VISITING – How to get to Jávea

COVID-19 Latest Information

Spain’s borders are currently open to residents of EU member states and Schengen-area countries (Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Leichenstein) as well as Andorra, Vatican City and San Marino. as well as the following Third Countries and special administrative regions: Australia, China, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, and the United Kingdom as well as Hong Kong and Macau.

All passengers arriving by air or sea, including those who transit through to other countries, must complete a health control form which will generate an individualized QR code which must be presented before boarding the transport to Spain as well as at the health controls at the point of entry into Spain.

From Tuesday 7th June until further notice, people travelling from ‘at risk’ countries or areas, which are defined by the assessment of their epidemiological situation at the time of travelling, will be required to produce one of the following:

  • a valid vaccination certificate confirming that the holder has been administered with a vaccine against COVID-19
  • a valid diagnostic certificate indicating the negative result of a test for Active COVID-19 infection
  • a valid recovery certificate confirmed that the holder has recovered from COVID-19

This applies to travelers arriving by air, sea or land. With regards to the latter, there are exemptions for land transport professionals in the exercise of their professional activity, cross-border workers, and residents in border areas within a radius of 30km around their place of residence.

The certificates must be in Spanish, English, French or German. If it is not possible to obtain it in one of these languages, a Spanish translation can be provided with the document which has been carried out by an official body.

Be aware that a minimum fine of 3,000 euros may be issued to anyone who arrives in Spain by air or sea from ‘risk countries’ without any of the certificates listed above.

The list of countries or zones designated as ‘risk’ is published on the Ministry of Health website and reviewed every seven days.

Passengers from countries or zones not included in the list of ‘risk’ countries will not be required to provide the documentation listed above. However they must still complete the health control form and obtain a QR code with the name FAST CONTROL to ensure swift processing at health controls at the port of entry.

The EU Digital COVID Certificate comes into force on July 1st. Travelers from risk countries who carry this documentation will also be required to complete the health control form and obtain a QR code with the name FAST CONTROL to ensure swift processing at health controls at the port of entry.

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UK Citizens

Since Monday 24th May 2021, UK citizens are permitted to travel to Spain without the need to produce a negative coronavirus diagnostic test result except if they have traveled to a country on Spain’s list of ‘risk countries’ within 14 days prior to arrival, in which case they should be prepared to present one of three certificates listed above. In any case, all arrivals must complete the health control form to obtain a QR code for entry no more than 48 hours before travel.

On Friday 7th May 2021, the UK government issued its traffic light system for travelling abroad. Spain has been placed on the AMBER list which means that which means that you must not travel to this country for leisure purposes and that those who travel from Spain to England must complete a passenger locator form, take a COVID-19 test and book and pay for Day 2 and Day 8 COVID-19 travel tests which must be taken on arrival in England.

Click on the link below for latest information from the GOV.UK website regarding the traffic light system:

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Post-BREXIT Procedures for UK Nationals

Under normal circumstances:

UK nationals can travel to countries in the Schengen area for up to 90 days in any 180-day period without a visa for holidays, to visit family and friends, to attend business meetings, cultural or sporting events, or for short-term studies or training.

At the Spanish border, UK nationals may need to use separate lanes from EU, EEA and Swiss citizens and their passports may be stamped on entry and exit. (Passports – both adult and child – must have at least six months left.) UK nationals may also need to provide a ticket for return or onward travel and prove that they enough money for their stay in Spain.


TRAVELLING BY AIR

Alicante-Elche Airport

Alicante is the main arrival point for the Costa Blanca. It is the fifth busiest airport in Spain with almost 15 million passengers passing through in 2019. Several major airlines fly in and out of Alicante-Elche including easyJet, Jet2.com, Norwegian Air International, Ryanair, TUI and Vueling with the busiest international route during 2019 being from London-Gatwick (892,138 passengers) followed by Manchester (745,827) and Amsterdam (436,483).

Self-Drive: All the major car hire companies have a presence at Alicante-Elche airport. There are a number of booths in the arrivals hall at which you can arrange or confirm your booking. Jávea is about a 90 minute drive using the A-7 motorway (which is now toll-free) to Junction 62 (Ondara | Dénia | Jávea / Xàbia) and then following the signs to Jávea / Xàbia. See the AENA website for more information. [External Link].

Bus Transfer: ALSA runs a shuttle service direct to Benidorm bus station where a connecting service can be taken to Jávea via Calp, Teulada and Benitachell. The single-journey price is 15,70 euros per adult and 11,05 euros per child (2020) and the journey can take between 2h15m and 4h15m, depending on the waiting time at Benidorm. At the bus station in Jávea, there is a taxi rank for onward travel to your accommodation. See ALSA website for more details. [External Link].

