Spain entry requirements: Covid travel restrictions explained

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Spain recently eased its indoor face mask rules after almost two years of restrictions

Travelers from the UK who have not been vaccinated against Covid will be able to enter Spain as the country eases its restrictions.

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The Spanish government has confirmed that unvaccinated travelers from outside the EU can enter Spain with proof of a negative coronavirus test.

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Under previous rules, travelers from the UK could only enter Spain for tourism purposes if they could show they had met the vaccination requirements or had a medical certificate certifying recovery from Covid within the last six months.

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Madrid’s Industry, Trade and Tourism Minister Reyes Maroto said the rule change would be made official within a few days.

She told Spanish radio station Onda Cero: “It will be a matter of days before we lift a restriction that could prevent tourists from outside the European Union from visiting us and that means we will stop giving the vaccination require certification to allow them entry with a negative test.

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“Always with caution, the world sees us as a safe target, more than 92 percent of the Spanish population is vaccinated.”

Face masks are no longer mandatory indoors in Spain (Photo: Getty Images)

Some Covid entry rules still apply in Spain, but Spain’s health minister has recently confirmed that face masks are no longer mandatory indoors.

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The rule change, which went into effect on April 20, is the first time since 2020 that face coverings will no longer be mandatory indoors and follows the earlier relaxation of rules for outdoor areas earlier this year.

Face masks are still mandatory for visitors and staff at medical centers and nursing homes, but patients will not always be required to wear them. Masks are still compulsory on all public transport, but not in train stations or airports, and schools are also exempt from the mask requirement.

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What are the current entry requirements for Spain?

According to current regulations, if you are traveling to Spain as a tourist from the United Kingdom, you must present valid proof of:

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  • be fully vaccinated (both doses of a two-dose vaccine or one dose of a single-dose vaccine) at least 14 days prior to arrival, or
  • having recovered from Covid for the past six months

At least 14 days must have elapsed since full vaccination prior to arrival in Spain and the last dose must have been administered within 270 days of travel. If it is more than 270 days since your last dose of primary vaccination, you must have received a booster dose.

It is not required that 14 days have elapsed between receiving your booster vaccination and entering Spain, this can be administered at any time.

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Spain accepts that of the UK NHS Covid Passport or a certificate of recovery issued by a relevant health authority or medical service to certify your Covid status.

Children aged 12 to 17 inclusive traveling for tourism can enter Spain on presentation of a negative PCR test or a Covid recovery certificate. Persons under the age of 12 do not have to:

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  • present full proof of vaccinations when entering Spain
  • Conduct diagnostic tests prior to arrival
  • show proof of recovery from Covid within the last six months

If you are traveling from mainland Spain to the Canary or Balearic Islands you may need to present a negative Covid test depending on the region you are traveling from.

You should check with your tour operator and local authorities at your final destination for information on domestic entry requirements.

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Which rules are changing?

Entry requirements for Spain will soon allow unvaccinated travelers from the UK to enter the country as tourists.

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Travelers will need to show a negative Covid test to enter the country when the change becomes official. Full details on the nature of the test and when it will need to be taken are yet to be confirmed.

Do I need to fill out a passenger tracking form?

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United Kingdom traveler who can either show they are fully vaccinated or have recovered from Covid in the last 6 months, or who are under 12 years old do not need to complete the Spanish Travel Health Check Form.

All others must fill in the form at least 48 hours before traveling to Spain. You can see the entry requirements on the Federal Foreign Office website before you travel to make sure you know what to expect.

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