Although Spain has eased some restrictions imposed on COVID-19, the country still maintains entry rules based on travelers’ country of origin.
According to Spain’s official travel website, travelers from the EU/Schengen area and those from safe third countries are subject to less strict rules when arriving in Spain.
On the other hand, travelers from the rest of the countries need to follow stricter procedures, TheSchengen.com reports.
The Spanish authorities explain that travelers from EU / Schengen area countries that are part of the risk list are allowed to enter by presenting one of the certificates that are part of the EU digital COVID card – a certificate of vaccination, recovery or test.
“If you come from a country at risk in connection with COVID-19, you must provide a certificate or document proving vaccination, diagnostic test for active infection or recovery from COVID-19,” the statement from the Spanish authorities read.
This statement indicates that even unvaccinated travelers from the EU/Schengen area can enter Spain as long as they present a refund certificate or a negative COVID-19 test result. Spain accepts certificates of return on condition that the document proves that the holder has recovered from the virus in the last 180 days.
For COVID-19 testing, Spain accepts polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and rapid antigen tests. The PCR test must be performed within 72 hours, and the Rapid Antigen Test must be performed within 24 hours prior to arrival in Spain to be considered valid.
In contrast, stricter rules apply to travelers from other countries. Travelers from other non-vaccinated countries who have not currently recovered from the virus are not currently allowed into Spain. Only those traveling for very essential purposes are allowed to enter provided they meet the entry procedures.
The Spanish authorities have highlighted that travelers from other countries can only enter for travel purposes if they hold a valid vaccination or recovery certificate.
However, the above rules do not apply to travelers arriving in Spain from one of the countries included in the list of safe third countries. The list of safe third countries in Spain is updated every week and currently includes China (including Hong Kong and Macau), Colombia, Indonesia, Kuwait, Peru, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Taiwan.
Travelers from these three countries are exempt from the entry rules, which means that even those who have not been vaccinated or recovered from the virus as well as those who have not been tested recently, are allowed to enter Spain.
Travelers from EU/Schengen safe area countries are also exempt from all entry rules. However, Spain’s safe list does not currently include any country in the European Union. All EU/Schengen area countries will remain part of the risk list until the end of this week.
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