Since last Saturday, May 21, Spain has lifted the entry ban on non-vaccinated travellers from third countries. The reopening of borders for non-vaccinated travellers will be an indicator to accelerate the recovery of the tourism sector in Spain.
Spain Entry Rules for Non-Vaccinated Travellers From Non-EU Countries
Travellers who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 or whose vaccination is not accepted for travel to Spain can either enter the country by showing proof of recovery from the Coronavirus or negative COVID-19 test results.
Those entering the country on the basis of a recovery certificate must show a document issued by relevant health authorities in his/her country of residence in the last 180 days. The document must have been issued at least 11 days after confirmation of COVID infection by PCR or antigen test.
Travellers entering Spain with negative test results can do so with two types of tests:
- NAAT type tests, which include PCR tests, carried out within 72 hours prior to departure for Spain
- An antigen test carried out within 24 hours before departure for Spain
Children under the age of 12 are exempt from the obligation to present a vaccination, recovery, or test certificate in order to enter Spain. However, those aged 12 and older are subject to the same entry rules as adults.
Spain Entry Rules for Vaccinated Travellers From Third Countries
Travellers from non-EU countries that have reached an agreement with the EU on the mutual recognition of COVID-19 vaccination certificates can enter Spain without the need to complete any additional forms or requirements. These countries are:
- Cabo Verde
- El Salvador
- Faroe Islands
- New Zealand
- North Macedonia
- San Marino
- The United Arab Emirates
- The United Kingdom
- The Vatican
Do I need to fill out any forms?
No, unless you are unvaccinated. Under-12s and those with an EU Covid passport or equivalent, no longer need to complete any paperwork.
If you do not have proof of vaccination, you must complete Spain’s Health Control Form no more than 48 hours before arrival – this applies to all arrivals aged 12 and over, unless you are transiting through Spain. You will receive a QR code that you will need to present when boarding your transport to Spain and when entering the country.