The current entry restrictions will now be updated weekly rather than monthly, and the list of “safe” countries is shrinking.
The Spanish Ministry of Health has extended travel restrictions on travelers from the other European Union and Schengen Area countries for another week, until February 13, due to the ongoing spread of the COVID-19 infection in the bloc.
Updating the list of European risk areas, the Ministry has explained that the list will be updated again in a week. The list of the risk areas is now made of almost all European countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czechia, Cyprus, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Sweden.
“If you come from a country/zone at risk in relation to COVID-19, you must present a certificate or document proving vaccination, diagnostic test for active infection (PDIA), or recovery from COVID-19. These certificates will be different if they have been issued in a country of the European Union (EU Digital COVID Certificate) or in a third country,” the Ministry explains regarding travel from countries in the EU which are listed as risk countries.
It also points out that since February 1, travelers who haven’t received a COVID-19 booster dose must pay attention to the validity of their vaccinated certificates. Those who have been vaccinated before mid-May 2021 must take their booster shots and renew their vaccination certificates in order to be eligible to travel to Spain restriction-free.
The Spanish authorities continue to consider as high-risk countries all third countries except for:
- China (including administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macao)
- New Zealand
- Saudi Arabia
- South Korea
Last week, Chile was also part of this list but has now been removed due to an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in the territory of the same.
Regarding travelers from other third countries, which Spain lists as high-risk areas, they have to present their SpTH QR code together with a vaccination certificate against COVID-19, a negative test performed within 72h(NAAT) / 24h(RAT) prior to arrival, or a certificate of recovery from COVID-19.
Since last week, only negative results of Coronavirus antigen tests that were performed 24 hours before a traveler’s arrival in Spain will be accepted for entry into the country, instead of 48 hours as they have been accepted up until now.
The QR code is obtained when completing the Sanitary Control Form through the Spanish Health portal, pre-departure. Completing the form is obligatory for all sea and air travelers. It is not mandatory to present them for those reaching Spain by land.
Source: Schengen Visa Info
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