Spain travel restrictions

Which documents to travel to Spain in 2021?

Spain travel restrictions

Which documents to travel to Spain in 2021?

Spain travel restrictions: the new rules

Good news, it is now very simple to enter Spain, especially for Europeans, you must :


1/Meet one of these three conditions:

  • To present a certificate of complete vaccination
  • or, present a negative PCR/TMA or Rapid Antigen test of less than 48 hours
  • or present a certificate of recovery

2/ Fill out a form to obtain a sanitary QR code only if you arrive by plane or boat.
3/ Know that the rapid antigen test is now accepted in Spain (it is not the salivary test but it is fast).
4/ Do not forget your identity papers ;-)
5/ Enjoy a city almost without tourists ;-)


Take the time to read the official text to know if you are concerned by certain sanitary restrictions at the Spanish border according to your country of origin.




To enter Spain, it is no longer enough for Europeans to present identity papers and for travelers from the rest of the world a passport and a visa.

In fact, since the beginning of the global Covid-19 pandemic, the rules for traveling to Spain have evolved as a result of medical knowledge and various government decisions. We all hope that this new regulation is temporary, but it is essential that you take it into account when preparing for a stay in Barcelona, as in the rest of Spain.


The classic documents for entering Spain

Identity card or passport for Europeans

  • Travelers who are members of a Schengen country must present either a valid identity card (ID) or a valid passport at the border with Spain.

Passport and visa for non-Europeans

  • Travelers who are not members of a Schengen country must present a valid passport and a visa at the border with Spain.


Traveler health control: QR Code, PCR test, Vaccine, Green Certificate, Covid pass..

Since 23 November 2020, in addition to your identity cards or passports and visas, you must now present the following documents at the Spanish border post:


1- For all foreigners arriving in Spain by air or sea:

A QR CODE of health control is mandatory for all foreigners arriving in Spain by AIR or SEA only.
Before entering Spain, foreign travelers must fill in an online form to obtain a personal QR code which they will present at the border.


Where can I find the Spanish health control form?

The form can be filled in online on the official website or by downloading the dedicated application:

On the SpTH Spain Travel Health website:
By downloading the SpTH application to your mobile phone (Android and Apple).




A. I am traveling to Spain from a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, what health documentation do I need to enter?

You will have to check the LIST OF EUROPEAN UNION/EUROPEAN ECONOMIC AREA COUNTRIES and LIST OF THIRD COUNTRIES published and updated every 15 days by the Spanish Ministry of Health:


1. If you come from an area included in the EU/EEA list of countries at risk, you must certify one of these three requirements (except for children under 12 years of age):

  • a) Certificate of vaccination: issued by the competent authorities of the country of origin from 14 days after the date of administration of the last dose of the complete vaccination schedule. The vaccines accepted shall be those authorized by the European Medicines Agency or those that have completed the World Health Organisation’s emergency use process.

The certificate shall include at least the following information:

1. Name and surname of the holder

2. Date of vaccination, stating the date of the last dose administered

3. Type of vaccine administered

4. Number of doses administered/complete schedule

5. Issuing country

6. Identification of the institution issuing the vaccination certificate



  • c) Certificate of recovery (proof that the disease has been overcome): issued by the competent authority or medical service at least 11 days after the first NAATtype diagnostic test (PCR, TMA, LAMP, or similar) with a positive result. The SECRETARÍA DE ESTADO DE TURISMO validity of the certificate shall expire 180 days from the date of sampling.

It shall include at least the following information:

a. Name and surname of the holder

b. Date of sampling of the first positive diagnostic test for SARS-CoV-2

c. Type of NAAT test performed

d. Issuing country


Any of these three certificates must be in Spanish, English, French, or German. If it is not possible to obtain the original certificate in any of these languages, the document must be accompanied by a translation into Spanish by an official authority.


