Spain is officially reopening for tourism starting on June 21, 2020
The Prime Minister of Spain, Pedro Sanchez, announced Spain will first reopen it borders to all tourists coming from countries within the European Union on June 21.
Then, starting on July 1st, Spain will reopen borders to international tourists from countries outside the EU, allowing nations in based on reciprocity and similar epidemiological conditions.
Who can travel to Spain on June 21st
Members of the European Union can travel to Spain as of June 21st with no quarantine requirements and no medical certificates.
The Spanish Foreign Ministry did confirm that even though the UK is in a transition period out of the EU, the UK can also enter June 21.
Here’s who can visit on June 21:
- Czech Republic
- United Kingdom
Portugal is the only exception. The border between Spain and Portugal will stay closed until July 1st.
La recuperación de la actividad turística es clave para el Gobierno. España levantará los controles fronterizos con los Estados miembros de la UE el 21 de junio y el 1 de julio se reabrirán las fronteras con terceros países. Turismo y seguridad sanitaria irán de la mano. pic.twitter.com/pYXVyoQS6L— Pedro Sánchez (@sanchezcastejon) June 14, 2020
“The recovery of tourist activity is key for the Government. Spain will lift border controls with the EU Member States on June 21 and on July 1 the borders with third countries will reopen. Tourism and health security will go hand in hand.” -Pedro Sanchez
What countries can visit Spain after July 1st?
On June 30th, The EU published the list of approved ‘safe’ countries that will be allowed to travel to the European Union for the purpose of tourism starting on July 1st, 2020. The press release made by the EU was only a recommendation. Each country was given the freedom to make their own travel restrictions based on the recommendation.
Spain has responded to the EU’s suggestion by planning to openen its borders to 12 of the 15 approved countries, by permitting all but three of the suggestions into the country, starting July 3rd.
Third-party countries granted entry into Spain
In line with EU guidelines, Spain will lift entry restrictions for the following third-party countries, starting July 3:
- New Zealand
- South Korea
What’s Open In Spain
As of June 17th, most of Spain is between Phase 2 and Phase 3 of reopening. Tourists will find mostly everything is open, but there may be capacity restrictions, limited hours, or other rules that were not there before.
Here’s what’s currently open in Spain
- Hotels and resorts at 50% capacity
- Public transit up to 100%
- Restaurants and cafes with limited seating
- Cultural activities with less than 50 people indoors and 200 outdoors
- Cinemas, theatres, and museums up to 1/3 capacity
- Parks at 20% normal visitor numbers
- Beaches with social distancing in effect
- Tours with groups of up to 30 people
- Shops at 50% capacity
- Bullfights with 1 person per 9m2
Social distancing and wearing of masks in required areas is in full effect
Masks Mandatory in Spain
It is currently mandatory for anyone over the age of 6 to wear a mask:
- on public transport, whether inside vehicles or at stations or stops, whenever you are unable to keep a distance of 1.5 metres from other people
- In public streets and squares and outdoor spaces, whenever you are unable to keep a safe distance of at least 1.5 metres from others.
- In any enclosed space used by or open to the public, whenever you are unable to keep a safe distance of at least 1.5 metres from others.
Have Flights Resumed to Spain?
YES! Flights to your desired destination in Spain will not be an issue. From full service airlines to ultra low-cost airlines, many flights have resumed to airports like Palma, Barcelona, Madrid, Valencia, Ibiza, Malaga, etc.
Many direct routes from European cities have already been re-established, with many routes adding more flights as demand increases.
What about flights from the USA?
While the USA is not officially allowed into Spain yet, their airlines are planning for the return already.
- Delta has New York City and Atlanta flights scheduled to Madrid in August
- American Airlines has a Chicago to Barcelona planned in August
Tourism for Spain is immensely crucial to their economy. Last year in 2019 a record number of 83.7 million international tourists visited Spain, which was the seventh straight year for record breaking numbers. 2020 was originally planned to see another record breaking amount of arrivals, but that forecast has obviously not come to pass.
Spain is looking to salvage the summer tourist season by hoping that Europeans will flock to its beaches and cities.
Disclaimer: Spain’s reopening news is ever-changing 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 before traveling.