Spain lifts Covid testing requirement for travellers from Germany, Italy, Austria and more EU countries

Spain lifts Covid testing requirement for travellers from Germany, Italy, Austria and more EU countries
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Holidaymakers from most regions in Germany and Italy as well as a number of other countries can now visit Spain without having to show a negative PCR/antigen test or proof of vaccination or recovery, Spanish authorities have announced. 

Spain’s Health Ministry has updated its entry requirements for EU/EEA countries to exclude most German states, Italian regions and other countries from its risk countries/areas list, a decision which effectively means that more European travellers can visit Spain without having to prove their Covid status or pay for diagnostic tests. 

Spanish authorities have reached this decision based on the improving infection rate in these areas and their advanced vaccination campaigns, meaning that the people travelling from countries/areas no longer on the risk list do not have to show proof of a negative PCR test or antigen test, proof of vaccination or proof of recovery. 

The lifting of the testing requirement came into effect on Monday June 21st and applies to travellers from all German states except Baden-Württemberg and Saarland, who will still have to prove their Covid-19 status. 

The same applies to people in Italy travelling to Spain from the regions of Abruzzo, Emilia-Romagna, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Lazio, Liguria, Lombardia, Marche, Molise, Piemonte, Provincia Autonoma di Bolzano/Bozen, Provincia Autonoma di Trento, Puglia, Sardinia, Toscana, Umbria and Veneto, who do not need to provide negative Covid tests.

Holidaymakers heading to Spain from several counties in Norway – Innlandet, Møre og Romsdal, Nordland, Rogaland, Trøndelag, Vestland and Viken – are also now excluded from the testing requirement.

The omission from the risk list of Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary ,Finland, Poland, Romania, Bulgaria and Malta effectively means that travellers from these countries do not have to show proof of Covid status when travelling to Spain.

Greek travellers from Anatoliki Makedonia Thraki, Ipeiros, Peloponnisos and Voreio Aigaio can also come to Spain test-free, as can Croatians heading to Spain from Panonska Hrvatska.

If you want to travel to Spain from a territory that’s still on Spain’s risk list, here are the entry requirements you have to meet

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Spain’s EU/EEA risk country/area list has remained practically unchanged in 2021, only including small islands and isolated territories in the bloc as exceptions to the testing rule. 

The list is updated on a weekly basis, meaning that this latest version is valid until June 27th. 

There are also travellers from third countries from outside the EU/EEA who can visit Spain without having to show a vaccine/test/recovery certificate, such as the case of British tourists, who have been able to visit Spain without a PCR or antigen test since May

The full list of non-EU/EEA countries whose travellers can visit Spain for non-essential reasons and don’t need to prove their Covid status remains unchanged: Australia, Israel, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Hong Kong, Macao, China, the United Kingdom and Japan.

However, all international travellers flying to Spain, whether they’re from the EU or outside or are on the risk list or not, must make sure they fill in a health control form on the Spain Travel Health website or app before travelling to Spain. Travellers should also remember to check the entry requirements of their countries for travel from Spain. 

If you’re planning on staying at tourist accommodation in Spain’s Canary Islands, you should check their requirements here.

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  1. What are the Covid-19 test requirements after entering Germany while traveling? And, if we leave Germany and travel into Austria and/or Switzerland, what are the Covid-19 test requirements for re-entering Germany? We are US tourists and not vaccinated.

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