The latest UK Government advice for UK residents returning to the UK from Spain it was updated yesterday (7th) including addition of information about options for paying for return flights to the UK and new requirements to enter/transit France.

Flights

Airports across Spain remain open, but airlines are operating heavily reduced services. Information on the latest flight availability can be found on the British Embassy Facebook page. This is intended as a guide to help travellers, not a definitive statement of availability and in many cases includes indirect flights. Check airline websites, including comparison websites for the latest times and information.

You will need to pay for your return travel to the UK. If you cannot afford travel costs and have exhausted all other options for getting funds, you may be eligible to apply for an emergency loan from the government. This is a last resort option and you would need to repay the loan when you are back in the UK. For more information, you should email CTM at: EMEArepatriations@travelctm.com or phone: +44 20 7429 9990.

Travelling to the airport

Travel to airports to leave Spain is still permitted, but you may be asked to provide evidence that you are departing Spain (i.e. plane ticket).

Travel via France

The land borders remain open for those leaving Spain. You can still drive through France to return to the UK, but you must complete and carry an ‘attestation de delacement international’ (signed declaration) to enter mainland France specifying the reason for your travel (eg “Individuals transiting through France to reach their residence, accompanied by their spouse and children”). You should also carry evidence of your onward journey (eg ferry/rail ticket) and valid passport.

See https://camposolresidents.es/update-those-of-you-planning-to-drive-through-france/ for more info.

If you’re transiting airports in France, you will also need to complete an ‘attestation de delacement international’ as above.

If you’re planning to travel via France, check the latest FCO travel advice for France ahead of your journey. While you are not required to carry any paperwork to justify your travel in Spain other than evidence of your onward travel plan (i.e. rail ticket), you may find this letter useful to explain that you are returning to your country of residence.

Ferry

There are no passenger ferries currently operating between Spain and the UK. You should make alternative arrangements to return to the UK.

Road

The land borders remain open for those leaving Spain. You can still drive through France to return to the UK, but you will need to carry evidence of your onward travel plan (i.e. rail ticket) and complete and carry an ‘attestation de delacement international’ (signed declaration) to enter mainland France specifying the reason for your travel, along with your passport and evidence of your onward travel plan (i.e. ferry/rail ticket). If you are planning to use this route, check the latest FCO travel advice for France ahead of your journey.

Although driving restrictions and vehicle occupancy limitations are in force in Spain, the Spanish Interior Ministry and Policia Local have confirmed that cars and minivans carrying families/groups of passengers is permitted, as long as the purpose of the journey is to return to your country of residence. All passengers should carry their passports and proof of where they live. You may also find this letter useful should you be required to explain your reason for travel.