Updated! Spain Travel Advice - What are the rules on travelling to Spain?

25th November 2020



Last update:  February 23, 2021
First published: November 25, 2020


Are you allowed to travel to Spain from an EU Member state? 


This article has been updated last on February 23, 2020 to reflect the most recent developments and new restrictions that are in place as per today on the Costa Blanca. 

New restrictions apply in the Comunidad Valenciana, where the Costa Blanca is located.

From January 21 untill March 1, 2021:
1. All restaurants and bars can only offer take-away or delivery services. 
2. Non essential businesses (i.e. supermarkets, bakery, other food stores, chemists) have to be closed at 18:00.
3. Recreational outdoor activities are permitted
Sport clubs and indoor sport facilities are closed.
All regional sports competitions are suspended.
4. Reunions inside a home are limited to the people that live together in that home. 
It is not permitted to meet with friends or familly members who do not live on the same address.
 

The curfew is still in place. For now the times have not been changed.
Between 22:00 PM and 6:00 AM it is not allowed to be out on the streets (except for urgent visits to the hospital or work related travels). 




Can I still travel to Spain?  Yes. 

Every week we speak with many people who already own a property on the Costa Blanca or are currently looking for one.

We notice there are still a lot of questions about who can and who cannot travel to Spain at the moment.

We thought it would be useful to provide some clarity.

If you have spoken to one of our team members in the past weeks or months you will know that we always underline that you can travel freely to Spain.

Many people rightly asked how do Tom and the team of nardia brokers come to that conclusion?

 

Well; How did we come to that conclusion?

 

 

First of all, we have seen for ourselves that many of our customers have traveled to Spain by plane or by car in recent weeks and have crossed the borders and that no one has stopped them.
Even in the first two weeks of February 2021 we have spoken with clients who have been able to travel to their second homes on the Costa Blanca. 
Also, we still notice the presence of many cars with British, Belgian, Dutch, German and French license plates. 

 

 

Of course we did not just jump to conclusions .....

 

 

1. The official website of the European Commission states that in order ro slow down the spread of coronavirus and protect the health and well-being of all Europeans, some travel restrictions have been necessary. The European Commission is doing its utmost to allow people to meet friends and family and to ensure free movement of citizens, goods and services – with full respect of health and safety measures.Most restrictions apply to travels from outside the European Union to an EU member state.

 

Traveling within Europe is clearly not prohibited.

 

Note that the “EU+ area” includes 30 countries: 26 out of the 27 EU Member States as well as the four Schengen Associated States: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. Ireland does not currently apply the travel restrictions.

 

The website of the European Commission with this information can be found here.

 

Please understand that we do not urge you to travel to unsafe areas. What we do think, and many with us, is that the Costa Blanca as a region is not unsafe and should not be regarded as a risk area with Spain as a whole.

 

IMPORTANT !

From November 30, 2021, it is mandatory to show a negative PCR test that is not older than 72 hours upon arrival in Spain.  This applies also if you arrive by car. 

 

Travelers from countries that are seen as a risk area by Spain must be able to show such a test. The list can be seen here.

 


 

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2. Is it safe there?

Numbers updated as per 21/1/2021
The Comunidad Valenciana region, where the Costa Blanca is located, is a region with over 4.9 million inhabitants and an area of ​​23,255 Km2 (in comparison: The Netherlands has an area of ​​41,543 Km2 and Belgium 30,689 Km2).Since the beginning of the Covid-19 crisis, 239,363  people in the region have been infected with the virus (this was 103,942 as per November 25, 2020), of which 181.346 have been cured ( this was 84,268 as per November 25,2020) and unfortunately 3.849 have died (this was 2,194  as per November 25, 2020).  

The area is large and it is especially important that it is not busy on the street. It’s easy to keep your distance. In addition, wearing a face mask is mandatory on the street and in shops.

It is no longer allowed to smoke on the streets to avoid that people remove their masks.

Having said all the above, the impact on the society, like anywhere else, is tremendous. The positive part we notice with our clients who already own a property on the Costa Blanca is that the vast majority who have traveled to their home are very happy and feel completely safe on the street.


3. Local restrictions on the Costa Blanca

Please note that there are restrictions on site. In any case, it is not allowed to travel from the Comunidad Valenciana to the neighboring regions until March 1 (and not vice versa of course). Within our region, which consists of the provinces of Alicante, Valencia and Castellon, you can travel freely.

The city of Valencia and also Benidorm are closed in the weekends from Friday afternoon untill Monday early morning. You cannot travel from or to Valencia and Benidorm in the weekends. 

Note that you cannot land at Murcia airport and then drive to Alicante, or vice versa!


Face masks are mandatory on the street and in shops. Even if you are in the car with people who do not live / stay at the same address, a face mask must be worn.

 

Restaurants only offer take-away or delivery services.
On the street and at home it is allowed to meet with groups of 6 people.

 

Everyone has to be home between 22:00 PM and 6:00 am.

 


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 4. Travel back home from Spain?

 

You can also travel back home from Spain. After all, you can simply enter your home country. Several customers and our own family members have traveled back from Spain to the Netherlands, UK and Germany without any problems in recent weeks.

None of them have been stopped on the way at the various borders.

 

Some countries will have a quarantaine requirement upon your return from Spain.

You need to check in your home country if restrictions or a quarantaine requirement applies to you.

 

Should you require a test certificate for Covid-19 when you return home; you can order a test at one of the private hospitals on the Costa Blanca.


5. What do we expect for the coming days and weeks?

The local rules are already quite strict and the restaurants and bar can only accommodate delivery and take-away services. Shops and other businesses close at 18:00, while supermarkets, chemists and food stores have regular opening hours.

We do not expect further restrictions in the region in terms of freedom of movement. However, just like we mentioned in November, we do think that some of the restrictions will also be extended after March 1, 2021.

Country borders will not be closed. There will rather be certain regions that may not be traveled to if necessary. Think of the larger cities such as Madrid and Barcelona that have already applied restrictions on national travelers in the last weeks.

   

My advice at the moment is; if you are not bothered by the restrictions on location, feel free to come to the Costa Blanca, feel safe and enjoy the beautiful climate and pleasant life style.

 

If you are not comfortable with the restrictions or wearing a face mask; please stay home and come to Spain next time!

 


If there is anything we can do to help you, please send us a message by email or call us! 

info@nardia.es or call our team on +34 966883815.

  

We are here to help you!

 

Kind regards,

 

Tom Bruijnzeel & the friendly team at nardia real estate agency

 

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Tom Bruijnzeel is the author of this informative article about Things you want to know when buying a property in Spain and others on our website. Tom has a master degree in Law from the University of Rotterdam (the Netherlands), holds a bachelor degree in Business and Economics and is fluent in Spanish, French, English and Dutch with full business proficiency in German. In 2013 he started nardia real estate agency in Spain. The website www.nardia.es is available to all who are thinking of investing in a property in Spain or already own a property and have questions about property tax in Spain, the correct registration of a property in Spain or the taxes due when selling a house in Spain.

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