Dubbed the land of bulls with passionate dances, Spain is an exhilarating destination for travellers from far away. With a unique culture and many colourful festivals, this country will not disappoint you when you come here. However, the whole world is still struggling with the COVID-19 epidemic, and this country is no exception. How to get a visa to Spain and ensure the health safety for foreign tourists? Join us to find out the issues to be aware of the traveling regulations during the epidemic if you wish to set your foot on the country of bulls!
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When preparing to travel to Spain at this time, in addition to preparing personal luggage, you also need to carefully read the requirements and administrative procedures for passengers coming to Spain. Along with COVID-19 diagnosis result, being fully vaccinated and rapid testing in the country where you are departing from, you need to fill out the health declaration forms and get a QR code after completing the form. You will need to keep this QR code form so that you can present it when passing through an administrative control point in Spain. For your information, you can go up to the Spain Travel Health website operated by the Spanish Ministry of Health to search and complete the health declaration form. On the other hand, the domestic authorities will also ask for a certificate of recovery in case you have had COVID-19 before.
COVID-19 Situation in Spain Since the Start of COVID-19
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As one of the worst-affected countries in Europe, Spain has recorded more than 4 million cases and more than 80,000 deaths since the beginning of the outbreak. To be able to control the epidemic situation, the Spanish government has requested a high level of strictness for lockdown from spring 2020. By the summer of 2020, the Spanish government reopened for economic purposes and cut down the lockdown restriction. However, the authorities of this country requested an emergency lockdown from November 2020 and lasted until May 2021 before reopening.
Statistics from Our World in Data and JHU Covid-19 Data
Currently, cases of COVID-19 infection have begun to decrease gradually. At the same time, vaccination has achieved wider coverage at over 78.5% of the population in this country. Therefore, from more than 20,000 cases per day to about 1,900 cases, the Spanish government has begun to open the border and relax the distance order. It appears that Spain is still skeptical about the appearance of the Delta Covid variant even though the number of infections has decreased markedly. Consequently, there will still be some restrictions in some areas to control the number of passengers arriving in Spain, as well as prevent the outbreak of new infections in the community and on entry.
Can You Travel to Spain From EU Countries and the US?
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You can enter Spain once you have had two full doses of the vaccine without having to prove a negative result for COVID-19, even if you are in an epidemic area considered to be at high risk. For the majority of citizens of the Schengen countries, the authorities allow them to enter the country provided they need to ensure that they have the lowest level of COVID-19 infection, and do not need to prove themselves within inspection documents. Furthermore, citizens of countries and regions with a high risk of infection will need to prove by showing proof that they have been vaccinated with one of the vaccines on the list of accepted vaccines published by the Spanish government, a negative test certificate, or a certificate of recovery to be legally eligible for entry.
For countries outside the European Union, they can still be admitted to Spain. Spain still allows citizens of these countries to enter for tourism purposes, provided that visitors will need to prove they have been vaccinated and the last shot was given 14 days before the time of entry. In addition, the passengers can also use a certificate of recovery after being infected with COVID-19 and a negative test result. There are 16 non-Schengen countries that have been granted entry by the Spanish government including:
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Hong Kong SAR
- Macau SAR
- New Zealand
- Republic of Moldova
- Saudi Arabia
- South Korea
In case you are not a citizen of the above countries, you will need to prove with valid professional work requirement documents.
Previously, the United States was also on the list of allowed entry. Unfortunately, due to the increase in infections in this country, the Spanish government has removed the US from the whitelist since September 2021. It may seem that US citizens over 12 years old, will need to prove they were fully vaccinated before entering Spain. For professional workers, they will need to prove that the work is urgent to do in Spain or related occupations such as medical staff, nursing, international students, military officers, medical research specialists, plane crew, etc. will be given first priority to enter Spain.
Regular Spain Entry Requirements
Under normal circumstances without an epidemic, Spain will require citizens of other countries entry documents including passports, valid Schengen visas for nationals of non-EU countries included:
- Documents guarantees of travel service centres
- Documents confirming the trip schedule
- Round-trip air tickets
Passports and visa documents need to be valid for at least three months after the intended departure from the territory and must be issued within 10 years. Open to citizens from European Union countries, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein who only need a valid passport or identification. In the case of a minor travelling to Spain, in addition to carrying a passport, the passenger's parents will need to sign a power of attorney.
In addition, people travelling to Spain need to secure a valid residence permit or long-term visa issued by a Schengen country to freely travel within the territory of another EU country for up to 90 days out of any 180 days. In addition, passengers must also prove that their financial conditions and purpose of stay are legitimate in Spain. At the same time, they must also show proof of transportation in this country to fulfil the entry requirements of the host country authorities.
