Reader question: How do I prove I have recovered from Covid in Spain?

Reader question: How do I prove I have recovered from Covid in Spain?
As Spain starts to open up to international travellers and prepares its Covid passports to ease travel, we have further information on how people can prove they have recovered from Covid-19 here. 

Reader question: I have had and recovered from Covid-19. I understand that being recovered from Covid is accepted as proof on Spain’s ‘Covid passport’ – but how do I prove that?

On Monday June 7th, Spain officially opened up to vaccinated non-EU/Schengen Zone travellers from around the world, following a last-minute government bulletin which laid out the conditions. 

For people in the EU/Schengen Zone, June 7th was also supposed to be the date when Spain’s ‘Covid passport’ (no official name yet) was expected to be made available to them, although the latest reports suggest its technical implementation isn’t quite ready yet.

This health passport, which will work together with the EU’s upcoming Green Covid Certificate, will facilitate travel across the EU for people who can accredit they’ve been vaccinated against Covid-19 received a negative Covid test result or recovered from Covid-19. 

On Saturday June 5th, Spain released new information regarding how people in Spain and the EU can prove that they’ve recovered from Covid-19.

As expected, this can be proven in the form of a recovery certificate, (certificado de recuperación in Spanish). 

It must be issued by a competent authority or by a medical service at least 11 days after the performance of the first NAAT diagnostic test with a positive result.

A NAAT test, which stands for Nucleic Acid Amplification Test, is a type of viral diagnostic test for SARS-CoV-2. PCR, TMA and LAMP tests all fall under this category.

The validity of the certificate will end 180 days from the date this sample is taken, in other words the certificate can’t be older than 6 months. 

It can’t be used for travel in the 11 days following the date of the positive result.

This certificate or supporting document (vaccination, diagnostic test, recovery) must be the original and it has to be written in Spanish, English, French or German, otherwise it should be accompanied by an official translation into Spanish by an official body.

It can be presented either in its original paper or digital version. According to Spain’s Foreign Ministry, it should have a QR code 

The recovery certificate must include, at least, the following information:

  1. Name and surname of the recovered person.
  2. Date of sampling of the first positive diagnostic test for SARS-CoV-2.
  3. The type of NAAT test performed.
  4. Issuing country

As things stand, this recovery certificate is one of the documents people within the EU can show to travel within the bloc. 

This is not an available option for those wanting to travel to Spain from third countries, as for now only those who can show a vaccination certificate are allowed entry (with the exception of several low risk countries). 

Until Spain’s ‘Covid passports’ are officially launched, the health control form process remains in place, which you can access here.


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