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Spain: COVID-19 Entry Requirements Travelers Need To Know

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Spain is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world and well known for its laid-back lifestyle, vibrant culture, awe-inspiring architecture and Mediterranean beaches.

With tourism contributing up to 11% of Spain’s GDP, the country is looking to revitalize the sector after being decimated by the pandemic. 

Spain is now welcoming visitors under new health protocols to help curb the spread of the virus and keep visitors safe. 

Here is everything you need to know about the COVID-19 entry requirements before traveling to Spain. 

Cafe welcoming back tourists

Countries Permitted To Visit Spain For Tourism

  • Countries in the European Union
  • Countries in the Schengen area
  • These select third-party countries: Australia, China, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand

Essential Travel To Spain (Not Tourism) 

Travelers from countries NOT permitted for tourism may enter Spain if they fall into the following categories:

  • Students who study in one of the EU/Schengen member states and possess the appropriate visa and medical insurance who are traveling within the course of their academic studies or 15 days prior.
  • Highly qualified workers including participants in high-level sporting events that take place in Spain.
  • People traveling for duly accredited family reasons.
  • People traveling for humanitarian reasons 
  • Health professionals coming to Spain for work
  • Goods and transport personnel
  • Diplomats, consular, international officials, military personnel, civil protection and members of humanitarian organizations 
  • Passengers who are unmarried partners of nationals of Spain. (Proof of relationship must be approved by Spanish consulate first)

*Note: If you fall into one of the above categories, you must check with the Spanish consulate in your country before traveling. PCR tests will be required. 

COVID-19 Testing Entry Requirements

Negative covid tests are now required as of November 23, 2020 from EU/EEA nations that have high rates of the virus. Currently, that includes:

(Updated April 8, 2021)

Denmark (except the Faroe Islands and Greenland)
Norway (except the Møre og Romsdal and Trøndelag regions)

All arrivals from those countries must bring with them proof of a negative PCR, LAMP or TMA test, taken no longer than 72 hours prior to arrival in Spain. 

Test results must be in English, Spanish, French. or German.

More information on what details are needed on the PCR test results can be found HERE. An updated list of countries that require a PCR test for entry can be found HERE

Aerial view of madrid spain (1)

Canary Islands

All travelers to the Canary Islands must bring a 72-hour negative PCR test for entry.

Health Form

The following must be completed prior to traveling to Spain:

  • ALL travelers must fill out the form 48 hours prior to travel on the Spain Travel Health website or downloadable app
  • Once you have filled out the form you will be provided with a QR code to print and present to border officials upon arrival

Quarantine Entry Requirements 

Quarantines are not required for travelers arriving in Spain from approved countries.

COVID-19 Travel Insurance Entry Requirements 

Travel Insurance is not mandatory for entry but all incoming travelers should have medical insurance that covers COVID-19 for the duration of their trip to Spain. 

COVID-19 Health Requirements While in Spain

All visitors must follow COVID-19 health requirements while in Spain:

  • In most regions of Spain, everyone six years or older must wear a face mask covering their mouth and nose in indoor and outdoor public areas. People may remove their masks to eat, drink and practice sports.
  • Large gatherings of people in public spaces are also limited in many regions of Spain
  • Spain is currently under a curfew from 10:00pm to 6:00am
traveler wearing face mask in madrid spain

COVID-19 Vaccine Entry Requirements 

Spain has recently released information that they plan on establishing a ‘vaccine passport’ or ‘vaccine certificate’ in order to revive spring/summer tourism. As of April, 2021 nothing is yet in place to allow vaccinated tourists to circumvent any entry requirements, but news says it could be coming as soon as May 2021.

Spain’s Land Border with Portugal

Land border controls between Spain and Portugal have once again been extended to at least April 17, 2021

Visa Entry Requirements For Spain During COVID-19

If all of the above COVID-19 Entry Requirements are met, travelers will still need to follow Spain’s regular visa requirements. 

Many travelers are able to visit Spain for a period of up to 90 days without a visa under the Schengen Agreement.

Unsure if you need a visa to visit Spain? See the list of countries that require a visa.

