(Spanish CNN) — If you’re planning to travel to Spain, here’s what you need to know and what to expect from your visit to the country during the covid-19 pandemic.
Following the emergence of the omicron variant of the coronavirus, the Spanish health authorities update the list of countries or areas they consider to be at risk every seven days, so it is advisable to review the list before plan your trip. You can check it here.
There are no restrictions for travel to Spain, but testing and vaccination requirements apply to most international arrivals in the European country.
Who can go to Spain?
Fully vaccinated international travelers can now enter Spain. But people traveling from a third country – including those from Latin America and the United States – who are on the high-risk country list must also present some of the covid tests accepted by Spain, with a negative result. .
Requirements to travel to Spain
All travelers arriving in Spain by air or sea, including those coming in transit to other countries, must complete a health check form before leaving, from which they will obtain a QR code to present at the health checks at their arrival in the country.
In addition to the form, passengers must present a vaccination certificate or one of the covid tests accepted by Spain, with a negative result.
It is important to take into account that the certificates vary depending on whether they were issued by a member country of the European Union (EU) or in a third country. Children under 12 are exempt from presenting them.
Should I get vaccinated or tested?
To enter Spain, you have the option of presenting your vaccination certificate issued by a competent authority of the country where you were vaccinated or, if you are not vaccinated, one of the covid-19 tests accepted by Spain .
The vaccine that appears on your certificate must be one of those authorized by the World Health Organization (WHO) – Pfizer, Moderna, Astrazeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Sinopharm or SinoVac – according to the Spanish government.
From February 1, 2022, travelers from third countries (non-Spanish or non-European residents) must present the certificate attesting to the booster dose if more than 270 days have passed since the administration of their last dose of the complete vaccination program . The booster vaccine must have been received 14 days before your arrival in the country.
If you do not have the vaccination certificate, you have the option of submitting one of the following tests to enter Spanish territory:
- Negative antigen detection test issued within 24 hours of arrival in Spain.
- Negative PCR issued within 72 hours before arrival in Spain. Children under 12 are not required to take this test.
- Certificate of recovery after passing covid-19 issued by the competent authority or by a medical service at least 11 days after carrying out the first diagnostic test with a positive result.
what are the restrictions
Following the debates on the compulsory wearing of the mask outdoors to contain the spread of the coronavirus, the Ministry of Health reported that since February 10, 2022, wearing a mask abroad is no longer compulsory in all the autonomous communities. However, the obligation remains in massive outdoor, public transport and indoor events.
In general, Spain is mainly open to places that tourists usually enjoy: parks, museums, winter ski resorts, restaurants, bars, entertainment venues, shops and more.
However, most spaces have safety measures such as the use of hand sanitizer. Additionally, bars and restaurants in almost all regions are open with reduced capacity to allow for social distancing.
Take into account that each autonomous community is authorized to establish its own health measures in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. Depending on the region you are visiting, there may be a more restrictive or relaxed guide.
How has covid-19 evolved in Spain?
At the beginning of February, Spain exceeded ten million positive cases for covid-19 recorded since the start of the pandemic, after adding 77,873 infected to the official count.
So far in 2022, Spain has added four million infected people to its official toll, at an average rate of one million per week. This rapid rise is due to the circulation of the omicron variant, which plunged the country into a sixth wave of infections and eventually established itself as the dominant variant, according to data provided by the Ministry of Health. However, the head of this ministry, Carolina Darias, assured the previous days that the country had already bent the curve of this wave.
With this figure, Spain ranks third among European Union countries with the highest number of infected people behind France, according to data from the European Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Pau Mosquera contributed to this report.