2. If you come from areas of the EU/EEA not included in the LIST OF EUROPEAN UNION/ EUROPEAN ECONOMIC AREA COUNTRIES and LIST OF THIRD COUNTRIES of the Ministry of Health, you will not be asked for any diagnostic test or certificate of vaccination or immunity.


More info:


B. I am traveling to Spain for tourist purposes from a country that does not belong to the European Union or the European Economic Area, what entry requirements are applied to me?



1. If you are traveling from a country or territory included in the list of countries with low incidence, excluded from the risk zone, you will be able to travel without the need for a diagnostic test or a certificate of vaccination or immunity.


At the moment (7/06/2021)  the countries included in this list are:

1. Australia

2. Israel

3. Japan

4. New Zealand

5. Rwanda

6. Singapore

7. South Korea

8. Thailand

9. United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

10. China and the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macao (subject to reciprocity)


2. If you are traveling from a country or territory that is not included in the list of exempted countries, from 7 June 2021 tourists will be allowed to enter if they have a certificate of vaccination issued by the competent authorities of the country of origin from 14 days after the date of administration of the last dose of the complete vaccination schedule.

More info:


Which vaccines are recognized in Spain?

The vaccines accepted shall be those authorized by the European Medicines Agency or those that have completed the World Health Organisation’s emergency use process. Currently, these vaccines are those produced by Pfizer-Biontech, Moderna, Astra-Zeneca, Jansen/Johnson&Johnson, Sinovac, and Sinopharm.

The certificate of vaccination shall include at least the following information:

Name and surname of the holder

Date of vaccination, stating the date of the last dose administered

Type of vaccine administered 

Number of doses administered/complete schedule

Issuing country

Identification of the institution issuing the certificate of vaccination



3/ Be careful again! Quarantine is to be considered according to your country of arrival.

The following lists are dated 12/05/2021, you should check if your country has changed category since then.

A/ List of countries whose entry into Spain is authorized without quarantine:

  • All travelers from the European Union (EU) can enter without quarantine.
  • All travelers from the States associated with the Schengen Area (Iceland, Switzerland, Norway, Liechtenstein, and the United Kingdom), Andorra, the Vatican, Monaco, San Marino. 
  • But also from Australia, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Georgia, and China are allowed to enter without being subject to quarantine.

B/ List of countries whose entry to Spain is subject to a ten-day quarantine:

  • The Federal Republic of Brazil, Republic of South Africa, Republic of Botswana, Union of Comoros, Republic of Ghana, Republic of Kenya, Republic of Mozambique, United Republic of Tanzania, Republic of Zambia, Republic of Zimbabwe, Republic of Peru, India, and the Republic of Colombia.

The quarantine may be suspended on the seventh day if the person is tested for active infection with a negative result.

At this time, these restrictions are still in effect even for vaccinated persons.

For more information, consult the official recommendations of your government or consulate.


The list of countries at risk is updated daily on :


FAQ - Answers to your most frequently asked questions:

Is tourism allowed in Barcelona at the moment?

Tourism is now allowed in Barcelona and in Spain. However, you must respect the sanitary measures mentioned on this page (PCR test, Vaccine, QR code..).


Can I do covid Testing at Barcelona El Prat Airport?

Yes, you can do PCR/Antigen covid testing at Barcelona Airport in Terminal 1 - 3rd floor - in the commercial area El Mirador : COVID TESTING CLINIC. This service is open every day until 7 pm.

More info In Covid Testing in Barcelona.


I have been vaccinated against Covid-19, can I travel to Spain more easily?

Since June 7, 2021, the Covid vaccine will simplify your travel to Spain and Barcelona, as it will allow you to enter Spain without a PCR/TMA/ antigenic test, regardless of the name of the vaccine if it is one of the vaccines validated in Europe (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Janssen, Sinopharm and Sinovac-Coronavac).



