The Ban On Non-Essential Travel To Spain Extended Until February 2022

The ban on non-essential travel to Spain for non-EU travelers has been extended until the end of January 2022, when the current situation will be assessed and new measures will be decided.

Given the current COVID-19 situation and the spread of the new Omicron variant, the Spanish government has decided to extend the entry ban on non-essential travel to Spain, imposed on the majority of third-country nationals.

According to an official publication issued by Spain’s Ministry of Health, the entry ban imposed on those who enter the country for non-essential purposes will remain in effect until the end of January 2022.

This means that visitors from the majority of third countries who are unable to present a valid vaccination certificate will be denied entry into Spain.

Travelers who can show a vaccination certificate proving that they have been fully immunised against the virus with one of the recognized doses, on the other hand, can enter Spain for travel purposes without being required to provide an essential reason for their trip.

Ban on non-essential travel to Spain also applies to all visitors from the United Kingdom, which has seen an increase in Omicron infection cases.

Despite the fact that Spain continues to impose strict restrictions on all visitors from non-EU/Schengen Area countries in order to prevent the spread of the Omicron variant, several third countries are not affected by the temporary entry restrictions because they have low infection rates. 

Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Indonesia, Kuwait, New Zealand, Peru, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, and China are currently on Spain’s list of epidemiologically safe third countries (including Hong Kong, and Macao).

All persons arriving to Spain from one of the aforementioned countries are allowed to enter without being subject to the ban on non-essential travel to Spain or other rules such as testing and quarantine requirements. Everyone must, however, complete a Health Control Form.

“Whichever country you arrive from, all passengers arriving in Spain by air or sea (ferry), including passengers making flight transfers and children under the age of 12, must fill out a health control form before they begin their journey,” according to a statement on Spain’s official tourism website, Travel Safe.

Which Vaccines are accepted in Spain?

Spain accepts vaccination certificates if the holder has received one of the following vaccines:

  • Comirnaty – Pfizer/BioNTech Manufacturing GmbH.
  • Vaxzevria – AstraZeneca
  • AstraZeneca/SK Bio, SK Bioscience Co. Ltd.
  • Vaccine AstraZeneca (Covishield™), Serum Institute of India Pvt. Ltd.
  • Janssen-Cilag International NV.
  • Spikevax; mRNA-1273), Moderna Biotech
  • Vero Cell – Sinopharm/Beijing Institute of Biological Products Co., Ltd.
  • Sinovac-CoronaVac (Vero Cell), Sinovac Life Sciences Co., Ltd.
  • Covaxin

“Any vaccine approved for marketing by the European Union (European Medicines Agency, EMA) and the World Health Organization (WHO) will be accepted.” “The complete vaccination schedule must be available for the vaccination certificate to be valid,” according to the information published on Spain’s official Travel Health Portal.

Since the WHO listed Covishield for emergency use in February, Spain has been one of the few EU countries to recognize the vaccine, despite the fact that the European Union agency in charge of medicine supervision and evaluation has not yet approved it.

Beginning on February 1, 2022, the situation will change. Visitors will need to show that at least 14 days, but no more than 270 days, have passed since the last dose was administered. Your vaccination certificate will have to include the administration of your booster dose from that point forward.

Source: Schengen Visa Info

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