Spain tightens Covid restrictions AGAIN making it more difficult for Brits to get away

SPAIN has tightened its Covid travel rules making it more difficult for Brits to head abroad.

The popular holiday destination has reduced the length of time Brits can take a Covid test before entering.

Since June 2021, holidaymakers have had up to 48 hours to take a lateral flow test before travelling to Spain.

However, from yesterday, that time frame was reduced to 24 hours, giving Brits just one day to take a lateral flow test before departing.

That means hopeful holidaymakers could test positive for Covid just hours before their flight is due to take off, stopping them from going away.

Local media reported the Spanish government said: "As of today [February 1] only negative results of antigen tests for SARS-CoV-2 infection obtained within 24 hours before arrival in Spain will be considered valid, and not 48 hours, as was the case until now."

There's no change to the amount of time permitted for PCR tests so Brits will still have 72 hours to take one before they travel.

The change comes as another blow to Brits with Spanish holiday plans, which have been disrupted hugely by Covid restrictions prompted by the Omicron variant.

More new rules came in yesterday, including an expiration date on vaccination certificates.

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Spain will only permit Brits to enter who can prove they were fully vaccinated against Covid within the last 270 days.

Anyone who received their second dose more than nine months ago must have had a booster jab to be allowed in.

The booster must have been given more than 14 days before travelling.

That means that any Brits who had their second jab more than nine months ago and hasn't yet had the booster won't be able to get into Spain during half term.

Families planning a half term holiday to Spain may face additional problems as kids must be fully vaccinated to enter.

Many kids aged between 12 and 17 are yet to be fully vaccinated – meaning they have no other way of being allowed into the country, even if they have evidence of recovery.

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