Covid-19

Updated 23 March 2022

Although at first glance the current requirements for travel can seem daunting and off-putting, it´s actually pretty simple to get to Spain and back and enjoy a safe, hassle-free stay.

Here´s a demystified summary of where we are as of 5 March 2022. We have been told to expect further easing of testing and form-filling requirements later in the Spring.  We try our best to keep this page up-to-date but of course please refer to the current official travel guidelines for your country, as they change frequently! 

Travellers from EU countries

Travellers from EU and Schengen Area countries are allowed to enter Spain without being subject to a quarantine requirement by providing their Digital COVID Certificates issued and verified across the EU, allowing free movement between Member States for all those who have been fully vaccinated, or have received a negative test result, or have recovered from COVID-19. 

Each Member State has the choice to introduce its own entry requirements, should these become necessary. There are currently no additional rules for Spain but do keep an eye on your own country´s official guidance for re-entry as well as any you transit through.

You´ll also need to fill in a Health Control Form here for the Spanish Government just before the trip. Bring your QR code or form with you to show at the airport – It can also be filled in via the SpTH app.

UK travellers

For UK travellers, Spain is listed as a ‘Green’ country. Travel to these countries is covered by most travel insurance policies.

To enter Spain:

UK travellers can enter Spain if they show proof of full vaccination (through the NHS COVID Pass), or have recently recovered from COVID-19.  Have your NHS Covid Pass ready to show at the airport.

You´ll also need to fill in a Health Control Form here for the Spanish Government just before the trip. Bring your QR code or form with you to show at the airport – It can also be filled in via the SpTH app.

If you are arriving to Gibraltar:

As of 18 March 2022, there are no testing requirements to arrive into Gibraltar airport from the UK, irrespective of your vaccination status.

To return to the UK:

As of 18 March 2022, you no longer need to fill in a Passenger Locator Form to return the UK from Spain or Gibraltar, irrespective of your vaccination status.

Here are the full official guidelines for entry into Spain and return to the UK.

Travellers from USA

US travellers can enter Spain if they show proof of vaccination.

You also need to fill in a Health Control Form here for the Spanish Government.  It can also be filled in via the SpTH app.  The last section is completable 48 hrs before travel and you are then given a QR code allowing entry. This applies to US citizens travelling to Spain from the United States, including if they transit through a third country.

To enjoy re-entry into the US without quarantine, US citizens will need to take a COVID-19 test no more than 1 day before the end of the trip, and present a negative result.  At time of writing, either an antigen or NAAT test is acceptable.  This is most conveniently done using a test you bring with you. Various airlines (United, American) are suggesting the Abbott BinaxNow test, with the Navica App. The self-test is administered while being monitored by a Tele Health professional online, who guides you through the test and verifies your identity and test results.  Please contact your airline for up-to-date recommendations.

Full US government guidelines available here.

We can’t stress enough that the health and safety of our clients and avoiding the spread of coronavirus in wider society have been and always will be one of our top priorities.  We are proud to have been awarded a badge of approval for our COVID-19 Risk Prevention Protocol from both the Spanish Ministry for Industry, Commerce & Tourism, and by the local Junta de Andalucía for both tourism and “active tourism” specifically.

These badges mean you can book with confidence that we are fully compliant with official guidance set out by these organisations, and have in place a stringent COVID-19 Risk Prevention Protocol.

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Additionally, we receive training and take advice from our independent risk prevention consultants, Quirón Prevención.

Upon booking and arrival, you will receive a comprehensive guide on measures taken and your own responsibilities.  Here’s a summary of the measures we’re currently taking to protect you and others, which we´ll update periodically:

  • When we meet you, we’ll go over our COVID-19 Risk Prevention Protocol in detail, and introduce you to the whereabouts of hand-sanitiser and thermometer. Sadly, there’ll be no hugging!
  • You can expect our minibus to have been thoroughly cleaned using recommended virucidal products before the start of the trip, and at the end of each day, and to display clear signage about hygiene, self-protection and distance guidelines.
  • We ourselves will also be thoroughly scrubbed !
  • If you have your own vehicle, you may use it to follow us if you’d prefer.
  • Thanks to the nature of our passion, we’ll be mostly outside and always away from crowds! Group sizes will be also be small.
  • We’ll encourage you to bring your own protective masks and hand sanitiser for frequent use, but we’ll always have a stock of these available for your use.
  • We’ll encourage you to bring your own optical equipment and not share this. We can however still lend out disinfected binoculars for your personal use during the trip. 
  • We have stringent procedures in place should anyone – including us – fall ill during the trip.
  • Any accommodation used or hostelry establishments visited are known and trusted, and verified to also have a COVID-19 Risk Prevention Protocol in place.
  • Our legendary picnic lunch will be provided as usual – hygienically prepared, served on disinfected reusable crockery to avoid plastic waste and stuffed full of locally sourced, sustainably produced and delicious ingredients!

We are also keeping a close eye on international travel advice from the World Health Organisation, Spanish government and relevant Foreign Offices.

To allow you to book with confidence in these uncertain times, we are continuing our commitment to offer no-financial-obligation provisional bookings for future tours – just contact us to register your interest and talk further.

As well as our scheduled departure dates, we have availability for bespoke tours for couples, families or groups of friends – contact us to discuss a dream trip!

We hope that with everyone’s collaboration this situation will continue to improve and we will see you soon in The Straits and beyond to enjoy the best of #FlywayBirding