Spain extends Covid restrictions for travellers from non-EU countries

Spain has extended its entry restrictions for visitors from non-EU countries including the UK until at least November 15th, meaning there are still several documents you need to show before being able to enter.

Spain extends Covid restrictions for travellers from non-EU countries
Covid-19 restrictions extended in Spain. Photo: Pau BARRENA / AFP

The extension was published in Spain’s Official State Gazette (BOE) on Thursday September 15th.  

This means that travellers from non-EU countries such as the UK, the US and Australia, who don’t live in Spain will still have to show one of three documents to be able to enter the country.  These are: 

  • A Covid-19 vaccination certificate –  Your vaccination status must meet the Spanish authorities’ validity period requirements. If more than 270 days have passed since your initial vaccination, you need to show proof of a booster shot.
  • A negative Covid-19 test – This should be either a PCR taken within 72 hours prior to departure or an antigen test, taken within 24 hours prior to departure. 
  • A recovery certificate –  This must be dated within the last six months. You can use a medical certificate or recovery record to prove your Covid-19 status. 

You can prove this by showing a digital or paper certificate issued by the relevant authorities of your country. So far, 48 non-EU countries (and territories) have joined the EU Digital COVID Certificate equivalence system, which you can see here.

If the country where you were issued a vaccination, testing or recovery certificate isn’t on the list, then you will have to fill in Spain’s health control form before travelling to Spain.

The UK is on the list, so there’s no need for Brits to fill in the form, however, those coming from the US, Canada and Australia still have to.

None of the above requirements apply to children under the age of 12.

This means that the restrictions will remain in place for the October half-term break in the UK, a time when many Brits will be planning holidays to Spain.

Despite Brexit, Spain has remained the top holiday destination for Brits in 2022. During the first seven months of the year, 8.4 million Brits visited Spain, according to the latest data available from Spain’s National Statistics Institute (INE).

All Covid-19 restrictions within Spain have ended, with the exception of having to wear a mask on public transport, in pharmacies, hospitals and care homes.

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640 flights cancelled as storm Hermine hits Spain’s Canary Islands

Torrential rains and high winds prompted the cancellation of more than 640 Canary Islands flights over the previous 36 hours, Spain's AENA airports operator said on Monday.

640 flights cancelled as storm Hermine hits Spain's Canary Islands

Most of the cancellations took place on Sunday, when 540 flights to and from the Atlantic archipelago had to be axed and another 54 rerouted as tropical storm Hermine battered the islands.

By 8:40 am (1040 GMT) on Monday, another 102 flights to and from the islands had been cancelled while six others were re-routed to other destinations, AENA said in an update on Twitter.

Most of the cancellations affected the two airports on Tenerife, the largest of the Spanish islands, which are located off the northwestern coast of Morocco.

AEMET said the rain would continue on Monday but would be “less intense” than at the weekend, saying the downpour had resulted in the islands’ “wettest
September on record”.