Monday, 11 January 2021

Travelling to Nerja - everything Covid and Brexit related

UPDATED 20/01/2021

At Nerja Paradise Rentals we understand the concerns around travelling during the Covid pandemic and after Brexit and as such want to provide as much information as possible to provide answers and reassure our clients wherever possible.

ARRIVING INTO SPAIN

You should check with the Spanish Embassy in your country of residence for current travel advice and restrictions for entry into Spain.

Travel from the UK is currently not permitted (unless resident in Spain) until 18:00 on the 19th January 2021. This is to be reviewed and may be extended. 

As of July 2020, all foreign nationals arriving in Spain must complete an FCS form and obtain a QR code. This is done online here: https://www.spth.gob.es/.

As of the 23rd November 2020, all foreign nationals arriving in Spain must have proof of a negative Covid test within 72 hours of their arrival (see https://www.spth.gob.es/info-pcr). 

TRAVEL INSURANCE MATTERS

Andalusia is providing all non-resident international travellers (non-EU) with free Covid insurance for stays at any type of regulated establishment in the region between 1 January and 31 December 2021.

As a regulated member of the Andalucía segura programme, all clients staying with Nerja Paradise Rentals will automatically be covered for this Covid related insurance which covers;

  • Medical, surgical and hospitalisation costs,
  • Medical costs of transportation and repatriation,
  • Transportation and repatriation,
  • Costs for the extended stay by the insured and companions (including quarantine).

Check out the following link for more information; https://www.andalucia.org/en/travel-assistance-insurance

Given that almost all travel insurance policies will not cover Covid related costs, this is a huge advantage to tourists visiting Nerja and Andalusia!

For UK citizens travelling to Europe after Brexit on the 1st January 2021, your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) or the new Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) will be valid if you’re travelling to an EU country. Check https://www.gov.uk/visit-europe-1-january-2021 for more information.

EU citizens are covered for healthcare as normal in Spain.

LENGTH OF STAY POST BREXIT

Non EU and non-UK tourists will need to apply for a Schengen Visa https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/ - the process for application depends on your nationality. 

If you’re a tourist travelling from the UK, you do not need a visa for short trips to Spain. You’ll be able to stay for up to 90 days in any 180-day period.

EU tourists have no restrictions on the length of stay in Spain, but must register with the National Police for stays of more than three months.

Non EU and UK tourists wishing to stay for longer than 90 days may apply for a visa to stay in Spain - depending on their specific circumstances. There are different visas for retiring to Spain, for non-lucrative residence, studying in Spain and working and living in Spain. You will need to check with the Spanish Embassy in your country of residence for the visas available and application process.

UK residents should check the Spanish Consulate website http://www.exteriores.gob.es/Consulados/LONDRES/en/Consulado/Pages/Visas.aspx.

CURRENT RESTRICTIONS IN NERJA

UPDATED 20/01/2021

Restrictions related to the Covid pandemic change frequently. As of midnight on the 19th January 2021, the following restrictions are in place in Nerja;
  • Masks must be worn in all public places and social distancing measures must be followed.
  • Travel is limited to within the Málaga province - you may NOT travel to any other province (Granada, Córdoba, Cadiz, etc.).
  • BUT - communities within Málaga province with a high infection rate will also be completely closed; as of the 17th January you may NOT travel to Velez-Málaga (including Torre del Mar), Málaga City or the majority of the Costa del Sol but you may go to Torrox, Frigiliana, Competa.
  • Check the following interactive map to see which communities are restricted - you may NOT travel to those coloured dark orange or brown - only those which are the lighter yellowy/orange colour: https://www.mapacovid.es/
  • There is a curfew from 22:00 to 06:00 (The Andalucian government are requesting that this be extended to 20:00 to 06:00 - but this must be agreed by the National government - until then, it will remain at 22:00 to 06:00).
  • A max of 4 persons may meet at any one time - in public and private.
  • All shops, supermarkets, bars and restaurants must close at 18:00. We will keep this updated - so please bookmark this page for easy reference.

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Travelling to Nerja - everything Covid and Brexit related

UPDATED 20/01/2021 At Nerja Paradise Rentals we understand the concerns around travelling during the Covid pandemic and after Brexit and as ...