As the UK is no longer part of the European Union, from October 1, Spanish citizens traveling to the UK will be required to present a valid passport in order to be allowed to enter its territory.
Thus, this means that travel with only ID will no longer be allowed, TheSchengen.com reports.
Based on the new rules that will officially take effect next Friday, Spanish citizens entering the UK will be subject to border controls. Likewise, Britons who plan to enter Spain will also have to submit to border controls since the UK is now considered a third country.
Regarding the driver’s licence, at the moment, Spanish citizens will be able to drive in the UK with their current licence. However, those who need a residence permit will have to apply for a British driver’s licence as the one issued in Spain will no longer be valid.
Despite the new rules, the government of Spain has confirmed that Britons will not be required to have a valid visa when crossing the external borders of the European Union provided they do not reside in a member state for more than 90 days within 180 days. interval.
In accordance with COVID-19 entry restrictions, Spain is currently placed on the UK amber list, which means that all people traveling from Spain or those returning to the UK after staying in the latter’s territory need to follow entry rules.
Vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers arriving in the UK from Spain or another country that is part of the amber list need to undergo a pre-departure test three days prior to entry and submit a completed passenger locator form within the first two days of arrival.
However, British authorities have announced that from October 4 the requirement to undergo pre-departure testing will end, allowing Europeans to travel to the UK by offering cheaper testing.
“From the end of October, eligible fully vaccinated travelers with an approved vaccine from select non-red countries will be able to substitute a second-day test with a cheaper lateral flow test, reducing the cost of the tests upon arrival in England,” the authorities noted.
Furthermore, travelers who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are required to take a second test on the day of their arrival or two days later.
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In contrast, unvaccinated travelers must follow quarantine rules and take two tests, one on the second day and one after the eighth day of self-isolation. However, they can end their self-isolation period earlier if they decide to take a COVID-19 test at their own expense through the Test to Release system.
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