On the health passport or digital certificate to enter Spain

EU Digital COVID Certificate – From 1st July 2021 the EU Digital COVID Certificate will become operative. The Certificate is digital proof that a person has either: been vaccinated against Covid-19; received a negative test result; or recovered from Covid-19. This document will facilitate movement between EU member states, providing evidence of a person’s status with regard to the above-mentioned criteria.. This certificate will be free, will be valid for use throughout the EU, and will be issued in digital or paper format in the national language of each member state as well as in English. The document will have a QR code to verify information at the destination and to ensure the certificate is authentic. More info



Prepare your trip to Spain:

Last comment
@ Christine (21 Jul 2021 - 11:14)
Hello Christine,
You have to be able to prove your identity, which is what your driver's license will do. So it's perfect.
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  1. @ Christine - (21 Jul 2021 - 11:14)

    Hello Christine,
    You have to be able to prove your identity, which is what your driver's license will do. So it's perfect.

  2. Covid vaccination record - Christine (21 Jul 2021 - 10:44)

    My covid vaccination record is in a different name to my passport. Will this be accepted? My British driving licence has the same name as my vaccination record.

  3. @Norma Holmes - (17 Jul 2021 - 10:20)

    Hello Norma Holmes,
    if your document is translated in English or Spanish or French or German then it's ok - like it was before EU travel certificate;

  4. Didn’t receive my EU travel cert - Norma Holmes (17 Jul 2021 - 09:50)

    Hi I haven’t received my EU travel certificate and I am flying to Spain next Thursday 22July. I am fully vaccinated and have my vaccination card. Will that suffice?

  5. @Trudy Cross - (16 Jul 2021 - 09:12)

    Hello Trudy Cross,
    Don't worry, your mother-in-law will do everything she can to help you at the most difficult moments..
    However, the controls are increasingly heavy at the customs, I hope that you will find an understanding controller.
    I wouldn't do it.

  6. Documements - Trudy Cross (16 Jul 2021 - 08:42)

    I am due to fly to Spain on 9th August to visit my mother-in-law. I booked my tickets in my maiden name as my passport is still valid. However, my Covid vaccinations are in my married name. Can I still enter Spain if I provide my marriage certificate as proof ?

  7. @wendy - (9 Jul 2021 - 09:54)

    Hello wendy,
    If your son is 14 years old he has to do a PCR or antigen test to enter Spain.

  8. 14 years olds traveling - wendy (9 Jul 2021 - 09:28)

    I'm traveling to Spain with my son who's 14 what does he need to enter as Iv had both my jabs so I don't need a PCR. But will my son thank you

  9. @Michael Whitehead - (6 Jul 2021 - 10:04)

    @Michael Whitehead
    please check this info on this page:

  10. Digital Proof of Vaccine - Michael Whitehead (6 Jul 2021 - 09:02)

    I am a UK national and have digital proof of vaccine on my National Health Service App, which shows my photograph, date of birth, when my vaccine course was completed. Can this be used as proof to enter Spain.
    Kind regards
    Michael Whitehead

  11. @Ian Deacon - (3 Jul 2021 - 11:24)

    Hello Ian Deacon,
    best is to follow this link and try to find your information:

  12. AZ vaccine not recognised by EMA - Ian Deacon (3 Jul 2021 - 11:18)

    Good morning, we are hoping to travel to Spain in August for holidays. My wife and I have been vaccinated with the batch of Astra Zeneca not recognised by the EMA, will we be accepted by the authorities once we arrive in Spain? If not do you foresee your country accepting these batches in time for our holidays?
    Many thanks
    Ian Deacon

  13. @Jess Low - (2 Jul 2021 - 09:20)

    Hello Jess Low,
    For Canada, the best is to check daily this link with the latest news on health regulations to enter Spain as it changes often.
    Have a good journey,

  14. Canada? - Jess Low (2 Jul 2021 - 08:52)

    This seems to have conflicting information and I'm more confused then I was to start! If you are fully vaccinated (Pfizer) can you enter Spain from Canada without quarantine? As long as you show proof of your vaccination?

