Spain made good on its promise and reopened for fully vaccinated tourists today, allowing travelers from all over the world to enter, including from countries like the UK, Canada, the USA, and hundreds more.
Weeks ago, Spain announced they would reopen on June 7, 2021 for vaccinated passengers worldwide, which prompted many people to book flights and make travel plans. However, on June 1st the government of Spain extended the ban on foreign travelers until June 30th, creating confusion. Thankfully over the weekend an amendment was made to the official entry rules, which effective as of June 7th, allows the entry of fully vaccinated travelers into Spain for tourism and other non-essential travel.
Below we have all the details about entry into Spain, what documents you’ll need, and any other travel rules you should be aware of.
Spain Reopens to Vaccinated Tourists Worldwide June 7
Which countries can visit?
Visitors from essentially all countries can now enter Spain for tourism, providing they are fully vaccinated. This includes countries like the USA, Canada, Mexico, UAE, and 100+ more.
There are still temporary bans in place for travelers from India, Brazil and South Africa due to virus variant concerns.
What if I am not vaccinated?
Entry is still possible for unvaccinated tourists from approved nations, mostly EU+. If you are not vaccinated, you will need to be from one of the following countries to enter:
- EU/Schengen nations
- ‘Safe’ third-party nations of: Australia, New Zealand, China, Israel, Japan, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, UK
Unvaccinated tourists from the countries listed will have to bring a negative 48-hour PCR test, or proof of recent recovery within 90 days of arrival.
Unvaccinated tourists from any other nation (like the USA) are not permitted into Spain at this time.
Which vaccines are approved for entry?
The government of Spain is accepting 6 vaccine types approved by the European Medicines Agency and the World Health Organization, which includes Pfizer/BioNTech, AstraZeneca, Moderna, Jonhson & Johnson, Sinopharm and Sinovac.
What constitutes as ‘fully-vaccinated’?
You must have received both shots (or the one in the case of J&J) and 14 days must have elapsed since the last/final shot. You will then be required to show your proof of vaccination certificate or papers, which currently will include the paper NHS or CDC cards. In the future, travelers will use the EU’s Digital Green Certificate, but it’s not yet ready for third-party use.
I’m fully vaccinated, do I still need a test?
No. Travelers and tourists from third-party countries like Canada and the USA who are fully vaccinated will not need to provide any testing, unless in the case the specific airline they are flying requires passengers to be tested.
What do I need to bring in order to enter?
If you are a fully vaccinated traveler, you will need to:
- Fill out the online Spain Travel Health Form before boarding your flight
- Show proof of being fully vaccinated at boarding and upon arrival
- While not required for entry, all travelers should have travel health insurance that also covers covid
I’m traveling with children, how does that work with proof of vaccination?
Children under 18 traveling with their fully vaccinated parents can enter, but some rules will apply.
- Children under 6: no additional requirements
- Children 6-18: must either provide proof of vaccination (if applicable), proof of a negative 48-hour PCR or antigen test, or proof of recovery between 14-90 days of arrival.
I live the in U.S., have flights resumed to Spain?
Yes. All major carriers started adding additional direct flights from multiple cities based on the news of Spain reopening. Dozens of direct, non-stop flights every week will be going to and from major cities in Spain, like Madrid and Barcelona.
I’m fully vaccinated, do I still have to wear a mask in Spain?
Yes. Unlike the U.S. which has made more relaxed rules for fully vaccinated people, Spain still has a mask mandate in place for all public places, both indoor and outdoor. All tourists should be aware they are required to wear a mask while in Spain, with exemptions in place for those under 6 years of age.
Is everything open in Spain?
Yes. Generally everything has reopened in Spain, although there might be some capacity limits or reduced hours. What’s open includes: Hotels and resorts, restaurants for both indoor and outdoor dining until 11:00 pm, shopping malls and boutiques, beaches and parks, museums and cultural centres, and other tourist attractions.
What other EU nations are open for tourism from third-party countries?
- Denmark Reopens to Vaccinated American Tourists
- France Opens For Vaccinated Travelers Worldwide, Including Americans, June 9th
- List of EU Countries Allowing American Tourists in 2021
- Countries Open For Vaccinated Travelers: The Complete List
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