Unless otherwise mentioned these rules apply to all the provinces in Andalucia, Almeria, Cádiz, Córdoba, Granada, Huelva, Jaén, Málaga and Seville.
The rules for travelling to and from the UK are changing regularly, do not be caught out, check the rules, that are sometimes different for England, Scotland, Wales and Nortern Ireland.
Rules for England
Rules for Wales
Rules for Scotland
Rules for Northern Ireland
As from today, everybody 38 years of age and older can make appointments for a booster jab.
People 46 years old and older can not book booster vaccines if:
- it is 6 months since your second Pfizer vaccine
- it is 3 months since your second Jannsen or AstraZenica jab
Depending on which province you are in, you can book a booster appointment on line here or you may have to visit your local health centre
The Junta de Andalucía is to extend the requirement to show a Covid certificate of vaccination, recovery or a negative test, both for hospitality and nightlife establishments and for visitors to hospitals and nursing homes, to 31 January. The regional authority's request for the extension has been ratified this Thursday by the region’s top court, the Superior Court of Justice of Andalucía (TSJA). The measure was introduced on the 20th December and was due to expire on the 15th January.
Travellers from Spain to the UK do not need to take a pre flight Covid 19 test or self isolate waiting for the results of the Day 2 test.
Travellers arriving in the UK from Spain who are fully vaccinated, that is 2 doses from the UK National Health Service or the EU, need to book a Day 2 Test. This test can be antigen lateral flow and can be taken at any time from arrival to end of Day 2
Now available to over 58's.
The travel restrictions for non essential travel to Spain from third countries, including Britain, have been extended to the 31st January 2022. The restrictions are shown below in the update of 9th December 2021.
The provinces of Malaga, Cordoba and Seville have been moved into Level 2. In practice this means no difference to the rules. Throughout Andalucia, a face mask is required inside shops, business, public buildings and transport. Face masks are required outside when social distance can not be maintained and at open air events held in theaters, museums, bullrings, concerts.
Following the meeting between the 17 regional leaders and the prime minister on Wednesday, the only common restriction that will be applied throughout Spain will be the compulsory wearing of face masks outside. The measure comes into force on Christmas Eve, the 24th December 2021. Exceptions include: when practicing sports; when in natural spaces, such as the mountains or the beach; when you are alone, with your family unit or with someone who is not from our family unit, but with a social distance of 1.5 meters. Basically the measures regarding masks that apply now.
There are no new restrictions announced for Andalucia beyond those detailed below.
Each region is being allowed to introduce its own restrictions so, if you are travelling outside Andalucia this Christmas, check the restrictions in the region to which you are travelling..
In an effort to control the spread of the Omicron variant of Covid during the festive season, the Junta de Andalucia have printed a pamphlet recommending a maximum of 10-15 people and two family 'bubble' groups at celebrations over the Christmas period.
In the same leaflet the Junta recommend that the Three Kings processions not take place on the 5th January and that, if they do, they should be on wide roads and children should not be allowed to concentrate in large groups.
Spain's Prime Minister is due to meet the country's regional leaders tomorrow (Wednesday 22nd December) to formulate a common plan for Christmas Covid Measures.
Andalucía’s top court, the Superior Court of Justice of Andalucía (TSJA), agreed yesterday (Friday 17 December) to ratify the Junta’s request for an EU Digital Covid Certificate also known as a Covid vaccination certificate, and a Covid Passport, or a negative diagnostic test to be required to enter bars, restaurants and nightlife establishments. The new measures will be in force from 00.01am Monday 20th December 2021 until the 15th January 2022.
The Junta de Andalucía has also re-established Covid alert Level 1 in all the health districts of five provinces, Cordoba, Huelva, Jaén, Malaga and Seville, after two months at Level 0.
The health alert Level 1 will be in force until the 28th December. No capacity or opening hours impositions have been made in the commerce, hospitality and nightlife sectors. However the new rules state that for cinemas, theatres and establishments for public shows”, "the movement of people through the premises must be organised in such a way that the interpersonal safety distance is respected, the opening of doors will be carried out sufficiently in advance to allow staggered access and the exit of the public must be ensured that it is also carried out in a staggered manner by zones, guaranteeing the safety distance between people, and must be indicated by signage.”
A bizarre clause in the new Health Order states that, In the rehearsals and concerts of music bands, the wind instruments, including their parts, such as reeds or mouthpieces, should not be shared between the different members, being for their exclusive use
Effective from Saturday 18th December until the 15th January 2022.
At Level 1 and 2, use of masks is mandatory at public perormances or mass events, even if the event is in the open air.
The region's highest court, the Andalusian Supreme Court, ruled yesterday (Wednesday 15th December) not to allow the Junta application for Covid passports to be necessary to gain access to nightclubs, bars and restaurants in Andalucia. The application failed because it would have applied to staff as well as customers. The court left the door open for the Junta to modify their application and try again.
The vaccination campaign aimed at children under the age of 11 years starts on Wednesday 15th December at health centres and vaccination centres. As of the 15th December, appointments can be made for children aged 11, 10 and 9 years old. The vaccination will take place in the afternoons and at weekends. Parents have to grant permission for their child to be vaccinated.
