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Vaccination Requirement for Teenagers No Longer a Hurdle for British Families Travelling to Spain

The requirement to be vaccinated for travel to Spain, which until last Monday also applied to teenagers, has hampered the travel plans of many British families planning to visit Spain during the spring.

However, since Monday, February 14, the Spanish authorities decided to abolish this requirement for travelers aged 12 or older but under 18, after several media outlets, including, reported the difficulties it caused. This requirement for British families in planning. to travel to Spain.

“The government of Spain has amended the health requirements to enter Spain for people over 12 and under 18 from countries outside the European Union or the Schengen area, where the SARS-CoV-2 vaccine is difficult to access for this age group,” the Spanish government announced last Friday.

In lieu of a certificate of vaccination, travelers between 12 and 18 years old will be able to submit negative COVID-19 results for a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test taken in the past 72 hours before arriving in Spain. According to children under 12 years of age, they are free from any such requirements, just as before.

This step was taken by the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation in cooperation with the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism and the Ministry of Health in line with Recommendation (EU) 2020/912 issued by the Council of the European Union regarding non-essential travel to the European Union amid the pandemic.

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The rest of British citizens aged 18 or over must be able to provide proof of certificates of COVID-19 vaccination in order to be eligible to enter the country for non-essential purposes. Only vaccines given within the last 270 days are accepted.

Travelers who were vaccinated more than nine months ago need to receive a booster shot for their certificate to remain valid. The rule has been in effect since February 1.

On the other hand, traveling to Spain from EU or EEA countries is much easier. Spain lists EU and Schengen countries as high-risk and safe countries. Currently, all of them are on the risk list.

Travelers from these countries who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 can also enter Spain if they have recently recovered from COVID-19. If the traveler does not hold either of these, he/she may enter Spain on the basis of negative COVID-19 test results, regardless of their age.

Once a country has been moved to the safe list, travelers from the same country can enter Spain completely without restrictions.

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