Travelers from third countries who have contracted and recovered from COVID-19 in the past 180 days can now enter Spain.
The move was announced by the Spanish government, which published changes to Spain’s COVID-19 regulations regarding travel to the country in the Official State Gazette (BOE) on Saturday, February 26.
“Certificate of Recovery: A certificate issued by the relevant authority or medical service is accepted at least 11 days after the first positive NAAT or rapid antigen test. The certificate expires 180 days after the sampling date,” explains the official Spain Travel Health website. Now about the refund certificates accepted for entry amid COVID-19.
The certificates are now also listed by Spain’s Ministry of Health as acceptable proof of entry into the country, TheSchengen.com reports.
Previously, only travelers from third countries who had been vaccinated with one of the vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the World Health Organization (WHO) were allowed to enter.
Since 1 February, vaccination certificates for entry into Spain have been valid for only 270 days from the date of the last dose. Those vaccinated older must have received a booster in order to be allowed to enter Spain as vaccinated.
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On the other hand, since Monday, February 14, travel to Spain has also become easier for travelers from third countries between the ages of 12 and 17, as the Spanish authorities dropped their obligation to show evidence of COVID-19 vaccination for travelers under 18 years of age in order to enter Country.
This requirement caused difficulties for many families planning to travel to Spain in January and February, especially for British families who were planning to spend their spring holidays there. However, the rule was canceled after several British, Spanish and other media reported on the matter.
TheSchengen.com reported last Friday that Spanish authorities have expanded existing entry rules that apply to 29 EU/EEA countries by another week. According to the rules, travelers from the European Union and the Schengen area can enter Spain if they provide evidence of COVID-19 vaccination, evidence of recovery from COVID-19, or negative results of a COVID-19 test taken prior to departure.
As a result, the current restrictions on travelers from EU and non-EU countries are the same, except that travelers from third countries cannot enter on the basis of a negative COVID-19 test result.