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Travelling to Spain in Spring 2022: Entry Rules Explained

Unlike many EU and EEA countries that have already relaxed their measures, Spain continues to maintain all of its entry rules.

While the state requires travelers to provide valid proof upon entry, the same rules don’t apply to everyone.

The Spanish Ministry of Health explains that travelers fall into two main categories – those traveling from EU/EEA countries and those traveling from a non-EU country.

This means that Spain applies different rules depending on which country a person is traveling from, reports.

Traveling to Spain from EU/EEA countries

Currently, all EU/EEA countries are part of the risk list in Spain. However, the authorities made it clear that everyone is allowed to enter the country for travel purposes.

Travelers arriving in Spain from an EU/EEA country are exempt from additional entry rules as long as they present one of the certificates that is part of the EU digital COVID Card – a valid vaccination, refund or test certificate.

The Department of Health states, “If you come from a country at risk for COVID-19, you must provide a certificate or document evidencing vaccination, diagnostic testing for active infection, or recovery from COVID-19.”

This means that vaccinated EU travelers can enter without restrictions as long as they hold a valid vaccination certificate. A certificate of vaccination issued by the European Union authorities is accepted upon entry into Spain as long as it proves that the holder has completed the initial vaccination within the past nine months or has received an additional dose of vaccine.

Furthermore, the above statement indicates that non-vaccinated EU travelers can also enter Spain for travel purposes. All they have to do is provide a refund test or a negative test that was recently taken upon entry.

In order for the certificate of recovery to be accepted by the Spanish authorities, the document must show that the holder has recovered from the virus within the past six months.

For negative tests, Spain accepts both polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and rapid antigen tests. The PCR test must be performed 72 hours prior to arrival in Spain, and the rapid antigen test must be performed within 24 hours prior to arrival.

In addition to the above, all persons, including those who have been vaccinated, must complete a health monitoring form.

Traveling to Spain from safe countries outside the European Union

Several non-EU countries have been placed on Spain’s safe list. This list consists of China (including Hong Kong and Macau), Colombia, Indonesia, Kuwait, Peru, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Taiwan.

Travelers from these regions can enter Spain without having to follow additional rules provided they present a vaccination or recovery certificate and fill out a health control form.

The list of safe third countries is updated every week, which means that this rating will not always remain the same.

Traveling to Spain from other countries outside the European Union

At the moment, all other third countries not on the safe list are part of the risk list in Spain.

Spanish authorities confirm that only certain groups of third-country travelers from risk areas who have been vaccinated or recovered from the virus can enter the country for travel purposes provided they hold a valid certificate.

Passengers from third countries arriving in Spain from the entry risk zone can only be if they belong to one of the following categories:

Hold a long-term visa issued by a Schengen member state or a Schengen affiliated state, are health professionals, transport personnel, seafarers, aviation personnel, are diplomats, consular, serve in military or civil defense, or perform humanitarian duties are students Or highly qualified workers

Passengers from non-vaccinated and non-exempt third countries who arrive in Spain for very essential purposes are also allowed to enter provided they follow additional entry procedures.

Current local restrictions in Spain due to the Corona virus

Differently from the majority of EU/EEA countries, Spain continues to enforce domestic COVID-19 restrictions. All persons over six years of age are required to wear a face mask when attending various indoor venues and events. Wearing masks is also mandatory on public transport.

As for the other rules, they differ from region to region. Some places may require you to present a valid EU digital COVID Card or other equivalent document.

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