Spain Extends Covid Travel Restrictions for Non-EU Visitors

Spain Extends Covid Travel Restrictions for Non-EU Visitors

Spanish officials have revealed the Coronavirus entry restrictions for all travellers over the age of 12 from non-European Union countries will be extended until 15 November 2022.

Spain has dropped all COVID-19 entry requirements for incoming travellers to the country from the EU or Schengen area.

However, third country visitors such visitors British holidaymakers and other nationals from countries outside the EU or Schengen area, need to show proof of full vaccination, recovery from COVID-19, a negative antigen test result (taken in the 24 hours before departure) or a negative PCR test (taken in the 72 hours before departure). 

Previously, if you did not have a EU Digital COVID Certificate (EUDCC)  certificate (or another EU equivalent) you had to manually fill in Spain’s Health Control Form with these details, receiving a QR code to get through the airports. As of 20 September 2022, this system has been abolished. 

Spain is now accepting all certificates so long as they meet the same conditions as the EU Digital COVID Certificate.

“As of Tuesday, 20 September 2022, the Spain Travel Health (SpTH) portal, both the website and the mobile applications (APPs), will no longer be operational. It will no longer be necessary to complete the health control form to travel to Spain nor to show the SpTH QR code at the airport of arrival.”

A statement from Spain’s Ministry of Health

Unlike other European nations, Spain has not scrapped its travel restrictions entirely.

COVID Rules For UK Holidaymakers

UK nationals who have not had a coronavirus vaccine are now free to travel to Spain provided they can prove they don’t have the virus.

One of the three following certificates is required:

  • A negative test certificate – either a PCR taken within 72 hours of departure or an antigen test taken within 24 hours
  • A vaccination certificate
  • Certificate of recovery at least 11 days after testing positive (valid for six months)

The Spanish authorities will accept the NHS COVID Pass as proof of vaccination, either digitally or printed out.

Masks are no longer mandatory in the vast majority of settings such as bars and cafes to museums and cinemas.

However, public transport is one key exception as face coverings are still required on aeroplanes, buses, trains, metros and taxis.

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