Spain entry requirements for the spring of 2022 have not changed significantly, and the biggest novelty is that these rules will not be changed on a weekly basis now that the pandemic appears to be under control.
Unlike several European Union and European Economic Area countries, Spain entry requirements for the upcoming period have remained relatively unchanged, with no indication that they will be relaxed further, at least until the summer tourist season.
While the country requires visitors to present valid identification upon entry, not all visitors are subject to the same rules.
According to the Spanish Ministry of Health, travellers are divided into two groups: those coming from an EU/EEA country and those arriving from a non-EU country.
This means that Spain entry requirements will vary depending on the country from which a person is travelling.
Spain entry requirements for travellers from EU/EEA Countries
All European Union/European Economic Area countries are currently on Spain’s risk list. Nonetheless, the authorities have stated that everyone is permitted to enter the country for the purpose of travel.
Travellers arriving from an EU/EEA country are exempt from additional Spain entry requirements if they present one of the certificates included in the EU Digital COVID Pass – a valid vaccination, recovery, or test certificate.
“If you come from a country at risk for COVID-19, you must present a certificate or document proving vaccination, diagnostic test for active infection, or recovery from COVID-19,” according to the Ministry of Health.
This means that vaccinated EU visitors can enter the country without restriction as long as they have a valid vaccination certificate. A vaccination certificate issued by EU authorities is accepted upon entry into Spain if it demonstrates that the holder has completed primary vaccination within the last nine months or has received an additional vaccine dose, known as “booster vaccine.”
Unvaccinated EU citizens may also enter Spain for tourism purposes. All they have to do upon entry is show a recent recovery or negative test result.
To be accepted by Spanish authorities, a recovery certificate must show that the holder has recovered from the virus within the last six months.
Spain accepts both PCR and rapid antigen tests for negative tests. The PCR test must be completed 72 hours before arrival in Spain, and the rapid antigen test must be completed within 24 hours.
A Health Control Form is still one of the most important Spain entry requirements. In addition to the foregoing, all individuals, including those who have been vaccinated, must complete the Health Control Form.
Spain entry requirements for travellers from Safe Non-EU Countries
Several non-EU countries have been added to Spain’s list of safe countries. China (including Hong Kong and Macau), Colombia, Indonesia, Kuwait, Peru, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Taiwan are among the countries on this list.
Travellers from these areas are not required to follow any additional rules when entering Spain as long as they present a vaccination or recovery certificate and fill out the Health Control Form.
The list of safe third countries is updated weekly, so this classification will not always be the same.
Spain entry requirements for travellers from other Non-EU Countries
At the moment, all other third countries that are not on the safe list are on Spain’s risk list.
Travellers with a valid vaccination or recovery certificate, as well as those who complete the Health Control Form, are currently permitted entry into Spain, according to the country’s entry requirements. This means that non-EU visitors who have a negative COVID-19 test result but no vaccination or recovery certificate will be denied entry into Spain.
Aside from the aforementioned, it has been explained that several other categories of third-country visitors can also enter Spain.
Third-country visitors arriving in Spain from a risk area may enter under less stringent conditions if they fall into one of the following categories:
- Possess a long-term visa issued by a Schengen Member or Schengen Associated State.
- They are medical personnel, transportation personnel, seafarers, and aeronautical personnel.
- They work as diplomats, consuls, in the military or civil defense, or in humanitarian aid.
- They are either students or highly skilled workers.
According to the Spanish Ministry of Health, third-country visitors meet Spain entry requirements if they have been fully vaccinated, have recovered from the virus, or fall into one of the categories listed above.
Unvaccinated and unrecovered third-country visitors arriving in Spain for absolutely necessary reasons are also permitted entry, provided they follow additional entry procedures.
Spain’s Current Domestic COVID-19 Restrictions
Differently from the majority of EU/EEA countries, Spain continues to keep domestic COVID-19 restrictions in place. All persons over the age of six are required to wear a face mask when attending different indoor places and events. Mask-wearing is also mandatory in public transport.
Source: Schengen Visa Info