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 of less than 72 hours 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 ferry.
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 ;-)
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 (ferry).
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 if you arrive by plane: https://www.spth.gob.es/
- On the SpTH Spain Travel Health website if you arrive by ferry: https://spthm.puertos.es/
- 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
- b) Diagnostic certificate: a negative PCR or PCR-like test (NAAT type) issued within 72 hours prior to arrival in Spain. or a negative antigen test of those included in the common list of the European Commission (https://covid-19- diagnostics.jrc.ec.europa.eu/devices#form_content), issued within 48 hours prior to arrival in Spain.
- 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: https://travelsafe.spain.info/en/
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?
You will have to check the LIST OF EUROPEAN UNION/EUROPEAN ECONOMIC AREA COUNTRIES and LIST OF THIRD COUNTRIES:
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:
4. New Zealand
7. South Korea
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: https://travelsafe.spain.info/en/
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
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 :
- the dedicated page of the Spanish Ministry of Health website.
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:
- Find all the information about arrivals and departures at Barcelona airport. Which terminal is currently working?
- In Barcelona Coronavirus find the news, from day to day, on the restrictions and sanitary measures in force, including what is open and what is closed in Barcelona and Catalonia.
- In Covid Testing in Barcelona where to get a covid test near to you during your stay.
- The hotels are open in Barcelona right now. For your safety a new sanitary protocol for a safer stay is now in place! Book your hotel in Barcelona