https://www.ema.europa.eu/…/treatment…/covid-19-vaccines. You must have had your final dose of the vaccine at least 14 days before you arrive in England.

Please be aware that the UK does not recognise natural immunity for international travel at this time, but this will be kept under review. We know that the EU DCC does enable people to prove natural immunity. This is not currently accepted in the UK and quarantine and day 8 testing requirements will only be eased, for those who have been fully vaccinated in a relevant European country, with an EMA-approved vaccine.”

The embassy also revealed what travellers need to have to show they have been vaccinated.  It said: “You need to show your travel operator proof that you’ve been fully vaccinated with one of the authorized vaccines before you travel. This proof should be an EU Digital COVID Certificate (EU DCC) for Europe (digital or paper certificate), showing you’ve had a full course of an EMA-approved vaccination.”

The embassy also spoke about the need for PCR tests before travel.  It said: “As a precaution against the prevalence of the virus and variants in Spain, the UK is encouraging people traveling from Spain to use a PCR test for their pre-departure test.”

It added: “Due to the ongoing pandemic, travel is different this year and if you choose to travel abroad you should be prepared for changes in restrictions and requirements both in the country you are traveling from and the country you are traveling to.”


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Sally Underwood

Originally from London, Sally is based on the eastern Costa del Sol and is a journalist for The Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news. Got a news story you want to share? Then get in touch at [email protected]

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