As the world prepares to reopen more and more every day, we’d like to help you plan your next Spanish adventure. However, this fall/winter season is unlike any other. Spain’s borders are open, but traveling to Spain during Covid-19 requires more preparation than ever before.
Spain is one of the countries open to European and many international residents – and information changes so quickly that it is difficult to fully predict what will happen next. Nonetheless, we’ve looked at the latest data to try and help you determine exactly what you need to enter Spain and travel. And we’ll be keeping this guide updated.
So here’s what you need and some other recommendations.
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Spain Travel Health Form
All passengers who have to travel to Spain by plane or boat, even in transit, must complete a personal and non-transferable form that is available on the Spain Travel Health website. Once this form has been completed and signed, the traveler receives a QR code associated with their trip that must be kept on mobile phone or printed in order to pass the airport sanitary control.
Covid-19 Vaccination Certificate
One of the most important points is to have an official certificate that proves complete vaccination against Covid-19. This must be valid at least 14 days prior to traveling and it must mention the date of vaccination carried out, the vaccine administered and the country of vaccination.
The EU digital Covid-19 certificate will be used by many travellers within Europe.
Negative Test Result
If you aren’t vaccinated (and we recommend you should be to enter Spain, as it makes travelling a lot safer and easier), then you will need a certificate of proof of a negative test result from an NAAT test (e.g. PCR) issued within within 72 hours, before arrival in the territory. You can also get an antigen test but they have more limited validity, so we recommend the PCR.
Note that saliva tests, which were not taken in the laboratory, but at home, do not allow travel, nor do “rapid tests” from pharmacies, which do not give a written result. The certificate must include the identity or travel document number of the person examined.
Covid-19 recovery certificate
Covid-19 recovery certificates are valid from the 11th day after the first positive diagnostic test for a total period of 180 days but have strictly limited validity. This document should mention the date of the first positive test, the type of test performed and the country where this certificate was issued.
However, since COVID-19 recovery certificates are not widely accepted (e.g. not valid for travellers from the UK), you are better going for the certain options of either a negative NAAT test or official proof of vaccination.
Obligations when in Spain
Here are some of other important obligations that are required in most Spanish regions (although some areas have different rules).
Travel by air and land:
- The use of a mask is mandatory in all transport (air, land, sea) even on platforms or stations, in public or private passenger transport in vehicles with up to 9 seats, except passengers.
- The maintenance of passenger records by transport operators will be maintained for four weeks.
- Mobility between autonomous communities is authorized but local confinements can be maintained.
Commuting in the cities:
- The use of a mask is mandatory for all persons over 6 years of age in closed spaces open to the public like restaurants and bars. But it is not necessary to use a mask while sitting and eating / drinking.
- The use of a mask is not mandatory in outdoor spaces anymore, no fines will be applied for not wearing one.
- Meetings between people who do not live in the same household can remain limited, depending on the communities.
The regulations enforced vary by the different Autonomous Communities but here are some important details that are generally true within Spain:
- Group/tour visits will be kept to a maximum of twenty people, including the monitor or guide.
- Food or beverages may not be consumed in rooms during performances or exhibitions, except in the spaces designated for it. The consumption of food or beverages may be allowed during performances or exhibitions provided that the percentage of capacity is limited to seventy-five percent with respect to the legal limit in the halls for each activity, show or exhibition.
- Hotels and restaurants are limited to six people per table inside and ten people per table outside.
- Always have your mask ready to wear in closed spaces. And it’s also recommended to have one handy for open spaces in situations where you cannot maintain a minimum interpersonal distance of 1.5 meters (crowds, mass events, etc.)
- Given that the situation evolves rapidly, it is recommended to regularly inform yourself about measures taken by national and local authorities and make sure you comply (otherwise you risk a fine) by consulting the website of the Spanish Ministry of Health.
And fortunately the numbers are currently lower here in Spain than they are in a lot of other countries – so while you should be cautious you should also make sure you relax and have fun! And one of our Segway tours, like our Gaudi eBike tour, is a great way to have fun in the open air in Barcelona.