  15. @Jack - (28 Jun 2021 - 08:32)

    Hello Jack,
    Good question, as it is a question of limiting the progression of the pandemic, what counts is your country of origin, -the one where you live- and thus the USA for you.
    Have a journey,

  16. US to Barcelona - Jack (28 Jun 2021 - 07:54)

    I'm traveling from New York to Barcelona but have a 4 hour stop in Brussels. Do I list NY or Brussels as my country of origin?

  17. @al - (25 Jun 2021 - 10:42)

    Hola al,
    You only need the test to enter Spain, not to travel from one city to another, even by plane.

  18. PCR - Sal (25 Jun 2021 - 09:40)


    I am planning to travel from Barcelona to Malaga by airplane.

    Do I need a PCR or Antigen test for this?

  19. @davis - (21 Jun 2021 - 19:46)

    Hello davis,
    When there is no vaccine for the age group in question, then a PCR test is required to enter Spain. This is the case for your 12-year-old daughter.
    Have a good trip

  20. travling - Jana davis (21 Jun 2021 - 19:12)

    Hello, can my twelve-year-old daughter enter Spain with no vaccine because our country still did not provide the vaccine for twelve-year-olds.

  21. @Angie - (17 Jun 2021 - 08:44)

    Hello Angie,
    Follow this link to get more info concerning traveling from US to Spain:

  22. Minor entering Spain with vaccinated parents - Angie (17 Jun 2021 - 08:00)

    Hello, my sister and her family are traveling to Spain (Malaga) from the US in July (we live in Sweden and plan to meet them there). My sister and her husband are both fully vaccinated but my 15 year old nephew is not. Previous information on the US embassy website said that minor children above age 6 could enter with vaccinated parents with just a negative covid test. But now it seems that’s been updated to minor children under age 12. So my sister is worried that my nephew will require a vaccine but now there is not enough time and all of the information we are finding is very confusing. Can anyone please tell me if my nephew will be able to enter Spain with just a negative covid test? Thank you so much! Angie

  23. @Eugene - (16 Jun 2021 - 08:16)

    Hello Eugene,
    The age of the children - for the sanitary norms of entry in Spain - has been raised this week from 6 years to 12 years.
    So it's right: children age 6 don’t need anything except QR code to enter with vaccinated parents.

  24. 6 years old - Eugene (16 Jun 2021 - 08:00)

    So children age 6 don’t need anything except QR code to enter with vaccinated parents, right? It says children under age 12 don’t require pcr test or vaccine certificate, only QR code to enter

  25. @Edward - (15 Jun 2021 - 08:22)

    Hello Edward,
    If you live in France and come from France, I suppose that the rules concerning the French and UE apply to you to enter Spain. That is to say : complete vaccine, pcr test/antigen or recovery.

  26. vaccinated from Paris, France - Edward (15 Jun 2021 - 07:50)

    Me and my wife had the 2nd pfizer vaccine; last 30 March 2021 for me and 10 April 2021 for my wife. My son will have his 2nd vaccine this coming 3 july 2021... We live in Paris, France. Can we visit Barcelona starting 3rd week of july? thanks

  27. @Joanne - (14 Jun 2021 - 08:44)

    Hello Joanne,
    I believe under 6 does not include 6 (except for children under 6 years of age) so your children need a test to enter Spain.

  28. Entry requirements - Joanne (14 Jun 2021 - 08:22)

    Hi there, I am vaccinated and travelling with my 6 year old from (EU) (non shengen ) Ireland to Spain (EU) Does she need an antigen test ? No one can tell me if under 6 includes 6.

  29. @Reda - (12 Jun 2021 - 12:16)

    Hello Reda,
    Children under 6 years old are not affected by the sanitary measures at the Spanish border.
    For the quarantine - only for very few countries, it is not known if children are concerned or not.
    You have to check the official website for this kind of information


  30. 3 years old children - Reda (12 Jun 2021 - 12:04)

    Hello, if both parents are fully vaccinated and are coming to Spain with 3 years old children, there will be no quarantine for children, correct? Thanks

  31. @Daniel - (11 Jun 2021 - 09:16)

    Hello Daniel,
    We follow to update this page.
    We understand your confusion when faced with contradictory information. It's been like that for the past few months.

