How Citizens of Spain Can Enter the United Kingdom During Coronavirus

How Citizens of Spain Can Enter the United Kingdom During Coronavirus

iVisa | Updated on Nov 29, 2021

The government of the United Kingdom made some changes to how they allow returning citizens and foreign travelers to enter the country. The changes were made in June 2020 and they are still being enforced today. One of the rules that they decided to change is the rule concerning self-isolation protocols. We will discuss these rules here so read on and find out what you need to do when traveling to the United Kingdom.

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What do Spanish citizens need to know when traveling to the UK?

Self-isolation protocols might be one of the most strictly followed health measures in the UK, but citizens from Spain need to know that not all of you need to impose self-isolation. The first thing that they have to determine is whether they will have to self-isolate when they get to the UK or not. This is important for you since you will potentially lose 10 days of your stay in the UK if you self-isolate when you don’t need to.

There is a list of countries whose travelers do not need to self-isolate when they get to the UK however, Spain is not included in the list. That doesn’t mean that all citizens of Spain will need to quarantine themselves for two weeks upon arrival. It simply means that travelers who have stayed in Spain and traveled to the UK within the last 10 days will have to go on self-isolation. The same rule applies to those who have transited through Spain and other non-exempt countries within the previous 14 days.

Whether they need to self-isolate or not, Spanish citizens will most likely need to present a Health Declaration Form in order to enter the United Kingdom so why not get one anyway.

Do I need a COVID vaccine or vaccination certificate to enter United Kingdom?

COVID vaccination certificates are not mandatory to enter the United Kingdom, however, fully vaccinated travelers will not have to quarantine.

  • Approved vaccines are AstraZeneca, Pfizer BioNTech, Moderna, or Janssen.
  • Travelers must have had a complete course of an approved vaccine at least 14 days before arriving in England.
  • Please note: To qualify as fully vaccinated, travelers must be vaccinated under an approved vaccination program.

Since information may change quickly, we advise you to follow up on the latest United Kingdom travel updates and/or contact your local embassy.

Do I need to take a COVID-19 test before traveling to the United Kingdom?

  • COVID test prior to arrival- fully vaccinated travelers: There are no pre-departure testing requirements for fully vaccinated travelers.
  • COVID test prior to arrival- unvaccinated travelers: PCR or antigen within 72 hours.
  • COVID test after arrival- fully vaccinated travelers: Pre-booked PCR or antigen within 2 days
  • COVID test after arrival- unvaccinated travelers: Pre-booked PCR or antigen within 2 days and on or after day 8
  • COVID test exemptions- vaccinated and unvaccinated: Travelers arriving in the UK from Ireland, the Isle of Man, Jersey or Guernsey, Ethiopia, Falkland Islands, St Helena or Ascension don't need a COVID-19 test to enter. Travelers moving between Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England are also exempt from testing requirements.

Information for all travelers arriving from red list countries

  • COVID test after arrival- red list countries: PCR on day 2 and day 8.

Do I need to quarantine upon arrival in the United Kingdom?

  • Quarantine requirements- fully vaccinated travelers: There are no quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated travelers.
  • Quarantine requirements- unvaccinated travelers: 10 days home quarantine which can end early with a negative private test result on day 5.

Information for all travelers arriving from red list countries between midday 26 November and 4am 28 November

  • Quarantine requirements 10 days self-isolation
  • Quarantine testing PCR on day 2 and day 8.

Information for UK nationals and residents arriving from red list countries after 4am 28 November

  • Quarantine requirements 10 days hotel quarantine
  • Quarantine testing PCR on or before day 2 and day 8.

I am about to arrive in the UK. What do I do at the airport?

The first thing to do is to present a printed copy of the UK Passenger Locator Form confirmation, if you have filled one out, to the authorities at the port of entry. You can also show a copy of the confirmation email on your phone if it is too much of a bother for you to carry a printed page with you. UK port authorities may also require you to provide a Health Declaration Form along with the confirmation email.

If you need to go into self-isolation, you need to prepare before your arrival by choosing the place where you will complete the process. Upon arrival, you have to go to the address immediately. Avoid using any form of public transportation unless you have to. But if you must, make sure to leave enough space (around six feet) between yourself and the nearest passenger.

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The iVisa.com website is your best source of details about travel documents. You can speak to a friendly rep by sending an email to help@ivisa.com for more information.