Visiting places like Malaga and the famous Costa del Sol on the Mediterranean used to be a carefree option for anyone seeking to relax in Spain while on vacation. Sadly, 2020 changed all that, and with Spain being one of the countries hit hardest by the COVID-19 restrictions, the country’s tourism is still recovering.
Nevertheless, things are looking up. Anyone in the European Union and countries like South Korea, Japan and Australia can visit Spain without any problems. And with restrictions being lifted for UK citizens on February the 2nd, traveling to the sunny Costa del Sol in the springtime promises to be quite fun.
Reasons to Visit Spain
While safety is still a major priority, there are plenty of good reasons to visit Spain for your upcoming holiday. The warm weather, the beautiful sandy beaches, and the prospect of visiting impressive cultural centers such as Barcelona, Madrid, or Sevilla should be enough to whet your appetite.
If you want to visit a place like Costa del Sol, you’ll find that many of the transport and accommodation solutions will be entirely favorable. Costa del Sol rentals include affordable and spacious apartments, luxury mansions, impressively hi-tech amenities, and safe access to all the exciting activities you will want to take part in.
Also, with the state of emergency in Spain projected to end by May 2021, it’s possible that you’d be able to enjoy even greater freedom if you wait for the summer.
Check Your Facts
Depending on where you’re traveling from, check to see if your country is on the list of countries from which people can travel to Spain. If you live in New Zealand or the UK, this spring should be a good time to consider planning a holiday. If you live in the US or Canada, check to see when the restriction will be lifted for your country.
It’s also very important to plan your itinerary carefully. Not everything is open during this time, so make sure you double-check each city, landmark, or museum you want to visit and check the limit of people that can stay at a certain hotel or resort. Avoid traveling without making reservations, and make sure you call to double-check before you leave for Spain.
Finally, make sure that you know what the restrictions mean and what will be expected of you. Travelers and tourists visiting Spain are required to fill out a Health Control Form (HCF) which can be accessed through the Spanish Travel Health website. If you’re traveling from a “high risk” country, you will also have to get a PCR test within 72 hours of your departure and present proof that you tested negative.
Taking All the Necessary Precautions
Of course, knowing about the restrictions is one thing and protecting yourself and your family during your holiday is another. During your stay in Spain, make sure you maintain social distancing between yourself any anyone who isn’t part of your household, keep your masks on in public areas (for anyone over the age of 5), and follow the health and safety recommendations closely – especially when you’re at the beach.
Although the situation can vary from one region to another, standard restrictions such as curfews and the use of masks are very similar throughout the country. So be sure to also check the schedule of the local pubs, restaurants, cafes and museums in the area you’re visiting.