Spain (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 15 September, 2021.

 

At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Entry For Vaccinated Travelers: Allowed
Vaccination Requirements: Travellers from any third country are allowed entry – also for tourism – if they have a vaccination certificate and have had their full vaccination treatment or last dose 14 days before travel.

Tourist Entry: Partially Allowed
Testing: 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 13.09.2021
1. Until 30 September 2021, passengers are not allowed to enter.
This does not apply to:
– nationals 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 Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Canada, China (People’s Rep.), Chinese Taipei, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong (SAR China), Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Korea (Rep.), Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macao (SAR China), Malta, Moldova (Rep.), Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine or Vatican City (Holy See);
– residents of the United Kingdom arriving from the United Kingdom with a negative COVID-19 NAAT test taken at most 72 hours before arrival. Tests accepted are: CRISPR, HAD, LAMP, NEAR, PCR, RT-LAMP, RT-PCR, SDA and TMA. The test result must be in English, French, German, Spanish or accompanied by a certified Spanish translation;
– 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;
– passengers older than 11 years with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated with AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Janssen, Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech, Serum Institute of India, Sinopharm or Sinovac at least 14 days before arrival;
– passengers younger than 12 years traveling with their parents who have been fully vaccinated;
– 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 medical insurance; and
– be traveling to the country where they study, at most 15 days before the start of the course.
2. Passengers must have:
– a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test taken at most 48 hours before arrival. The test result must be in English, French, German, Spanish or accompanied by a certified Spanish translation; or
– a negative COVID-19 NAAT test taken at most 72 hours before arrival. Tests accepted are: CRISPR, HAD, LAMP, NEAR, PCR, RT-LAMP, RT-PCR, SDA and TMA. The test result must be in English, French, German, Spanish or accompanied by a certified Spanish translation; or
– a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated with AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Janssen, Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech, Serum Institute of India, Sinopharm or Sinovac at least 14 days before arrival; or
– a COVID-19 recovery certificate issued at least 11 days after the positive COVID-19 NAAT test result. The sample for the certificate must have been taken at most 180 days before arrival.
This does not apply to:
– passengers younger than 12 years;
– passengers arriving from Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, China (People’s Rep.), Chinese Taipei, Czechia, Hong Kong (SAR China), Jordan, Korea (Rep.), Macao (SAR China), Moldova (Rep.), New Zealand, Poland, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Ukraine or Uruguay;
– passengers arriving from Finland (excluding Helsinki-Uusimaa, Etela-Suomi, Lansi-Suomi and Pohjois- ja ItaSuomi); arriving from Hungary (excluding Budapest); arriving from Italy (excluding Basilicata, Calabria, Marche, Sardegna, Sicilia, Toscana, Abruzzo, Campania, Emilia-Romagna, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Lazio, Liguria, Lombardia, Molise, Piemonte, Provincia Autonoma di Bolzano/Bozen, Provincia Autonoma di Trento, Puglia, Umbria and Veneto); arriving from Portugal (excluding Continente and Regiao Autónoma da Madeira); arriving from Romania (excluding Bucuresti-Ilfov, Nord-Est, Nord-Vest, Sud-Est, Sud-Muntenia, Sud-Vest Oltenia and Vest); or arriving from Slovakia (excluding Bratislavsky kraj and Vychodne Slovensko);
– residents of the United Kingdom arriving from the United Kingdom;
– deadheading crew;
3. Residents of the United Kingdom arriving from the United Kingdom must have:
– a negative COVID-19 NAAT test taken at most 72 hours before arrival. Tests accepted are: CRISPR, HAD, LAMP, NEAR, PCR, RT-LAMP, RT-PCR, SDA and TMA. The test result must be in English, French, German, Spanish or accompanied by a certified Spanish translation; or
– a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated with AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Janssen, Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech, Serum Institute of India, Sinopharm or Sinovac at least 14 days before arrival.
This does not apply to:
– passengers younger than 12 years;
– deadheading crew.
4. Passengers entering or transiting through Spain must complete an “FCS Health Control Form” before departure at https://www.spth.gob.es/ or via the Spain Travel Health-SpTH App. This will generate a QR code which must be presented upon arrival.
– This does not apply to deadheading crew.
5. Passengers are subject to medical screening upon arrival.

 

Detailed Tourist Information

If you are a third-country national, in order to enter Spain, you must comply with the entry requirements set out by the Ministry of the Interior in Order INT / 657/2020, of July 17, which modifies the criteria for the application of a temporary restriction of non-essential travel from third countries to the European Union and Schengen partner countries for reasons of public order and public health due to the health crisis caused by COVID-19.

According to Orden SND/821/2021, of July 30th (https://bit.ly/3xOEuSW), people from the following countries must undergo a 10-day quarantine upon arrival in Spain: Republic of Argentina, Republic of Bolivia, Federal Republic of Brazil, Republic of Colombia, Republic of Namibia and Republic of South Africa. Specific national legislation according to the country of origin is available here https://bit.ly/3iOvkRZ.

On the webpage of the Ministry of Health, traveller can get information access information on the health requirements to pass the health control at air and sea entry points (and land in the case of France) in Spain here https://bit.ly/3slMzgH.

Any third-country national will be subject to denial of entry, for reasons of public order or public health, unless they belong to some of the categories from (a) to (k) that the Spanish Government recognise from the list in the “Entry requirements for entry in Spain from third countries” (https://bit.ly/3ALfmOF).

All third-country nationals, even if they belong to one of the categories, who, after verification by the health authorities, do not meet the health control requirements for COVID-19 established by the Ministry of Health, will be subjected to denial of entry for public health reasons.

In the case of persons arriving at any airport in Spain, on flights from airports located in third countries, who are subject to quarantine by Order of the Ministry of Health, while this order is in force, have special conditions to enter in the country.

Flights from any airport located in the Federative Republic of Brazil or the Republic of South Africa to any airport located in Spain, have special conditions to enter in the country.

Entry rules for the Canary Islands are available at hellocanaryislands.com

Mandatory Travel Documentation

Travel by Air:

A form must be completed and signed electronically before your arrival in Spain. You can access the form and sign it via the Spain Travel Health website or apps for Android or iOs devices. After you sign it, you will receive a QR code which must be presented upon arrival in Spain (it is only valid in digital formats. However, for justifiable reasons it may be presented in the paper format before embarking). Remember that you must fill in a separate form for each trip and each person. All travellers should complete the form, including children of any age.

Travel by Sea:

A form must be completed and signed electronically (https://spthm.puertos.es/ or on our mobile app) in order to obtain and show the QR code before boarding and at the health control upon arrival in Spain.

Travel by Land:

At the moment there is no obligation to present this form when travelling to Spain by land (car or train).
 

Lockdown Details

Face masks are mandatory in public spaces indoors. Its use is also mandatory on all means of public transport, as well as in private vehicles if the occupants do not live together at the same address. Exceptions are made for children under the age of six and for people with disabilities or respiratory illnesses.

All people over the age of six must keep a physical distance of 1.5 metres. Alternatively, a face mask should be worn.

Outdoor social gatherings are limited to six people. Physical distancing measures must be guaranteed and maximum precautions must be taken to avoid meetings and overcrowding in indoor places. Regional deviations may apply.

Shops must ensure that disinfection measures and social distancing are applied. Special attention is required in commercial areas and street markets. Restrictions can differ between autonomous regions.

In general, social distancing of 1.5 metres at the bar is mandatory, and tables should at least be 1.5 metres apart. For restaurants, limits of persons per table applies and indoor dining is limited, according to the rules in place in different autonomous regions.
 

Sources

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