Covid-19 rules and all-inclusive limits: What you need to know about Spain holidays

Updated May 22, 2022
Published May 20, 2022

By Steph Marinkovic

Seeking sun, sea and sangria this summer? As Spain eases its entry requirements and travellers face all-inclusive drink limits at some resorts, we take a look at everything you need to know about Spain holidays in 2022.

What are the entry requirements for Spain?

Just days after it was announced that Spain’s vaccination entry requirement would be in place until June 15, the country backtracked on the rules.

Now, adults can enter with any of the following:

Children under 12 are not subject to any Covid-19 entry rules.

Do you need to wear a mask in Spain?

Like many places across Europe, Spain dropped most of its mask rules earlier in the year. Now, masks are only compulsory on public transport or when visiting a hospital, medical centre or a care or nursing home. The Spanish government also recommends masks in other enclosed spaces.

It's likely that you will also need to wear a mask on your flight to Spain, despite the EU recently changing its guidance around masks on planes.

How long do you need on your passport to visit Spain?

If you haven’t travelled since Brexit, due to the pandemic or otherwise, remember that the passport rules for EU travel have changed.

Now, your passport cannot be older than ten years on the day enter the EU, and you will need at least three months left on your passport from the day after you intend to leave. Some travellers are getting caught out at the airport with this – especially as former UK passport renewal rules allowed you to carry over ‘unused’ months on your passport, giving some passports more than ten years of validity.

Check your passport now as the HM Passport Office is facing delays with renewal applications.

What are the new all-inclusive rules for the Balearic Islands?

Is it the end of boozy all-inclusive holidays in the Balearic Islands? Not necessarily! Not-so-new legislation, introduced in early 2020 by the Balearic Islands government, restricts drinks at some resorts in Majorca and Ibiza to just three at lunch and three at dinner each day.

However, it’s only Magaluf, El Arenal and Playa de Palma in Majorca, and Sant Antoni de Portmany in Ibiza, that are subject to the rules. If you’re staying in these resorts on an all-inclusive holiday and want any additional drinks, you will need to pay for them.

The legislation was introduced to crack down on boozy bad behaviour by tourists. Balearic Islands Tourism minister Iago Negueruela said of the rule: “We want British tourists. We don't want this type of tourism… We will have zero tolerance for tourism excesses.”

In addition, organized pub crawls, two-for-one drinks, and happy hours have been banned in some areas. Shops will also stop selling alcohol between 9:30pm and 8am.

Can you change your holiday if you’re affected by the all-inclusive rules?

Holiday operators including TUI, easyJet and loveholidays, have flagged resorts affected by the all-inclusive limits, so it’s important to check the fine print in the board basis section before booking your holiday. You may be able to amend your holiday if your chosen resort has limits on drinks, but you will be subject to the terms and conditions of your booking and will need to pay any difference in price. 

Are holidays to Spain worth it this summer?

You can still have a great time on a sunny Spanish escape this summer. If you don’t meet the current entry rules, remember that they will be reviewed by June. And most of the country and its islands (including all the Canaries) are not subject to drink limits.

Wherever you choose to go, respect the rules and wear your mask where required, and you’ll still have a brilliant Spanish summer holiday.

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