As from Tuesday 7th December, an EU Digital Covid Certificate (Covid Passport) will be required to enter hospitals, health centres and elderly care homes in Andalucia. This requirement does NOT APPLY to people attending hospital for treatment, or people accompanying a patient at a consultation or a hospital emergency room.
Failure to comply with the rules will result in hefty fines.
These rules will apply until the 15th January 2022.
People travelling to the UK from Spain and any of the other non red listed countries must have had 2 doses of a UK, NHS, EU, or USA approved vaccine at least 14 days before arriving in the UK.
- Two days before travelling they must take a Covid 19 test
- Complete a passenger locator form
- Book a Day 2 PCR Test before departure (lateral flow tests will not be accepted)
- On arrival self isolate and take the PCR test before the end of the 2 days
- If negative they may leave self isolation
At the moment the rules are practically the same across the EU and involve being able to prove vaccination, testing or recovery through the EU-wide Digital Covid Certificate.
Regulations in other countries are changing almost daily so you must check with the relevant country's rules before you travel
Covid cases are increasing in many countries across Europe, for instance in Austria, Germany and the Netherlands, leading to new restrictions in many places. In countries such as the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany Covid-19 infections are at some of their highest levels since the pandemic began. Spain is experiencing a much smaller resurgence of cases than some other countries. For those planning to travel to or from Spain this Christmas, these are the current rules (28th November 2021), with the proviso that things can change overnight.
From within the EU/Schengen area
If you’ve been fully vaccinated for more than 14 days with one of Spain’s approved vaccines (same as those across the EU), you can travel to Spain and demonstrate your vaccination treatment with your country’s Covid health pass.
If you have not been vaccinated, whether you need to take a PCR or antigen test 48 hours prior to travelling will depend on where you’re travelling from in the EU.
Check Spain’s Health Ministry list here. It is updated weekly to see if you can travel to Spain from where you live.
If your country or region is on the list, then you will need to get tested if you haven’t been fully vaccinated. Accepted tests include PCR or antigen tests, which have to be carried out within 72 hours (PCR) or 48 hours (antigen) respectively prior to your arrival in Spain.
The UK is a third country and as such, as from the 1st December 2021, NON ESSSENTIAL travellers from the UK will only be able to enter Spain if they present a vaccination certificate. Proof of a negative Covid-19 diagnostic test or having overcome the disease, will no longer be accepted. Adults accompanying children under the age of 12 years (who are not required to be vaccinated) are also unable to enter Spain from the UK if their parents or guardians with whom they plan to travel have not been vaccinated.
The Junta de Andalucía has decided to ask the region’s top court, the TSJA, to make it mandatory that Covid vaccination certificate must be presented to access health and social care centres (care homes for the elderly).
Six of the regions of Spain, Galicia, Aragon, the Balearic Islands, Navarra and Catalonia already have judicial authorisation for the implementation of the requirement of a vaccination document to allow access to certain places - mainly bars, restaurants and nightclubs.
On Friday 26th November 2021, President of Andalucia, Juanma Moreno, announced his intention to request judicial permission to impose the measure in Andalucia.
All those 65 years and older can now be vaccinated with a booster dose. The booster uses Pfizer vaccine. It must be 6 months since the second vaccination or three months if your intial vaccination(s) were Jannsen. Over 65's can book a vaccine appointment via ClicSalud+, Salud Responde (App or Telephone) or by going to their local health centre.
Click here for ClicSalud+, an online admin and appointment system for the Andalucuia health service. You need a digital certificate to access the system.
With Christmas just a month away, Spain as a whole is seeing its fortnightly infection rate increase by a larger amount every day, standing at 133 cases per 100,000 people on Tuesday November 23rd, triple the rate it was a month ago with Navarre and Catalonia the worst hit.
Spain’s Ministry of Health on Monday 22nd November proposed that regional authorities focus their attention on limiting opening hours for bars and clubs in places where infections and hospitalisations are up. The newest draft version of the nationwide Covid traffic light system suggests that in municipalities where the infection rate is at risk level 2 – 100 to 300 infections per 100,000 people – bars and restaurants should shut at 11pm and nightlife venues at 1am. The amended traffic light system, which serves as a guide for regional governments to impose local restrictions, also proposes there should be a return to a limit on the number of people per table (ten), 1.5 metres safety distance between tables, a 50 percent capacity limit and no eating or drinking at the bar.
In other words a return to the measures experienced during the later stages of the pandemic.
These measures are still at the discussion stage. Nothing has yet been decided.
We will update this page on the run up to Christmas.
The Andalucia Regional Government meet on Friday 26th November to discuss production of EU Covid Certificate to allow entry into public places. Read the issues here.
All of Andalucia went to 'low risk' or Level 0 on the 21st October. That means there are no restrictions on capacity within buildings, other than the original health and safety maximums. The use of a face mask is still required inside shops, business, public buildings and transport. Wearing a face mask outside is required when social distance cannot be maintained and at open air events held in theaters, museums, bullrings, concerts.
This page was becoming unwieldy, with information that was no longer pertinent. The important points and links are at the top of the page. Sorry for any inconvenience caused. Nick