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How to get a Digital Covid Certificate for travel from Spain to the EU

The EU-wide Digital Covid Certificates were introduced across the bloc from July 1st and all regions in Spain have made it available to their residents. Here's how you can request yours.

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Covid digital certificate. Photo: Claudio Schwarz | @purzlbaum / Unsplash

One important point before we begin – the following article is for people based in Spain who are looking to travel to another EU country, not for people in the EU who are looking to travel to Spain. 

Digital Covid Certificates are designed to help make travel around the EU easier, however, they are not a requirement for travel.

The document contains a QR code specific to you that airport staff can easily scan and check that you meet the travel safety requirements. It will include information like if you’ve been vaccinated or not, if you’ve had and now recovered from Covid-19 or if you have a recent negative Covid test.

Overall, they are designed to save you time and effort while travelling in EU/Schengen Zone countries. From the EU’s perspective, it’s a way of avoiding quarantine and other restrictions for travellers in its member states.

They are not the same as vaccination certificates issued by Spain’s regions, which are mainly for informational purposes. 

Spain’s Secretary General of Digital Health Alfredo González said that the point of the certificate is to “facilitate movement” between EU countries, however it is still possible to travel without one. 

It’s also very important that you check the travel rules and restrictions in the country you’re travelling to, and before flying back to Spain, you must visit either the Spain Travel Health website or download the app to fill in a health control form to get a QR code that includes all your important health and contact details, as well as provide proof of a vaccination/recovery/test certificate at the airport.

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So if you’re planning on travelling outside of Spain this summer, here’s how you can apply for a certificate in your region.

Please be aware that not all regions in Spain have the digital Covid certificate system in place yet, so we will only mention the ones that have. If your region is not mentioned, please check back here at a later date to see if your region has implemented the system or not.

Andalusia

According to the Andalusian regional premier Juan Manuel Moreno, the over-65s will receive a physical copy delivered to their homes, because they “are not accustomed to the digital methods”. The rest of the fully vaccinated population will be able to request it via the Andalusian health service website or app.

The certificate is available, regardless of the type of healthcare you have – public or private via the online portal ClicSalud+ and the app Salud Andalusia. In order to download it, you’ll have to identify yourself on the portal or app with your TIE number/NIE number, [email protected] or digital certificate. The certificate is available in the ‘Salud‘ section, under “COVID-19 Certificates” online and via the home screen on the app.

Once in this section, you will able to access the corresponding certificate, as well as that of your social security beneficiaries under 16 years of age.

Aragón

On the Salud Informa website, those in Aragón will be able to obtain the new Covid digital certificate by clicking on ‘Certificado Digital’ in the left-hand corner of the screen. To log in you will need your health card number, your ID number or digital certificate/[email protected] and your health PIN. Once completed with the data, a PDF file will be downloaded with the information and QR code you need. Those who want the physical certificate can visit their local health centers.

Asturias

You can request your Covid certificate digitally through the portal of the Ministerio de Sanidad, Consumo y Bienestar Social using your digital certificate, DNI/TIE, [email protected] PIN or Permanent [email protected] If you don’t have any of these, you can also get a physical paper version by making an appointment at The User Attention Services of the eight health areas or The Citizen Service Offices of the Principality of Asturias (in Gijón, Oviedo, Avilés). Click here for more information. 

Balearic Islands

In the Balearic Islands, you can download your Covid Digital Certificate from the Portal del Paciente (Patient Portal) on the Ib-Salut website by logging on with your [email protected] PIN. If you don’t have one, you can also write to the e-mail address associated with the Patient Portal to ask them for one. 

Basque Country

Those in the Basque Country can download the certificates from their Osakidetza health folder. In order to access it, you will need your digital certificate or be registered in the BakQ electronic identification system.

