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How to update your Covid health pass to show your booster dose in Spain

If you’'ve had a Covid-19 booster shot in Spain you’ll need this to reflect on your Digital Covid Certificate for the document to remain valid for travel, but this isn’t done automatically. Here’s what you have to do.

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If you get a Covid-19 booster shot in Spain, you need to update your Covid certificate. Photo: Pau Barrena/AFP

In late 2021, the EU decided that from February 2022, Covid certificates would only be valid for nine months. Crucially however, they can be reactivated when a person has their booster shoot. 

Most of Spain’s neighbours, including Italy, France, the Netherlands, Portugal, Switzerland, Croatia and Greece require the booster to show on passengers’ Digital Covid Certificates if they received their initial one or two-dose vaccination against Covid-19 more than 270 days before travel. Otherwise, a negative Covid test may be required.

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If you’ve had a Covid-19 booster shot in Spain, keep in mind that your Covid passport is not an app that will automatically update your vaccination details, but rather a static document that will only show you’ve had your initial Covid vaccination. And you can’t edit the EU Digital Covid Certificate you already have.

Instead, you will have to go through the process of downloading a new one that reflects that you have had the third dose of the vaccine.

Remember, when you get that booster jab, your vaccine passport will automatically become invalid as it won’t reflect the correct information. If someone scans this document, it will show up as invalid on their QR reader. 

How to get a Covid health pass that shows your booster dose in Spain

When downloading your new certificate, the process is exactly the same as when you downloaded your initial Covid health pass, the difference being that it will show you’ve had three doses. 

There are two ways to download the certificate: through Spain’s Ministry of Health or through the government of your region in Spain.

In most cases, you will be given three options to choose from:

  • A vaccination certificate showing the number of doses received
  • A testing certificate showing you’ve tested negative for Covid-19 via a PCR within the last 72 hours or via an antigen test in the last 48 hours.
  • A recovery certificate for those who can prove via a Covid test taken in the past 180 days that they’ve recovered from Covid.

​​To get the certificate from Spain’s Ministry of Health, you should visit its EU Digital Covid Certificate’ website .

They will ask you a couple of Covid-related questions but bear in mind that to apply for your certificate you will need either your digital certificate,the permanent ‘[email protected] ve’, or the Autofirma ‘Self-signature programme’.

READ ALSO: Saving time through Spain’s online [email protected] system

If you haven’t heard of any of these digital ways of proving your identity in Spain, it may be easier for you to get your Covid certificate through the system in place in your region. 

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All of Spain’s regions offer an updated Covid health pass for their residents to download from their websites or apps. Screenshot: Valencian Regional Government website

Downloading your updated Covid certificate through your region can differ slightly depending where in the country you are.

It may well be that you already have the Covid health app you used the first time still on your phone. 

When you complete the process and download your Covid certificate, remember to save this PDF document in a folder on your phone that you know how to access easily when asked for it.


You can log on to the regional health authority website ClicSalud+ and download it from there. You can also download it via the app Salud Andalucía for Android and iOS


You can download your certificate from the Salud Informa portal by logging on with your health card number and PIN, your Digital Certificate or [email protected] You can also download the app Salud Informa for Android and iOS.

If you can’t access it online, you can also ask for one in person at the reception desks of the health centres and hospitals. 


You can download the pass from the website Astur Salud with your CIPA health card number and your Spanish or foreigner ID number. 

Balearic Islands

Download your pass via the Portal del Paciente. You will need your CIP health card number, date of birth and phone number. You can also download health app for Android or iOS.

If you are having problems accessing your certificate online, there are also several fixed points where you can ask for them face-to-face. These are installed in three hospitals in Mallorca, two in Menorca, one in Ibiza and one in Formentera. Contact the relevant health authorities to find out which these are. It is necessary to make an appointment before going.

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. There is also a Carpeta de Salud app for Android and iOS

You are also able to request a certificate in person by making an appointment at one of the three Zuzenean offices.

Canary Islands

Access your certificate via the portal MiHistoria using your Digital Certificate or [email protected] or download the miCertificado Covid mobile app for Android or iOS to get it. 


Download it from the CCDCan website with either your personal details or the [email protected] It’s also available via the SCSalud app for Android or iOS

Castilla y León

Go to the Carpeta del Paciente via the regional health authority website and download it using your Digital Certificate or [email protected] or download your certificate via the mobile app for Android or iOS


Download it from the Meva Salut website using your Digital Certificate or password. You can also get it via the Meva Salut app for Android or iOS

If you need to, you can also ask for one at your local health centre, although authorities request that you only do this if absolutely necessary and you can’t get one online. 


Download it from the Salud Extremadura website using your Digital Certificate or [email protected] It’s also available from the CSOnline Extremadura app for Android or iOS


You can get your Covid pass from the Chave365 system using your NIE number, [email protected] or Digital Certificate. Alternatively, download the for Android or iOS.

If you can’t access your certificate online, you can also do it in person at local pharmacies or ask your GP for one. 

La Rioja

Access the certificate via the website Rioja Salud using your Digital Certificate or [email protected] You can also access it via the mobile app for Android or iOS


You can get your certificate via the Mi Carpeta Salud website using your [email protected] or Digital Certificate. You can also download the Tarjeta Sanitaria app in order to get it for Android and iOS


Use your Digital Certificate to download your Covid pass from the regional government website.

