Vaccination Requirement for Teenagers No Longer a Hurdle for British Families Travelling to Spain
The requirement to be vaccinated in order to travel to Spain, which up until last Monday applied to teenagers as well, had hindered travel plans for many British families planning to visit Spain during the spring half term.
Yet, since Monday, February 14, the Spanish authorities have decided to drop this requirement for travellers aged 12 and older but younger than 18, after many media outlets, including SchengenVisainfo.com, reported on the difficulties the requirement had caused for British families planning to travel to Spain.
“The Government of Spain has amended the health requirements for entry into Spain for persons over 12 and under 18 years old from countries outside the European Union or the Schengen area, where access to the SARS-CoV-2 vaccine for this age group is difficult or not yet possible,” the Spanish government announced last Friday.
Instead of a vaccination certificate, travellers aged 12 and up to 18 will be able to present negative COVID-19 results of a PCR test performed within the previous 72 hours before arrival in Spain. As per children under the age of 12, they are free of any such requirements, just as before.
The move has been taken by the Spanish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation in collaboration with the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism and the Ministry of Health in line with Recommendation (EU) 2020/912 of the EU Council regarding non-essential travel to the EU amid the pandemic.
Whereas the rest of British citizens aged 18 and older must be able to present proof of COVID-19 vaccination certificates in order to be eligible to enter the country for non-essential purposes. Only vaccines administered within the last 270 days are accepted.
Travellers who have been vaccinated more than nine months ago need to receive a booster shot for their certificate to remain valid. The rule has been effective since February 1.
Travelling to Spain from EU or EEA countries is much easier, on the other hand. Spain lists the EU and Schengen countries as risk countries and safe ones. Currently, all of them are listed under the risk list.
Travellers from these countries who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 can also enter Spain if they have recovered from COVID-19 recently. If a traveller holds none of these two, then he/she may enter Spain on the basis of negative COVID-19 test results, regardless of their age.
Once a country is moved to the safe list, then travellers from the same can enter Spain completely restriction-free.