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Update June 14: Spain (including the Balearics and Canary Islands) has been added to England's amber list. Mainland Spain and the Balearics are open to UK visitors without quarantine or even a test.

The Canary Islands require a negative test, proof of vaccination or proof of recovery if you're staying in tourist accommodation - you don't need one for private accommodation.

Testing requirements:

No test is required to visit mainland Spain or the Balearics from the UK. The Canary Islands require a negative test, proof of vaccination or proof of recovery if you're staying in tourist accommodation - you don't need one for private accommodation.

When you're there:

There is a curfew between midnight and 6am, with bars and restaurants allowed to operate at 50% capacity indoors, and 100% outdoors until 11.30pm. Shops are open with a capacity of up to 75%.

Traffic light status:

Spain and her islands are on England's amber list, which means it is legal to travel there for any purpose, including a holiday. (The UK government discourages, but has taken no steps to prohibit, holidays to amber list countries). The FCDO advises against travelling to the whole of Spain with the exception (at time of writing) of the Canary islands.

Spain Travel Hub

Spain is a hugely popular destination for UK travellers and it's easy to see why. From the cultural hotspots on the mainland, to the volcanic Canary Islands and the stunning beaches of the Balearics - Spain has everything you need for every kind of holiday.

In our guides we tackle all the important issues, from where to eat, to how to make the most of your money and the best way to get from A to B. All to to help turn your travel inspiration into reality.

We're adding more destinations all the time so check back soon!

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Time zone

Mainland Spain and the Balearic Islands are one hour ahead of the UK. The Canary Islands have the same time zone as the UK.




The main language is Spanish. But Catalan, Basque and Galician are also spoken. We think it's a good idea to learn a few key phrases and words to help immerse yourself in the culture and authentically enjoy all the things to do.

Hello - Hola (OH-lah)

Goodbye - Adios (ah-dee-OS)

Please - Por favor (por fah-VOHR)

Thank you - Gracias (GRAH-cee-ahs)

Yes - Sí (see)

No - No (noh)

I would like - Quisiera (kee-see-AYR-oh)

The bill, please - La cuenta, por favor (lah KWEHN-tah, pohr fah-BOHR)


The plugs have two round pins as is usual across Europe - remember to take an adaptor with you.

Culture and etiquette


The national religion is Roman Catholic, but many other religions are practised.


Tipping is discretionary. Restaurants always include service charges in your bill, but these will be clearly stated. A small tip of 5-10% on top of that is usually expected, but not a necessity.


Smoking is popular with the Spanish so most places have designated smoking areas, which will be clearly signed. It's banned on public transport and inside where food is being served.

Jabs, visas and other foreign advice

For up-to-date advice on jabs, visas and other foreign advice, we recommend following the government's website

Emergency numbers

For all emergency services call 112 - depending on availability you should be able to speak to someone in English.


Mainland Spain

Famous for its stunning architecture, fantastic food and wine and beautiful landscapes, mainland Spain is full of delights. Take a look at some of our favourite destinations.

Canary Islands

With glorious weather, dramatic landscapes, beautiful beaches and plenty to do, it's easy to see why this cluster of volcanic islands off the coast of northwest Africa make for a perfect escape.

Balearic Islands

With its sheltered coves, sandy beaches and perfectly turquoise waters the Balearic Islands have something for all travellers. Expect beautiful architecture, waterparks and some famous nightlife destinations!

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