  32. COVID-19 test requirement for children - Daniel (11 Jun 2021 - 08:50)


    I will be flying with my 8 year old child into BCN from the USA in a couple of weeks. I am vaccinated but my child is not. On your website and on the website of the Ministry of Health, it says children under 6 do not need to show a negative COVID-19 test. On the Ministry of Tourism and the websites of Iberia and Delta, it says children under 12 do not need a negative test. Do you know which one is right? What are the officials at El Prat actually asking from children between 6 and 12? See this official-looking document from the Ministry of Tourism:

    Thank you.

  33. @Anna - (10 Jun 2021 - 08:08)

    Hello Anna,
    if you have to wait for a second dose, then your vaccine is not complete, so you have to take a covid test to enter Spain, that simple.
    Have a good journey.

  34. AstraZeneca vaccine - Anna (10 Jun 2021 - 07:48)

    Hi everyone!

    I have AstraZeneca first vaccine almost for three months but I still have to wait for the second dose. Before the second dose I will go to Barcelona. From the first dose a person is to believed to be immune already. In my country you can enter also with one AstraZeneca dose. So I should still make a covid test or it will be ok with also one dose of AstraZeneca when entering Barcelona?

    Thank you!

  35. Was Denied Entry Into Spain - Tom H (9 Jun 2021 - 08:50)

    Hello All,

    I just wanted to provide some information to everyone. I am an unvaccinated US citizen, have enjoyed traveling to Spain over the years, and was eager to return with my family recently. We were planning to go for 3 weeks. My entire family had COVID 2 months ago and fully recovered (and are recommended by our doctors to wait at least 3 months to get the vaccine). We have letters from our doctors that state we are fully recovered. We took antibody tests a few days ago that confirms the presence of antibodies. We also took PCR tests which were now all negative. We also received on approved QR code from Spain Travel Health (we checked Tourism as a US citizen as our travel status and answered Yes when asked if we had any 1 of the 3 required items: vaccine, negative PCR, or recovered). We tried to get on a flight in the US yesterday with all of our documentation (QR code, doctor's letter of recovery, positive antibody test, negative PCR test), and we were denied boarding. If you are simply a tourist without the vaccine (and not in a specific category like EU resident, long term visa holder, military performing duties in Spain, etc), you will not be permitted to enter Spain, they insist on you being vaccinated. All US airlines as well as Iberia Airlines have the same policy on their websites citing Spanish rules. Very frustrating for my family, just like vaccinated people we have an EXTREMELY LOW risk of contracting or spreading COVID, we even backed it up with a negative PCR test (which is not even required if you are recovered), yet we cannot enter Spain. I just canceled our hotel and rental car, guess we'll do Greece or Italy instead.

  36. @Jennifer - (8 Jun 2021 - 18:12)

    Hello Jennifer,
    You only need these health documents (PCR/ antigen test - QR code) to enter Spain. During your stay in Spain, you do not need to do anything anymore.

    Have a great journey!

  37. Domestic flight - Jennifer (8 Jun 2021 - 18:06)

    Hi there,

    Do I need a PCR/ antigen test to fly from Valencia to Malaga? Will I need a new QR code?

    Thank you!

  38. @BRUNO - (8 Jun 2021 - 09:48)

    Hello BRUNO,
    RAPID ANTIGEN test is now accepted upon arrival at Barcelona airport and at any Spanish border.
    The official text refers but airlines may have their own sanitary rules. So check with them before taking the plane.

  39. RAPID ANTIGEN TEST - BRUNO (8 Jun 2021 - 09:42)

    Hello, are now RAPID ANTIGEN test accepted upon arrival at Barcellona airport from Italy after 7 june 2021? it is not very clear from the government and airline companies guidelines.. thanks

  40. @NDG - (7 Jun 2021 - 15:28)

    Hello NDG,
    Yes, antigen test is valid to enter spain starting today - 7/06/2021.
    This information is on this page point A-1-b.

