[Travel News] Spain Lifts Passport Requirements For EU/EAA Countries

The Spanish Ministry of Health has abolished all entry restrictions for travellers from the European Union and Schengen Area countries coming to Spain, which include proof of vacation against COVID-19, recovery proof, or negative test results.

The call took effect on June 2, which was also the day Spanish State Gazette published the news.

The Ministry of Health stated that the decision was considered after a report of the Commission, approved by the Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Region titled: “COVID-19: Supporting the EU’s preparedness and response with a view to the future”. Published late April, the report was in favour of lifting restrictions on travelling once the situation clears up enough for consideration.

In this report, the Ministry emphasised that entry restrictions have been removed by most Member States, meaning travellers from European countries would no longer have to present proof of vaccination, recovery, and negative test results.

The Spanish State Gazette explains the decision: “In Spain, due to the high rates of vaccination coverage, above the European Union average, and the favourable situation of the health system, it is considered appropriate to also eliminate travel restrictions for people from countries belonging to the European Union or with the consideration of associated Schengen countries.”

Spain was among the last few members of the Schengen countries to persist with restrictions on fellow EU countries.  Previously, they have eased entry requirements for travellers from third countries.

It’s worth noting that entry rules for travellers from countries outside of the Schengen area.

“People who arrive in Spain by air or sea from countries that do not belong to the European Union or are not considered Schengen associated countries may be subjected to a health control at the first point of entry that will include, at least, the taking temperature, a documentary control and a visual check on their physical condition,” the decision reads regarding travel from third countries.”

Previously, on May 21, Spain eased entry rules on unvaccinated tourists from third countries, allowing them to enter the country provided that they present negative test results. Unvaccinated travellers had not been able to enter Spain since the initial outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic in March 2020.

Earlier, on a related vein, Spain abolished health restrictions at its land borders with France that had been in effect for nearly two years on May 19. Spain began gradually restoring Morocco's borders, as well as its African colonies of Ceuta and Melilla, on May 17.

Khoa Pham

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