Having been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, Spain has become one of the European countries that have kept some strict restrictions in order to avoid a surge in new infections and protect public health.
After one of the strictest lockdowns in the spring of 2020, Spain reopened in the summer of the same year. However, in November, the latter entered a state of emergency again, leaving the country in a continuous state of lockdown until May 9, 2021.
Soon after the coronavirus improved and vaccination rates increased each day, Spain opened its doors to travelers while maintaining only some of its restrictions, TheSchengen.com reports.
If you are considering exploring Spain in the following months, here’s what you need to know.
Traveling to Spain from the European Union and the Schengen Area
Travelers from most EU countries and the Schengen area are allowed to enter Spain without being subject to quarantine requirements as long as they have low infection rates.
However, travelers arriving in Spain from any of the countries and regions considered high-risk are required to provide a certificate proving that they have either been vaccinated with one of the vaccines accepted by the Spanish authorities as valid evidence of travel immunity, recovered from COVID-19, or came as a result of He tested negative for the virus.
“If you are traveling from a territory included in the list of high-risk countries/areas (see current list here), persons traveling for the purpose of tourism will be allowed to enter if they have a vaccination certificate issued by the relevant authorities in the country of origin at least 14 days after the date of the last dose required to complete the course full of vaccine,” explained Spain’s official tourism website, Travel Safe.
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Currently, the following countries and regions in the European Union and the Schengen area are considered high risk by the Spanish authorities:
Austria Belgium Croatia Cyprus Czech Denmark Estonia Finland France (French Guiana, Martinique, Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes, Bourgogne-Franch-Comte, Brittany, Center Val de Loire, Corsica, Grand Est, Guadeloupe, Hautes-de-France, Ile-de-France, Réunion, Normandy, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Occitanie, Pays de la Loire, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur) Germany Greece Hungary Iceland Ireland Italy (province of Bolzano, Abruzzo, Calabria, Campania, Emilia-Romagna, Friuli – Venice Giulia, Lazio, Liguria, Marche, Trento, Apulia, Sicily, Tuscany, Umbria, Veneto) Latvia Liechtenstein Lithuania Lithuania Luxembourg Netherlands Norway Poland Portugal Romania Slovakia Slovenia Sweden
Spain’s list of countries and regions considered highly affected by COVID-19 is regularly updated. The last update was made on November 8 and will be in effect until November 14. Since the list of these countries changes frequently, travelers are encouraged to do their own research before traveling to Spain.
Apart from the EU digital COVID-19 certificate, travelers arriving in Spain from any of the EU/Schengen area countries are also required to fill out a health monitoring form prior to their arrival, regardless of their vaccination status. For those traveling by plane, the form can be completed online or on the Spain Travel Health app.
Unlike arrivals from EU/Schengen area countries included in Spain’s high risk list, travelers to Spain from a safe country, which is not part of the above category, can do so without having to provide proof of vaccination, and proof. From recovery, or a recent negative test result.
Travel Safe added: “If you are coming from EU/EEA regions not included in the above list of high-risk countries/areas, you will not be required to provide any diagnostic test, vaccination certificate or immunity test.”
Entry requirements do not apply to children under 12 years of age. They are exempt from all entry rules.
Who can travel to Spain from third world countries?
Similar to arriving from countries that are part of the EU/Schengen area, travelers from several third countries can also enter Spain for travel purposes.
The list of the third countries that fall under the safe list of Spain and from which travel is currently permitted is as follows:
Argentina Australia Bahrain Canada Chile China Colombia Jordan Kuwait Namibia New Zealand Peru Qatar Rwanda Saudi Arabia Singapore South Korea Taiwan Ukraine United Arab Emirates Uruguay Special Administrative Regions of China in Hong Kong and Macau
Passengers arriving in Spain from these three countries are allowed unrestricted entry into the country regardless of vaccination or recovery status
The authorities noted that “if you are traveling from a country or territory on the list of low-infection countries outside the high-risk area, you can travel without the need for diagnostic tests, vaccinations or immunity certificates.”
Travelers from other countries can also enter with a certificate of vaccination, proof of recovery, and negative COVID-19 test results if they:
Residents and long-term visa holders from countries of the European Union and the Schengen area, who are traveling to that country. Health professionals going to or returning from the conduct of their work activities, transportation, and marine and aviation personnel necessary to carry out air transportation activities. Personnel of diplomatic, consular, international, military and civil protection and members of humanitarian organizations, in their duties students with corresponding documents, who are studying in one of the European Union or Schengen countries. Distance.People for force majeure or humanitarian reasons
Travelers who fall under this exemption list can enter Spain even if they have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 for as long as their trip is deemed essential.
However, they must test negative within 72 hours before arriving in Spain in order to be allowed entry.
What is open to tourists in Spain?
Although the state of emergency has been lifted in Spain, some measures related to COVID-19 are still effective in the country in order to protect public health.
Museums, galleries, monuments and other cultural spaces have already been opened to visitors. However, due to the COVID-19 situation, many of these spaces have reduced their capacity as well as prioritizing remote ticket purchases.
The Prado Museum reopened to the public in June 2020 and all visitors are encouraged to book their tickets at least 24 hours in advance of their visit. The Royal Palace of Madrid and Alcázar Seville are also open to tourists.
The number of visitors allowed at one time has been reduced, and everyone is obligated to wear a mask.
Restaurants and bars are also open. They have adapted their services in line with the measures put in place by the authorities, such as separating tables, limiting the use of the bar area, limiting the number of people per table, etc., in order to ensure public safety.
Is it safe to travel to Mallorca?
With the vaccination process progressing rapidly and with safety measures in place, Mallorca is now widely accessible to visitors.
Mallorca decided to ease its restrictions after ending a state alert on May 9. Thus, restaurant balconies are allowed to serve customers in outdoor environments at full capacity without limiting who is allowed per table.
Curfew rules have also been changed, meaning people can come together during night gatherings without being subjected to any restrictions. However, no changes have been made to wearing a protective mask.
As for bars, Mallorca now only allows dining with a seating of a maximum of two people in a group, which must maintain a distance of 1.5 metres. Bars are closed by midnight.
Travel insurance in Spain is a must for every traveler
It is highly recommended that all those who plan to visit Spain during this summer purchase travel insurance that covers epidemic and epidemic situations to ensure that they can save their money in case the coronavirus situation changes unexpectedly and their trip is cancelled.
The Spanish Foreign Ministry has suggested that all Spanish citizens who plan to travel abroad get an insurance package first. The Spanish local government in the Canary Islands has already signed off on a tourist insurance policy to provide travelers with insurance and cover the costs of medical care, quarantine and repatriation.
You can buy medical travel insurance protection for Spain at a very low cost from MondialCare, AXA Assistance or Europ Assistance.
COVID-19 situation in Spain
Similar to other European countries, Spain has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. According to the World Health Organization, the country has identified 5,032,057 cases of COVID-19 and recorded 87,558 deaths as of November 10.
January 2021 was the worst month during the pandemic in Spain since the previous summer. On February 8, Spain recorded the largest number of coronavirus cases since the beginning of the pandemic. After just one month, infection rates declined, but the numbers increased again in early April.
Regarding vaccination rates, based on data provided by the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), to date, 73.8 percent of the total adult population in Spain has been fully vaccinated, while 80.4 percent have been given at least one dose of vaccine.
Note: This article was originally published on June 7. Since then, it has been constantly updated with the latest changes. The last changes to the article were made on November 10 in line with the latest updates from the Spanish authorities.