VISITING – How to get to Jávea

COVID-19 Latest Information

Spain’s borders are currently open, albeit with certain requirements for entry into the country, depending on the assessment of risk of the country in which the traveller began their journey.

TRAVELLING FROM THE UK

If you are travelling from the UK, you can enter Spain for any reason, including tourism, but there are different procedures to follow, according to your vaccination status.

I HAVE A VALID COVID CERTIFICATE

If you are in possession of a valid digital EU certificate (or valid equivalent) proving vaccination against COVID-19, a negative result of an approved diagnostic test (PCR taken within 72 hours prior to departure or antigen test taken within 48 hours prior to departure) , or recovery from the disease, then it is not necessary complete the SPTH Health Control Form and on arrival at the airport you will need to follow the indicated ORANGE ROUTE for the appropriate processing into the country.

I DON’T HAVE A VALID COVID CERTIFICATE

If you DO NOT have a valid digital EU certificate (or valid equivalent) proving vaccination against COVID-19, a negative result of an approved diagnostic test (PCR taken within 72 hours prior to departure or antigen test taken within 48 hours prior to departure), or recovery from the disease, then you must complete the SPTH Health Control Form (click here) which will provide you with a unique non-transferable QR code valid for the single trip. You will have to present this QR code prior to boarding the aircraft and upon your arrival into Spain. You will then need to follow the indicated BLUE ROUTE for the appropriate processing into the country.

IF YOU HAVE HAD COVID-19 IN THE LAST YEAR

If you are travelling to Spain for tourism and are not fully vaccinated but have recovered from a prior COVID-19 infection within the last six months, you can use the NHS Covid Pass or a recovery certificate issued by the relevant health authority or medical service to confirm your COVID-19 status. At least 11 days must have passed since the first positive test by NAAT (PCR or similar) or rapid antigen test. The recovery certificate must be valid for 180 days from the date of the positive test.

DURING YOUR STAY IN SPAIN

You must follow the COVID-19 recommendations that are in place at all times, as indicated by the health authorities of the region of the country that you are visiting as well as the national mandatory restrictions that in place during your stay. This includes the obligation to wear a face mask under certain conditions, such as when travelling on public transport, attending health centres, hospitals and chemists, and when visiting elderly residences. The Spanish government also recommends the use of face masks in enclosed spaces, such as shops, cinemas, bar and restaurants and at large events such as concerts, sporting events, etc.

Click here for the latest information on travel to and from Spain with relation to COVID-19. This page is continuously updated.


Post-BREXIT Procedures for UK Nationals

IF YOU ARE REGISTERED AS RESIDENT IN SPAIN

British citizens should proactively show proof of residency to Spanish border authorities on their arrival in Spain as well as their passport. Passports should not be stamped.

Link: The UK-EU Withdrawal Agreement & the TIE residency card

IF YOU ARE NOT REGISTERED AS RESIDENT IN SPAIN

Be aware that, as Third Country nationals, UK citizens are now subject to the same entry conditions as those from the United States, Canada, New Zealand, etc.

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 be less than ten years old of the day of entry into Spain and have at least three months validity left on the day that your plan to leave.) UK nationals may also need to provide a ticket for return or onward travel, proof of accommodation. and proof that they have enough money for their stay in Spain.

If you are staying with friends or family, suitable proof of accommodation may be difficult to provide. However, the Spanish government has confirmed that a “Carta de Invitación” is an option to prove that you have accommodation. Unfortunately, this costs money – at least 80 euros – and the procedure has to be carried out by the person with which you are staying in Spain through the nearest station of the Comisaría de Policia where they are registered as resident. The process for application is explained in a special section HERE.


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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