What a c*ck up: Spanish Tourist Office apologises for issuing wrong advice

By Lisa James
Home » What a c*ck up: Spanish Tourist Office apologises for issuing wrong advice

Unvaccinated travellers to Spain are still not allowed into the country, in a reversal of an earlier announcement by the country’s tourist board in London.

The Spanish Tourist Office in the UK issued a statement around lunchtime yesterday that said, with immediate effect, passengers could enter Spain with proof of a negative test or proof of recovery.

But yesterday evening it issued urgent clarification to say the information it gave earlier was incorrect and was the result of an error of interpretation of the official state bulletin.

STO UK Deputy Director Pedro Medina said: “We apologise unreservedly for the miscommunication earlier today which was due to a misunderstanding of the new entry requirements.”

The STO clarified to say: “UK travellers aged 12 and above are still required to show proof of being fully vaccinated or a certificate of recovery.

“There is an exception for those aged 12 to 17 (inclusive) who can show a negative COVID test (PCR or similar) taken within 72 hours of arrival.” Antigen tests are not allowed.

In a tweet, Advantage Travel Partnership CEO Julia Lo Bue-Said described the miscommunication as ‘a spectacular blunder, just madness’.

The earlier announcement about relaxation of the rules came as a surprise as, at the beginning of April, Spain said it had opted not to relax restrictions for Brits in time for the Easter holidays.

Fully vaccinated means both doses of a two-dose vaccine or one dose of a one-dose vaccine at least 14 days prior to arrival in Spain.

If more than 270 days have passed since the final dose, certification of a booster vaccination is also required, except for teenagers aged 12 to 17 (inclusive).

From 6 April, children under 12 and those travelling to Spain with an EU COVID passport or equivalent (including NHS COVID travel pass) no longer need to complete the Health Control Form (FCS in Spanish) prior to arrival.

Those without an EU COVID pass or equivalent must complete the Health Control Form to show evidence of their vaccinations or certificate of recovery. This can be completed via Spain Travel Health (SpTH).

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