COVID-19 travel restrictions: Spain

Travel Restrictions

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This article was published on November 29, 2021, and all the information in the article is correct as of this time. Before you book your trip, we highly recommend that you also check official sources for the most up-to-date travel requirements, as they are subject to constant change.

Can I enter Spain?

Currently, Spain is open to all travelers. Please, take your time to learn the information presented below to find out if you can travel to Spain and what travel restrictions are in place.

Couple wearing face masks in BarcelonaBe aware of the relevant Covid restrictions before planning your holiday to Spain — Shutterstock

Can I enter Spain if I am vaccinated?

You can enter Spain if you are vaccinated. You must have completed a full vaccination course at least 14 days before arriving in Spain.

The Spanish government has announced that any vaccine authorized for marketing by the EU (by European Medicines Agency, EMA) and WHO is accepted. Here’s the list of vaccines accepted in Spain as of November 11 2021:

  • Comirnaty – Pfizer / BioNTech
  • Vaxzevria – AstraZeneca
  • AstraZeneca / SK Bio, SK Bioscience
  • Covishield – Serum Institute of India
  • Janssen – Johnson and Johnson
  • Spikevax – Moderna
  • SARS-CoV-2 vaccine – Sinopharm / Beijing Institute of Biological Products
  • CoronaVac – Sinovac Life Sciences
  • Covaxin – Bharat Biotech

Travel documents if you are fully vaccinated

Please, make sure to present one of the following documents:

  • The EU Digital COVID Certificate or a valid equivalent approved by the EU Commission (a mobile application for EU travelers)
  • A completed manually SpTH QR (if you do not possess the EU Digital COVID Certificate or valid equivalent) 

Upon arrival at the airport, holders of the EU Digital COVID Certificate or a valid equivalent have to follow the Orange Way signals; holders of an SpTH QR have to follow the Blue Way signals.

If you have a paper certificate, it must be in Spanish, English, French, or German and contain the following data:

  • Name and surname
  • Personal identification number
  • Name of the vaccine administered
  • Country/city where the vaccine has been administered
  • Date(s) of vaccination

Also, whether vaccinated or not, all travelers must complete a Health Control Form (FCS form) and sign it electronically at least four hours before the expected date of departure.

You need to provide the following information:

  • Name, surname
  • Passport number, ID card, or personal identification
  • Flight number and arrival date

After the form is processed, you will receive an email with a QR code to show at control points upon arrival in Spain. Print or save the code on a smartphone or tablet.

Can I enter Spain if I am unvaccinated?

Only limited categories of travelers can enter Spain for tourism if they are unvaccinated, namely, holders of a long-term visa issued by a Member State or Schengen Associated State and habitual residents of the following countries can enter Spain:

  • Andorra
  • Bahréin
  • Chile
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Hong Kong
  • Indonesia
  • Kuwait
  • Macao
  • Monaco
  • New Zealand
  • Peru
  • Qatar
  • Rwanda
  • San Marino
  • Saudi Arabia
  • South Korea
  • Taiwan
  • The Vatican (Holy See)
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Uruguay

Woman in the foreground of the Alhambra A look over the Alhambra in Granada — Shutterstock

Travel documents if you are unvaccinated

  • A negative COVID-19 antigen test (no more than 24 hours before) or NAAT test result (no older than 72 hours). It must be in English, French, German, Spanish or accompanied by a certified Spanish translation or
  • A COVID-19 recovery certificate (it is valid from a minimum of 11 days after taking the first positive NAAT test until a maximum of six months after that date)

Also, whether vaccinated or not, all travelers must fill in a Health Control Form (FCS form) and sign it electronically at least four hours before the expected date of departure.

For that, you will have to provide the following information:

  • Name, surname
  • Passport number, ID card, or personal identification
  • Flight number and arrival date

Can I leave Spain?

All travelers can leave Spain, but they must meet the COVID-19 requirements of whichever country they are going to. Check the list of travel options from Spain we prepared for you.

Can I leave Spain if I am vaccinated?

You can leave Spain if you are vaccinated.

Travel documents if you are vaccinated

If you travel from Spain, you need to have one of the following documents:

  • The EU Digital COVID Certificate (this is approved only within the EU)
  • A printed paper certificate (it is your responsibility to get information about the required language of the certificate and other details needed for your destination)

Additionally, make sure to find out requirements about the presence of COVID-19 tests for vaccinated travelers, since some countries demand tests anyway (the US, for example).

Can I leave Spain if I am unvaccinated?

You can leave Spain if you are unvaccinated.

Travel documents if you are unvaccinated

Depending on the destination, unvaccinated travelers need to have one of the documents:

  • Viral test (the relevant period depends on the individual destination)
  • Documentation of recovery from COVID-19 (a positive viral test result on a sample taken no more than 90 days before the flight’s departure to a foreign country)

COVID-19 situation in Spain currently

According to the ECDC’s report as of November 18, 2021, Spain is the safest destination to visit in Europe. Around 80% of the Spanish population have been vaccinated. All public places are now open in Spain.

FAQs

View over the Plaza de Cibeles in MadridPublic places in Spain are open again — Shutterstock

Is it safe to travel to Spain right now?

Presently, Spain is considered the safest country to visit in Europe. The Ministry of Health is still asking locals and travelers to follow covid-related traveling rules:

  • Use a face mask in public places
  • Maintain a physical distance of 1.5 meters
  • Gather no more than five people around you during indoor and outdoor meetings

Is Barcelona open for travel?

Barcelona is open for tourists now. All the main attractions, shops and restaurants are open to the public. Traveling to Barcelona, it’s a good idea to carry your vaccine certificate or negative test with you since not all places allow entrance without it.

Do I have to be quarantined if I go to Spain?

Currently, you don’t have to quarantine when you arrive in Spain due to the advantageous COVID-19 situation.

How do I get a health pass to travel to Spain?

When you arrive in Spain from the EU, it’s a great idea to get an EU Digital Covid Certificate. The certificate is free of charge, and it is issued in digital or paper format in the country’s national language and English. However, only EU citizens can get it. If you’re arriving from out of the EU, keep a paper certificate with you.

Always check the current restrictions at your destination before booking a trip and traveling abroad.

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