Spain’s entrance requirements have been changed, but unvaccinated people are still barred from entering.
Adults who have not been vaccinated are now permitted to enter the nation if they can show documentation of a negative Covid test — children under the age of 12 do not require one.
The Spanish tourist office announced on Wednesday, April 6th, that Spain will modify its visitor admission criteria, but later clarified that the revisions were a misinterpretation of a government bulletin and that Spain would continue to only accept fully vaccinated guests.
Although the revisions were set to take effect in time for the Easter holidays, many people who had planned less restrictive vacations would be too late. Spain has long been the most popular tourist destination in the United Kingdom.
However, the tourist office announced late Wednesday that unvaccinated visitors would still be denied entry to Spain, and that a negative PCR test taken less than 72 hours before travel, as well as a negative rapid antigen or lateral flow test taken less than 24 hours before travel, would not be accepted (unless for unvaccinated 12-17 year olds accompanying vaccinated parents).
For diseases that occurred between 11 and 180 days prior to the date of travel, proof of recent recovery can also be used to get entry.
Before traveling to Spain, all visitors must complete the Health Control Form.
Fully vaccinated people do not need to do the Covid-19 test, but they must have proof of their immunization status – using the NHS Covid Pass – that shows administration of a booster if their second shot was given more than 270 days before their arrival date.
Can Travellers Who Have Not Been Vaccinated Enter Spain?
Despite the fact that Spain has eased some of its COVID-19 restrictions, the country still has entry criteria depending on the country of origin of visitors.
Travelers from the European Union/Schengen Area, as well as those from secure third countries, are subject to less strict rules while entering Spain, according to Spain’s official travel website.
Travelers from the rest of the EU, on the other hand, must adhere to stricter rules, according to SchengenVisaInfo.com.
Travelers from EU/Schengen Area countries on the danger list are allowed entrance by providing one of the certificates included in the EU Digital COVID Pass – a vaccination, recuperation, or test certificate, according to Spanish officials.
“You must produce a certificate or document proving immunization, diagnostic test for active illness, or recovery from COVID-19 if you come from a country at risk in regard to COVID-19,” the Spanish authorities state.
According to this declaration, even unvaccinated EU/Schengen Area travelers can enter Spain if they present a recovery certificate or a COVID-19 test result that is negative. Recovery certificates are accepted in Spain if the document shows that the holder has recovered from the infection during the last 180 days.
Spain accepts PCR and fast antigen tests for the COVID-19 test. To be deemed legitimate, the PCR test must be completed within 72 hours, and the fast antigen test must be completed within 24 hours after arriving in Spain.
Third-country visitors, on the other hand, are subject to harsher regulations. Third-country visitors who have not been vaccinated and have not recovered from the illness are currently barred from entering Spain. Only individuals traveling for extremely necessary reasons are permitted access, providing they meet the entry requirements.
Third-country visitors can only enter for travel purposes if they have a valid vaccination or recuperation certificate, according to Spanish authorities.
The requirements outlined above, however, do not apply to visitors arriving in Spain from one of the nations listed on the country’s safe third-country list. China (including Hong Kong and Macau), Colombia, Indonesia, Kuwait, Peru, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Taiwan are now on Spain’s safe third nations list, which is updated every week.
Travellers from these third countries are exempt from entrance restrictions, which means that even individuals who have not been vaccinated or recovered from the virus, as well as those who have not recently completed testing, are allowed to enter Spain.
All entry rules are waived for visitors from safe EU/Schengen Area countries. However, no EU countries are now on Spain’s safe list. Until the end of this week, all EU/Schengen Area countries will be on the danger list.