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.
Countries Permitted To Visit Spain For Tourism
- Countries in the European Union
- Countries in the Schengen area
- These select third-party countries: Australia, China, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, and Uruguay
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
COVID-19 Testing Entry Requirements
PCR tests are now required as of November 23, 2020 from EU/EEA nations that have high rates of the virus. Currently that includes:
Denmark (except Faroe Islands and Greenland)
Greece (except the regions of Kitri, Ionia Nisia, Dytiki Ellada and Sterea Ellada)
Norway (except the regions of Rogaland, Møre og Romsdal, Nordland, Viken, Innlandet, Vestfold og Telemark, Agder, Vestland, Trøndelag and Troms og Finnmark)
Portugal (except the Azores)
All arrivals from those countries must bring with them proof of a negative PCR test, taken no longer than 72 hours prior to arrival in Spain.
All travelers to the Canary Islands must bring a 72-hour negative PCR test for entry.
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
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
COVID-19 Vaccine Entry Requirements
A COVID-19 vaccine is not yet available to the public. Spain has not released any information regarding if a proof of vaccination record (POVR) will be required for entry in the future.
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:
- Check if your country is approved to visit Spain for non-essential travel (tourism).
- Check if your country requires a visa to visit Spain
- Check if your country is high risk and if you need a PCR test or not
- Approved countries will not need testing or have to quarantine
- Follow all health protocols in Spain
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