Spain Covid-19 Entry Requirements:

  1. Check if your country is approved to visit Spain for non-essential travel (tourism).
  2. Check if your country requires a visa to visit Spain
  3. Check if your country is high risk and if you need a PCR test or not
  4. Approved countries will not need testing or have to quarantine 
  5. Follow all health protocols in Spain

Read More: 

COVID-19 Entry Requirements By Country: Travelers Guide

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Sources: Spain Government/US Embassy/UK Government

Disclaimer: Current Spain travel rules are changing without notice and being updated constantly. We do our best to keep this article up to date with all the latest information, but the decision to travel is ultimately your responsibility. Contact your consulate and/or local authorities to confirm your nationality’s entry and/or any changes to travel requirements before traveling.  Travel Off Path does not endorse traveling against government advisories

Article originally published August 18, 2020 with updates

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Friday 2nd of April 2021

Hello. Great site and information. My wife and I split our time between our home in Provence, France and the US. She is French and has both a French and US passport, and I only have a US one. We can easily get into France (have done it many times during COVID already) from the US as I am registered in France as part of her family. Since Barcelona is closer to our home than Paris we were hopeful that we could fly into Barcelona and drive to France but are unsure if I can get into Spain (with only being her husband and not French). We have both been vaccinated already too. Any ideas if we (both of us) can get into Barcelona immigration at the airport?


Monday 5th of April 2021

@Kashlee Kucheran, can I ask a follow up question? ... can you supply a link to where you read that. I keep looking but cannot find that reference. Thanks again !!!


Saturday 3rd of April 2021

@Kashlee Kucheran, thank you very much.

Kashlee Kucheran

Friday 2nd of April 2021

At a quick glance = Their rules state that an immediate family member of an EU citizen can enter if they are travelling with the EU citizen on their way to their EU destination. I would double check this of course, but it looks as if you may be able to


Saturday 13th of March 2021

Hi Kashlee, I have lived in spain for over 12yrs but do not have a residencia. However I have my padron, utility bills and my certiticate de habitation for my property. I work offshore in the UK am I allowed to travel back and forth for work? I am a key worker? I also have a letter of proof from my company? Many Thanks

Kashlee Kucheran

Saturday 13th of March 2021

Hi Angela, This is a very complex matter, so I would suggest you ask a consulate or border police to be sure


Sunday 24th of January 2021

Hello Kashlee, I stumbled across this link with regards to traveling to spain. I am a Bahamian citizen and my girlfriend is a Nicaraguan citizen, both with valid passports, negative covid test result, and spain health form completed. Will we be allowed entry into Madrid with these particulars? fyi we have a confirmed seat on Iberia on the 27th of January 2021 arriving into spain on the 28th. I hope you can help ?

Kashlee Kucheran

Sunday 24th of January 2021

No sorry Lance, Spain is only allowing fellow EU nationals into the nation at this time

Wissam Nasr

Friday 25th of December 2020

I love your website and efforts. What is confusing however is when you say "countries allowed to visit" as opposed to "citizens of countries" allowed to visit. For example I am an American in Malta and I have been here for 30 days. Am I thus allowed to visit Greece or Spain, which allows "countries from the EU"? Or is it that no matter what, I am not allowed in because I am not a citizen of an Eu Country? Please help, as I seek to travel to either country. Thanks!

Kashlee Kucheran

Saturday 26th of December 2020

It's an unanswerable question I am afraid ;) That is why you cannot find clear information about it. Some EU nations base entry on "Residency + location", some on just "location", they all change constantly, and sometimes different levels of government will have different rules posted. The only way to know right now is to ask the border police of the EU country you wish to enter after being in a safe EU country for the past 14 days and ask permission, or to boldly try knowing you could be rejected. Some Americans in EU nations heading to another get through, and some get denied.


Thursday 3rd of December 2020

Please help, We live in France and wish to drive through Spain to Portugal. Will Spain accept a covid test certificate printed in French at their borders. ?

Kashlee Kucheran

Thursday 3rd of December 2020

Hi Bob - Unfortunately, everything I can see online says the certificate must be in either English or Spanish