The travel rules explained and what you need to enter the country

British holidaymakers travelling to Spain may be required to prove they have sufficient funds of at least £85 a day per person to enter the country.

Border control could ask arrivals to prove they can cover the cost of their break under new rules introduced by the Spanish ministry.

UK tourists should also have proof of a return or onward travel ticket and evidence of accommodation for the duration of their stay, such as a booking confirmation, proof of address if visiting their own property (such as a second home) or proof of address if staying with friends, family or another third party. These rules apply to all tourists from outside the EU or the Schengen area and came into force on 1 January 2022.

These post-Brexit requirements add to the conditions UK tourists must already meet for travel to Spain, including proof of full vaccination, a negative test or previous infection for all visitors aged 12 or over.

How much must I have available to spend per day and what proof is required?

You may be asked to prove that you have sufficient funds to spend at least £85 (€100) per person, per day, with a minimum of €900 or £762.62, or other equivalent foreign currency.

Tourists may use one of the following as proof of sufficient funds:

  • Certified checks
  • Traveller’s checks
  • Payment letters
  • Credit cards, which must be accompanied by bank account statements or an updated bank book (letters from banks or internet bank statements will not be accepted)

Is any other documentation required?

Yes, non-EU tourists may also be asked to show proof of a ticket for return travel or travel to another country after Spain.

Proof of accommodation may also be requested for tourists or for private trips. This could be a booking confirmation, proof of address if visiting your own property (such as a second home), an invitation from your host or proof of their address if staying with family, friends or a third party.

The Spanish Government has confirmed that the “carta de invitation”, which is an official document that must be requested by someone living in Spain who is hosting a non-EU national.

A host can then send this “invitation letter” to their guest who can present the document to border officials as proof of a place to stay while in Spain.

Border force officials are permitted to request the letter if you are staying with family and friends and can deny you entry if you cannot provide it.

All visitors are advised to carry proof of accommodation when visiting.

If you have dual nationality with another EU country or have Spanish citizenship or residency then you will not need to provide a “carta de invitation”

Those travelling to Spain for work may be required to show proof of an invitation from a company or authority or similar.

Are Covid-related entry rules still in place?

Yes, Spain still requires visitors aged 12 or over to present one of the following:

Proof of fully vaccination: travellers aged 18 or over must have received the final dose of a two jab or single jab vaccine at least 14 days and no more than 270 days before travel to Spain; if more than 270 days have past, you will need to have received a booster to be considered fully vaccinated. Travellers aged 12–17 who have received a full course of a vaccine must have had the final dose at least 14 days before travel, but if more than 270 days have passed since the final dose, they do not need to have had a booster to qualify as fully vaccinated.

A negative Covid-19 test result from a PCR taken within 72 hours of departure or an antigen test taken within 24 hours prior to departure.

Proof of having recovered from Covid in the previous six months, such as a medical certificate

Children under 12

Travellers aged 11 or under do not need to show proof of vaccination, a negative test or prior infection for entry.

Do I need to complete any forms?

If you are fully vaccinated and have the NHS Covid pass, then you do not need to complete Spain’s health control form. However, the Spain Travel Health website advises that you check that your certificate is valid at least 72 hours before travel. You can do so by uploading a copy of your form (which you can download from the NHS app) to the website.

If you are not fully vaccinated and therefore do not have an NHS Covid Pass, then you will need to complete Spain’s Health control form.

Under-12s do not need to complete the form.

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Do any other rules apply?

Passport stamps

You must have your passport stamps on your entry to and exit from Spain. Border guards use these to check you are complying with the 90-days in any 180-day period visa-free limit for short stays in the Schengen area, which has applied to UK passport holders since the end of the Brexit transition period.

Passport validity

UK passport holders must meet these two requirements, which are independent of one another:

  • issued less than 10 years before the date you enter the country (check the ‘date of issue’) 
  • valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave (check the ‘expiry date’) 

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