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 January 14.
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 from anywhere in the world can enter Spain for holidays without proof of a negative Covid test, including travelers from countries that Spain has classified as “at risk” destinations, but at the excluding travelers from countries that Spain has classified as “high risk”.
All non-EU and non-Schengen countries are considered “at risk” countries, except for an exempt list which currently includes Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Indonesia, Kuwait, New Zealand, Peru, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia. Arabia, South Korea, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Travelers from these countries can enter Spain without proof of vaccination or a recent negative Covid test.
People with special dispensation to travel from the designated high-risk Spanish countries must present both proof of vaccination or recovery and a negative Covid test. They must also be quarantined for 10 days upon arrival in Spain in their place of residence or accommodation. Travelers can take a test on day 7 of this quarantine. If it comes back negative, travelers can cut their quarantine short.
Young people between the ages of 12 and 18 who have received a single dose of a vaccine and who are traveling from EU or Schengen countries marked as “at risk” can enter Spain with a PCR or antigen test.
Young people between the ages of 12 and 18 traveling from a country outside the EU and the Schengen zone can only travel to Spain for vacation if they are fully vaccinated. 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 countries classified as “high risk” by Spain must present a negative test, regardless of their vaccination status.
From February 1, Spain will not accept proof of vaccination if the last vaccination dose was more than 270 days ago.
If you are an unvaccinated traveler from a country that is not part of the EU or the Schengen zone – and one of the exempted non-EU and non-Schengen countries listed above – you cannot visit Spain only if your trip is considered essential.
Unvaccinated travelers from at-risk countries must complete a PCR test within 72 hours of departure and present proof of a negative result upon entry.
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 7.9 million Covid infections and over 90,600 deaths as of January 14, 2022. There are currently concerns about the Omicron variant in Spain.
As of January 14, more than 86.3 million doses of vaccine have been administered in Spain and more than 80.9% of the population has been fully vaccinated.
What can visitors expect?
Travel between regions of Spain is allowed.
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Joe Minihane, Julia Buckley and Francesca Street contributed to this report