Spain (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 16 December, 2021.

 

At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Entry For Vaccinated Travelers: Allowed
Vaccination Requirements: The Spanish authorities have announced that any of the vaccines that have been approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and World Health Organization (WHO) are recognised by the country’s authorities, as proof of immunity against COVID-19 for incoming travellers.

Consequently, this means that Spain recognises vaccination certificates as long as the holder has been immunised with one of the following vaccines:

Comirnaty – Pfizer/BioNTech Manufacturing GmbH.
Vaxzevria – AstraZeneca
AstraZeneca/SK Bio, SK Bioscience Co. Ltd.
Vaccine AstraZeneca (Covishield™), Serum Institute of India Pvt. Ltd.
Janssen-Cilag International NV.
Spikevax; mRNA-1273), Moderna Biotech
Vero Cell – Sinopharm/Beijing Institute of Biological Products Co., Ltd.
Sinovac-CoronaVac (Vero Cell), Sinovac Life Sciences Co., Ltd.
Covaxin
“Any vaccine authorised for marketing by the European Union (European Medicines Agency, EMA) and WHO will be accepted. The complete vaccination schedule must be available for the vaccination certificate to be valid,” the official Travel Health Portal of Spain noted.
Tourist Entry: Partially Allowed
Testing: Tests required
Quarantine Required: Depends
Quarantine Details: Quarantine required for some travelers.

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 15.12.2021
1. Until 29 December 2021, flights from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe are suspended.
– This does not apply to humanitarian, medevac and repatriation flights.
2. Until 31 December 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 Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China (People’s Rep.), Chinese Taipei, Colombia, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong (SAR China), Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Jordan, Korea (Rep.), Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macao (SAR China), Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Rwanda, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay 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 (SK Bioscience), AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Covaxin, Janssen, Moderna (Spikevax), Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), 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.
3. 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 (SK Bioscience), AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Covaxin, Janssen, Moderna (Spikevax), Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), 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 Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Chile, China (People’s Rep.), Chinese Taipei, Colombia, Hong Kong (SAR China), Indonesia, Korea (Rep.), Kuwait, Macao (SAR China), New Zealand, Peru, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates or Uruguay;
– passengers arriving from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia or Zimbabwe;
– residents of the United Kingdom arriving from the United Kingdom;
– deadheading crew.
4. Passengers arriving from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia or Zimbabwe must have a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test taken at most 48 hours before arrival; 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.
5. 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 (SK Bioscience), AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Covaxin, Janssen, Moderna (Spikevax), Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), 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.
6. 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.
7. Passengers are subject to medical screening upon arrival.
8. Passengers could be subject to quarantine for 10 days.

 

Detailed Tourist Information

Travellers from most European Union and Schengen Area countries are allowed to enter Spain.

Those who have fully vaccinated travellers from a territory on the list of high-risk countries/areas are allowed to enter.

Currently, the following EU and Schengen Area countries and regions are considered high-risk by the Spanish authorities:

-Austria
-Belgium
-Bulgaria
-Croatia
-Cyprus
-Czechia
-Denmark
-Estonia
-Finland
-France
-Germany
-Greece
-Hungary
-Iceland
-Ireland
-Italy (Province of Bolzano, Abruzzo, Calabria, Campania, Emilia-Romagna, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Lazio, Liguria, Marche, Trento, Apulia, Sicily, Tuscany, Umbria, Veneto, Basilicata, Lombardy, Piedmont)
-Latvia
-Liechtenstein
-Lithuania
-Lithuania
-Luxembourg
-Malta
-Netherlands
-Norway
-Poland
-Portugal
-Romania
-Slovakia
-Slovenia
-Sweden

Similar to the arrival from countries that are part of the EU/Schengen Area, travellers from several third countries can also enter Spain for travel purposes.

The list of third countries that fall under Spain’s safe list and from which travel is currently permitted is as follows:

Argentina
Australia
Bahrein
Canada
Chile
China
Colombia
Jordan
Kuwait
New Zealand
Peru
Qatar
Rwanda
Saudi Arabia
South Korea
Taiwan
United Arab Emirates
Uruguay
China’s special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macao

Spain has banned entry for all nationals of the following countries:

Botswana
Eswatini
Lesotho
Mozambique
Namibia
South Africa
Zimbabwe

Only Spanish citizens are currently permitted to enter Spain after staying in one of the Omicron-affected areas mentioned above, provided that they meet certain entry requirements.
Travelers from a country or territory on the list of low-incidence countries outside the high-risk area can enter without the need for diagnostic tests or vaccination or immunity certificates.