  41. Covid Tests - NDG (7 Jun 2021 - 15:22)

    Can you clarify what type of tests are now being accepted to enter Spain. Are Antigen tests now being accepted? Today I see it on the list, a couple of days ago it was not on the list of accepted tests.

  42. @Cecilia - (7 Jun 2021 - 09:04)

    Hello Cecilia,
    The QR code is only required for travelers arriving in Spain by plane and by boat.

  43. QR code and form for entry to Spain - Cecilia (7 Jun 2021 - 08:30)

    We will be entering Spain by car from France, we live in Switzerland and are both fully vaccinated. When we try to fill in the entry form a flight number is essential to complete the form. Is there a different form for driving into Spain. Thanks

  44. @Kiara - (5 Jun 2021 - 12:36)

    Hello Kiara,
    To our knowledge, PCR or antigenic tests are not required for domestic flights. They are required upon arrival in Spain.

  45. Domestic flights - which rules? - Kiara (5 Jun 2021 - 12:22)

    Dear all,
    thanks for the info, but how does it work for domestic flights? I understand that a PCR test is not required, but is the rapid test required to fly within Spain? I can't find this information on the official websites. Thanks a lot!

  46. @jay & Tom H - (4 Jun 2021 - 09:46)

    Hello jay & Tom H,
    As you have understood, it is the most total confusion a few days before the supposed reopening of Spain to Americans and the new sanitary rules for all travelers. There are only a few days left before an official text - June 7 - let the Spanish government agree among its own members ;-)

  47. US travel updates ? - Jay (4 Jun 2021 - 08:50)

    Do we know if US travelers are able to come into spain with the new restrictions ?

    I read this in an article “ The extended entry ban does NOT apply to vaccinated travellers from the United States, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Hong Kong, Macao and China”

    Also do we have any clarity on being able to enter with only a pcr test vs a vaccine? Was set to travel on the 9th of June but am now on hold.

    Thx Jay

  48. Had COVID 2 Months Ago, Still Need Vaccine? - Tom H (4 Jun 2021 - 08:42)


    My wife and I are from the US and both had COVID in early April and are both fully recovered. We both had antibody tests done yesterday that re-affirmed we had COVID. We have not gotten the vaccine yet since our doctors have recommended we wait at least 3 months after our COVID diagnosis. Three questions: Will we be able to travel to Spain from the US on June 7 without the vaccine seeing how we have natural immunity at this point? Also, will we need a PCR test within 3 days of arrival (we may still show positive as some people can test positive for months)? Lastly, what documentation will we need? We currently have lab results that show our positive COVID results in April as well as our positive antibody test from yesterday, and we also have notes from our doctors that say we are fully recovered. As a backup, we are going to get PCR tests tomorrow, not sure what they will show however given we had COVID 2 months ago. It is hard for us to find any source documents that talk about allowing travelers into Spain who previously had COVID. Thank you.

  49. @Livia - (3 Jun 2021 - 09:10)

    Hello Livia,
    PCR test is only required at the entrance to Spain. Once you are in Spain, you will not have to take it again.
    Have a good journey,

  50. PCR test after entering Spain - Livia (3 Jun 2021 - 08:12)

    Hi there!
    We are going to travel to Barcelona from Budapest,Hungary on the 11th June spending 6 days there and then continue our journey to Seville by plane on the 17th June. We both got our second shot of Pfizer vaccine 14 days prior to our arrival, but considering that no official announcement about allowing vaccinated tourists has been made yet, we most likely will need to have negative PCR test. My question would be whether we will need to have a second negative PCR test on our arrival to Seville as well or does this requirement only apply when we enter Spain (meaning that we need a negativ test only when arriving to Barcelona but afterwards we are allowed to travel within Spain without any further PCR test requirement)?
    Many thanks in advance,

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