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Spain Prolongs Entry Measures for All European Countries for Another Week

Spain extends entry procedures for all European countries for another week

The Spanish authorities announced through the latest update that all EU and Schengen area countries, except for Switzerland, will remain part of their risk list until February 6.

Spain updates the risk list weekly. The newly announced list will remain in place until February 7, and starting February 8, a new list will come into effect, reports.

In line with the current rules applied by Spain, all travelers arriving in its territory from a risk-listed EU/Schengen area country must fulfill certain rules in order to be allowed entry.

The Spanish risk list, which will take effect on Tuesday, will include Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Croatia, Germany, Denmark, Slovakia, Slovenia, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Sweden and Romania.

Travelers from any of the EU/Schengen area countries listed above can enter Spain for travel purposes without having to submit a COVID-19 test prior to entry.

However, everyone is required to provide a digital COVID certificate from the European Union.

“If you are an EU citizen and coming from a vulnerable EU country/area, you must have a digital EU COVID certificate, which must be uploaded to the SpTH app when filling out the form,” Spain’s official tourism website, Travel Safe Notes.

This means that travelers from high-risk EU/Schengen area countries must provide a vaccination certificate indicating that the holder has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, a negative test result, or a recovery certificate proving that the holder has previously contracted the disease.

In addition, everyone is required to fill out a health monitoring form. The form is personal, non-transferable and linked to a single flight.

Regarding vaccination certificates, everyone should bear in mind that Spain will shorten the validity of vaccination cards from February 1. Starting next week, Spain will only recognize certificates of vaccination that indicate that the holder has received the last dose of the vaccine within the last 270 days.

This means that all travelers who received their last dose more than nine months ago need to receive a booster dose in order for their policy to remain valid.

Through the same update, the authorities revealed that no changes were made to the list of safe third countries. This list currently includes Saudi Arabia, Chile, South Korea, Indonesia, New Zealand, Rwanda, Taiwan, and China (including the administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macau).

Travelers from the above countries can enter Spain without having to present any of the health certificates.

“To enter Spain, you do not need to show any health certificate. This means that you can travel regardless of having any vaccination, diagnosis or recovery certificate,” said the statement by the Spanish authorities regarding entry for travelers from safe countries.

Previously, Spain removed seven third countries from its safe list. Travelers from countries removed from the list of safe third countries now need to follow strict entry rules when arriving in Spain.

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