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A step-by-step guide on how to fill out Spain’s Health Control Form

Here's everything you need to know about how to fill out Spain's Health Control Form, which you may need to complete before entering the country.

A step-by-step guide on how to fill out Spain’s Health Control Form
Want help with every step of filling out Spain’s travel health control form? Here is our guide. Photo: Ben Kolde/Unsplash

On April 6th the Spanish government changed the rules regarding its Travel Health Form, which previously all passengers had to fill out before arrival in Spain. 

Now, those travellers with an EU Digital Certificate or EU Equivalent only need to show their certificates upon arrival at the airport instead and are not required to complete the form. 

Read on to find out if you are obliged to fill out the form or not. Those unsure exactly how to go about filling out, the form should follow our handy step-by-step guide below to make it easier for you. 

Check if you need to complete the form:

All holders of an EU Digital Covid Certificate or equivalent now don’t need to complete the form.

So far, 37 non-EU countries (and territories) have joined the EU Digital COVID Certificate system, meaning that their equivalent certificates are accepted in the EU under the same conditions as the EU Digital COVID Certificate. Likewise, the EU Digital COVID Certificate is accepted by those 37 countries.

The list includes countries such as the UK, New Zealand, Israel, Singapore and Malyasia, but does not include the US, Canada or Australia. In order to check the validity of your certificate and if your country is one of the 37 read on. 

Check validity

The first step is to visit https://www.spth.gob.es/ where you can access the form. You can also access it via the app here

The first thing that the site will do is to give you two options – a yellow button for those who have an EU Digital Certificate or equivalent and a blue button for those who don’t.

Click on the option that applies to you or click on the yellow box to see if your certificate is valid. Photo: Spain Travel Health

To check if your certificate is valid for entry to Spain or whether you still need to complete the Health Control Form, click on the yellow button that says ‘EU Digital Certificate or EU equivalent’ to check or click here.

First, you will need to introduce your date of arrival in Spain and indicate the country of origin of your trip, before uploading your certificate to the site.

Check here to see if your certificate is valid or not. Photo: Spain Travel Health

Filling out the form 

If you do still need to complete the Spain Travel Health Form, click on the blue button on the homepage. You will then select whether you need to fill out an Individual FCS form or a Family/Group FCS form. Remember that each person in the group (including children) needs their own form. If you’re travelling as a couple, for example, each partner must complete their own individual form. 

Next, fill out your passenger data, including names, passport or ID number, your flight number and e-mail address. Make sure this information is correct as you can’t go back and change it later. At the bottom, check the box if you’re transiting or if you’ve filled out the information for a minor and send the form.

spain Covid form

Spain’s Health Control Form. Photo: www.spth.gob.es
 

Step 1:

You will then receive an e-mail stating that your details have been correctly registered and will be given a link to complete the second part of the form. You will also receive a code you need in order to access the next steps.

This second part can only be filled out within the 48 hours before arrival into Spain. If you have done this ahead of time, you can continue with your form at a later date by clicking the ‘continue with form’ buttons on the home page. 

You will need a security code to fill out the second part of the form. Photo: www.spth.gob.es

In order to fill out this second part, you will need your passport details, your proof of vaccination or recovery certificate, and your boarding pass on hand.

This part has five steps to complete. The first step will be to check your personal details are all correct and fill out the rest before saving and continuing.

Step 1: Filling in your personal information. Photo: www.spth.gob.es

Step 2:

The next step is to do with your flight information. You have already filled out your flight number and arrival date, but here you will need to fill out extra information such as the airline name and your seat number, which should be on your boarding pass.

For this step, you will also need to complete the details of where you will be staying in Spain, either the name and address of your hotel if you’re a tourist, the address of friends and family if you’re visiting people you know, or your own address if you’re resident in Spain.

Complete your flight info and where you are staying. Photo: www.spth.gob.es

Step 3:

Step three of the form will ask you about your travel history, including the origin country of your trip and any other countries you’ve passed through in the past 14 days. Choose and add the number of countries necessary. Underneath, the form will also ask you the reason for travel. 

Step 3: Complete your travel history info. Photo: www.spth.gob.es
 

Step 4:

Step 4 is Spain’s health questionnaire, asking you whether you’ve been in contact with someone who has had Covid-19 in the past 14 days, as well as information about your vaccination and recovery status.

Select the type of certificate you have and the reason for it.

If you have selected vaccination as your reason, you will need to then fill out details about the type of vaccine you received, where you had it and the date on which you had your last dose. You may also need to upload your certificate to the website and wait for it to be validated or your certificate may be validated upon arrival.  

Similarly, you will have to fill out the necessary details about your negative Covid test or recovery certificate. 

Fill in the details of the health questionnaire. Photo: www.spth.gob.es

Step 5:

The final part of the form is signing an affidavit, agreeing to isolate if you experience any Covid-19 symptoms while in Spain.

Step 5: Sign the affidavit and complete the process. Photo: www.spth.gob.es

This will then end the process and you should get an automatic message telling you that your form was completed correctly. It will also give you a choice to download your QR code in PDF format or in a wallet format for your phone.

You will also receive it via e-mail, so don’t worry if you can’t download it straight away. When you’re done, click on finalise to finish the whole process.

You can now download your QR code. Photo: www.spth.gob.es
 

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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.

Exceptions

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).

READ ALSO: When do I need to fill out Spain’s Covid health control form for travel?

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