As the UK is no longer part of the European Union, as of October 1, Spanish citizens traveling to the UK will need to present a valid passport to be allowed to enter its territory.
Therefore, this means that traveling with only an identity card will no longer be allowed, reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.
Based on the new rules which are to officially come into force next Friday, Spanish citizens entering the UK will be subject to border controls. Likewise, Britons who plan to enter Spain will also have to undergo border controls since the UK is now considered a third country.
Regarding the driving license, for the moment, Spanish citizens will be able to drive in the UK with their current license. However, those who will need a residence permit will need to apply for a UK driving license since the one issued in Spain will not remain valid.
Despite the new rules, the Spanish government has stressed that Britons will not be required to have a valid visa when crossing the EU external border provided they do not stay in a member state for more than 90 days at the time. over a period of 180 days. period.
In accordance with COVID-19 entry restrictions, Spain is currently placed on the UK Amber List, which means all people traveling from Spain or those returning to the UK after a stay on the UK. territory of the latter must follow the entry rules.
Vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers reaching the UK from Spain or any other Amber List country must undergo pre-departure testing three days prior to entry and provide a completed passenger locator form within first two days after their arrival.
However, UK authorities have announced that from October 4, the requirement to take pre-departure tests will end, allowing Europeans to travel to the UK on a cheaper test.
“From the end of October, fully vaccinated eligible passengers and those with an approved vaccine from a selected group of non-red countries will be able to replace their second-day test with a cheaper lateral flow test, reducing the cost of back-flow tests. ‘arrival in England, “ the authorities noted.
In addition, travelers fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 disease are required to take a second test on the day of arrival or two days after.
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In contrast, unvaccinated travelers must follow quarantine rules and pass two tests, one on the second day and one after the eighth day of self-isolation. Nonetheless, they can end their self-isolation period earlier if they decide to undergo a COVID-19 test at their own expense through the Test to Release program.
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