Most European Union/European Economic Area countries have lifted their special entry rules and measures for summer 2022, allowing arrivals from almost any country without restrictions from July of this year onwards, after the Covid-19 epidemiological situation improved in many parts of the world. Spain, however, maintains some of these measures.
Effective from the 2nd of June, Spain removed all Covid-related restrictions for travelers coming from the EU or Schengen area. As of that date, proof of vacation, recovery, or negative test are no longer required. In its decision, Spain’s Ministry of Health noted that the majority of Member States have already taken a similar decision.
On the other hand, the Spanish Ministry of Health established that all travelers from third countries (including the UK and US) must show a vaccination certificate -provided that the holder has completed primary vaccination within the last nine months or has received a booster vaccination- upon arrival in Spain. According to Euronews, health checks are being conducted at Spanish airports and ports to ensure passengers follow the rules. They are currently expected to remain valid until at least 15 November.
Masks are no longer mandatory in public spaces including bars, cafes, cinemas and museums. Masks are still required on airplanes, buses, trains, metros and taxis. On ferries also if a 1.5-m distance can’t be maintained indoors.
Travelers who do not possess a certificate equivalent to that of the EU must complete the Health Control Form. Exceptions are minors under 12 years of age and passengers in international transit.
According to Euronews, UK citizens who have been vaccinated are able to travel to Spain, as long as they can prove they are not infected with virus. Unvaccinated UK citizens no longer need to fill out the Health Control Form, but they must show proof of recent recovery or a negative test. One of the three following certificates is required:
- A negative test certificate – either a PCR taken within 72 hours of departure or an antigen test taken within 24 hours
- A vaccination certificate
- Certificate of recovery at least 11 days after testing positive (valid for six months)
Authorities will accept the NHS Covid Pass as proof of vaccination. It can be shown on a mobile device or in paper.