Ban On Entry Into Spain Extended For Another Month

The Ministry of Interior has extended the ban on entry into Spain for another month under a new set of rather complicated rules.

(Valencia, 01. October) The Spanish Ministry of Interior has extended the existing non-essential travel ban on entry into Spain from the majority of third countries, which has been in effect since July 17 of this year.

The announcement was made recently, and the decision to extend the ban was also published in BOE – the official gazette of the Spanish Government.

According to the decision, the travel ban on entry into Spain will be in effect until the end of October and can be extended if the Ministry believes it is necessary to keep the Coronavirus situation under control in the country.

This means that unvaccinated visitors are not permitted to enter Spanish territory for non-essential purposes such as tourism or business. To enter the country as a “vaccinated” person, one must be immunised with one of the jabs recognised as valid proof of immunity for travel into Spain. At least 14 days must have passed since the last shot.

Arrivals from third countries that are currently on Spain’s list of safe third countries are exempt from the non-vaccinated travel ban.

According to the Ministry of the Interior, the list has been updated to include three more countries – Chile, Kuwait, and Rwanda – while excluding Moldova and Bosnia and Herzegovina, in accordance with the EU Council’s recommendation of September 23.

As a result, regardless of vaccination status, only visitors from the following third countries can currently enter Spain for non-essential purposes:

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Jordan
  • Kuwait
  • New Zealand
  • Qatar
  • Rwanda
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Ukraine
  • Uruguay
  • China
  • Hong Kong SAR
  • Macao SAR
  • Taiwan

Travelers from the EU and Schengen Area countries and regions are subject to different rules in Spain. These areas are divided into two categories: the high-risk list and the countries that are exempt from this risk.

Travellers from high-risk areas, which currently include the majority of EU countries, are required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or proof of recent virus recovery. If the traveller does not have either of the two, he or she should present negative Coronavirus test results.

According to data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, Spain has vaccinated 90.3 percent of its adult population with at least the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, with 82.4 already fully vaccinated.

Source: Schengen Visa Info

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