Spain reopened its border on June 21, 2020 to a list of EU nations, and July 3, 2020 to an expanded list of third-party nations outside the EU.
Which countries can visit to Spain?
We have the full list updated below, which includes the EU nations that can currently travel to Spain, as well as the third-party countries outside the EU that have been given permission to travel to Spain.
Spain first reopened borders on June 21st by allowing tourists in from fellow EU nations, including the UK. Spain kept the border to Portugal closed an additional week, but did make good on its promise of reopening it on July 1st.
Nations allowed to travel into Spain:
- All EU/EEA countries
PCR Testing Update
Starting on November 23, higher-risk EU/EEA countries will require a negative PCR test to enter Spain. This 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)
Spain Allows Third-Party Countries
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 first responded to the EU’s suggestion by planning to open its borders to 12 of the 15 approved countries, but has now changed the list several times.
Third-party countries granted entry
In line with EU guidelines, Spain will lift entry restrictions for the following third-party countries:
- New Zealand
- South Korea
On July 2, the ministry of foreign affairs in Spain told Travel Off Path:
“We are going to be opening our borders based on the recommendations by the European Union. The opening to this list of countries will be gradual and will be studied case by case. This list is based on epidemiological criteria which will be reviewed every two weeks and will be determined by reciprocity. This Ministry is working alongside the other competent Ministries in the drafting of a ministerial decree by which we will incorporate to our legal system the EU’s recommendation to the opening of external borders. We expect this document to be published in the following days.”
Hoy publicaremos la lista de los terceros países con los que, a partir de mañana, reabriremos nuestras fronteras.— PSOE (@PSOE) July 2, 2020
Se trata de garantizar la seguridad de las personas que nos visitan y nuestra propia seguridad sanitaria.
📺 @EspejoPublico #EnMarchaTodosUnido pic.twitter.com/aUTwYxye8G
Translated Tweet: “Today we will publish the list of third countries with which, from tomorrow, we will reopen our borders. It is about guaranteeing the safety of the people who visit us and our own health security.”
Is entry into Spain based on physical location for the last 14-days, or nationality?
Spain is asking for visitors to be RESIDENTS of approved nations.
Is there testing or quarantines upon arrival in Spain?
Quarantines = no
Testing = some. The list of who needs to bring a PCR test is above.
Passengers should expect a health screening from a border officer, as well as agree to temperature scans. Passengers are also being asked to wear a mask and practise social distancing.
The consulate for Canada in Spain told Travel Off Path:
“At this time it seems that Spain is following the list of EU approved travel countries which includes Canada. This decision is subject to review every two weeks. Spain does not currently have any quarantine requirements for travelers however asks that people wear a mask in most public spaces and practice social distancing.”
Before the trip:
All travelers must complete the entire form (on the website or the app) and at least 48 hours before the flight, send the health form to authorities. Once the completed form has been sent, the traveler will receive an email with a QR code that will allow access at the arrival airport in Spain. The QR code must be printed out or on the app on a cell phone.
At the Airport in Spain:
Once arriving at the airport, the QR code will be scanned during the health evaluation. Once scanned it gives the traveler access to the terminal and to collect their luggage.
All Entry Requirements for Spain
Spain has two types of entry requirements for visitors from approved countries. 1- Covid related entry requirements and 2- Regular ‘pre-Covid' entry requirements.
We have all of Spain's entry requirements listed out clearly on this guide
Have Flights Resumed Into Spain?
Yes, flights from all over the EU are flying directly into Spanish airports multiple times daily. Flights from the newly approved ‘third-party’ countries are also starting to resume.
Direct flights are coming in from almost every major city throughout the EU.
Direct flights are now resuming from third-party countries like:
- Toronto to Barcelona on Air Canada starting Aug 1
- Split to Barcelona on Vueling starting July 14
- Sofia to Madrid on RyanAir and WizzAir starting July 3
- Tbilisi to Barcelona on Georgian Airways starting Aug 2
- Dublin to Valencia and Palma on RyanAir starting July 5
Can the USA Travel To Spain?
No, not at this time.
What’s Open in Spain?
When Spain first reopened in the summer many businesses and establishments were open. However, now in the fall, many areas of Spain are seeing partial lockdowns, curfews, and restrictions as a second-wave surges. Any traveler going to Spain should research the current situation, as it changes very rapidly in this environment.
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.
Article originally published July 2, 2020 with updates