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MAP: Which areas of Spain are under new Covid-19 restrictions?

New restrictions have been introduced in several parts of Spain in a bid to curb the spread of coronavirus. Here's a look at which areas have new rules on daily life.

MAP: Which areas of Spain are under new Covid-19 restrictions?
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Currently some 5.2 million residents have their movements limited and are confined to their municipalities unable to leave except to go to work, to study or in exceptional circumstances.

The city of Madrid had its perimeter locked down on Friday night as well as nine smaller municipalities on its outskirts placing 4.7 million Madrileños under new restrictions in the region.

But the restrictions have not only been placed on those in the capital. At least 22 other municipalities across Spain have also been restricted including the entire cities of León and Palencia in Castile-León region, which on Monday recorded a cumulative incidence rate above the 500 threshold and met the Ministry of Health's criteria for new restrictions.

In fact authorities in Castile-León have taken the decision to place seven other municipalities under new restrictions despite not having yet reached the threshold introduced by Spain’s government last week.

In the map below the red dots mark municipalities restricted under the new Ministry of Health criteria, while the red dots are restrictions imposed by regional health authorities.

In Aragon, regional authorities have placed the town of La Almunia de Doña Godina under partial confinement after a spike in cases there and have also pushed the cities of Huesxa and Zaragoza back into Phase 2 restrictions ahead of this weekend’s Fiestas del Pilar – the patron saint of the region.

Navarra has placed four of its town under restrictions and neighbouring region of La Rioja has three municipalities under partial lockdown.

Meanwhile in Murcia, four towns – Jumilla, Lorca, Carvaca de la Cruz and Totana –  have restrictions in place.

Andalusia has applied restrictions to just one town, that of Casariche in Seville province after an outbreak that saw a cumulative incidence rate of 4,500 cases per 100,000 in its population of just over 5,000 residents.

In Extremadura, Eljas in Cáceres province has been confined since September 26because of an outbreak affecting its 900 residents.

Other zones, including Beniganim in Valencia, Bolaños de Calatrava in Ciudad Real and four zones in Mallorca’s capital Palma have seen restrictions lifted this week after perimeter confinements were successful in bringing down the number of new cases.

Across regions in Spain health authorities have opted to impose other restrictions which fall short of perimeter confinement. In Galicia for example, those in Ourense are banned from social gatherings outside their household.

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TRAVEL: What Covid-19 entry requirements does Spain still have?

The pandemic no longer dominates daily life and travel, but do Spanish authorities still have restrictions in place for international travellers arriving during the summer of 2022?

TRAVEL: What Covid-19 entry requirements does Spain still have?

Spain’s tourism industry is in full swing again after two difficult years, with more than 38 million international visitors in the first half of 2022. 

All domestic restrictions have ended (with the exception of mask wearing in hospitals, other health-related centres, care homes and on public transport). 

But how about Covid-19 travel restrictions? Are the tests, form-filling and proof of vaccination that made travel to Spain in 2020 and 2021 more complicated still in place?

EU/Schengen Area countries

Passengers arriving in Spain by air or sea from EU and/or Schengen countries are not required to show proof of their Covid-19 status through a certificate (vaccination, testing or recovery) nor fill in the SpTH health control form that was previously needed.

For travellers who live in EU/Schengen nations, travel to Spain is now practically the same as it was in 2019 before the pandemic began, except that they will be required to wear a mask on the plane or inside the ferry (mask wearing on the latter depends on certain conditions).

Non-EU/Schengen countries

For UK nationals, Americans, Indians, Australians and all other third-country nationals who don’t reside in Spain/EU and arrive in Spain by air or sea, the pre-existing Covid-19 requirements are technically (more on this further down) still in place.

Therefore, non-EU/Schengen travellers arriving in Spain should be able to prove either that they’re:

  • Fully vaccinated. Your vaccination status must meet the Spanish authorities’ validity period requirements. If more than 270 days have passed since your initial vaccination, you need to show proof of a booster shot.
  • Had a Covid-19 test which came back negative. This should be either a PCR taken within 72 hours prior to departure, or an antigen test taken within 24 hours prior to departure. 
  • Recovered from Covid-19 in the last six months. You can use a medical certificate or recovery record to prove your Covid-19 status on entry to Spain. 

The easiest way to show proof of one of the above is by showing your Covid-19 digital or paper certificate issued by the relevant authority of your country. So far, 48 non-EU countries (and territories) have joined the EU Digital COVID Certificate equivalence system, which you can check out here

If the country where you were issued a vaccination, testing or recovery certificate isn’t on the list, then you will have to fill in Spain’s health control form before travel to Spain. 

It’s worth noting that the above requirements do not apply to children under the age of 12.

Is Spain really still asking non-EU travellers to show a Covid-19 certificate?

This really depends on the airport, the airport official and any other number of factors.

It is clear that Covid-19 and the seriousness with which Spain’s Health Ministry and therefore airport border officials treat the pandemic has fallen considerably in recent months.

Many non-EU travellers have commented on Twitter about the fact that they were not asked to show any proof of Covid vaccination, testing or recovery upon arrival in Spain. 

Others who have visited the country during the summer of 2022 have said that they were asked to provide proof of their Covid status.

Therefore, even though for those who go to the trouble of paying for a Covid-19 test which then doesn’t get checked it can seem like a waste of money, it is better to be safe than sorry.

All non-EU travellers who don’t live in Spain or the EU/Schengen Area should therefore keep in mind that, technically speaking, Spain’s rules still state that arrivals from outside of the EU/Schengen Area by air or sea must have proof of vaccination, testing or recovery, so make sure you carry this with you. 

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