Travelling and Living in Costa Blanca Throughout a Global Pandemic

As we all know, the global pandemic put a pause on international travel due to the health and safety concerns of millions of people around the world. 

However, thanks to the vaccines being rolled out in the UK and the easing of lockdowns and restrictions, the airport gates are slowly opening back up to holidaymakers and foreign property investors alike. 

In such difficult times of uncertainty and the frequent change in rules and regulations, many people may be feeling confused about their ability to travel to, and live in, Spain. Luckily, we’re here to tell you everything you need to know and offer some clarity on Spain travel during the coronavirus pandemic. 

The traffic light system 

Introduced in May, the traffic light system is designed to inform British citizens of the COVID-19 threat level of different counties, categorised by the following: 

  • Green – countries with a low number of cases and deaths, combined with a higher volume of vaccinations. All travellers are welcome to green-lighted countries, as long as they present a negative test within 72 hours of arrival back in the UK and have a PCR test on or before day two.
  • Amber – countries in the amber zone have a slightly higher threat than green but not as high as red, and so certain precautions must be taken. For example, travellers who are double vaccinated must also have a negative test 72 hours before returning to the UK and most have a PCR test on or before day two. For unvaccinated or single-dose travellers, the same precautions must be taken, combined with 10 days of isolation and further PCR tests. 
  • Red – the risk here is much higher and therefore, you cannot travel for holiday or leisure reasons. Should you need to travel to a red-lighted country, you will need proof of a negative pre-departure PCR test before you leave the UK, proof of a negative PCR test taken at least 72 hours before you arrive back in the UK and on your return to the UK, you must self-isolate in a hotel for 10 days at your own expense. 

These are due to be reviewed every three weeks to accurately reflect the current situation of each country as the state of the pandemic changes. It’s important to remember that while a country may be in the UK’s green list, it may still have its own set of coronavirus rules and regulations to adhere to.  

As it stands currently, Spain is on the amber list, which means you may travel there either for work, leisure, or to find your perfect investment property!   

What are the Spain entry restrictions due to covid? 

The Spanish authorities set and enforce their own entry requirements. For people travelling to Spain with a full British Citizen passport for the most common types of travel, the Spanish authorities request the following: 

  • Pre-travel declaration forms 
  • A negative Covid-19 test; or 
  • Proof of vaccination 

Spanish Covid rules

Once you have entered Spain, there is also a set of rules you must follow. For example, the use of face coverings remains mandatory for all people over the age of six on public transport, in any enclosed space open to the public, and outdoors where social distancing of 1.5 metres cannot be completed safely.  

Additionally, personal hygiene, such as hand washing, and air ventilation rules must be followed at all times.  

Local restrictions and regulations may be introduced at any time during your trip, so it’s important that you keep up to date and remain vigilant during your time.  

With 62% of the Spanish population now fully vaccinated, we’re delighted to see the return of Spain as a safe and enjoyable destination for all.  

Buying apartments in Spain during the pandemic 

While there is of course apprehension about travelling abroad due to the pandemic, as well as permanently moving to a different country, there are some positives to be considered. 

For example, the Las Colinas apartments are far more isolated than other properties or hotels in Spain, meaning you won’t have to encounter as many people as you would in a hotel or regular apartments in Spain.  

The spacious villas and apartments, and wide, open grounds makes for a socially distanced haven for families and young professionals who are looking for a sunny break without the stress.  

For those that are wanting to feel the sun on their skin and sand between their toes but are concerned about coming into contact with others, luxury villas in Spain answer these very problems!  

The Madreselva Villa is a perfect example of paradise, with a landscaped garden, private pool, and stunning views that you can enjoy from your safe, secure and luxurious residence.  

Additionally, the Madrono Apartments feature the spaciousness and exclusivity of a villa while providing the comforts of living in a luxury, modern apartment. With two blocks housing only eight apartments each, you can rest assured that you will be able to live comfortably during questionable times.  

Find out more about Las Colinas property for sale 

If you’re interested in beginning your investment journey as we emerge from the pandemic, and the various properties at the Las Colinas Golf & Country club has piqued your interest, please contact the team at Andrew Brown today. 

Not only will you receive information to help you make an informed decision on your investment, but also a personal level of care, ensuring your needs are met and that you have constant support and reassurance throughout the entire process.  

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