Last Updated: Wednesday 12th January 2022
Latest Amendments: Published changes to COVID passport requirements & curfew in Spain
Skiing and riding this year will be different; we’re here to welcome you back to winter as smoothly as possible. This guide is a brief overview of what to expect when travelling to and around Italy and in resort this winter.
The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office issues advice relating to the safety of a country or destination to travel to. If you travel against this advice, there could be serious ramifications for the cover provided under your travel insurance policy. Please read Spain and Andorra, as well as your travel insurance policy very carefully before booking and travelling.for
Travelling to Andorra from the UK requires transiting via either France or Spain. For more details on transiting through France, please see our COVID Information page for France here.
In the eyes of Spanish authorities and the purposes of this overview, a person is considered fully vaccinated if they have received the following:
- A full course of any European Medical Association (EMA) approved vaccination, or WHO vaccination approved for emergency use. This includes all four vaccinations routinely issued by the NHS.
A “full course” is considered the first two doses of any multi-dose vaccination, or the only dose of a single-dose vaccination such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccination.
You are considered fully vaccinated from a point 14 days after receipt of your final dose of vaccination, for both single- and multi-dose vaccinations.
There are no additional requirements for Andorra
Entry requirements are subject to change at short notice. Please check the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office’s advice for Spain, Andorra and France (if necessary). Please check what is considered “fully vaccinated” above to ensure appropriate compliance.
All travellers must complete an online Health Control Form and present the QR code generated on completion to Spanish border control.
Vaccinated - you can only enter Spain for the purposes of tourism from the UK if you are fully vaccinated – this applies to all travellers aged 12 and over. You do not have to quarantine or provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test.
Unvaccinated – unvaccinated travellers, including those who have previously recovered from COVID-19, are only permitted to enter Spain if they hold an exempting citizenship, residency or permitted reason for travel, or are travelling with family members who hold one of these. You must complete the Health Control Form and provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test, either a PCR test taken with 72hrs of arrival or an Antigen taken within 48hrs of arrival.
Getting Around – EU Digital COVID Certificate
Restrictions very between regions, so please check carefully before travelling.
As of Christmas 2021, the following nationwide restrictions have been imposed by central government:
- Obligatory social distancing in indoor areas
- Mandatory facemasks in indoor and outdoor areas, as well as all forms of public transport for all persons aged 6 and over.
- an overnight curfew, closing non-essential business from around midnight to 6am - specific timings vary between regions, please check carefully.
You may have to present a COVID pass to access certain venues - this can be done easily by your NHS Proof of COVID Vaccination, on your phone via either a PDF download or the NHS app, or printed out.
Andorra requires a COVID certificate to access almost all indoor public spaces, including bars, restaurants and gyms, as well as to access ski lifts.
All persons aged 16 and over must present proof of a full course of vaccination, recent recovery or a negative PCR or Antigen test, taken in the previous 72 or 12hrs respectively.
You can use any vaccination certificate issued by “competent authorities” – this includes the EU Digital COVID Certificate and the NHS Proof of COVID Vaccination.
For more details, please see here.
What to expect in Resort?
Restrictions, including lockdowns and COVID Passports, are administered by regional governments throughout Spain. Please check carefully before travelling.
Currently, most sporting events and nightclubs in Spain require proof of vaccination, recovery or a negative COVID-19 test to enter.
A COVID-19 certificate – proof of vaccination, recent recovery or a negative COVID-19 test - is not currently required to ski in Spain. Facemasks are required in many indoor and outdoor environments, as well as on all forms of public transport for those aged 6 and over.
In addition to above restrictions on restaurants, bars, etc., a COVID-19 certificate is mandatory for all persons aged 16 and over to access ski lifts in Andorra. This can be done using your NHS Proof of COVID Vaccination.
Facemasks are enforced in all enclosed areas where it is impossible to maintain social distancing. Numbers will be limited in some indoor environments, but this is not believed to affect the capacity of chairlifts or cable cars, etc.