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Covid Restrictions and Travel Rules: What American Travelers Need to Know Before Visiting Spain This Summer


Spain finally opened its borders to travelers as of June 7, which means that Americans are now free to visit, provided they have been vaccinated against Covid-19.

The US State Department has also relaxed travel restrictions for Spain, move the country from your list from “do not travel” (level 4) to “reconsider travel” (level 3).

“Make sure you are fully vaccinated before traveling to Spain. Unvaccinated travelers should avoid non-essential travel to Spain ”, says the CDC Page for Spain.

READ MORE: What does the new US risk rating mean for Spain for US travelers?

Normal entry requirements

US citizens can enter Spain without a visa for periods of up to three months. You may be required to provide proof of a current or return ticket or proof of funds.

According to the US embassy in Spain, if you want to stay longer than 90 days, you will be asked to obtain an extension of stay from the Spanish immigration authorities. The extension, of no more than 90 days, must be requested at a police station at least three weeks before the initial entry deadline expires. It was only granted in exceptional circumstances.

Make sure to check the expiration date on your passport before traveling to Spain. Entry to any of the 26 European countries in the Schengen area for short-term tourism, a business trip or in transit to a non-Schengen destination, requires that your passport be valid for at least three months after your date of exit. If your passport does not meet the requirements, you may be denied boarding or entry when you arrive. The United States embassy in Spain “recommends that your passport have at least six months of remaining validity, whenever you travel abroad.

Covid entry requirements

At the moment, only fully vaccinated Americans traveling from the US can enter Spain. To prove that you have been vaccinated, you must show a certificate of vaccination.

Your vaccination certificate must be issued by the authorities of your country of origin 14 days or more after the date of administration of the last dose of the vaccine. The certificate must include at least the following information:

  1. Name and surname of the principal
  2. Vaccination date, indicating the date of the last dose administered.
  3. Type of vaccine administered
  4. Number of doses administered / complete program
  5. Issuing country
  6. Identification of the institution that issues the vaccination certificate

Currently, Spain only accepts vaccine tests from those who have been inoculated with the Covid-19 vaccines authorized by the European Medicines Agency or from those who have completed the World Health Organization emergency use process.

READ MORE: What Covid vaccines does Spain accept for the visit of international tourists?

Tourists arrive at Son Sant Joan airport in Palma de Mallorca on June 7, 2021. Photo: JAIME REINA / AFP

Other documents

Yes, the Spanish authorities state: “Regardless of their country of origin, all passengers arriving in Spain by air or sea, including those in transit and those under 6 years of age, must fill out a health control form before their departure. ”.

You can find the health control form here or the Spain Travel Health application. When you fill in the form, a QR code will be generated, which you must show before boarding your transport and when you arrive at the border controls in Spain.

You will also have to undergo physical health checks that include a temperature check, a visual check, and a documentary check.

Learn more about the health check form here.

Once in spain

When you have arrived in Spain, you will find that many of the strict restrictions, such as night curfews and travel bans between regions, are gone, however some still exist.

One of the main rules that still exist is that masks should be worn both indoors and outdoors, however you can remove them for eating in bars and restaurants and for sunbathing and swimming at the beach.

Other restrictions that are still in effect include limits on the number of social gatherings, capacity limits at bars and restaurants, as well as major tourist attractions, and earlier-than-normal closing times. Many of the nightlife venues may also be closed.

The rules and restrictions vary between each of the 17 regions of Spain, so be sure to read the rules where you go. Click here to see a breakdown of the restrictions currently in effect on each.

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