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 , where the Costa Blanca is located.
From January 21 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 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 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 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.
From November 30, 2021, it is mandatory to show a negative 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.
2. Is it safe there?
Please note that there are restrictions on site. In any case, it is not allowed to travel from the
Note that you cannot land at Murcia airport and then drive to , or vice !
Restaurants only offer take-away or delivery services.
Everyone has to be home between 22:00 PM and 6:00 am.
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 requirement upon your return from Spain.
You need to check in your home country if restrictions or a requirement applies to you.
Should you require a test certificate for
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!
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Tom & the friendly team at real estate agency