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 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:




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-, 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:


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:

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@Jonah (15 Oct 2021 - 08:38)
Hello Jonah,
The rules changed this week for nightclubs ( more info Barcelona Coronavirus page). You shouldn't have any problem to get in. For the sanitary pass you have to ask your university
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  1. @Jonah - (15 Oct 2021 - 08:38)

    Hello Jonah,
    The rules changed this week for nightclubs ( more info Barcelona Coronavirus page). You shouldn't have any problem to get in. For the sanitary pass you have to ask your university

  2. American obtaining Covid Pass - Jonah (15 Oct 2021 - 08:24)

    Hello, I am an American study abroad student who is in Barcelona for three months. I am vaccinated but have been denied at some nightclubs and bars because I don't have the EU Covid Passport with the QR code. It seems impossible for Americans to obtain the covid passport, is there any way around this? I want to obtain the QR code so I don't have to get tested every single weekend to go out even though I am vaccinated. I have tried going to el CAP and they said they couldn't do anything.
    Thank You

  3. @MS - (11 Oct 2021 - 10:16)

    Hello MS,
    Many people have mentioned this subject on this page. We think that if you have the documents proving your identity before your wedding - which is your case - there will be no problem entering Spain knowing that the controllers are now used to this issue.
    Have a good flight!

  4. Vaccination card name - MS (9 Oct 2021 - 11:22)

    We’re traveling from US to Barcelona next week. My vaccination card is with my married name but my passport and airline ticket is with my maiden name. Will I be allowed entry into Barcelona if I also bring my marriage license to show both names and also my old driver’s license with my married name in it? I’m very worried I’ll be denied entry on arrival, especially since we’re traveling with young children. Thank you for your help!

  5. @Travey - (8 Oct 2021 - 11:06)

    Hello Travey,
    Getting a QR code via the SpTh website is a real nightmare, you are not the only one to complain about it. It often happens that the download is successful but the site does not specify it. The only solution is to go through the whole process again, begging your god ;-) on your knees like the penitents (which is less humiliating than using this governmental website).
    May the force be with you,

  6. Travelling without the qr code - Travey (8 Oct 2021 - 10:34)

    Hi I wonder if anyone can help. I travel to Barcelona tomorrow from the Uk.
    I’ve tried to do the Spanish health travel form and somewhere I’ve messed up and verified something. I can’t get QR code as I keep getting a message saying
    A form can not be created the data already exists.
    I just don’t know what to do.
    Please can anyone help

  7. @Ssscia - (7 Oct 2021 - 09:40)

    Hello Ssscia,
    Normally, a European can travel in Europe with a recently expired passport or ID card. In your case and since the Brexit, we do not know. Ask your embassy in France or Spain for confirmation.

  8. British passport - Ssscia (7 Oct 2021 - 09:14)

    Hi I'm travelling to spain on Friday for the weekend and I'm flying from bordeaux France to sapin but I've just realised I have 5 days less than the 6 months required on my british passport.
    Is it still possible to fly ?

  9. @Emma Tilston - (6 Oct 2021 - 11:34)

    Hello Emma Tilston,
    If your sister has not been ill and has no signs of illness there is no reason why she should not be allowed to return to the UK. However, it is recommended that she is tested to make sure that she has not caught the virus and is not contagious to other passengers.

  10. Contacted by Track and Trace - Emma Tilston (6 Oct 2021 - 11:26)

    My sister flew home to the UK from Spain on 27th September. She has been emailed by track and trace to tell her someone on her flight has tested positive for C-19. She has not been told to self isolate. Can she fly back to Spain from UK on 7th October (a 10 day gap). Thanks.

  11. @Laura B. - (4 Oct 2021 - 17:32)

    Hello Laura B.
    If you live in Italy and come to Spain from Italy, you have the right documents to enter Spain. Ask your embassy for confirmation, it's safer.

  12. Viaje a Barcelona - Laura B. (4 Oct 2021 - 16:58)

    Soy mexicana, resido en USA y tengo un mes viviendo en Italia (trabajando desde casa). Quiero viajar a Barcelona desde Italia (Napoles) como turista por un fin de semana. Estoy vacunada, mi certificado es la tarjeta que la CDC da en USA.
    Me hes posible entrar a Barcelona? Que necesito para poder entrar a Barcelona?

