Editor’s note – Coronavirus cases are streaming across the world. Health officials warn that staying home is the best way to stem transmission until you are fully immunized. Below is information on what to know if you’re still planning to travel, last updated on August 24.
This has now been lifted, but some regional restrictions remain – see more below.
What’s on offer
One of Europe’s biggest hitters for good reason, Spain attracts millions of tourists with its warm climate, laid-back vibe, and excellent food and wine. In addition, of course, there are some of the best resorts, mountains and cultural cities in Europe such as Madrid, Seville and Barcelona.
Who can go
Anyone who has been fully vaccinated can enter Spain for a vacation without proof of a negative Covid test, even if they arrive from destinations classified as ‘risk areas’.
Visitors from countries classified by Spain as “high risk” – Brazil, South Africa, Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia and Namibia – are exempt from this rule. Arrivals from these countries must undergo a 10-day quarantine upon arrival, unless they are residents of the EU or the Schengen area, or have a long-term visa.
What are the restrictions?
Fully vaccinated travelers from anywhere in the world – with the exception of the high-risk countries mentioned above – can enter Spain and the Canary Islands without having to provide proof of a negative Covid test.
This rule applies even if travelers arrive from destinations classified as countries at risk.
If you have not been vaccinated and are traveling from a country that is not part of the EU or the Schengen zone, or one of the countries listed above, you can only do so if your travel is considered essential.
Travelers arriving from “at risk” countries who have not been fully vaccinated must perform a PCR test within 72 hours of departure and show proof of a negative result upon entry.
Health assessments take place on arrival in Spain, with temperature control and visual examination as standard.
What is the situation of the Covid?
The country has recorded more than 4.7 million infections and more than 83,300 deaths as of August 24, 2021.
The rates then stabilized again, but more recently the Delta Covid variant is causing more and more concern, aalthough cases now appear to be on the decline.
Over the past week, 75,086 new cases of Covid have been reported.
As of August 24, more than 63 million doses of vaccine had been administered in Spain and more than 66% of the population had been fully immunized.
What can visitors expect?
Even before the state of emergency was lifted, the exact details of the restrictions varied by region.
Travel between Spanish regions is now allowed.
Our last blanket
Joe Minihane, Julia Buckley and Francesca Street contributed to this report