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Covid restrictions and travel rules: What US travellers should know before visiting Spain this summer

After more than a year Spain has opened up to vaccinated travellers from outside the EU, meaning that Americans can come to visit. From visa matters and vaccine certificates to health forms and regional rules, here's everything US citizens need for their trip to Spain from July 2021.

Covid restrictions and travel rules: What US travellers should know before visiting Spain this summer
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Spain finally opened its borders to travellers from June 7th, meaning that Americans are now free to visit.  

Originally Spain was only allowing vaccinated travellers to visit, but from June 24th the US was added to the list of low-risk countries, meaning that there is currently no requirement to bring proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test result. 

The US State Department also eased travel restrictions for Spain, moving the country from its “do not travel” list (level 4) to “reconsider travel” (level 3). 

The US Embassy in Spain advises however that the situation “may change with short notice, so be sure to review this information as close as possible to your travel date”.

READ MORE: What does the US’s new risk classification for Spain mean for American travellers?

Normal entry requirements

American citizens can enter Spain visa-free for periods of up to three months. You may be required to provide proof of an ongoing or return ticket or proof of funds.

According to US embassy in Spain, if you wish to remain longer than 90 days, you will be required to obtain an extension of stay from Spanish immigration authorities. The extension, of no more than 90 days, must be requested at a police station at least three weeks before the initial entry period expires. It only granted under exceptional circumstances.

Make sure to check the expiration date on your passport before travelling to Spain. Entry into any of the 26 European countries in the Schengen area for short-term tourism, a business trip, or in transit to a non-Schengen destination, requires that your passport be valid for at least three months after your date of departure. If your passport does not meet the requirements, you may be refused boarding or refused entry when you arrive. The US embassy in Spain “recommends that your passport have at least six months’ validity remaining, whenever you travel abroad. 

Covid entry requirements

From June 24th, those visiting Spain from US can travel Spain without the need for a vaccination certificate or a negative test result. 

The only Covid requirement is that you fill out a health control form via the Spain Travel Health portal or by downloading the ‘SpTH app’ from the Google Play Store or iTunes App Store for each traveller. This will enable you to download a QR code, which you will show upon arrival. 

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 may also have to undergo physical health checks upon arrival which include a temperature check, a visual check and a documentary check.

Find out more about the health control form here

Tourists arrive at Son Sant Joan airport in Palma de Mallorca on June 7, 2021. Photo: JAIME REINA / AFP

Once in Spain

When you have arrived in Spain, you’ll find that many of the strict restrictions such as nightly curfews and travel bans between regions are gone. 

On June 26th, the requirement to wear a mask outdoors was also abolished, meaning that now you only have to wear a mask indoors, on public transport or outdoors when a distance of 1.5 metres cannot be maintained. 

READ ALSO: EXPLAINED: Where and when do you still have to wear a face mask outdoors in Spain?

Other restrictions still in place include limits on the numbers at social gatherings, capacity limits at bars and restaurants, as well as major tourist sights, and earlier closing hours than normal.

Nightlife venues also began to open up in most regions from June 25th and current rules indicate they’re allowed to stay open until 3am, however Spain’s regions often have their own rules so this time may vary. 

READ ALSO: Going out in Spain: What are the new rules for bars and nightclubs?

The rules and restrictions vary between each of Spain’s 17 regions, so make sure you’ve read up on the rules where you’re going.

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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.

FIND OUT MORE: How to get to Justo’s Cathedral and more amazing images

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