Travel restrictions for travellers wishing to enter Spain from other European Union and Schengen Area countries have been extended for another week until February 13, due to the fact that Covid-19 continues to spread within the bloc.
The Spanish Ministry of Health has updated the list of ‘European risk areas’ and explained that it will remain unchanged for another week.
The current list will therefore consist of the following EU/Schengen countries, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Sweden.
The Health Ministry explained that “If you come from a country/zone at risk in relation to COVID-19, you must present a certificate or document proving vaccination, diagnostic test for active infection (PDIA), or recovery from COVID-19. These certificates will be different if they have been issued in a country of the European Union (EU Digital COVID Certificate) or in a third country.”
The Ministry also reiterated that since February 1, those visitors who haven’t yet received a COVID-19 booster dose must pay attention to the validity of their vaccinated certificates.
Those travellers who were vaccinated before mid-May 2021 must now have their booster shots and renew their vaccination certificates in order to be qualified to travel to Spain restriction-free.
The Spanish authorities continue to consider all third countries as ‘high-risk’ except for:
Chile was also part of this list last week but has since been removed due to an increase in its number of COVID-19 cases.
As for visitors from other third countries, which Spain still lists as ‘high-risk’ areas, they have to present their SpTH QR code, along with a vaccination or recovery certificate as well as negative COVID-19 results of a test performed before departure.
Residents of these countries can travel to Spain with a vaccination certificate against COVID-19, a negative test performed within 72 hrs (NAAT) / 24 hrs (RAT) prior to arrival, or a certificate of recovery from COVID-19.
It is also all change for the rules regarding the performance of a negative Covid antigen test. In order to be allowed entry into the country, all antigen tests must now be taken 24 hours prior to a visitor's arrival in Spain, not 48 hours before, as was accepted up until now.
A Health Control Form that is obtained through the Spanish Health portal must be completed before departure by all sea and air travellers. On completion, you will receive a QR code that will be scanned on arrival.