    Muchas Gracias!

  13. @laslo - (24 Sep 2021 - 11:18)

    Hello laslo,
    if you are going to arrive by ferry in Spain you have to fill in a specific health form - as indicated above on this page. Here is the link: SpTH Spain Travel Health website:

  14. coming by ferry - laslo (24 Sep 2021 - 09:24)

    hello, I'm arriving in Spain by ferry, which form do I need? thank you

  15. Which test? - Samirah (24 Sep 2021 - 08:14)

    I am flying to Spain from UK and am not fully vaccinated. I booked a rapid antigen test as I read on many sites including the Spanish government page that this is enough.
    However the Uk government and the company I fly with state I need to take a PCR and RAT tests aren’t allowed... I’m so confused and don’t want to be denied entry as my family live there and I’ve not seen them in so long

  16. @Kat - (2 Sep 2021 - 09:08)

    Hello Kat,
    Your question is out of the scope of this page, we apologize for not being able to answer you. The best thing to do is to contact the relevant departments in Greece and Spain to be sure.

  17. Visa/Residency - Kat (2 Sep 2021 - 08:48)

    I recently renewed my visa and applied for a new residency card. I was supposed to receive the new card today but was told it will not be available for another two weeks. I am flying to Greece in less than two weeks and am worried that I will not be able to re-enter Spain without a valid residency card. I currently have my EU Vaccination Certificate, expired residency card, Resguardo de Solicitud (stating I applied for the new card in August and that my visa is valid until 2023), and passport, but I am not sure if that is sufficient. Is a valid residency card required in order to return from Greece even though it is part of the Schengen?

  18. @Lizzie - (1 Sep 2021 - 09:58)

    Hello Lizzie,
    From Portugal to Spain by bus/car you'll just need to present the health passport (green pass).

  19. Bus from Portugal into Spain - Lizzie (1 Sep 2021 - 08:24)

    Hi, I
    Am getting a bus from faro (Portugal) into Spain (Seville).

    I have read there are no requirements for land border entry. Is that ok?

  20. Ibiza Barcelona - Fiona1605 (30 Aug 2021 - 10:30)

    How very confusing are the rules for internal travel within Spain. The Balearics government do require a health form to arrive in Ibiza from Barcelona I believe. I'm not sure about the other direction?

    Pffffff very difficult to find this information as each region creates its own rules.

  21. @Chloe - (27 Aug 2021 - 09:44)

    Hello Chloe,
    You need PCR a negative PCR or antigen test if the vaccine is less than 14 days.
    To be sure with your vaccine brand check the link indicated on this page.

  22. Vaccination - Chloe (27 Aug 2021 - 08:40)

    Hello I am travelling to Spain from Ireland next week and am wondering if i will need a negative PCR or antigen test? I have received both doses of the Pfizer vaccine however it will not be 2 weeks after the 2nd dose at time of travelling. I am curious if I will require a negative test to enter Spain as to be classified as fully vaccinated only takes 7 days with the Pfizer vaccine not 14 days like the other vaccines. Thanks

  23. @Vanessa - (20 Aug 2021 - 09:52)

    Hello Vanessa,
    You are not the only one in this case of different documents for same person, please take legal document to prove your identity and it will be fine.

  24. Passport in different name - Vanessa (20 Aug 2021 - 09:38)

    I have had both vaccines but the COVID travel pass is in my married name and my passport is in my previous married name. The marriage certificate is in my maiden name! Nightmare! If I take all the legal documents will this be accepted? I have tried the uk Gov website but cannot find the information.

  25. @ 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.

  26. 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.

  27. @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;

  28. 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?

  29. @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.

  30. 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 ?

  31. @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.

  32. 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

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

    @Michael Whitehead
    please check this info on this page:

  34. 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

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

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

  36. 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

  37. @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,

  38. 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?

  39. @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,

  40. 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?

  41. @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.

  42. 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?

  43. @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

  44. 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.

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

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

  46. 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

  47. @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.

  48. 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

  49. @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.

  50. 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

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