Beniconnect: The Costa Connect shuttle runs between the airport and Jávea, via Calp, Benissa, Moraira and Benitatchell and the single-journey cost is 26.00 euros (2020), taking just over an hour to reach us. There are several stops in Jávea: Hotel Pinosol, Saladar, Parking-Arenal, Quicksave Supermarket, Parador Nacional, Dolphin Roundabout (Port), McDonalds/EuroMarket, Silvasol (Old Town) and Restaurante Montgó. Beniconnect also offers other options including VIP transfer and large coaches for larger parties. See the Beniconnect website for more details. [External Link].

Taxi: A standard taxi fare – one way – can cost upwards of 100€; taxis can be found outside the arrival hall. There are also a number of private companies who operate between the airport and resorts along the Costa Blanca. You should make sure that they are legally registered to do so.


Valencia Airport

Valencia, also known as Manises Airport, is a more recent arrival point for the Costa Blanca, expanded in 2007 when Valencia hosted the America’s Cup and it is the quieter option for getting to Jávea, although this has it drawbacks in terms of transfer options. It is the tenth busiest airport in Spain with over 8.5 million passengers passing through in 2019. Several major airlines fly in and out of Valencia including easyJet, Ryanair and Vueling.

Self-Drive: All the major car hire companies have a presence at Valencia airport. There are a number of booths in the arrivals hall at which you can arrange or confirm your booking. Jávea is about a 90 minute drive using the A-7 motorway (which is now toll-free) to Junction 62 (Ondara | Dénia | Jávea / Xàbia) and then following the signs to Jávea / Xàbia. See the AENA website for more information. [External Link].

Bus Transfer: ALSA runs a very limited shuttle service direct to Jávea bus station, one at 09:30 Monday to Friday and a second on Saturday which departs at 12:30. The single-journey price is 16,15 euros per adult and 11,30 euros per child (2020) and the journey can take around 3h15m. At the bus station in Jávea, there is a taxi rank for onward travel to your accommodation. See the ALSA website for more details of bus routes and tariffs. [External Link].

An alternative is to catch the regular shuttle bus (Linea 150 Metrobus) into Valencia city centre (1,45 euros) and then a 25 minute walk or 5 minute taxi journey to Valencia bus station from where there are regular ALSA services direct to Jávea. The single-journey price is 12,45 euros per adult and 8,90 euros per child (2020) and the journey can take between 2-4 hours, depending on the service route. See the METRO VALENCIA website for more details on the L3 route from the airport into the city. [External Link].

Richard Welch has also suggested the following method which he has used. Take the L3 Metro-Valencia service from the airport to the Xàtiva stop in the heart of the city of Valencia and located right next to the València-Nord railway terminal (Ticket: 3,90 euros, 2020). From the railway station, take the C1 Renfe Cercanias service to Gandía (Ticket: 5,80 euros, 2020). From Gandía, take an ALSA coach to Xàbia. (Ticket: 4.70 euros, 2020). The total single-journey price is 14,40 euros (2020). Or you can take a taxi from Gandía which is not so expensive as taking it from the airport. See the RENFE website for more details on the C1 route to Gandía. [External Link].

Taxi: A standard taxi fare – one way – can cost upwards of 100€; taxis can be found outside the arrival hall. There are also a number of private companies who operate between the airport and resorts along the Costa Blanca. You should make sure that they are legally registered to do so.


TRAVELLING BY SEA

Brittany Ferries run three services to the northern coast of Spain – Portsmouth to Bilbao, Portsmouth to Santander and Plymouth to Santander. Check the Brittany Ferries website for more information. [External link].

Bilbao: Jávea is about 750 kilometres from Bilbao via Zaragoza and Valencia, taking about 8–9 hours.

Santander: Jávea is about 830 kilometres from Santander via Zaragoza and Valencia, taking about 9-10 hours.

If you want to break the journey with an overnight stop, we recommend the historic town of Daroca as a nice overnight stop which is almost midway between the northern coast and the Costa Blanca.


TRAVELLING BY RAIL

It’s quite possible to travel from the United Kingdom to Jávea / Xàbia by train – though not quite all the way as our town doesn’t have a rail link but certainly to within a short coach trip of our lovely resort. An excellent resource is ‘The Man in Seat Sixty-One…’ [External Link] which describes the recommended route in detail which uses the Eurostar connection between London and Paris before transferring to the Trenhotel service to Barcelona. From the Catalan capital, there is an option of the cheaper regional express to Valencia or the faster, but more expensive, Euromed service. From the city of Valencia, there is a regular coach service that passes through Jávea / Xàbia.


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