Covid Situation in Spain
Requirements for entry in Spain from third countries
If you are a third-country national, in order to enter Spain, you must comply with the entry requirements set out by the Ministry of the Interior in Order INT / 657/2020, of July 17, which modifies the criteria for the application of a temporary restriction of non-essential travel from third countries to the European Union and Schengen partner countries for reasons of public order and public health due to the health crisis caused by COVID-19.
Any third-country national will be subject to denial of entry, for reasons of public order or public health, unless they belong to one of the following categories:
a) Habitual residents in the European Union, Schengen Associated States, Andorra, Monaco, The Vatican (Holy See) or San Marino who go to that country, proving it documentary.
b) Holders of a long-term visa issued by a Member State or Schengen Associated State who are going to that country.
j) Residents of third countries listed in the Annex. Provided that they come directly from them, have transited exclusively through other countries included in the list or have carried out only international transits in airports located in countries that do not appear in the annex. For residents of China, , reciprocity is pending. ANNEX: Third countries and special administrative regions whose residents are not affected by the temporary restriction of non-essential trips to the EU through the external borders in the terms set out in this order:
- New Zealand
- Saudi Arabia
- South Korea
- United Arab Emirates
II. Special Administrative Regions of the People’s Republic of China
- Hong Kong SAR
- Macao SAR
III. Entities and territorial authorities not recognised as States by at least one Member State
k) Persons with a vaccination certificate, that the Ministry of Health recognizes for this purpose, after verification by the health authorities, as well as their accompanying minors (under 12 years of age).
All third-country nationals, even if they belong to one of the above categories, who, after verification by the health authorities, do not meet the health control requirements for COVID-19 established by the Ministry of Health, will be subjected to denial of entry for public health reasons.
Health control form
All passengers arriving in Spain by air or sea, including those arriving in transit to other countries, must complete a Health Control Form before departure and obtain their QR to present it at boarding and at health controls on arrival in Spain:
By air: via the website https://spth.gob.es or the Spain Travel Health -SpTH- application (Android, iOS).
After finishing the form, you will get a QR code that you will have to present both at the time of boarding and upon your arrival in Spain at the health controls.
Here you have a video on how to fill the form and the information you will need:
At the present time it is not mandatory to present any form if the trip to Spain is by land.
From June 7th 2021, if you come from a country/area considered at risk for COVID-19, you must present a certificate or document certifying vaccination, an active infection diagnostic test (AIDT) or recovery from COVID-19. These certificates will be different if they have been issued in a country of the European Union (EU Digital COVID Certificate) or in a third country.
Children under the age of 12 years are exempt from submitting these certificates, but not from completing the Health Control Form and obtaining a QR code.
EU Digital COVID Certificate
On 17 March 2021, the European Commission adopted a legislative proposal to create a digital certificate to facilitate the safe free movement of citizens in the EU during the COVID-19 pandemic. The EU Digital COVID Certificate (DCC) will be valid in all EU Member States and will be issued by the competent authorities of the EU countries.
The EU Digital COVID Certificate may be of three different types (vaccination, diagnostic test or recovery) and any of them may be used by travellers to enter Spain, as long as they meet the following criteria:
- COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate. Valid 14 days after receiving the complete regimen. Any vaccine authorised by the European Union (European Medicines Agency, EMA) and WHO will be accepted.
- Certificate of a diagnostic test for SARSCoV2 with negative result. The following diagnostic tests shall be admissible:
- NAAT- nucleic acid amplification tests (e.g.: RT-PCR, RT-LAMP, TMA, HAD, NEAR, CRISPR, SDA), with sampling within the previous 72 hours to arrival in Spain.
- RAT-rapid antigen test, with sampling within the previous 48 hours to arrival in Spain. You can consult the list of rapid tests approved by the European Commission through this link
- A COVID-19 Recovery certificate (valid from day 11 after the first positive NAAT and up to 180 days after the sample date)
- COVID-19 certificates of vaccination, diagnostic tests or recovery issued by countries with which the EU has established equivalence will have the same status as an EU DCC. These countries can be consulted on the European Union (EU) website
Passengers from third countries who meet the requirements to enter Spain (see section «Entry requirements for entry in Spain from third countries»), may travel by presenting any of the following certificates, as long as they meet the same conditions as the EU Digital COVID Certificate:
- a certificate of vaccination against COVID-19,
- a negative diagnostic test (NAAT or RAT) performed within 72h (NAAT)/48h (RAT) of arrival,
- a certificate of recovery from COVID-19
ATTENTION !!!, if you travel to Spain under point k) of the section «Entry requirements for entry in Spain from third countries, you can only do so if you have a certificate of being fully vaccinated with an EMA/OMS authorized vaccine, and the last dose was administered more than 14 days ago. For persons resident in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland coming directly from this country, in addition to the vaccination certificate, diagnostic certificates of NAAT tests (nucleic acid amplification tests, e.g.: RT-PCR, RT-LAMP, TMA, HAD, NEAR, CRISPR, SDA…..) will also be considered valid.
Until the EU Digital Covid Certificate regulations are in force, member states citizens may continue to submit other vaccination/diagnostic test/recovery certificates.
The date from which it will be mandatory to present an EU-CCD to travel will be indicated in the aforementioned Regulation once it is published in the Official Journal of the European Union.
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Please make sure you review the Requirements for entry into Spain from third coutries (beaware that this page is under continuous review)