Spain eases covid restrictions for US travelers
Spain relaxed its entry requirements for travelers from outside the European Union over the weekend, allowing Americans who are not fully vaccinated against the coronavirus to enter as long as they show negative test results. Previously, unvaccinated travelers from places such as the United States and Britain could only enter the country if they could prove a recent case of coronavirus, meaning they had developed protections natural.
Spain’s industry, trade and tourism minister María Reyes Maroto said in a statement that the “new phase of the pandemic” has allowed the country to ease entry rules. The country has seen a 9% drop in daily cases over the past week, with 229 new cases per 100,000 people over the past seven days as of Monday, according to tracking data compiled by The Washington Post. The United States has seen a 12% increase in daily cases over the past week.
Recovery certificates must have been issued at least 11 days after an initial positive test result and are valid for 180 days. Those with a negative test result must take an NAAT test – a category that includes PCR tests – within 72 hours of travel, or an antigen test within 24 hours of departure.
Children under 12 are exempt from presenting any certificate whatsoever.
France made a similar change in March. Other neighboring countries have also relaxed or removed covid requirements in recent months. Italy and Greece recently dropped their proof of vaccination rules, in addition to other measures, while destinations such as the UK and Iceland have removed all pandemic travel restrictions.