For all those who dream of endless summers on the Costa del Sol, nightlife of old towns, fresh food or wandering the streets of Barcelona, Madrid, Granada and Seville, this could soon become a reality as Spain will. welcomes vaccinated tourists from June 7.
Spain is one of the European countries that has been severely affected by COVID-19, and since the start of the pandemic, the country has reported a large number of cases and deaths.
After experiencing one of the strictest closures in spring 2020, Spain reopened for the summer of the same year. However, in November, the latter again entered a state of emergency, leaving the country in continuous confinement until May 9, 2021.
Spain has yet to establish a COVID-19 passport, but the country is technically ready to connect to the EU’s COVID digital passport gateway, reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.
With vaccination rates increasing and infection cases falling day by day, Spain can only keep some of its restrictions in place.
If you’re planning to explore Spain during the summer, here’s what you need to know.
Who is authorized to travel to Spain this summer?
Travelers from most countries in the European Union and the Schengen area are allowed to enter Spain without being subject to the quarantine requirement as long as they have low infection rates.
Likewise, all people arriving from COVID-19 safe countries who have a reciprocity agreement with Spain but are not EU member states are also allowed to enter Spain. This group includes the following countries:
- South Korea
- New Zealand
- North Ireland
“Remember that the health crisis can lead to temporary changes to reciprocal arrangements for accepting visitors. For this reason, we recommend that you always check the requirements and recommendations of your home country ”, the statement from the official travel website of Spain, Travel Safe, lit.
Spain also lifted restrictions on non-essential travel from the UK and Japan on May 24. Such a move means travelers from both countries are no longer required to take a COVID-19 test or self-isolate when entering Spain.
Additionally, Spanish authorities have announced that the country plans to allow arrivals from the United States and other third countries from June 7, provided travelers have been vaccinated with one of the approved vaccines. by the European Medicines Agency (EMA).
Travelers in this category must prove that they have received the required dose (s) of vaccine at least 14 days before entering Spain. Nonetheless, everyone will still be required to provide a negative COVID-19 test result upon entry.
Likewise, anyone crossing the land border between Spain and France is required to present a negative COVID-19 test.
Restricted entry for arrivals from multiple countries
In order to control the coronavirus situation and limit the number of cases imported from other countries, Spain has strict rules against certain countries.
Arrivals from India are subject to a ten-day quarantine upon arrival in Spain, as the country has reported a record number of COVID-19 cases and deaths.
In addition, Spain has extended the opinion on the ban on non-essential travel for arrivals from countries outside the European Union and the Schengen area, including Morocco and Algeria, until to June 30.
As for visitors from other countries that were not mentioned in any of the categories, they are not allowed to enter Spain unless they have special permission from the Spanish government.
Entry requirements to Spain for persons authorized to enter the country
All travelers entering Spain must complete a health control form, which can be completed and signed in electronic form. After completing the form, a QR code will be generated, which must then be presented to the health authorities upon arrival in Spain.
If justified, the form can also be present in paper format. Everyone should note that a separate form must be completed for each trip and each person.
In accordance with guidelines from the European Center for Disease Control, travelers arriving in Spain from high-risk countries for essential purposes must show a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours of arrival. Documentation proving that a person has no symptoms of the virus can be requested at any time during their stay in Spain.
The negative test result document should include information on the holder’s name, passport or ID number, date the test was performed, the issuing body and the type of test. The test is recognized in four different languages, Spanish, English, French or German.
As soon as travelers enter Spain, they go through health assessments such as temperature checks and visual exams.
In addition, in order to be able to check in at their accommodation, all persons traveling to the Canary Islands will have to present a negative test carried out within 72 hours of departure, regardless of their country of origin.
Children under the age of six, people transporting goods or passengers, border workers and residents who live within 30 kilometers of the border with Spain are exempt from the test requirement.
What is open in Spain for tourists?
Although the state of emergency in Spain has been lifted, some measures related to COVID-19 still remain in force in the country in order to protect public health.
Museums, exhibitions, monuments and other cultural spaces are already open to visitors. Yet, due to the COVID-19 situation, many of these spaces have reduced capacity and prioritized purchasing tickets remotely.
The Prado Museum reopened to the public in June 2020 and encouraged all visitors to book their tickets at least 24 hours in advance of their visit. The Royal Palace of Madrid and the Alcazar of Seville are also open to tourists.
The number of visitors allowed at the same time has been reduced, and everyone is required to wear a mask.
While in Spain, visitors will also be able to attend small concerts and theatrical performances in a generally limited capacity.
Restaurants and bars are also open. They have adapted their services in accordance with the measures set by the authorities, such as separating tables, limiting the use of bar space, limiting the number of people per table, etc., in order to guarantee public safety.
Is it safe to travel to Mallorca?
With the vaccination process moving quickly and security measures in place, Mallorca will be open to tourists this summer.
Mallorca has decided to ease its restrictions following the end of the state alarm on May 9. Thus, restaurant terraces are allowed to serve customers in indoor environments until 6 p.m. In contrast, those without terraces can maintain their activity with 50 percent capacity in indoor spaces.
The curfew rules have also been changed, meaning that the curfew only applies for six hours, from midnight to 6 a.m. However, no change has been made to wearing a protective mask, which remains mandatory at all times.
Travel insurance in Spain is a must for every traveler
Anyone planning to visit Spain this summer is strongly recommended to purchase travel insurance that covers epidemic and pandemic situations to ensure that they can save their money in case the coronavirus situation changes. unexpectedly and that their trip would be canceled.
Spain’s Foreign Ministry has suggested that all Spanish citizens who plan to travel abroad first take out an insurance package.
Spain’s local government in the Canary Islands has already signed an insurance policy for tourists to provide insurance for travelers, cover medical, quarantine and repatriation costs.
COVID-19 situation in Spain
Like other European countries, Spain has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. The country has recorded 3,682,778 cases of COVID-19 and 79,983 deaths as of June 3.
January 2021 would have been the worst month of the pandemic in Spain since the previous summer. On February 8, Spain recorded the highest number of coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic.
Just a month later, infection rates were dropping, but the numbers rose again in early April.
As of June 1, Spain had administered around 27,583,849 doses of COVID-19 vaccines, meaning the country is going at a rate of more than 321,791 doses per day over the past week.
So far, 9,405,245 inhabitants, or 19.8% of the population, have been fully vaccinated, while at least 18,178,604 people or 38.3% have received at least one dose of the vaccine.