The Spanish government has announced that less stringent entry rules will now apply to travelers from outside the European Union between the ages of 12 and 17.
According to an official statement issued by the government today, on February 11, travelers between the ages of 12 and 17 who arrive in Spain from a third country will not be subject to the vaccination certificate requirements.
This means that this specific group of travelers will only be able to enter Spain by submitting a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours prior to arrival.
Convenient new entry rules go into effect Monday, February 14, TheSchengen.com reports.
From midnight on February 14, travelers aged 12-17 from these countries who do not have a valid vaccination certificate can submit a NAAT Molecular DNA Amplification Test (RT-PCR or similar) for SARS-CoV-2 with a result Negative, carried out 72 hours before arriving in our country,” the government statement said.
Until the new rule comes into effect, Spain will only allow entry to this group of travelers if they present a valid vaccination certificate indicating that they have been fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 disease.
Unlike minors, the requirement to present a certificate of vaccination upon entry will still apply to all third-country nationals over the age of 18. Before deciding to travel to Spain, everyone should note that Spain has shortened the validity of vaccination certificates.
Since February 1, Spain has accepted only vaccination certificates indicating that the holder has received the last dose of the vaccine within the last 270 days (nine months). Those who were vaccinated more than nine months ago need to have a booster shot for their certificate to remain valid.
Aside from having to present a certificate of vaccination, travelers from third countries are also required to fill out an arrival form. The form must be completed before entering Spain. The Spanish Ministry of Health has confirmed that all those who do not comply with the entry rules in the country will be refused entry.
“All third-country nationals, even if they belong to one of the above-mentioned categories, who, after verification by health authorities, do not meet the COVID-19 health control requirements set by the Ministry of Health, will be subject to denial of entry on public health grounds.”
Children under 12 years of age will continue to be exempt from entry procedures.
Earlier, TheSchengen.com reported that Spanish accommodation facilities received several cancellations from UK nationals where children over 12 were required to present a vaccination certificate. However, as the new rules will come into effect, reservation rates are expected to rise.