COVID-19 Travel Restrictions: Spain

Date of last revision: 20 April 2022.

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Spain is a safe destination, open to international tourism, and prepared for visitors to enjoy their holidays.

Tourism, leisure, and hospitality establishments and businesses are prepared to offer a safe service; health control measures continue to be applied in the areas of cleaning and disinfection, along with limited occupancy levels, social distancing, promotion of hand hygiene, and use of face masks on public transport or in enclosed spaces.

Everyone entering Spain from other countries, including international transits, regardless of nationality or age, must complete a Health Control Form (FCS) and obtain their QR code to present at boarding and health control points on arrival in Spain.

If visitors are also traveling from an at-risk country to enter Spain, they will also need to present:

1: An EU Digital COVID Certificate, or;

2: A vaccination certificate, diagnosis certificate, or a recovery certificate. 

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Flying to Spain: Entry Requirements

List of general entry requirements

  • Health Form (SPTH): It is required for all travelers arriving in Spain by sea or air without exceptions.
  • COVID vaccination (and passport): This requirement varies depending on where you are from. You can check here according to your country of origin. Spain requires a minimum of 14 days since the last dose and that no more than 270 days have elapsed since the date of administration of the last dose. After that, your vaccination certificate should reflect the administration of a booster dose. Accepted vaccines: Pfizer-Biontech, Moderna, Astra-Zeneca, Jansen/Johnson&Johnson, Sinovac, and Sinopharm. 
  • Diagnostic certificate: a negative COVID-19 test. The tests accepted in Spain are NAAT (PCR, LAMP, TMA, or similar) or antigens. You must present a negative NAAT test performed within 72 hours before arrival in Spain or an antigen test performed within 24 hours.
  • Recovery certificate (a maximum of 180 days from the date of sample collection)

Persons between 12 and 18 years old: They can travel to Spain with a negative PCR, with a vaccination certificate, or with a recovery certificate.

18 years of age and older: can enter with vaccination certificate, or certificate of recovery.

For travelers who are in one of the exceptional situations and do NOT have vaccination certificates: Certificate of recovery or Diagnostic certificate

What exemptions are there to these entry requirements?

  • Children up to 12 years of age.
  • Exceptions will depend on your country of origin:

You can travel without a diagnostic test or a vaccine or immunity certificate if traveling from a territory included on the list of countries with low incidence. You can check here based on your country of origin.

Is a negative COVID test required for entry? 

Yes. If you are traveling from a territory included on the list of countries/zones at risk (see the current list here), you will need a vaccination certificate or to have one of the exceptional situations.

The tests accepted in Spain are NAAT (PCR, LAMP, TMA, or similar) or antigens. You must present a negative NAAT test performed 72 hours before arrival in Spain or an antigen test performed 48 hours before arrival.

Are there health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? 

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Yes. A sanitary control is carried out at the first point of entry, which includes, at least, taking your temperature, revision of documents, and visual inspection of your condition.

Is there a curfew in place?

As of January 19, 2021, there is no curfew.

The regions of Spain could have this measure if they maintain a high contagion rate.

Are there restrictions on interstate/city travel?

No

Are commercial flights operating? 

Yes

Is public transport operating?

Yes

Fines for non-compliance

Non-compliance may result in arrest and fines that range between 60€ and 60,000€ depending on the gravity of the violation.

Public Rules in Spain

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The wearing of face masks when outside no longer be mandatory. Neither indoors, with some exceptions: Public transport, hospitals, health centers, and pharmacies.

COVID-19 Testing in Spain

Are PCR and antigen tests available for U.S. & Canadian citizens in Spain? 

Yes. You will pay an average of €30 for an antigen test, or €120 for a PCR test from a private medical facility, such as those on the Covid Testing Locations list.

Here is a website that offers on-site testing at the airport by appointment.

Here are private centers in the region of Andalucia (Spain)

Results are typically provided by email, but an original signed results record will be provided upon request.

Can you get test results reliably available within one calendar day? 

Yes. If this is critical you must confirm this with the private center you choose, but normally you can expect to receive your test upon completion or within a few hours.

For information on limited humanitarian exemptions, please review the following page: 

The temporary travel restrictions, ordinarily, would not apply to people with an essential function or need. Here more information

Returning Home

We recommend taking into account some considerations such as: 

  • Checking-in online if possible and taking your boarding pass to the airport on your mobile or printed
  • Arriving earlier than usual at the airport because the security checks and check-in process may be slower than usual
  • Bearing in mind that some airlines have restricted the amount of cabin baggage allowed
  • Wearing a face mask is mandatory throughout the airport (remember that masks with exhalation valves are not permitted)
  • The airport is marked with 1.5 m social-distancing signs
  • Your destination country will probably ask you for a record of your flight. We recommend checking the healthcare and documentation requirements of the country you are traveling to

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