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🦠 Spain COVID-19 travel requirements

Last updated: 4 October 2021, 10:58 (GMT +4)

Travel from the UAE to Spain

UAE citizens and residents of the UAE can travel to Spain under the following conditions:

  • Present a completed vaccination certificate with any approved vaccine by World Health Organisation (WHO)/ European Medicines Agency (EMA) administered 14 days before arrival.
    • A COVID-19 PCR test is not required for vaccinated passengers
  • Children aged 12 years and above need to be vaccinated if travelling with vaccinated parents.
  • Non-vaccinated children under 12 years of age are permitted to travel with fully vaccinated parents without any additional requirements
  • All passengers must complete the Health Control Form (FCS) online or on the SPTH APP (available on Google Play and the App Store)

Travel to Spain

In accordance with Ministry of Home Affairs order int/657/2020, entry into Spain is restricted to the following categories of passengers:

  • A) Regular residents of the European Union, Schengen associated states, Andorra, Monaco, Vatican (the Holy City) or San Marino with documentary proof that they are on their way to such country
  • B) Holders of a long-term visa issued by a member state or Schengen associated state, on their way to such country
  • C) Healthcare professionals, including health researchers, and elderly care professionals going to or returning from exercising their working activity
  • D) Transport personnel, sailors and the necessary aeronautical personnel to carry out air transport activities
  • E) Diplomatic, consular, international organization, military, civil protection and humanitarian organization personnel in the exercise of their duties
  • F) Students pursuing their studies in the member states or Schengen associated states who have the appropriate long-stay permit or visa, provided that they travel to the country in which they are studying and that the entry takes place during the academic year or within the 15 days prior to it. If the destination is Spain and the duration of the stay is up to 90 days, evidence must be provided that the studies are carried out at an approved educational institution, following a full-time, on-site programme leading certification or the awarding of a degree.
  • G) Highly qualified workers whose labour is necessary and cannot be postponed or carried out remotely, including participants of high-level sports competitions taking place in Spain. These circumstances must be justified by supporting documentation
  • H) People traveling for duly accredited imperative family reasons
  • I) People who provide documentary evidence of force majeure reasons or in-need situation, or whose entry is permitted for humanitarian reasons
  • J) Legal residents of countries classified as non-risk: provided that they come directly from them, have transited exclusively through other listed countries or have only carried out international airport transit in countries not listed. For residents in China and special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macao, reciprocity remains to be verified. This list is updated every 7 days.
  • K) People who provide a vaccination certificate and minors below the age of 12 accompanying them. Accompanying minors between 12 and 17 years of age must also have a vaccination certificate. The vaccination certificates must be issued by the competent authorities of the country of origin and will be accepted if 14 days have passed since the last required dose of the vaccine was administered. Vaccines admitted will be those recognised by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and/ or World Health Organization (WHO) (subject to verification by health authorities). The vaccination certificate must be in English, Spanish, French or German. If it is in any other language, a valid official translation must be presented. The vaccination certificate must include, at least, the following information:
    1. Name and surname of the owner.
    2. Date of vaccination, indicating the date of the last dose administered.
    3. Type of vaccine administered.
    4. Number of doses administered / complete regimen.
    5. Issuing country.
    6. Identification of the issuing body of the vaccination certificate.

Note: Spanish nationals and legal residents may be accepted with a vaccination certificate issued for a single-dose vaccine (i.e. Janssen). Passengers who have recovered from COVID-19 and received their first dose of a vaccine will also be accepted for travel provided they present a vaccination certificate.

Even if they fall under these categories, passengers who do not meet the COVID-19 health control requirements established by the Spanish Ministry of Health will be denied entry into Spain for reasons of public health.

For persons arriving by air in Spain (directly or with intermediate stops) from any airport located in third countries for which a quarantine requirement has been established by order of the Spanish Ministry of Health, only the exemptions set out in letters d), e) and i) shall apply, except for residents of Spain/Andorra or Spanish citizens and family members (spouse or partner with whom they maintain a registered analogous conjugal union, and dependent ascendants/descendants), provided that they are travelling with or to join them.

Passengers in transit to a non-Schengen destination can do so provided they hold necessary documentation as required for their final destination. They must stay in the international transit area for no more than 24 hours.

COVID-19 testing requirements

Only vaccinated passengers from non EU/EEC countries will be allowed entry into Spain, for non-essential travel or for tourism, subject to the conditions below. Travellers from exempt countries in the following list are also allowed entry, and will not be required to present vaccine and COVID-19 PCR test certificates.

  • Passengers from EU countries
    • Passengers from EU countries can enter Spain provided they can present a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test result or vaccine certificate. Check list of EU countries.
  • Passengers from non-EU countries
    • Passengers from non-EU countries can enter Spain with only a vaccine certificate unless they fall under categories A to I above. In cases A to I, passengers can present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result, an antigen test result, or a recovery certificate issued by the competent authority or medical service at least 11 days after the first positive diagnostic. The maximum validity of the certificate is 180 days from the date of sampling and must be in Spanish, English, French or German. Please also check if there are any visa requirements that may apply depending on your nationality.
  • Exceptions
    • Passengers from low-risk countries can enter Spain without a vaccine certificate or negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test result. Check list of exceptions.

Please check testing requirements and travel health information for Spain before you travel as different requirements are applicable depending on where you are travelling from.

For all unvaccinated passengers who can legally enter Spain, from category A to I in the list above:

  • Passengers must take a COVID-19 test: 72 hours before arrival for PCR tests and 48 hours before arrival for antigen tests. Test results must be in English, Spanish, French or German. If they are in any other language, a valid official translation must be presented as well in printed or digital format. Only the following are the accepted diagnostic tests for COVID-19 infection:
    • Molecular nucleic acid amplification tests (NAAT), used to detect the presence of SARS-CoV-2 ribonucleic acid (RNA); (PCR/LAMP or TMA)
    • The antigen detection tests included in the common list of rapid tests of detection of antigen for COVID-19, published by the European Commission based on the Council Recommendation 2021/C 24/01
  • Passengers who have recently contracted COVID-19 will be allowed to travel if they can provide a medical report stating they have contracted and since been cured of COVID-19, although a positive result persists. This report must be written in Spanish or English and has a validity of maximum 180 days after the last positive result.
  • This does not apply to children below 12 years old.

Required forms

All international passengers must complete the Health Control Form (FCS) online or on the SPTH APP (available on Google Play and the App Store). A QR code generated from the completed form must be presented to authorities on arrival. Hand written paper forms are no longer allowed. If a customer has no electronic means it is up to the airline to assist and fill in the forms online and get the QR code printed.

When accessing the app, customers will be asked to declare if they have completed the required COVID-19 test or carry the required vaccination certificate. Failing to provide a valid test or a valid vaccination certificate passengers will be directed to take an antigen test on arrival and may be fined.

Quarantine

By signing the form, passengers are committing to self-isolate at home or a place of residence during the 10 days after entry to Spain if they present symptoms of acute respiratory infection (fever, cough or respiratory difficulty), to self-monitor coronavirus symptoms, and to phone the competent health authorities.

Other information

It is mandatory to wear face masks at every point of your journey.

Airports in Spain are only open to passengers in possession of a ticket or boarding pass.

For more information please refer to the Home Affairs Website and the Ministry of Health Website.

Passengers MUST NOT TRAVEL if they have recent onset COVID-19 compatible symptoms (fever, cough, breathing difficulties), if have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 14 days, or if they have had close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the last two weeks.

Travelling to, from and through Dubai

If you re travelling to, from or transiting through Dubai, please check our Travel requirements for Dubai.