Travel restrictions tighten in light of the Omicron variant

Philip Daniel Hayton
Philip Daniel Hayton
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Holiday makers have been hit with a double whammy of new restrictions today as both the UK and Spanish governments announced new measures to mitigate the spread of the Omnicron variant. 

The new variant has more than double the number of mutations carried by the Delta variant, which scientists anticipate will make it more likely to infect - or reinfect - people who have developed immunities in the past. Therefore both governments have taken proactive steps to mitigate the risk of another spike in infections.

All travellers to Spain must now be fully vaccinated

From the 1st of December 2021 all travellers from the 'third countries' (this includes England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland) need to be fully vaccinated in order to enter Spain. You will be denied entry if you cannot provide a certificate proving that you are fully vaccinated, regardless of whether you have tested negative in the last 72 hours or if you have proof of recovery.

It's still unclear what will happen after the 31st December as that largely depends on the evolution of the virus and the Spanish governments response to the situation. We have updated our Tenerife Entry Requirements page with all the information we have thus far, check back regularly to stay up to date.

New quarantine rules for arrivals in UK

On the 27th November 2021 the UK Government announced that all arrivals in the UK will need to complete a day 2 PCR test and self-isolate until they receive a negative result. These rules will come into effect at 04:00 Tuesday 30th November.

Visit our UK entry requirements page for more info.

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