Traveling to Spain during Covid-19: what you need to know before you go


Editor’s note – Coronavirus cases are constantly evolving around the world. Health officials warn that staying home is the best way to stem transmission until you are fully vaccinated. Below is information on what to know if you are still planning to travel, last updated April 7.

(CNN) — If you plan to travel in Spain, here’s what you need to know and expect if you want to visit during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The basics

Spain suffered greatly from Covid-19, with a high number of cases and deaths. More recently, the Omicron variant of the coronavirus caused a spike in Spain, but cases have since dropped.

Spain is open for travel with some restrictions in place, see below.

What is offered

Spain, which is one of Europe’s biggest hits for good reason, attracts millions of tourists with its warm climate, laid-back vibe and great food and wine.

Plus, of course, there are some of Europe’s best resorts, mountains and cultural cities such as Madrid, Seville and Barcelona.

who can go

Fully vaccinated travelers and travelers with proof that they have recovered from Covid-19 within the last six months can enter Spain for holidays without proof of a negative Covid test, regardless of where they are traveling from.

This applies to travelers from countries that Spain has classified as “at risk” destinations, but excludes travelers from countries that Spain has classified as “high risk”. There are currently no countries on Spain’s “high risk” list.

All non-EU and non-Schengen countries are considered “at risk” countries, except for a list of exempt destinations which currently includes Colombia, Indonesia, Kuwait, Peru, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Travelers from these destinations can enter Spain without proof of vaccination or a recent negative Covid test. This list of exempt destinations is updated regularly and the current iteration is valid until April 6. The new iteration has not yet been published on the official Spanish tourism website.
Some EU/EEA countries and areas are also considered risky destinations by Spain — the list of european risk areas is currently extensive and also changes regularly, so it should be checked before travelling.

Young people over the age of 12 and under 18 who have received a single dose of the vaccine and who are traveling from countries in the EU or the Schengen zone can enter Spain with a PCR or antigen test.

Young people over 12 and under 18 from a country outside the EU and Schengen area do not need to show proof of vaccination. They can enter Spain provided they present a negative PCR test carried out within 72 hours of their arrival.

Children under 12 do not need to present any health certificate, regardless of their country of origin.

What are the restrictions?

As mentioned above, fully immunized travelers from anywhere in the world can enter Spain for holidays without proof of a negative Covid test, including travelers from Spanish countries classified as “at risk” destinations, but excluding travelers from Spanish countries classified as “high risk”. ”

Travelers from “at risk” destinations with proof that they have recovered from Covid-19 within the last six months can also travel freely to Spain.

Travelers from countries classified as “high risk” by Spain must present a negative test, regardless of their vaccination status. There are currently no countries on Spain’s high-risk list.

Spain does not accept proof of vaccination from the traveler if the traveler’s last vaccination dose was more than 270 days ago, unless the traveler is between 12 and 17 years old.

If you are an unvaccinated traveler from a country that is not part of the EU or the Schengen zone – nor one of the exempted non-EU and non-Schengen countries listed above – you cannot visit Spain only if your trip is considered essential.

Travelers/unvaccinated travelers without proof of recent recovery from Covid-19 from at-risk countries must show proof of a negative test result – either a PCR test taken within 72 hours of your arrival or an antigen test made within 24 hours before Arrivals.

Since April 6, travelers to Spain using the EU Covid digital certificate or its equivalents (such as the UK NHS Covid travel card) as proof of vaccination or recent recovery, as well as children under 12, no longer need to complete the Spanish health control form. A list of countries where equivalent Covid certificates are accepted can be viewed here.
Any other person must complete this form before arrival. It can be completed via the Spain travel health website or app. It will generate a QR code which must be presented upon arrival in the country.

Health assessments take place on arrival in Spain, with a temperature check and visual examination as standard.

What is the Covid situation?

Spain has recorded over 11.5 million Covid infections and over 102,500 deaths as of April 7, 2022.

There was a spike in cases in Spain following the emergence of the Omicron variant, but cases have since declined.

As of April 7, more than 85.4% of the population had been fully vaccinated.

What can visitors expect?

Face masks are currently required in indoor public spaces, but wearing masks outdoors is now optional. Wearing a face mask outdoors is still mandatory if you are standing at a large outdoor event or at an outdoor seated event where social distancing between households is not possible .
Since March 28, people in Spain who test positive for Covid-19 are no longer required to self-isolate for seven days, as long as they are asymptomatic or have mild symptoms. See more details about this change here.
Different regions of Spain have slightly different Covid measures. It is best to check in advance what the individual restrictions are in each region before planning a visit. spain official tourism website is a useful resource for this.

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Joe Minihane, Julia Buckley and Francesca Street contributed to this report


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