From 04:00 tomorrow (Tuesday 7th) all travelers to the UK will have to take a pre-departure Covid test – in addition to the pre-booked PCR test before the end of the second day of their stay – irrespective of vaccinated status.
The change follows concerns about the Omicron variant of Covid, which has also led to quarantine being reintroduced for travellers from some African countries, including Nigeria from today.
Following the Day Two PCR test (a lateral flow test is no longer accepted) you will have to self-isolate at least until a negative result comes back.
As before, the PCR test for day two or before must be booked before you travel and bought privately from a government-approved list of providers. You will need the reference number to complete the required passenger locator form up to 48 hours before departure.
In addition, unvaccinated travelers will also need to take a test on or after day eight after your return and self-isolate at home for 10 days.
‘Test to Release’ remains an option for unvaccinated passengers to England who want to shorten their quarantine.
Entry into Spain
Fully vaccinated travelers will be required to present a paper or digital copy of their certificate of vaccination for entry into Spain.
If you are a Spanish or EU resident then a negative test will also be accepted.
Unvaccinated British tourists/visitors are currently unable to travel to Spain.
If you’ve been fully vaccinated in Spain but haven’t yet obtained your vaccination certificate/’Covid Passport’ you can ask for it through your regional health centre or at the location where you received your jab(s).
For the Valencia region you can download it here:
This is the same document that has been required for entry to many establishments in the Comunidad Valenciana since last Friday.