Travelers from a territory included in the list of risk countries/areas (https://bit.ly/3dnL1fz), will need a vaccination certificate unless one of the situations described below applies to you:

a) Habitual residents of the European Union, Schengen Associated States, Andorra, Monaco, the Vatican (Holy See) or San Marino en route to that country, with documentary proof.

b) Holders of a long-stay visa issued by a Schengen Member State or Schengen Associated State who are en route to that country.

c) Health professionals, including health researchers, and elderly care professionals on their way to or returning from work.

d) Transport personnel, seafarers and aeronautical personnel required to carry out air transport activities.

e) Diplomatic, consular, international organisations, military, civil defence and humanitarian organisations personnel, in the exercise of their duties.

f) Students who are studying in Schengen Member States or associated States and who have the corresponding permit or visa and medical insurance, provided they are going to the country where they are studying, and that the entry takes place during the academic year or the 15 days prior to the start of the academic year.

g) Highly qualified workers whose work is necessary and cannot be postponed or carried out remotely, including participants in high-level sporting events taking place in Spain. These circumstances must be supported by documentary evidence.

h) Persons travelling for duly accredited imperative family reasons.

i) Persons who provide documentary evidence of force majeure or distress, or whose entry is permitted on humanitarian grounds.

J) Residents of third countries on a regularly updated list (see the current list here https://bit.ly/31qSIiJ).

The vaccination certificate must have been issued by the competent authorities of the country of origin at least 14 days after the date of administration of the last dose of the complete vaccination schedule. Complete vaccination schedules are defined as those established in the COVID-19 Vaccination Strategy (https://bit.ly/336lMwl) in Spain. Find out which vaccinations are permitted on the map (https://travelsafe.spain.info/en/) featured on the home page, checking the country you are travelling from.

Only children under 12 years of age are not required to present a health certificate of any kind.

As a minimum, the vaccination certificate shall include:

– Full name of the holder.

– Vaccination date.

– Type of vaccine administered.

– Number of doses administered/completed course.

– Issuing country.

– Identification of the organisation issuing the vaccination certificate.

The certificates must be in Spanish, English, French, or German. If they are in another language, they must be translated into Spanish by an official body.

If one of the exceptional situations described above applies to you, and you do not have a vaccination certificate, you must present a diagnostic certificate or recovery certificate:

Diagnostic certificate. You must submit a negative COVID-19 test. The tests accepted in Spain are NAAT (PCR, LAMP, TMA or similar) or antigens. You must present a negative NAAT test performed in the 72 hours prior to arrival in Spain or an antigen test performed in the 48 hours prior to arrival.

Recovery certificate (maximum 180 days from the test date).

If you are arriving by air or sea, there will be a health control checkpoint at the first point of entry, which will include at least taking your temperature, checking your documents, and a visual assessment of your state of health.

If you are suspected of having COVID-19, or any other disease that represents a public health risk, you will undergo a medical evaluation, and may be required to take a diagnostic test to check for an active infection (a PCR/TMA/RT-LAMP test). Furthermore, healthcare staff at border controls may perform a diagnostic test if you are travelling from a high risk country. In exceptional circumstances, certain passengers may be required to undergo a test within 48 hours of arrival in Spain.

If you are arriving from a high-risk country, to pass through the health control checkpoints on your arrival in Spain you will have to present (regardless of whether you have a vaccination or recovery certificate) your SpTH QR code together with a SARS-CoV-2 test certificate, with a negative result.

If you are in transit and will not be leaving the international zone, you will not pass through a health control checkpoint, therefore, even if you are travelling from a country of risk, you will not be required to show a vaccination certificate, although you must obtain a TRANSIT QR code by completing the FCS through the Spain Health Control Form (SpTH).

If the transfer involves passing through border control posts and, therefore, entry into Spanish territory, you must present the boarding pass or purchase receipt for your next or subsequent connecting flights at the health control checkpoint, to show that you have an international final destination, and you can consequently continue your trip as long as the layover period is less than 24 hours and you do not leave the airport grounds.

Whichever country you are arriving from, all passengers arriving in Spain by air or sea (ferry), including passengers making flight transfers and children under 12, must fill in a health control form before they start their journey. If you are arriving by plane, you can do this through the website https://www.spth.gob.es/ or on the Spain Travel Health app for Android or iOs devices. If arriving by ferry, you must fill it in at the following link https://spthm.puertos.es/ .

When you have filled it in, you will get a QR code which you must present both when boarding and when arriving in Spain. If you are arriving from a country/territory considered not to be a risk, you will get a FAST CONTROL QR code which will speed up the formalities when you arrive in Spain.

You can see the specific aspects of the regulations of each country and any possible exceptions on the map on the home page (https://travelsafe.spain.info/en/)
 

Lockdown Details

In Spain, the ‘EU Digital COVID Certificate’ is not required to access public spaces, such as bars and restaurants, museums, swimming pools, large events, and some means of public transport. However, Spain’s Autonomous Communities can implement specific territorial regulations.

To comply with these specific requirements, travellers are strongly advised to:

-carry relevant certificates at all times;
-consult the relevant webpages depending on their destination (https://bit.ly/3HyrUwZ)

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.mscbs.gob.es/en/profesionales/saludPublica/ccayes/alertasActual/nCov/spth.htm
Data Source: covidcontrols.co