Getting a jump on a potential summer travel season, Spain is the latest to publish new guidelines for tourists entering the country from outside of the European Union.
Since Monday (June 7), visitors from around the world can travel to Spain, provided they are fully vaccinated for at least 14 days before entering the country.
The country has also reopened its ports for cruise ship stops.
Travellers must be fully vaccinated with any of the vaccines authorized by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) or those included in the World Health Organization (WHO) emergency list.
Currently, these vaccines include those produced by Pfizer-Biontech, Moderna, Astra-Zeneca, Jansen/Johnson&Johnson, Sinovac and Sinopharm.
The certificate of vaccination needs to include the following information:
- Name and surname of the holder
- Date of vaccination, stating the date of the last dose administrated
- Type of vaccine administered
- Number of doses administered/complete schedule
- Issuing country
- Identification of the institution issuing the certificate of vaccination
Unvaccinated minors from the same family unit may enter carrying a negative PCR or similar test (NAAT type), or negative antigen test of those included in the common list of the European Commission issued within 48 hours prior to arrival in Spain.
Regardless of your country of origin, all passengers arriving in Spain by air or sea, including those in transit and children under six years of age, must complete a health control form before their departure using the website www.spth.gob.es or the Spain Travel Health app.
By filling in the form, a QR code is generated, which the traveller must show to the transport company before boarding, as well as at the health control checks at the point of entry into Spain.
Children under 6 will not need any tests. The vaccination certificate or PCR of minors must be provided upon arrival.
Another new feature to Spain’s entry rules includes the acceptance of EU-approved rapid antigen tests and vaccination and recovery certificates for travellers from the European Union and European Economic Area countries.
Passengers on international cruise ships sailing in territorial waters will not have to use the Spain Travel Health application, but their information will be collected through the EU Digital Passenger Locator Form application, available here.
Spain’s new health requirements can be viewed here.
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