Travel to Spain

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ALH
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Travel to Spain

Post by ALH »

Anyone been to Spain recently? What's it like? How tough are they about letting you in under COVID guidelines?

Still trying to check my status under the combination of post-Brexit and coronachaos regulations.

No websites have a category for 'historian researching in archives'!

I think I'm covered under 'business meetings' for less than 90 days hence no visa. I don't know if it's 'study' as I'm not in education, I'm in an academic job. It's work-related activities, but I won't be buying or selling, or earning money directly when I'm there, so hopefully no work visa required.

My COVID-exception pitch is as a highly-qualified professional doing work that can't be done elsewhere.

Let's hope those two don't cancel each other out.

Theinstaller
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Joined: Thu Mar 11, 2021 6:46 pm

Re: Travel to Spain

Post by Theinstaller »

Hi, all that follows assumes you are a UK citizen. Stop reading now if not :roll:

I am in Spain at the moment. I know of a couple of people who are not Spanish residents that have been unable to travel to Spain. The airlines have been very hot on turning people away before they even get to board. It seems that residency is more of a factor than reason for travel.

I'm not convinced that anyone other than a Spanish resident will get past the gestapo at the airport. Unless you are coming from Holland, Germany and maybe more as I have noticed plenty of our neighbours from those countries arriving in the last two weeks.

Another option for you that I know has worked for a friend, is to drive over. As long as you get to France without issue, simply drive down. No borders. UK registered car may attract attention from the Guardia though (although mine hasn't so far)

Things to consider - curfews are in place in France and Spain. Ours is 11pm to 6am which makes timing your journey important as you may find, like we did when we drove over on Dec 30th that after curfew you stick out like a sore thumb as the only non lorry on the motorway. Most hotels are still closed. We waited it out in a lay bye when I couldn't take the worry any longer!

A more important issue could be the inability to travel between regions. The internal borders are closed and you see on a daily basis throngs of local police and guardia hanging around near junctions just after borders to pick people off, demand reason for travel (there aren't many, a builder friend on his way to a job got turned back and he's Spanish) Fines are hefty with 3,000 euro being possible.

Masks everywhere outside - strictly enforced with fines.

The good news is that the bars and restaurants are open pretty much everywhere with inside seating no problem, plus only 315 people under 50 have died from covid in the whole of Spain since the start. In my region they are down to less that 10 people in ICU from a population of 1.5 million, all of whom are over 80.

As far as length of stay is concerned, post Brexit you are allowed to stay for 90 days in 180 without any visa or residency so if you pop back to the UK for a day trip after 90 you can pop back for another 90. Most people I have encountered here who aren't permanent stayed for less than that per year anyway so won't notice any difference unless they try to sneak a ham sandwich in.

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