For the cases of experts and investors coming to Spain to work, they will need to prove it with the invitations of the applicable commercial organization, the invitation with the specified time, the booking ticket for the trip forthcoming, documentation evidencing the current commercial relationship. If you are a student studying abroad, you will need to show documents proving that you are a student of a legal training institution in Spain, a guarantee that you are taking any course in this country to be accepted for entry.
Spain Entry Requirements
In addition to the requirements for a valid resident visa and valid passport, nationals wishing to enter will need to prove that they do not have any legal problems in one of the EU countries in the Schengen Union or Spain before that. Passengers will be denied entry to Spain if they have had a history of being deported or refused visas in Spain or other EU countries. Citizens who commit legal violations that affect Spain's interests, are otherwise against human rights or legal activities, as also are affiliated with criminal organizations in Spain, will also be disqualified to be refused entry. Nor will it exclude the case that the passenger is a criminal who is carrying an international wanted warrant. On the contrary, if you have stayed for more than 90 days out of any 180 days, you will also be denied entry by the authorities.
Spain Entry Rules in Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
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COVID-19 Test Results
For more information, If you want to enter Spain, you will need to have evidence of a negative PCR test result within 72 hours before landing at the Spanish airport.
Proof of Vaccination
Spanish authorities require passengers entering the country to be fully vaccinated. They will be considered vaccinated if they receive one of the following vaccines:
For passengers with a previous history of COVID-19 infection, they will need to demonstrate their health status with a certificate of recovery. This document will need to state the following
- Date of first positive test
- Certificate of complete recovery and no possibility of infection
- National certificate of recovery
Passengers can submit a certificate of recovery 11 days after the first positive PCR test was performed. From 180 days later, the newly recognized certificate takes effect. Passengers can also prove this certificate in the following languages:
If the certificate is not in the above languages, passengers will need to submit an original certificate with a translation into Spanish certified by an authorised authority.
Passengers will need to visit the Spain Health Travel website to download a health declaration and medical control form. After completing the online form, they need to download the Spain Health Travel app and obtain a QR code to perform administrative control upon arrival in Spain. For citizens of European Union countries, they can use their COVID passport, also known as ‘The European Union's Digital Covid Certificate’ to prove that they have been fully vaccinated and tested negative with COVID-19. Upon arrival at the Spanish airport, passengers will be required to have their body temperature checked and to present proof of stable health.
Quarantine after Arrival
Passengers are not required to be quarantined immediately after landing at the Spanish airport. They will only need to carry out the temperature measurement and administrative procedures required by the authorities.
It is suggested that passengers should follow the instructions of the airline and airport staff to minimise contact time at the airport. Besides, the Spanish authorities will have the right to ask passengers to quarantine in case they have arrived in this country and are unknowingly infected.
Notes for non-European Travellers
Non-European nationals will be restricted from entering Spain for non-essential reasons, as well as to prevent infections from spreading and the loss of control of the disease situation. They will need to fall under special circumstances that require priority, as well as compulsory proof of the relevant permit, legal residency in Spain, Spanish pass legal holder, as well as a guarantee from the organization that directs them working or studying.
If you are thinking of going to Spain, you'll need to check out the Spanish Interior Ministry's regulations on citizens who are allowed priority entry during the pandemic.
Spain Travel Advice
Once you arrive at the Spanish airport, you will need to scan a previously saved QR code to find your luggage at the correct terminal for your flight. You will also have to undergo some medical checks to make sure you are eligible for entry, as well as not being positive for the COVID-19 virus. Try to minimize your interactions with others and your time at the airport to avoid getting sick.
To prevent infection, the Spanish government has required that those wishing to enter the country will need to wear a mask, keep a distance of 1.5m from others, avoid rubbing hands and eyes and nose, wash hands often, cover nose and mouth in case of cough. In addition, the passengers must also ensure that they are in good health status upon entry. Passengers who have symptoms of cough, fever, difficulty breathing, or are positive for COVID-19 within 14 days will be denied entry.
You will need to comply with the epidemic prevention regulations during your stay here. Always wear a mask when going out, wash your hands at all times, avoid holding objects in public places, and go out only when necessary. In addition, when queuing in public places, always comply with standing about 1.5m from the opposite person, avoid gathering in crowded places, as well as always cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing to avoid affecting others. You should keep your accommodation cool and ventilate enclosed spaces.
In case you begin to experience symptoms such as high fever, cough, loss of taste, diarrhea, and vomiting in an unusual way, as well as if you have been infected with COVID-19 during your stay in Spain, you should isolate yourself and stay in your place of residence. Avoid contact with many people. You can look up the phone number for medical advice according to each area you stay in and ask for assistance. In more severe cases, you can call the emergency number 112.