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With around 60 million tourists every year, Spain is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world, let alone Europe. A title it so rightly deserves, with 5,000 miles of beaches, a massive 43 UNESCO World Heritage sites, and a range of cities and islands just waiting to be explored, it’s no wonder that so many Brits flock to Spain every year.
Whether you want to relax in the Canary Islands, explore Barcelona or dance the night away in Ibiza, we offer holiday insurance to suit any trip to Spain.*
If you need travel insurance for Spain, Holidaysafe offers an award-winning range of European travel insurance policies to protect you against unexpected disasters. When you buy a travel insurance policy from Holidaysafe, you will enjoy the following benefits:
Simply click ‘Get a Quote’ and remember to select ‘Europe’ to be covered for your trip.
Current Status & FCDO Guidance:
The FCDO currently advise against all but essential travel to Spain due to the current risk of COVID.
When travelling to Spain, you will not need to self-isolate, but you will need to undergo a temperature check upon arrival as well as a visual health assessment.
You will also need to complete a FCS form with contact details and information regarding any prior exposure to COVID-19. Upon completion of the form you will be issued a QR code which you must be able to show either on your phone or a printed version to the airport health controls on arrival.
Do I need to wear a mask?
You are expected to wear a mask throughout the airport and on the plane as they are both enclosed spaces. However, each airline may have further advice for travelling with them so we would always advise you check with them.
As with every country, Spain is constantly reviewing their guidelines in regards to COVID-19 so we always suggest to check the FCDO’s website before travelling.
Do I need to wear a mask?
On public transport, masks are mandatory for anyone over the age of 6. They are also mandatory in most other indoor and outdoor public spaces.
The FCDO website advises you to carry a mask at all times as failure to wear one may result in penalties.
There are some exceptions, such as when eating or drinking, at the beach or taking part in sport, however these vary from region so you should confirm with the local authorities to ensure you are compliant.
Are they taking details for Track and Trace?
All businesses and shops in Spain are legally obliged to keep all customers contact information for 4 weeks for tracking and tracing purposes.
Is everything open?
Most facilities are now open including restaurants, pubs, bars, and shops.
If possible, we would always suggest that you check online and book tickets, for any tourist attractions as just because they can open for business, it doesn’t always mean that they have.
Beaches are open, but there are capacity restrictions and the use of booking systems. Please refer to local authorities for more information.
Social distancing of 1.5 metres is in place throughout Spain.
In the event that you are denied boarding on your return journey because you have coronavirus, or have had symptoms of COVID 19, Holidaysafe’s Premier Plus and Platinum policies will cover you for denied boarding on your return trip home.
If returning from the Azores and you have had to self-quarantine whilst there. You will need to complete and send this form to the health authorities. They will then sign it and return it to you so you can show it at the airport before departure.
Before returning, please fill in this form on the FCDO website. Once completed, you will receive a confirmation along with a QR code which you will need to show to the Border force officers.
As you will be returning from Spain, on arriving in the UK, you will need to self-isolate for 14 days.
If you don’t provide contact information, you may be fined up to £100.
Am I covered for coronavirus under my travel insurance?
If you’ve booked a holiday to Spain this year, and it’s cancelled by your tour operator, you will need to try and get a refund through your airline or accommodation provider before approaching your travel insurance provider.
We will cover you under our Premier Plus and Platinum policies if your airline goes into administration due to the pandemic as well as reimburse you for any pre booked excursions or events which you cannot recover from any other source.
We will also cover you if you need to cancel your holiday if you or anyone named on your policy tests positive for COVID-19 up to 14 days prior to travelling.
What do I need to do if I experience symptoms abroad?
If you are feeling unwell, please do not go to a facility without contacting a public GP beforehand. You can do this by calling one of the practitioners listed here. If there is an emergency, please call 112.
Holidaysafe have also teamed up with Medical Solutions UK Ltd to bring you free 24/7 GP telephone consultations whilst abroad, allowing you to access GP advice from your phone.
Is flight cancellation due to COVID covered under travel insurance?
Your airline is expected to refund you in full or book you onto an alternative flight should they cancel your original flight. The CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) have detailed on their site exactly what you are entitled to, please click here for more information.
If however, your airline has gone into administration this would be covered under our Premier Plus and Platinum policies.
Did you know our own Government says you are more likely to receive appropriate medical care in a public hospital in Spain than in a private clinic? Remember to order or take your free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) when travelling in Europe, just in case you need to seek medical treatment during your trip. If you do use the card during your holiday, we’ll waive the policy excess on any medical claim you need to make. If you think you need medical attention, our 24-hour assistance team are on hand to guide you to the most appropriate place to get the treatment you need.
Just as Spain offers a wide range of experiences, so does its weather, so the best time of year really depends on which part of Spain you intend to visit. Broadly speaking, the best time to visit is between May and October, with temperatures (and tourist season) reaching a peak between June and August.
During the winter months, the weather in the high central plains (including places like Madrid) becomes bitterly cold, the Atlantic Coast can become damp and misty in December, but the Mediterranean is your best bet for winter sun, as it stays relatively warm all year round.
There is so much which can be added to a Spanish itinerary that you might just have to make several trips to tick it all off, but here are some of our favourites;
Spain is famous for its delicious range of food and drink, but every traveller should try authentic paella, a jug of sangria and some freshly caught seafood.
Click here to view all countries Holidaysafe can provide cover for.*
*Please note Holidaysafe does not provide cover for any trip which goes against the advice of the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO). Please check the FCDO advice on your chosen destination before booking your trip or purchasing our insurance.
Please note, Holidaysafe’s online prices automatically include a 15% discount against our Customer Service Centre prices.
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