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Spain Becomes The Last European Country To Drop All Entry Requirements Returning To Normal Tourism

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It’s official, Spain has dropped all entry requirements for visitors from all countries, including non-EU countries like the United States. With this announcement, Spain has ushered in a new era of a completely reopened Europe. Before this recent development, Spain was the last country in Europe where unvaccinated Americans still needed to provide proof of recovery or a negative Covid test result to enter. Now, Americans, Canadians, UK citizens, and all other travelers coming to Spain from outside the EU will be able to enter the country without restriction starting October 21st, 2022.

Madrid, Spain, Fountain with lion and chariot

What’s Changed?

Since the pandemic began, Spain has enforced harsher rules for those traveling from outside the EU. However, starting October 21st, visitors to Spain will no longer need proof of vaccination, a negative test, or proof of recovery from Covid-19. Nearly one month ago, Spain ended its travel health form requirement. As a result, many wondered if all remaining entry requirements would soon follow. In this case, it seems the speculation was correct, as visitors can now enter Spain without worrying about ensuring they’ve met requirements.

Spain airport, people with masks on

What Hasn’t Changed?

For now, masks are still required on public transport, including buses and trains. Additionally, visitors may be required to mask up on the plane when flying into Spain. While some airlines may not enforce this as strictly as others, anyone interested in visiting Spain should have a mask or two handy before heading to the airport. Even if you find that you don’t need it on the flight over, it will be helpful to have it in case you want to use any public transport options while visiting.

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Man wearing mask on public transportation bus

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Speaking of public transport, travelers who like to take the train on holiday are in luck! Spain just announced that it would be extending its free train ticket scheme will be extended until the end of 2023. The scheme applies to all nationalities and can be used by international travelers during their time in Spain. As long as travelers stick to Renfe-operated commuter train routes under 186 miles, they can ride for free.

Renfe train madrid

Ready To Visit?

Now that Spain has joined the rest of Europe and is entirely free of travel restrictions, travelers’ interest will undoubtedly rise. Tourism is big business in Spain. The country welcomed over 125 million travelers in 2019 before the pandemic turned the world upside down. Now that entry requirements are being dropped, tourism can once again flourish. Even before today’s announcement, Spain was already approaching 2019 levels of income from tourism. With this final hurdle now a thing of the past, the country will likely see a fresh influx of travel-hungry visitors. Travelers interested in visiting should make plans as soon as possible, as new demand will undoubtedly drive up prices.


Getting There

Most travelers interested in visiting Spain do so by air, and there are plenty of direct flights from the U.S. and a few from Canada to choose from. Additionally, while there are many places to see in Spain, Barcelona and Madrid are two Spanish cities that nearly everyone dreams of visiting at some point in their lives. To help with planning, here are a few major cities that fly to each sought-after destination.

Plane Window View Of Ibiza, Balearic Islands, Spain
  • USA to Barcelona – 10 Direct Flight Routes
    • Departing cities include; Boston (BOS), Philadelphia (PHL), New York City (JFK), New York (EWR), Washington D.C. (IAD), Chicago (ORD), Atlanta (ATL), Miami (MIA), Los Angeles (LAX), and San Francisco (SFO)
  • Canada to Barcelona – 2 Direct Flight Routes
    • Departing cities include; Montreal (YUL) & Toronto (YYZ)
  • USA to Madrid – 12 Direct Flight Routes
    • Departing cities include; Philadelphia (PHL), Boston (BOS), New York City (JFK), New York (EWR), Charlotte (CLT), Washington D.C. (IAD), Chicago (ORD), Miami (MIA), Atlanta (ATL), Dallas Fort-Worth (DFW), Los Angeles (LAX), and San Francisco (SFO)
  • Canada to Madrid– 2 Direct Flight Routes
    • Departing cities include; Montreal (YUL) & Toronto (YYZ)
Woman and Child in spain during winter

Winter is a great time to visit Spain. Travelers will enjoy seeing world-famous landmarks, architecture, and museums without the massive crowds that summer brings. And now that the country is totally restriction-free, visiting is easier than ever!

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Wednesday 7th of December 2022


Government websites still state that a covid test or proof of recovery is needed if you are not fully vaccinated and a US citizen… do you know why this is?

Andrew Evenstar

Wednesday 23rd of November 2022

This still holds true correct? I will probably be booking my flight to Spain this weekend. i wanted to go to somewhere in East Europe first but all the cheap flights stop in spain first. I was thinking of staying there for two weeks. I might as well. Can anyone confirm or deny that all restrictions are dropped?!

Andrew Evenstar

Thursday 19th of January 2023

@Kashlee Kucheran, Thank you so much Kashlee!! you helped me go to Bosnia at the end of 2020!! I'm flying to Spain for a month on Jan 31st - will be in Europe for a year. I am so thankful for this site!!

Kashlee Kucheran

Thursday 24th of November 2022

yes they are dropped. I flew in a few weeks ago and I'm flying in again in a week


Friday 21st of October 2022

Great. And when will the US let unvaccinated people enter?


Thursday 20th of October 2022

well the last major holdouts w/ strict vax are the USA (for non-americans), Indonesia, Philippines, and China. And dang it, I still can't enter Ukraine. :)

South America and East Africa still largely requiring testing.

Planning a trip to Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Taiwan, and Australia late next year. Indonesia is the only show stopper...have to think they will drop/relax in the next few months. Let's see....