Spain (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 07 May, 2021.

 

At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Tourist Entry: Partially Allowed
Testing: No tests required
Quarantine Required: Depends
Quarantine Details: Quarantine for 10 days required for some countries.

Local Restrictions

Lockdown in Effect: Partial
Events: Partially Allowed
Transport: Operational with restrictions
Shopping: Open
Restaurants and Bars: Open with restrictions
 

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 05.05.2021
1. Until 31 May 2021, passengers are not allowed to enter.
This does not apply to:
– nationals and residents of Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland or Vatican City (Holy See);
– residents of Australia, China (People’s Rep.), Hong Kong (SAR China), Korea (Rep.), Macao (SAR China), New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore or Thailand;
– passengers arriving from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden or Switzerland;
– passengers with a long-term visa issued by a Schengen Member State returning via Spain to their country of residence;
– passengers with a diplomatic passport traveling on duty;
– merchant seamen;
– military personnel;
– immediate family members of a national of an EU Member State traveling together or traveling to join the national of an EU Member State;
– passengers who are unmarried partners of nationals of Spain. They must have a confirmation of their relationship issued by a consulate of Spain;
– students with proof of being enrolled in a course in Austria, Belgium, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden or Switzerland. They must:
– have a medical insurance; and
-be traveling to the country where they study, at most 15 days before the start of the course.
2. Until 11 May 2021, flights from Brazil and South Africa to Spain are suspended.
– This does not apply to:
– nationals and residents of Andorra and Spain;
– passengers in transit for less than 24 hours.
3. Passengers must have a negative COVID-19 test taken at most 72 hours before arrival. Tests accepted are: RT-PCR, RT-LAMP and TMA. The test result must be in English, French, German, Spanish or accompanied by a certified Spanish translation.
– This does not apply to:
– passengers younger than 6 years;
– passengers arriving from Australia, China (People’s Rep.), Hong Kong (SAR China), Korea (Rep.), Macao (SAR China), New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore or Thailand;
– passengers arriving from Nordland or Troms og Finnmark in Norway;
– passengers with a positive COVID-19 RT-PCR test result and a medical discharge specifying that the passenger has recovered, not contagious and ok to travel;
– deadheading crew;
– until 9 May 2021, passengers arriving from Greenland in Denmark;
– effective 10 May 2021, passengers arriving from Pohjois-ja Ita-Suomi in Finland and arriving from Trondelag in Norway.
4. Passengers must complete an “FCS Health Control Form” at https://www.spth.gob.es/ . A QR code generated from the completed form must be presented upon arrival.
– This does not apply to deadheading crew.
5. Passengers could be subject to quarantine for 10 days; details can be found at https://tinyurl.com/ucevbmtc .
6. Passengers are subject to medical screening upon arrival.

 

Detailed Tourist Information

Entry without additional restrictions is allowed only to travellers from the following countries: Australia, China, South Korea, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, and Thailand.

Spain is restricting passenger travel from the UK (by air and sea). This includes flights from the UK to the Balearic Islands and Canary Islands. Only flights and ships carrying Spanish or Andorran citizens or official residents of those territories will be allowed entry.

Air travel from South Africa and Brazil is also restricted to nationals and legal residents of Spain.

Is a coronavirus test required?

All travellers arriving from high-risk areas by air or sea transport are subject to the requirement for a pre-departure negative COVID-19 test.

The test must be taken within 72 hours prior to arrival.

Accepted test: PCR, TMA, LAMP or other molecular techniques.

Children aged 6 and under are exempted.

The certificate or supporting documentation must be the original, and it must be written in Spanish, English, German or French.
If it is not possible to obtain it in these languages, the certificate or supporting documentation must be accompanied by a translation into Spanish, carried out by an official body.
It can be presented in paper or electronic format.

The document must contain, at least, the following information:

-traveller’s name, passport or ID number
-test date
-identification and contact details of the centre that performs the analysis
-the used technique
-a negative result

The personal identification number (passport/ID number) used to get the QR code must be the same as the identification number that appears on the negative COVID-19 certificate.

As of 8 March, persons coming from the following countries:

Brazil
South Africa
Botswana
Comoros
Ghana
Kenya
Mozambique
Tanzania
Zambia
Zimbabwe
Peru
Colombia

must complete a 10-day quarantine after their arrival in Spain, or for the duration of their stay if it is shorter than that. This period may end earlier, if on day 7 the person is tested for COVID-19 with a negative result.

All travellers to the Canary Islands are subject to the requirement for a pre-departure negative COVID-19 test.
The test must be taken within 72 hours prior to arrival. Accepted tests are PCR and rapid antigen. If you are travelling from a high-risk country or area, a negative PCR test presented upon arrival in Spain will be valid.

Also, passengers arriving by air or sea transport may undergo a temperature check, which must be below 37.5 degrees Celsius. Cruising companies can take passengers’ temperature before arriving at a Spanish port.

 

Lockdown Details

Restrictions related to COVID-19 remain in effect throughout Spain and vary widely by region.

The most common restrictions in Spain include:

-A nighttime curfew

-Public or private gatherings limited to six people

-Limited movement to and from many locations unless it is for a legitimate and essential purpose, such as work, medical reasons, education and training, returning to your residence, taking exams, helping the elderly, minors or disabled people, banking, insurance, legal, or administrative matters, and any emergency or force majeure situations

-Limited capacity in religious facilities, funeral homes, shops, restaurants, and bars

-In most regions of Spain, face masks are always mandatory for everyone age six or older in enclosed spaces and public areas. There are few exceptions to this rule such as medical waivers, eating or drinking, or while practicing sports.
 

Sources

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain/coronavirus-
Data Source: covidcontrols.co