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Do I need a Covid health pass to travel between regions in Spain this autumn?

Vaccination or testing proof are the norm for international travel to and from Spain, but what about if you’re already in Spain and flying to another part of the country?

A woman checks her EU Digital Covid certificate on her mobile phone at El Prat airport in Barcelona on July 1, 2021.
There is currently only one region in Spain which requires arrivals by air or sea from another part of Spain to show a Digital Covid Certificate. Photo: Pau Barrena/AFP

NOVEMBER 1ST UPDATE: Covid health pass no longer needed for travel between Spain’s regions

Currently, travel to Spain from most EU and non-EU countries requires proof of full vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test. 

The same applies to other nations’ health requirements for travellers from Spain: proof of Covid-19 health status is a must with very few exceptions.

But how about national travellers? 

Do you need to show the Covid health pass issued by your region if you’re flying between Madrid and Barcelona?

In the event that you’re not fully vaccinated against Covid-19, do you need to get a Covid-19 test before catching a ferry between Valencia and Mallorca?

The answer is no if you’re flying between two places on the Spanish mainland.

The exceptions are – or have been until recently – Spain’s two archipelagos: the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands. 

It’s worth pointing out that for bus, car or train journeys within the Spanish mainland, having to show a Covid health pass at any point of the journey is not a requirement.  

The Canary Islands 

On October 1st, the Canary government lifted the requirement for passengers arriving from another part of Spain to have to show a Covid health pass reflecting their full vaccination, negative Covid test results or proof of recovery. 

The high rate of vaccination in the archipelago and low rate of infections are the two main reasons given for this decision.

In practice, it means one step less of security that arrivals from other parts of Spain have to go through when arriving at the Canaries’ airports and ports (it also applies to ferries).

It also means that arrivals in the Canary Islands with no proof of vaccination or testing will no longer have to quarantine until they get the negative results of Covid-19 test.  

Regional health authorities found that over the summer holidays, 94 percent of arrivals from the rest of Spain provided either a negative Covid-19 test or proof of full vaccination. 

The Balearic Islands 

As things stand, the Balearic Islands is the only region which requires national travellers to show some form of Covid health pass.

However, these restrictions are up for discussion on October 25th, meaning that arrivals by sea or air to Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera may soon not be asked for proof of vaccination, recovery or testing. 

As things stand, the Balearic government determines whether travellers need to show a Covid health pass depending on whether the regions they are resident in have a fortnightly infection rate below or above 60 cases per 100,000 people. 

If it’s under that rate, there’s no health pass requirement, but if it’s above there is.

You can check whether you need to show a Covid health pass on the Balearic government’s health website here.

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Ryanair strike in Spain: 54 flights cancelled and 300 delayed on Thursday

Fifty-four Ryanair flights to and from Spain were cancelled on Thursday and several hundred others delayed during an ongoing strike by the low-cost airline’s cabin staff.

Ryanair strike in Spain: 54 flights cancelled and 300 delayed on Thursday

The strike which took place as European schools were breaking up for the summer was the latest stoppage by European airline staff demanding better conditions.

By 8:00 pm (1800 GMT), 54 flights had been cancelled and more than 300 delayed, with the airports in Barcelona and Malaga worst-hit, the USO union said.

Although Ryanair had said all scheduled flights would be operating, the airline “had not called in the full crew” at certain airports.

“The crew members that were not called in have joined the strike while those that were, went to the airports.. but there were not enough of them to operate the flights,” it said.

The strike by Ryanair cabin crew in Spain, where there are some 1,900 employees, is affecting 10 of the airline bases in the country and is due to run until July 2nd.

Earlier, the airline said flight disruption through the strike was “minimal” and only affected three percent of its Spanish flights.

The employees, who are demanding better working conditions, began an initial three-day strike on June 24 during which 129 Spanish flights were cancelled, the union said.

USO union representative Ernesto Iglesias (C) talks to the press during a Ryanair employees strike at Adolfo Suarez Madrid Barajas airport Madrid on June 24, 2022. (Photo by OSCAR DEL POZO / AFP)

Ryanair is the airline that transports the most passengers in the Spanish market, offering more than 650 routes to 27 airports, the company says.

The initial strike in Spain coincided with industrial action by the airline’s staff in Portugal, Belgium, Italy and France demanding respect for labour rights and higher wages.

On Friday, staff with rival low-cost airline EasyJet will also be striking for the first of three weekends in July demanding parity in working conditions in line with other European airlines.

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