Spain announces extension to Covid travel rules

Spain has announced that it is extending its Covid travel rules for another month. They had been due to be lifted this week, but will now remain until June 15.

It means entry rules will stay in place for those heading to Spain for some sun in the next month. People travelling to the country need to either prove that they are fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival, or show they have recovered from having Covid in the past six months, reports BelfastLive.

Being fully vaccinated means either two doses of a two-dose course or a single dose if you were given a one-shot vaccine. If you are proving you’ve had Covid recently, you can use a medical certificate or recovery record to prove it.

Travellers from the UK who can either show proof of being fully vaccinated, or of having recovered from prior Covid-19 infection in the past six months, or who are aged under 12 years old, do not need to complete Spain’s Travel Health Control form which can be found here.

This must be completed no more than 48 hours before travel to Spain. See Spain’s Ministry of Health travel pages for more detail.

A statement read: “The border order to be issued by the Minister for Home Affairs extends all current restrictions on Spain’s external land, sea, and air borders under the recommendations of the Council of the European Union due to the health crisis caused by COVID-19 until 24:00 hours on June 15, 2022, and replaces the current one, which expires on Sunday, May 15.”

It is no longer mandatory to wear a mask indoors or outdoors, with certain exceptions. You must wear a mask when travelling by plane, train or bus, as well as in all other public transport.

EU citizens

EU citizens and accompanying family members of an EU citizen (including those travelling for tourism purposes), residents of Spain, or those covered by one of the other exemptions may present alternative documentation to the vaccine certificate.

Everyone (excluding children under the age of 12 years old) arriving into Spain who have visited a ‘risk country’ in the previous 14 days must meet the requirements on the Spanish Ministry of Health Travel and COVID-19 page.

The Spanish government reviews their ‘risk countries’ list every seven days.

Rules for younger people

There are some different entry requirements for children under 12 years old and those aged 12 to 17 inclusive.

Children under the age of 12 years old do not need to:

  • complete an online Health Control Form before travel
  • show proof of being fully vaccinated on entry to Spain
  • take diagnostic tests prior to arrival
  • show proof of having recovered from prior COVID-19 infection in the last 6 months
  • meet the requirements outlined in the Spanish Ministry of Health ‘Travel and COVID-19’ page, even if they have visited a ‘risk country’ in the previous 14 days

Travellers from the UK aged 12 to 17 inclusive can enter Spain by presenting documentation certifying that they have undertaken a COVID-19 nucleic acid amplification test – NAAT (PCR or similar) within 72 hours prior to arrival in Spain. Antigen tests are not accepted.

Alternatively, travellers aged 12 to 17 can still enter Spain with a full vaccination certificate or a recovery certificate. They must complete the Health Control form.

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