Spain has now started to accept the EU’s Digital Covid Certificates and several EU/EEA countries have also been reclassified as high risk.
All international travellers have to fill in a health control form on the Spain Travel Health website or app before flying to Spain.
Those entering from an EU or EEA country
Spain started accepting the EU’s Digital Covid Certificates from July 1st, which will is making it a lot easier to prove entry requirements into member state countries.
Passengers with a Digital Covid Certificate, as well as all travellers coming from countries not considered at risk, will be able to get a ‘FAST CONTROL QR code’ after completing the health control form before their departure.
The ‘FAST CONTROL QR code’ gives access to faster health checks, as passengers will not have to show the certificate either at boarding or at the health check on arrival.
The Digital Covid Certificates prove that a person has been vaccinated against Covid-19, has recovered from Covid-19 or has a negative test.
Spain reclassified several EU/EEA countries as high risk, which came into effect on July 19th. Those EU countries currently on the high-risk list currently include Belgium, Cyprus, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, the Netherlands, Portugal and Sweden. There are exceptions for those from certain regions within those countries. See the full list here.
Travellers entering from the EU or EEA countries classified as high risk will need to show one of three things to be able to enter Spain. These include:
- A Certificate of vaccination
Your vaccine certificate must be issued by the authorities in your country of origin, 14 days or more after the date of administration of the last dose of the vaccine. The certificate should include at least the following information:
- Name and surname of the vaccinated person
- Date of vaccination, stating the date of the last dose administered
- Type of vaccine administered
- Number of doses administered/complete schedule
- Issuing country
- Identification of the institution issuing the vaccination certificate
- A negative Covid-19 test
Travellers can show proof of a negative PCR or PCR-like test, but now they can also show negative antigen test too. This means that now travellers don’t have to pay so much for the PCR test and can opt for the cheaper antigen one instead. This must be carried out within 48 hours before travel in the case of PCRs and antigen tests.
Where tests are required, the cut-off age for children is now 12.
- Certificate of recovery from Covid-19
Even if you haven’t been vaccinated yet, you can still show that you have recovered from Covid-19. The Spanish authorities state: “The certificate must be issued by the competent authority or a medical service at least 11 days after the first NAATtype diagnostic test (PCR, TMA, LAMP or similar) with a positive result”. The validity of the certificate expires 180 days from the date of your negative test. The certificate should include the following information:
1.Name and surname of the holder
2. Date of sampling of the first positive diagnostic test for SARS-CoV-2
3. Type of NAAT test performed
4. Issuing country
All of these certificates must either be in English, Spanish, French or German.
Travellers from outside the EU/EEA
Spain allows non-EU/EAA people who have been fully immunised 14 days or more before travel with vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency or by the World Health Organisation.
Unvaccinated non-EU/EEA travellers have to prove duly accredited reasons such as being students, health or diplomatic staff, hold a long-term Schengen visa and other imperative reasons that are listed here. They also have to provide a negative NAAT test (PCR, TMA, LAMP or NEAR) taken within 72 hours before travel to Spain.
“All third-country nationals, even if they belong to one of the listed categories, who, after verification by the health authorities, do not meet the health control requirements for COVID-19 established by the Ministry of Health, will be subjected to denial of entry for public health reasons,” reads Spain’s Health Ministry website.
There is also a list of third countries that are exempt from having to show proof of vaccination or testing to visit Spain.
Currently, these are Albania, Saudi Arabia, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Canada, China (as well as Hong Kong and Macau), Israel, Japan, Jordan, Lebanon, Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Moldova, Qatar, Rwanda, Serbia, Singapore, Switzerland, Thailand and the United States of America.
All international travellers, regardless of the country, have to fill in Spain’s health control form.
Travellers from the UK
As of July 2nd, arrivals to Spain from the United Kingdom have had to provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test or proof that they have been fully vaccinated.
Previously, travellers from the UK were allowed to enter Spain without the need for a negative test or a vaccination certificate, however on June 29th Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, announced that this would change, given the rising infection rates in the UK and dominant Delta variant.
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Those who have been fully vaccinated will need to show a vaccination certificate (either electronically or in print) dated at least 14 days from the last vaccination dose.
Alternatively, a negative COVID-19 test result can be shown (NAAT type, e.g TMA, PCR, LAMP & NEAR) issued within 48 hours of arrival into Spain. Antigen tests will not be accepted.
Children under 12 years old are exempt from the requirement to present a negative PCR or vaccination certificate when travelling with an adult.
Can I enter if I’ve been inoculated with any Covid-19 vaccine?
Spain currently only accepts vaccine proof from those who have been inoculated with those Covid-19 vaccines authorised by the European Medicines Agency or those that have completed the World Health Organisation’s emergency use process.
Do I need to show any other documentation in regards to Covid-19?
Yes, the Spanish authorities state: “Regardless of your country of origin, all passengers arriving in Spain by air or sea, including those in transit and children under 6 years of age, must complete a health control form before their departure”.
You can find the health control form here or the Spain Travel Health app. When you fill in the form, a QR code will be generated, which you must show before boarding your transportation and upon arrival at the border checks in Spain. Find out more about the health control form here.
Are there any other health checks?
Yes, upon arrival in Spain, you may still have to undergo temperature checks, as well as other physical checks if you if appear unwell.
Are there any countries that travellers are still banned from?
On August 3rd, Spain lifted its travel ban for arrivals from South Africa and Brazil, in place since February 2nd.
Is there any quarantine period?
Most travellers are not required to quarantine upon arrival in Spain, meaning that they can begin their holiday or visit as soon as they arrive.
However, arrivals from Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Namibia, India, Brazil and South Africa have to quarantine for ten days.
All travellers who set off from airports in these countries must remain at their address or accommodation in Spain and limit their contact with others and movement to the strictly essential.
The Spanish government makes no quarantine exception for fully vaccinated travellers from countries on the quarantine list, who will also have to meet Spain’s other travel rules and restrictions for entry.
The ten-day quarantine can end earlier if the traveller gets a negative NAAT or similar test result on the seventh day after landing in Spain.