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MAP: Which regions in Spain still require a Covid pass for daily affairs?

As Covid cases continue to decline, all of Spain's regions have now scrapped the use of the Covid pass in most venues. However, they are still required by some regions to access hospitals and care homes. Read on to find out where.

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A woman scans a QR code for the Covid pass. Photo: Bertha WANG / AFP

All regions, except Madrid, Castilla y León, Castilla-La Mancha and Extremadura introduced the Covid pass in some form or another, however over the last two months, all other regions have decided to get rid of them. 

They are now only required in some regions to access hospitals and care homes. 

Here is a map and information which details what the Covid health pass rules are in each of Spain’s 17 regions. 

Andalusia: As of February 15th, the Covid pass is no longer required in Andalusia. 

Aragón: The Covid pass is only required to access hospitals and care homes. In all other situations, it is not mandatory. 

Asturias: A Covid pass is no longer required in Asturias to access any venue. The government of the northern region decided to get rid of them from January 28th onwards. 

Balearics: The government of the Balearics ditched the use of the Covid pass on February 12th. 

Basque Country: The Basque Country has eliminated the use of the Covid pass on February 4th. It is currently not required for any activities. 

Canary Islands: The Covid pass has been used on a voluntary basis in the Canaries, however the courts rejected an appeal from the government to extend this further. 

Cantabria: Covid passes ceased to be required in Cantabria from January 19th, after the government deemed them ineffective. 

READ ALSO: Spain’s Cantabria scraps Covid health pass for being ‘ineffective’

Castilla-La Mancha: The regional government has not implemented the requirement of the Covid certificate for daily affairs for any establishment in the region.

Castilla y León: Covid passes are not mandatory in any establishment in Castilla y León. 

Catalonia: The Catalan government scrapped the obligatory use of Covid passports to enter bars, restaurants, cultural venues, and all other establishments on January 27th. 

Valencia region: The Valencian authorities announced that the Covid pass would no longer be necessary for most activities from March 1st onwards. The only places where you still have to show one are in care homes and social centres for the elderly. 

Extremadura: The pass is not required in Extremadura. 

Galicia: The use of the health pass is no longer required in Galicia and ceased to be in effect from February 26th. However, it is still mandatory to access hospitals and care homes. 

La Rioja: The government of La Rioja scrapped the use of the Covid passes on February 15th. They are now only required to access hospitals and care homes. 

Madrid: The regional government has decided not to implement the use of the health pass. 

Murcia: The health pass had been used in Murcia on a voluntary basis for a while, but they were scrapped for all venues from February 16th.

Navarre: As of February 15th, the health pass is not required anywhere. 

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    Let’s keep each other safe.
    Don’t drink too much.
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    It’s going to some discipline from us all

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Spain’s Iberia calls for government to scrap face mask rule on planes

Spain’s flagship airline Iberia has criticised the Spanish government’s ongoing mask requirement for passengers on planes bound to the country, stressing that it “doesn’t make any sense” and “it affects tourism”.

Spain's Iberia calls for government to scrap face mask rule on planes

Although the majority of Spain’s domestic and travel Covid-19 restrictions were lifted before the summer of 2022, one of the only rules that still remains in place is the obligation of wearing a face mask on public transport. 

This includes aeroplanes, buses, trains, taxis and some ferries, but mask wearing isn’t compulsory at airports, ports or bus and train stations. 

For officials of Spain’s flagship airline Iberia, the time has come for this rule to be lifted.

“One of the airline industry’s main concerns is that mask wearing doesn’t make much sense,” Iberia’s Corporate Communications Director Juan Cierco said during a business talk organised by Spanish news agency Europa Press on Monday.

“We’re the only country along with China and one or two more that still has this rule.”

Cierco added, whilst putting on a mask to prove a point, that: “Here we are with seven ministers, none of them are wearing a mask, so getting on a plane now to or from Spain and being forced to wear a mask doesn’t make sense”.

The corporate director stressed that he wasn’t questioning the view of health experts but couldn’t understand why almost all other countries ditched the mask rule for public transport long ago.

“We should take off our masks because it’s affecting tourism and business now. Many international passengers tell us that they prefer to fly to other destinations or with other airlines, because 10 hours with the mask on board a plane, when it is no longer necessary or essential for health reasons, it just doesn’t make any sense”.

As things stand, the general rule is that cabin crew from all airlines have to tell passengers on planes bound to Spain that they have to wear masks. 

If on the other hand the aircraft is flying out of Spain, the mask rules of the country which the plane is flying to apply, which in almost all cases means face coverings aren’t required.

READ ALSO: Masks still compulsory on planes in Spain despite confusion

Spain’s Confederation of Bus Transport (Confebús), German company FlixBus and Madrid Municipal’s Transport Company (EMT) have also voiced their opposition to the lingering mask rule.

So, will Iberia’s views make a difference to the Spanish government’s stance regarding masks?

According to a report published in late October, the Spanish government’s health experts have agreed not to review face mask usage on public transport until March 2023.

The article, which cites internal sources from Spain’s government, adds that the country’s Public Health Commission (a body which advises Spain’s Health Ministry on which measures to introduce) has reportedly agreed to shelve any possible changes until March, and as things stand keep the rule in place “for an indefinite time” as “it is not the right time to remove masks due to the arrival of winter”.

Spain’s Health Ministry, however, argues that no fixed date for reviewing face mask legislation has been set.