[Travel News] Spain To Ease Entry Bans Against Unvaccinated Tourists

The Spanish government has now decided to allow travellers from third countries who have not been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 but have tested negative for the virus to enter the country.

The decision was made by the Ministry of the Interior and went into effect last Saturday, May 21, right after a new order that adjust the previous one on travel to Spain in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic was published on the Official State Gazette (BOE), which was issued only a week ago.

According to the new directive, not-fully-vaccinated travellers from countries outside the European Union (EU) can now visit Spain for non-essential purposes if they can present a certificate of COVID-19 vaccination, a confirmation of virus recovery, or a negative COVID-19 test result.

So far, only travellers vaccinated against COVID-10 have been eligible to enter Spain from third countries. The move means that now travellers from EU and non-EU countries will both be treated the same when it comes to entry requirements.

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Prior to this announcement, travellers from third world countries can only enter Spain if they have been fully vaccinated. The move means that now there will be no differences in terms of entry requirements for travellers from EU and non-EU countries.

The Spanish Minister of Industry, Commerce, and Tourism, Reyes Maroto, praised the decision, noting that third-country visitors are now treated the same as those from the EU and related Schengen nations — Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland.

“This excellent news, highly anticipated by the tourism sector, will make it easier for tourists from outside Europe to visit us this high season, guaranteeing safe mobility. Spain is emerging as one of the most desired destinations in the world, as shown by the demand indicators that month after month are approaching pre-pandemic levels,” he said.

According to him, the loosening of entry restrictions for visitors from third countries is expected to attract more visitors to Spain this summer.

In an order issued in the official gazette, the Ministry of Interior highlights that all travellers, regardless of which country they come from, must provide ONE of the following documents in order to enter Spain:

  • Certificate proving that the passenger has received the second, third, or booster shot of COVID-19 in the last nine months.
  • A certificate of recovery issued within 180 days of arrival. The certificate must have been granted at least 11 days after a PCR or antigen test performed by professionals that confirmed COVID-19 infections.
  • Negative PCR test results carried out in the 72 hours, or negative antigen test results carried out in the 24 hours, prior to arrival in Spain.

The Ministry of Tourism emphasises that: “Children under 12 years of age will be exempt from presenting any type of certificate. In addition, passengers arriving by sea, as well as those arriving at airports with an EU Covid Digital Certificate or recognized as equivalent by the European Commission, will not have to fill out the SPTH Health Control Form.”

On a similar note, Spain has also lifted the health limitations that have been in place at its land borders with France for over two years May 19. On May 17, Spain also began gradually reopening the borders of Morocco and its African enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla.

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