Cantabria 

On the Cantabria Health website, there is a page dedicated to the Digital Covid Certificate and instructions on how to download one. There are two options on the site, the first is to enter your details including ID number, date of birth and telephone number. You will then be sent a code to confirm your identity. The second option is to simply log on and download one with your Permanent [email protected] 

Canary Islands

To obtain the certificate if you live in the Canary Islands you can go through the ‘miHistoria’ portal, which is also available as a mobile app for Android and iOS. You can download it with a digital certificate or your Canarian Health Service ID number. 

Castilla-La Mancha 

Those in Castilla-La Mancha can choose the option of an electronic or a paper certificate by filling out their information on the Castilla-La Mancha health website here. For the digital version, you will need your DNI/TIE/NIE, date of birth, CIP health card number and expiration date. For the paper version, you will need to make an appointment at the offices of the Castilla-La Mancha Healthcare Services or several other administrative offices (see the full list here). Be aware though that if you opt for the paper version, it will take three months to be processed. 

Castilla y León

Download the SACYL Conecta app for Android and iOS in order to get your certificate in Castilla y León. You will need the usual digital certificate or the [email protected] system to access it.

Catalonia

Those in Catalonia can get their certificates via the ‘La meva Salut’ portal or from the ‘La meva Salut’ app. From either of these you can download one of the three types of certificates, including the Digital Covid Certificate. 

Extremadura

Those in Extremadura can visit the Extremadura Health portal. On the home page slider, you’ll see information about the Covid Digital Certificate. From here you can request a recovery certificate, vaccination or test. A digital certificate or PIN code is required to access it. The certificate can also be requested in person at health centers and hospitals.

Galicia

In Galicia, there are different options on where to obtain your certificate. You can do it at vaccination centres after you’ve had your jab or online from the PassCovid.gal app. To request the certificate you will need to access the Chave365 system and ‘Mi historia clínica’.

La Rioja 

The La Rioja health portal offers three very easy options to download your certificate here. You can either put in your CIP card number and receive an SMS with instructions, log on with your personal details including name and date of birth, or log on with your digital certificate or electronic ID. 

Madrid

To request the certificate in the Community of Madrid you will have to go through the Tarjeta Sanitaria app. If the option is not activated on your app yet, you can call the number 900 102 112 to ask or go to your local health center and directly request a QR code to enter it in the application.

Murcia

To request the certificate in Murcia, you will have to access the sede electrónica. If this doesn’t work for you, then you can also request it in person at the Public Health delegations in Lorca and Cartagena.

Navarra

Those in Navarra can download the digital certificate through the Personal Health Folder website or from their mobile apps. You need your digital certificate, PIN code or health card number to access it. You can also request the certificate in person at local health centers. 

Valencia

Visit the Valencian government’s website here. You will need your SIP card number, issue date of your health card and date of birth to log on. 

If you have received your full vaccination treatment, had a PCR (max 72 earlier before travel) or antigen test (max 48 hours) or can prove you’ve recovered from Covid in the last six months, you will be able to download your corresponding certificate by clicking on “Solicitar Certificado Covid Digital UE”. 

The recovery certificate will be valid from the end of the isolation period, day 11 since the positive PCR test, until 180 days later.

READ ALSO: How to get a Digital Covid Certificate for travel in Spain’s Valencia region 

The Digital Covid Certificate is available to residents of Spain, regardless of nationality.

These health passes are meant primarily for travel, whereas the vaccination certificates that Spain’s regions offer are mainly for informational purposes.

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Region by region: How to get a Covid-19 vaccination certificate in Spain

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IN IMAGES: Spain’s ‘scrap cathedral’ lives on after creator’s death

For over 60 years, former monk Justo Gallego almost single-handedly built a cathedral out of scrap materials on the outskirts of Madrid. Here is a picture-based ode to his remarkable labour of love.

IN IMAGES: Spain's 'scrap cathedral' lives on after creator's death
File photo taken on August 3, 1999 shows Justo Gallego Martinez, then 73, posing in front of his cathedral. Photo: ERIC CABANIS / AFP

The 96-year-old died over the weekend, but left the unfinished complex in Mejorada del Campo to a charity run by a priest that has vowed to complete his labour of love.

