Spain extends current travel restrictions for EU/Schengen countries

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Travelers from European Union and Schengen countries will continue to be subject to entry rules when arriving in Spain, as the latter has decided to extend the current measures.

In updating the list of EU/Schengen countries, the authorities explained that Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czechia, Cyprus, Germany, Croatia, Denmark, Slovakia, Slovenia, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Lithuania, Malta, Norway, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania and Sweden will remain on the risk list for another week.

The current list was updated yesterday, February 14, and will remain valid until February 20, reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.

In accordance with the entry measures in force in Spain, travelers from these countries are allowed to enter as long as they complete the health control form and present one of the certificates under the EU COVID-19 digital certificate .

“If you come from a country/area at risk in relation to COVID-19, you must present a certificate or document proving vaccination, active infection diagnostic test (PDIA) or recovery from COVID-19” , said the statement from the authorities.

However, before traveling to Spain, travelers should note that Spain now applies different rules on vaccination certificates. Since February 1, Spain only recognizes vaccination cards that prove that the holder has carried out the primary vaccination within the last 270 days.

People who were vaccinated more than 270 days ago must receive a booster dose to be considered vaccinated when traveling to Spain and thus be exempt from the strict entry rules.

“Keep in mind that you need at least 14 days from the last dose and no more than 270 days from the date of your last dose. From this point on, your vaccination certificate should show the administration of your booster dose. authorities said.

On the other hand, strict rules continue to apply to arrivals from third countries. Only travelers from Saudi Arabia, China (including Hong Kong and Macau), South Korea, Indonesia, New Zealand, Rwanda and Taiwan can enter Spain for travel purposes.

Despite the fact that the same rules will continue to apply to arrivals from the EU/Schengen area and third countries, yesterday the Spanish authorities relaxed their entry rules for non-EU travelers aged 12 to 17 years old.

Travelers from third countries between these ages can now enter Spain without having to present a valid vaccination certificate. They are allowed entry as long as they hold a valid negative PCR or rapid antigen test result.

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