Editor’s Note — Coronavirus cases are in flux across the globe. Health officials caution that staying home is the best way to stem transmission until you’re fully vaccinated. Below is information on what to know if you still plan to travel, last updated on January 6.
What’s on offer
One of Europe’s biggest hitters for good reason, Spain pulls tourists in by the millions thanks to its warm weather, laidback vibe and excellent food and wine. Plus, of course, there are some of Europe’s best beach resorts, mountains, and cultural cities such as Madrid, Seville and Barcelona.
Who can go
Fully vaccinated travelers from anywhere in the world can enter Spain for a vacation without proof of a negative Covid test, including travelers from countries Spain has classified as “risk” destinations, but excluding travelers from countries Spain has classified as “high risk.”
All non-EU and non-Schengen countries count as “risk” countries, aside from an exempted list that currently includes Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Indonesia, Kuwait, New Zealand, Peru, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, UAE, Uruguay, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Travelers from these countries can enter Spain without proof of vaccination or a recent negative Covid test.
People with special dispensation to travel from Spain’s designated high risk countries must show both proof of vaccination or recovery and a negative Covid test. They must also quarantine for 10 days upon arrival in Spain in their place of residence or accommodation. Travelers can take a test on day 7 of this quarantine. If this comes back negative, travelers can cut their quarantine short.
Young people between the ages of 12 and 18 who’ve received a single dose of a vaccine and are traveling from EU or Schengen zone countries marked as “risk” can enter Spain with a PCR or antigen test.
Young people between the ages of 12 and 18 traveling from a country outside the EU and Schengen zone can only travel to Spain for a vacation if they’re fully vaccinated. Children under 12 do not need to present a health certificate of any kind, no matter their country of origin.
What are the restrictions?
As mentioned above, fully vaccinated travelers from anywhere in the world can enter Spain for a vacation without proof of a negative Covid test, including travelers from countries Spain’s classified as “risk” destinations, but excluding travelers from countries Spain’s classified as “high risk.”
Travelers from countries classified as “high risk” by Spain must show a negative test, regardless of vaccination status.
From February 1, Spain will not accept proof of vaccination if the final dose of vaccination was over 270 days ago.
If you’re an unvaccinated traveler from a country that’s not part of the EU or the Schengen zone — and one of the exempted non-EU and non-Schengen countries listed above — you can only visit Spain so if your trip is regarded as essential.
Non-vaccinated travelers arriving from risk countries must undertake a PCR test within 72 hours of departure and show proof of a negative result on entry.
Health assessments take place on arrival into Spain, with a temperature check and visual examination as standard.
What’s the Covid situation?
Spain has seen over 6.9 million Covid infections and over 89,800 deaths as of January 6, 2022. There are currently concerns about the Omicron variant in Spain.
In the week leading up to January 6, there were 789,409 new Covid cases reported.
As of January 6, over 84.7 million vaccine doses have been administered in Spain and over 80.8% of the population has been fully vaccinated.
What can visitors expect?
Traveling between Spain’s regions is permitted.
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Joe Minihane, Julia Buckley and Francesca Street contributed to this report