The Spanish government has announced that, due to the country’s continued high infection rates, it has decided to extend the existing COVID-19 entry rules for all travellers until 15 June.
While other European nations are easing or eliminating the existing Covid-19 Entry Rules, Spain is going to keep them in place. This was confirmed by the Spanish Ministry of Interior, as well as the official Government website, two days ago, when the former set of restrictions expired.
“The border order to be issued by the Minister for Home Affairs extends all current restrictions on Spain’s external land, sea, and air borders under the recommendations of the Council of the European Union due to the health crisis caused by COVID-19 until 24:00 hours on June 15, 2022, and replaces the current one, which expired on Sunday, May 15,” the statement of the authorities reads.
The move means that all travellers will continue to be subject to COVID-19 entry rules when reaching Spain.
All travelers above the age of 12 from the European Union/European Economic Area are presently obliged to produce COVID-19 documentation upon arrival, according to the Spanish Ministry of Health.
Travellers from the EU/EEA are permitted restriction-free entry as long as they hold one of the passes listed below:
- A vaccination certificate that proves that the holder has completed primary vaccination in the last nine months. Certificates proving that the holder received a booster shot are also accepted
- A recovery certificate that proves that the holder tested positive for the virus in the last six months
- A test certificate that proves that the holder took a PCR or rapid antigen test within 72 or 48 hours before arrival in Spain, respectively
On the other hand, the Ministry explained that stricter rules apply to travellers from third countries. Third-country travellers are permitted entry to Spain for travel purposes only if they hold a valid vaccination or recovery certificate or if they fall into the exemption list.
Nonetheless, it has been emphasised that certain groups of travellers can enter under facilitated rules. Travellers from third countries between the age of 12 and 18 can enter Spain by presenting a negative PCR test result. This means that this group of travellers does not need to present a vaccination or recovery certificate.
It is believed that the Spanish authorities took the decision to extend the entry rules after considering the infection rates.
The data from the World Health Organisation shows that Spain has registered 65,897 new COVID-19 infection cases in the last seven days.
As for the vaccination rates, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control reveals that they are quite high. According to ECDC, Spain has administered a total of 101,399,274 vaccine doses as of May 12.
Despite keeping its entry rules in place, Spain has already changed some of its domestic restrictions. Spain lifted the mask requirement on April 20. Travellers are no longer required to wear a face mask when accessing most public places and events while in Spain.
Source: Schengen Visa Info