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.
Nations currently allowed to travel into Spain:
- All EU/EEA countries
- Small list of select third-party countries suggested by the EU (listed below)
*Note: Flights from the UK are currently suspended due to variant strains
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 into Spain
In line with EU guidelines, Spain will lift entry restrictions for the following third-party countries:
- New Zealand
- South Korea
Are tests needed by approved countries to enter Spain?
Testing = Yes. Most nations will require testing due to being considered ‘high-risk’.
The list as of March 10, 2021 includes:
- Austria (except the Vorarlberg region)
- Denmark (except the Midtjylland, Nordjylland and Sjaelland regions, the Faroe Islands and Groelandia)
- Finland (except the Etela-Suomi, Lansi-Suomi and Pohjois- Ja Ita-Suomi regions)
- France (except the Guyana and the Martinica Island)
- Greece (except the Anatoliki Makedonia Thraki, Dytiki Makedonia, Ionia Nisia, Ipeiros, Kriti, Notio Aigaio, Thessalia y Voreio Aigaio regions)
- Italy (except the Sardegna and Sicilia regions)
- Norway (except the Agder, Innlandet, Nordland, Rogaland, Troms og Finnmark, Vestfold og Telemark, Vestland, Viken, Møre og Romsdal and Trøndelag regions)
- Portugal (except the Azores Islands)
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.
*We have all of Spain’s entry requirements listed out clearly on this guide
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.
Health Control Form
In July Spain added a new step to their entry requirements, the Health Control Form.
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.
Sources: /Ministry of Foreign Affairs /
Read More: Want to see what other countries are open? Read our complete list of countries now reopen for tourism
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.
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Article originally published July 2, 2020 with updates