Gallego began the project in 1961 when he was in his mid-30s on land inherited from his family after a bout of tuberculosis forced him to leave an order of Trappist monks.

Today, the “Cathedral of Justo” features a crypt, two cloisters and 12 towers spread over 4,700 square metres (50,600 square feet), although the central dome still does not have a cover.

He used bricks, wood and other material scavenged from old building sites, as well as through donations that began to arrive once the project became better known.

A woman prays at the Cathedral of Justo on November 26, 2021. (Photo by Gabriel BOUYS / AFP)
A woman prays at the Cathedral of Justo on November 26, 2021. (Photo by Gabriel BOUYS / AFP)
 

The building’s pillars are made from stacked oil drums while windows have been cobbled and glued together from shards of coloured glass.

“Recycling is fashionable now, but he used it 60 years ago when nobody talked about it,” said Juan Carlos Arroyo, an engineer and architect with engineering firm Calter.

Men work at the Cathedral of Justo on November 26, 2021 in Mejorada del Campo, 20km east of Madrid.
Men work at the Cathedral of Justo on November 26, 2021 in Mejorada del Campo, 20km east of Madrid. Photo: (Photo by Gabriel BOUYS / AFP)

The charity that is taking over the project, “Messengers of Peace”, hired the firm to assess the structural soundness of the building, which lacks a permit.

No blueprint

“The structure has withstood significant weather events throughout its construction,” Arroyo told AFP, predicting it will only need some “small surgical interventions”.

Renowned British architect Norman Foster visited the site in 2009 — when he came to Spain to collect a prize — telling Gallego that he should be the one getting the award, Arroyo added.

Religious murals on a walls of Justo's cathedral. (Photo by Gabriel BOUYS / AFP)
Religious murals on a walls of Justo’s cathedral. (Photo by Gabriel BOUYS / AFP)
 

The sturdiness of the project is surprising given that Gallego had no formal training as a builder, and he worked without a blueprint.

In interviews, he repeatedly said that the details for the cathedral were “in his head” and “it all comes from above”.

Builders work on the dome of the Cathedral of Justo on November 26th. (Photo by Gabriel BOUYS / AFP)
Builders work on the dome of the Cathedral of Justo on November 26th. (Photo by Gabriel BOUYS / AFP)
 

The complex stands in a street called Avenida Antoni Gaudi, named after the architect behind Barcelona’s iconic Sagrada Familia basilica which has been under construction since 1883.

But unlike the Sagrada Familia, the Cathedral of Justo Gallego as it is known is not recognised by the Roman Catholic Church as a place of worship.

Visit gaze at the stained glass and busts in of the cathedral's completed sections. (Photo by Gabriel BOUYS / AFP)
Visit gaze at the stained glass and busts in of the cathedral’s completed sections. (Photo by Gabriel BOUYS / AFP)
 

‘Worth visiting’

Father Angel Garcia Rodriguez, the maverick priest who heads Messengers of Peace, wants to turn Gallego’s building into an inclusive space for all faiths and one that is used to help the poor.

“There are already too many cathedrals and too many churches, that sometimes lack people,” he said.

“It will not be a typical cathedral, but a social centre where people can come to pray or if they are facing difficulties,” he added.

A photo of Justo Gallego Martinez on display at his cathedral following his passing. (Photo by Gabriel BOUYS / AFP)
A photo of Justo Gallego Martinez on display at his cathedral following his passing. (Photo by Gabriel BOUYS / AFP)
 

Father Angel is famous in Spain for running a restaurant offering meals to the homeless and for running a church in central Madrid where pets are welcome and the faithful can confess via iPad.

Inside the Cathedral of Justo, volunteers continued working on the structure while a steady stream of visitors walked around the grounds admiring the building in the nondescript suburb.

“If the means are put in, especially materials and money, to finish it, then it will be a very beautiful place of worship,” said Ramon Calvo, 74, who was visiting the grounds with friends.

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