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Only 4 Days Left Until Travel Rules to Spain Change for UK Nationals

From February 1, UK nationals who have received the full course of vaccination will not be allowed to enter Spain, as the country has reduced the validity of the vaccination to 270 days.

This means Brits with vaccination certificates older than 270 days will be considered unvaccinated, and therefore subject to stricter entry rules. The decision will affect all travelers over the age of 12, reports.

On the other hand, travelers with a booster injection will not be allowed to travel to Spain until 14 days after the vaccination has taken place.

“From February 1, 2022, in order to travel to Spain with a certificate of vaccination, the certificate must be issued by the competent authorities of the country of origin at least 14 days after the date of administration of the last dose of the full course of vaccination, as long as the final dose of this course of vaccination is not More than 270 days”, explains the statement of the official Spanish travel website, Safe Spain.

The decision was based on the European Commission’s new rules, which aim to create a unified standard for all EU member states for application in relation to the EU’s COVID-19 digital certificate. According to data published by the authority, 807 million EU digital COVID certificates have been issued in the European Union, while more than 60 countries and regions around the world have joined the portal for verification.

At present, countries in Spain are divided into two categories, the risk list and the high risk list. The first includes all EU member states, and travelers from these countries are required to present a vaccination or recovery certificate in order to enter Spain. On the other hand, entrants on the high-risk list are required to submit a pre-entry test, even if they hold vaccination or recovery certificates.

In addition to the vaccination certificate, all travelers over the age of 12 are required to fill out a health control form before entering Spain. Once the form is completed, travelers will receive a unique QR code, which can be presented to the relevant authorities upon arrival.

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According to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), Spain is listed among the countries with the highest vaccination rates in the European Union with 81.1% of the population fully vaccinated and more than 21 million people (44.8%) receiving the booster shot.

Despite this, COVID-19 infection rates remain relatively high with 659,429 positive cases, and 614 deaths were reported in the country over the past seven days.

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