Although some countries of the European Union and the Schengen area have announced that they will no longer impose rules based on a country’s epidemiological risks, Spain continues to classify it.
Updating the list of EU/Schengen area countries required to meet entry rules upon arrival in Spain, the latter’s authorities announced that Germany, Belgium, Austria, Czechia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Slovenia, Slovakia, Finland, Estonia, Greece, France, Ireland, Hungary, Italy, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Portugal and Luxembourg will continue Poland, Sweden and Romania will join the risk list.
The risk list was updated on February 21, and the countries listed above will remain part of it until February 27, TheSchengen.com reports.
Although all of these EU/Schengen area countries are part of the risk list, travelers are still allowed to enter Spain for travel purposes provided they fill out a health monitoring form and present one of the certificates that falls under the EU Digital COVID-19 Certification.
“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 Spanish authorities confirmed.
This statement indicates that all travelers from the EU/Schengen area can enter Spain as long as they hold one of the documents listed above.
However, everyone should bear in mind that Spain now has a period of validity for vaccination and recovery certificates, which means that not all permits are accepted.
Since February 1, the Spanish authorities only recognize certificates of vaccination issued within the past nine months (270 days).
“From February 1, 2022, it (certificate of vaccination) will be valid from 14 days after the date of administration of the last dose of the complete vaccination schedule and will be valid until 270 days from the date of administration of that last dose,” the Ministry of Health stated.
This means that travelers who received the last vaccine dose more than 270 days ago must receive a booster dose in order to be considered fully immune upon arrival in Spain.
Then, for a certificate of vaccination to become valid, it must reflect the administration of a booster dose. The ministry added that these certificates are valid from the day the booster dose was given.
On the other hand, return certificates are accepted as long as the document proves that the holder has received the last positive result of the COVID-19 test within the last 180 days.
As for negative tests, the ministry clarified that the country accepts both PCR tests and rapid antigen tests. The PCR test must be performed within 72 hours, and a rapid antigen test must be performed within 24 hours prior to arrival for it to be accepted.
Aside from travelers from EU/Schengen area countries, travelers from Colombia, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, New Zealand, Indonesia, Rwanda, Qatar, Taiwan and China (including Hong Kong and Macau) can enter Spain under the facilitated entry rules as they are part of the list of safe third countries .