This page was last updated on 5th August 2021. Since that point rules and regulations may have changed do always do a final check on the relevant government website for the latest possible updates.

Introduction

During the Covid-19 pandemic travel rules and restrictions become very confusing. We want to set out as simply as possible what our golfers coming to Benidorm from the UK need to do and be aware of when booking a Benidorm golf holiday. The information below will assist you when making a decision to book your golf holiday with us and will provide you with the best places in Benidorm to take a Covid test with booking instructions and latest prices.

Spanish Government rules

To enter Spain you are required to complete a Health Control (FCS) Form You must also be able to show proof of vaccination, or show a negative test result or show proof that you have recovered from having covid. The details of these requirements is as follows:

Have proof of being fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to arrival in Spain (date(s) of vaccination must be specified), with a vaccine authorised by the European Medicines Agency or by the World Health Organisation If you live in England, Spain will accept the NHS COVID Pass or your NHS letter to demonstrate your COVID-19 vaccination status. If you live in Scotland or Wales, Spain will accept your respective NHS letter to demonstrate your COVID-19 vaccination status. Your NHS appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status. 

Or if you are not vaccinated you will be required to show documentation issued within 48 hours prior to arrival in Spain, certifying that you have undertaken a COVID-19 test, e.g. PCR, TMA, LAMP or NEAR, and tested negative. Antigen tests are not currently accepted for entry to Spain for tourism purposes.

Or if you have had Covid you can present a medical certificate certifying that you have recovered from Covid in the last 6 months prior to travel. Check out the Spanish Government website for the requirements under these circumstances.

The above requirements apply as long as you have remained in the UK for the past 14 days.  The requirements apply to everyone from 12 years old upwards. For anyone under 12 years of age they are exempt from the above requirements but they do still need to have a QR code gained by completing the FCS form.

UK Government rules

The British government have placed Spain on the Amber list for travel. Anyone entering the UK when returning from Spain will be required to complete a passenger locator form

As of 19th July the UK government have stated that anyone who has been fully vaccinated by the NHS will not have to self isolate when returning to the UK.

Summary of requirements

Based on the status of the Spanish and British government rules the following requirements apply when you enter Spain and return back to the UK after the 19th of July: 

Covid Requirements to go to Spain update 27 July

Step 1 - Pre departure from UK to Spain

Fill out the Passenger Locator Form for Spain which you can get here. Ensure you also have the documentation as described above showing vaccination status or negative test result or proof of recovery from Covid. If you can not show proof of vaccination then you will need a PCR pre departure test. Go to the travel republic website where you can get a discount code and get a PCR test for £43.

Test 2 - Pre departure from Spain to UK

The UK requires a negative Covid test to be taken up to 72 hours before entering the country. The type of test required are PCR, LAMP or Lateral flow / Antigen. The test must meet performance standards of ≥97% specificity, ≥80% sensitivity at viral loads above 100,000 copies/ml. Note that the UK government has issued guidance to take a PCR test before departing Spain and returning to the UK. This is guidance and the legal minimum still remains as an antigen / lateral flow test.

You can buy a Lateral Flow Test to take with you in your luggage to Benidorm and take the test within 72 hours of your return to the UK. We found Qured (recommended by British Airways) offering a lateral flow test for £39. If you enter code BATRAVEL15 at the checkout you will get a £6 discount.

Your other option is to get a test in Benidorm. The following options are available:

Euro Clinica Rincon. You can book an appointment by calling 0034-966-830-849. The receptionist speaks perfect English. The price is €25 Euros and results are available in 10 minutes. The Euro Clinica Rincon is located opposite the Flamingo oasis hotel and is really easy to find on Google Maps. Book early as appointments are now difficult to obtain here due to the low price.

IMED Levante Benidorm. You can book an appointment on line here. The website is in English. The price is €40 Euros and results are available in 15 minutes. The IMED Levante is located close to the outdoor market in Benidorm and easy to find on Google Maps 

Hospital Clinica Benidorm. You can book an appointment on line here. The website is in English. The price is €40 Euros. The Clinica Benidorm is between the new and old town in Benidorm and easy to find on Google Maps 

Your other option is to use 15 minute Covid Test. They deliver the Antigen test to your hotel / apartment and then you do the test via a video call. You can book the test on there website using Rep Code MARTAZ007

Tests required after arriving back in the UK

As of the 19th July arrivals back in to the UK that are fully vaccinated by the NHS will be required to take a PCR test on day 2 of arriving back in to the country. No self isolation period is required for the fully vaccinated.

For those that are not vaccinated, you will be required to take a PCR test on day 2 and again on day 8. You will also be required to self isolate for 10 days. 

If you go on to the Travel Republic website there are discount codes to get the day 2 test for £43 or the day 2 and day 8 test package for £86. They also have discount codes for other testing options including the day 5 test to release from isolation.

Summary with best costs

Currently the best pricing options to visit Spain for the fully vaccinated are as follows:

Pre departure Lateral flow test back to the UK with Euro Clinica Rincon at €25

Day 2 PCR test with Travel Republic / Randox at £43

Total approx £64

We will update for the devolved nations as soon as any announcements are made. 

Travel is slowly but surely starting to open up and as more and more become vaccinated we expect to see further surges in bookings so don’t leave it too late to secure those tee times. We are already struggling to fit people in for September and October!

Holiday Insurance

A lot of our customers have asked us what happens if you test positive for Covid when on holiday in Benidorm. The reality is you will not be able to board your return flight home as you are required to have a negative result before boarding the aircraft. Therefore you will have to book an extended stay in Benidorm and isolate yourself. This comes with associated costs which most holiday insurers are now covering. We strongly recommend you get a policy that covers this exact situation. Our advice if you do test positive is to contact your airline to find out when they will allow you to fly after testing positive.

Disclaimer

The information on this page is not official and is here as a general guide. For the latest official advice you must ensure you follow the latest government advice as requirements are changing all of the time.

Cancellation policy

Whetehr you just book a round of golf with us or you book a full golf holiday you want to be confident that you will not be out of pocket if you have to change your plans due to a Covid issue. Therefore our policy on cancellation is as follows:

Golf reservations (tee times) – You must cancel at least 48 hours prior to your tee time. If you cancel after this point the golf course charge us the full amount so we have to charge you. Some courses will move your booking to a new date, but this is not guranteed so please give at least 48 hours notice for cancelling any tee times.

Hotel reservations – We generally book a non refundable rate when we reserve a hotel for you as this is the best value for money. We do have zero deposit options for bookings meaning you put zero money down and risk losing no money if your plans change. If you want a zero deposit option then just ask us to quote. 

Club hire and transfers – Please give us at least 48 hours notice if you want to change your club hire or transfer reservations.

Wearing of masks

You are currently required to wear a mask in outdoor public places where a social distance of 1.5 metres can not be observed when in Spain. You must also wear a mask when going in to shops or when entering a bar or a restaurant and once seated the mask can be removed. You are not required to wear a mask on the golf course. When inside a vehicle for your golf or airport transfers you must wear a mask regardless of vaccination status. If you are exempt from having to wear a mask then you must carry the documentation required to prove this and share this information with your driver. If you can not prove this then you will be refused entry to the transfer as the driver is at risk of a fine if they are carrying passengers that are not adhering to the law.