Spain agrees to accept Covid-19 recovery certificates

Spain has reversed plans to prevent international travellers using Covid-19 recovery certificates to enter the country.

The European Union had proposed a move to a system based on individuals rather than country of origin, with vaccination or recovery status used to permit entry.

The Spanish government was reportedly going to reject the plans and insist on full vaccination for all visitors.

But that hurdle has been removed, according to updated Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office travel advice issued on Monday.

It said: “Travellers can now enter Spain by presenting documentation that certifies they have recovered from Covid-19 infection in the last six months.”

The FCDO added: “If you are traveling from the UK to Spain for tourism purposes, are not fully vaccinated but have recovered from Covid-19 in the last six months, you can also use a medical certificate or recovery record to prove your Covid-19 status on entry to Spain.

“There are some different entry requirements for children under 12 years old and those aged 12 to 17 inclusive.”

UK tourists travelling to Spain must show valid proof of being fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to arrival.

A Spanish health control form must be competed and a QR code shown on entry to the country.

The FCDO said: “You may also be subject to additional checks at the point of entry including a temperature check, visual health assessment, or testing on arrival.”

Passengers may also be contacted and required to undertake a Covid-19 test at any point up to 48 hours after their arrival in Spain.

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