You can also request the certificates in person at health centres and clinics by requesting a prior appointment. They are also available at the Information and Specialised Processing Offices of the health areas in Cartagena and Lorca. 


Access the Carpeta Personal de Salud and download it using your Digital Certificate or [email protected] You can also download the mobile app of the same name for Android or iOS

You are also able to request your certificate in person at your local health centre. 


Valencia’s government has set up a special section of its website to download the certificates you require here. You will need your CIP health card number and date of birth, you will then be sent an SMS code to your phone in order to be verified. You can also get it via the GVA+ Salud app for Android or iOS

Those having trouble accessing it online can also ask in person at their local health centres. 

Are there other ways of getting my Covid health pass in Spain?

Alternatively, anyone living in any region of Spain can also download their Covid-19 certificate via Spain’s national Ministry of Health page with their digital certificate or [email protected] pin.

Those who can’t access their Covid health pass online may be able to get it in person at their local health centre. Check above to find out where, but other regions’ health authorities are likely to be of help too. 


Member comments

  1. Good luck trying to actually get a booster shot. GP says it’s up to the local health authority, local health authority say we’re not doing booster shots for “your” group.

    We live in a country that relies on huge influxes of potentially infected tourists, protecting us is the least they could do…

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TRAVEL: Spain extends ban on unvaccinated non-EU tourists

Britons, Americans and other non-EU/Schengen travellers who are neither vaccinated nor recently recovered from Covid-19 will not be able to visit Spain for tourism for at least another month, Spanish authorities have confirmed.

TRAVEL: Spain extends ban on unvaccinated non-EU tourists

The Spanish government has again extended temporary restrictions for non-essential travel (including tourism) from most third countries for another month, until June 15th 2022.

That means that non-EU/Schengen adults who reside outside of the EU and who haven’t been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 or recovered from the illness in the past six months cannot go on holiday to Spain during the next month. 

Therefore, Spain continues to not accept negative Covid-19 tests from British, American, Canadian, Indian or other third-country nationals who are neither vaccinated nor recently recovered. 

There had been hopes that the shorter two-week extension to the ban on non-essential travel issued on April 30th, as well as talk of the “orderly and progressive reopening” of the country’s borders, would mean that unvaccinated third country nationals would be allowed into Spain in May.

But in the end, Saturday May 14th’s state bulletin confirmed that Spain will keep the same measures in place for another 31 days, stating that they “will eventually be modified to respond to a change of circumstances or to new recommendations in the context of the European Union”.

Spain’s ban on unvaccinated non-EU travellers is arguably the last major Covid-19 restriction in place in the country, and other EU countries such as Sweden, Poland, Denmark, Czech Republic and Ireland are allowing unvaccinated tourists in.

This latest announcement by the Spanish government marks the umpteenth extension to non-essential travel from outside of the EU/Schengen area over the past two years of the pandemic, the previous one was due to expire on May 15th. 

But perhaps this extension is the most surprising, as the Spanish health ministry has modified its rulebook to treat Covid-19 like the flu and the country wants to recover the tourism numbers it had pre-pandemic.

The ban affects unvaccinated British tourists in particular, as the UK is still the biggest tourism market for Spain, but Britons’ non-EU status means they have to follow the same Covid-19 travel rules as other third-country nationals.

Vaccinated or recovered third-country travellers

Those who were fully vaccinated against Covid-19 more than two weeks prior to travel to Spain will need to show a valid vaccination certificate with an EMA or WHO approved vaccine.

If their initial vaccination treatment was completed more than 9 months ago (270 days), they’ll need to show they’ve had a Covid-19 booster shot. 

As for non-EU/Schengen travellers who have recovered from Covid-19 in the past six months, they will need to show a recovery certificate to prove this

According to Spain’s Health Ministry, recovery certificates accepted as valid are those “issued at least 11 days after the first positive NAAT or RAT, and up to a maximum of 180 days after the date of sampling”, as well as being issued by the relevant authorities.


In early February, Spanish authorities also decided to start allowing unvaccinated non-EU/Schengen teenagers aged 12 to 17 to visit Spain for tourism if they provided a negative PCR.

Spain continues to have a small list of low-risk third countries whose travellers visiting Spain for non-essential reasons can enter without having to present proof of Covid-19 testing, recovery or vaccination. 

This is updated weekly and can be checked here by clicking on the PDF under “risk and high risk countries/areas”. 

READ ALSO: Can I travel to my second home in Spain if I’m not vaccinated?

If you’re not vaccinated or recovered, the exceptions for travel to Spain from third countries that fall under the non-essential travel restrictions are:

  • You are a resident in the EU or Schengen country.
  • You have a visa for a long duration stay in an EU or Schengen country.
  • You work in transport, such as airline staff or are in a maritime profession.
  • You work in diplomatic, consular, international organisations, military or civil protection or are a member of a humanitarian organisation.
  • You have a student visa for a country in the EU or Schengen zone.
  • You are a highly qualified worker or athlete whose work cannot be postponed or carried out remotely.
  • You are travelling for duly accredited imperative family reasons.
  • You are allowed entry due to force majeure or on humanitarian grounds.
  • And as mentioned earlier in the article, if you have a vaccination certificate that Spain’s Ministry of Health recognises, as well as for any accompanying minors (unless they’re under 12 years of age).

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