Data Last Updated: August 17, 2021
Spain has reopened its borders for tourism. Travelers coming from most EU and Schengen Area countries are able to enter Spain as tourists without having to undergo quarantine as long as they came from areas with low infection rates.
Travelers coming from third countries deemed "safe" by Spanish authorities are also allowed entry as tourists.
All passengers must complete the Health Control Form (FCS) online or on the SPTH APP (available on Google Play and the App Store). A QR code generated from the completed form must be presented to authorities on arrival.
Travelers from the UK will be subject to stricter rules when entering Spain. They must present either a negative test or proof of having been vaccinated.
Several regions of EU and Schengen countries are now considered by Spanish authorities as "high-risk". These include several regions of France, Bulgaria, Austria, Croatia, Germany, Italy, Norway, and Slovenia. Travellers who came from any of these high-risk regions will be required to present a travel certificate when entering Spain. The certificate must prove that they have either been vaccinated with one of the vaccines approved by the EMA, recovered from the Covid-19 virus, or have tested negative for the virus. Here's a list of regions and areas considered high-risk - High-Risk Areas
For more information about travelling to Spain - Travel to Spain and Covid-19
Mask is required to be worn in all public indoor, public transport and certain outdoor areas where social distancing is not possible.
Authorities in Madrid will tighten coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions due to an increase in COVID-19 infection rates.
As of Sept. 7, all social gatherings, both public and private, will be limited to 10 people, in addition to reducing permitted capacity for religious ceremonies and hospitality services.
Previously, authorities in Catalonia also limited social gatherings in the region to 10 people while authorities in Murcia limited social gatherings in the region to six people. Regional authorities may place highly localized lockdowns on specific towns at short notice to combat spikes in COVID-19 cases.
Most nonessential businesses, bars, and restaurants throughout the country have reopened. Hotels, shopping centers, cinemas, theaters, public pools, and places of worship have also reopened, with the recent exception of the Catalonia Region.
People may visit public beaches and other public spaces; social distancing guidelines must be maintained. Protective face coverings are mandatory on public transport and in places where social-distancing measures cannot be maintained; a number of regions, including Catalonia, require face coverings to be worn in public at all times, including when social distancing is being observed.
As of Aug. 24, all social gatherings, both public and private will be limited to 10 people in Catalonia; work meetings and public transport are exempt. From Aug. 26 social gatherings will be limited to six people throughout Murcia. Face masks remain mandatory in public in both regions.
Airlines & Transport
Only passengers are allowed to access the airport terminals. It is mandatory to wear face masks at every point of your journey.
Flights from all over the EU are flying directly into Spanish airports multiple times daily. Flights from the newly approved ‘third-party’ countries are also starting to resume. Direct flights are coming in from almost every major city throughout the EU.
Status of Opening to Tourists
Information based on tourists place of residence being in that country for the last 14 days
Antigua and Barbuda
Bosnia and Herzegovina
British Virgin Islands
Central African Republic
Democratic Republic of Congo
Isle of Man
Northern Mariana Islands
Papua New Guinea
Republic of Congo
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Pierre and Miquelon
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Sao Tome and Principe
Svalbard and Jan Mayen
Trinidad and Tobago
Turks and Caicos
U.S. Virgin Islands
United Arab Emirates
Wallis and Futuna
Spain has already reopened for tourism. The country first opened its doors to tourists from within the European Union. As one of the most popular summer destinations for Europeans, Spain is hoping to attract thousands of tourists into the country this summer, despite being one of the hardest-hit-countries in the pandemic.
Unlike the other European countries, Spain has not yet established a COVID-19 Passport, but the country is ready to connect to the EU Digital COVID Passport Gateway. With increasing vaccination rates and decreasing rates of Covid-19 cases, Spain is now ready to welcome foreign tourists.
If you are planning to visit Spain this summer, here’s everything you need to know.
Who Can Travel to Spain?
Travelers coming from most EU and Schengen Area countries are able to enter Spain as tourists without having to undergo quarantine or submit any requirement.
Almost all regions in Italy and Germany have recently been removed from Spain's list of high-risk areas because of the decreasing Covid-19 cases in these areas. As such, Spain will now allow the entry of arrivals from both Italy and Germany without having to show proof of vaccination, recovery, or negative test result.
So, here's a list of countries from within the EU and Schengen Area whose citizens are allowed to enter Spain as tourists with no restrictions.
- Czech Republic
In addition, some travelers arriving from third-countries considered by Spanish authorities as "safe", and have reciprocal agreements with Spain, will be able to enter the country as tourists. These include the following countries:
- China (subject to confirmation reciprocity)
- New Zealand
- North Macedonia
- South Korea
- United States of America
*As of July 2021
Spain Entry Requirements for Those Permitted to Enter As Tourists
All tourists entering Spain are required to fill out the Health Control Form. This form can be accomplished online. After completing the form, a QR code will be generated. Make sure to keep a copy of this QR code since this must be presented upon arrival in Spain.
It's also possible to print the form and present it in paper format. A separate form must be filled out for each trip and for each individual passenger.
Upon arrival in Spain, all travelers are subject to health assessments, such as temperature checks and visual examinations to determine any symptoms.
According to the Spanish authorities, travelers from the United States and the other third countries whose citizens are allowed to enter Spain as tourists must show proof of having been vaccinated with any of the vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA).
Restricted Entry for Arrivals From Specific Countries
In order to prevent the entry of new Covid-19 infections into Spain, the country has implemented stringent rules on tourists coming from specific countries.
In line with the guidelines from the European Center for Disease Control, travelers coming from high-risk countries can only enter for essential purposes and must present a negative COVID-19 test result performed within 72 hours prior to arrival. A documentation proving that the person has no symptoms of the virus can be requested at any time while in Spain.
Travelers arriving from India will be subject to a 10-day quarantine upon entry into Spain. Moreover, Spain has extended the ban on non-essential travels for travelers coming from the other third-countries not mentioned above. This includes Algeria and Morocco.
Recently, the Spanish authorities announced that travelers from the UK will have to undergo stringent measures when entering the country as tourists. This is due to the increasing spread of the Delta variant within the country. UK travelers must present either a negative Covid-19 test that was taken within 72 hours or proof of being fully vaccinated at least 14 days before travel.
In addition, Spain has extended the ban on non-essential travel for visitors from South Africa and Brazil. According to the new restrictions, travelers coming from these two countries will not be allowed entry into the country for non-essential reasons.
As for the travelers from the other countries not mentioned on the list above, they cannot enter Spain as tourists at the moment, unless they have special permission to do so.
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Information for Non-Tourists
Flights from United States to Spain with Spain nationals is permitted. No quarantine and no COVID testing required for Spain nationals.
All travelers allowed to enter will not be required to self-isolate upon arrival. Authorities have introduced a mandatory Sanitary Control Form that all travelers arriving in the country by air must complete. After filling out the form, travelers will receive a QR code that they will have to show on arrival at the airport.
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