Spain plans to reopen for international and overseas tourists (including Americans) in June 2021. Travelers will need to show proof of vaccination, recovery, or a negative COVID test.
As of now, all travelers must submit a negative COVID-19 test result taken 72 hours prior to arrival. 37 countries are subject to a 10-day mandatory quarantine.
The government suspended entry into Spain of any arrivals coming from the United Kingdom, except for Spanish citizens and residents of Spain until further notice.
Due to a substantial increase of infections during the third wave of COVID-19, the country has put in place a series of restrictions to certain areas and territories to ensure visitors’ safety.
– Italy to start reopening for tourism on June 2
– France open for tourism – Current restrictions
– Greece to start opening for tourism in May 2021
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Spain Reopening – Latest Updates
May 17 – Spain will welcome tourists who have recovered from COVID-19, tested negative, or are vaccinated, from June 2021.
According to the Secretary of State, Spain expects to reopen to the European Union, Schengen states, Andorra, Monaco, the Vatican, San Marino, U.S. citizens and a few other countries from June under the “COVID Digital Health Certificate Scheme.”
The country is still negotiating the possibility to accept U.K. citizens as well but, as of today, only U.K. travelers with compelling reasons to visit Spain are allowed entry.
However, according to Spanish Foreign Affairs Minister Arancha González Laya, “If Spain accelerates vaccination, if the EU accelerates getting the U.K. out of the blacklist […] “and if the U.K. moves to consider regions as opposed to just simply considering countries for their green list,” Spain would be glad to welcome back British holidaymakers for summer.
April 29 – Spain to reopen for overseas international travelers in June
Spain plans to reopen for travelers outside of the European Union (including Americans) in June 2021, said Fernando Valdés at the World Travel & Tourism Council summit in Mexico on Tuesday. (Source: theguardian.com)
Travelers will need to submit a vaccination passport, proof that they recovered from Covid, or a negative COVID-test on arrival, depending on if they are coming from a low or high-risk country.
April 12 – Barcelona and Madrid have resumed flights with the U.S.
Barcelona’s El Prat airport and Madrid’s Badajoz and Burgos airports are currently allowing flights coming, initially, from Miami and Dallas Fort Worth.
This is considered a big step on the Spain-US reopening but it does not mean Spain is already opened for tourism with the U.S. These visitors can travel only under very specific circumstances and must present a negative COVID-19 test result and quarantine upon arrival. The number of the quarantine days depends on the region they are traveling to.
The reopening date for tourism remains unknown.
March 21 – Spain enforces quarantine measures on 12 countries
Starting last week, visitors coming from Brazil, South Africa, Botswana, Union of Comoros, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Peru and Colombia will be subject to observe a 10-day mandatory quarantine upon arrival in Spain.
These travelers will have the option to get retested on the 7th day of the quarantine and if they can produce a negative COVID-19 result they will be free to resume their trip.
Is Spain open to Americans?
Vaccinated Americans will be allowed to visit Spain for tourism from June. (See conditions on the Latest Updates section).
When will Spain reopen for tourism?
Spain will reopen for tourism starting in June. Not all countries will be granted entry, though.
Who can travel to Spain now? – (Updated May 17)
- EU residents, citizens from the Schengen Associated States, plus Andorra, Monaco, The Vatican, or San Marino.
- Health professionals planning to join their workforce.
- Goods and transport workers.
- Diplomats, consular or international officials, military personnel, civil protection officials and members of humanitarian organizations.
- Students of EU/Schengen member states, who have the appropriate visa or equivalent permit.
- Highly qualified workers including participants in high-level sporting events
- People traveling for humanitarian reasons.
Spain is also open to countries that have a reciprocal agreement with Spain for accepting travelers. (Current at May 17)
- New Zealand
- South Korea
- China, subject to confirmation of reciprocity
Travel restrictions should also be gradually lifted for the special administrative regions of China Hong Kong and Macao, subject to confirmation of reciprocity.
NEW: In compliance with Order SND/413/2021, all visitors from India must undergo a 10-day quarantine upon arrival in the country. This period may end earlier, if they tested negative for COVID-19 on day 7th.
What are the entry restrictions for traveling to Spain?
- In order to be granted entrance to the country, Spanish authorities demand travelers to submit a mandatory Health Control Form (FCS) upon arrival.
- English version Click to access the electronic Health Control Form to fly to Spain from any country
- French version Cliquez pour accéder au Formulaire électronique de Contrôle Sanitaire pour vous rendre en Espagne à partir d’un autre pays
- German version Klicken Sie hier um auf das elektronische Gesundheitskontrollformular zuzugreifen, um aus einem anderen Land nach Spanien zu fliegen
Important! – Only after travelers have submitted the form, they will get a QR code that will allow them access to their airport terminal.
Who needs to present a COVID-19 test to enter Spain?
All travelers visiting from a high risk country or area must submit proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result carried out within 72 hours prior to their arrival in Spain. (Valid until May 23)
UE – High risk countries and territories
- Finland (except the Pohjois- ja Itä-Suomi region)
- Norway (except the Nordland, Troms og Finnmark and Trøndelag regions)
- The Netherlands
Third countries – High risk countries and territories
All third party countries must bring a negative COVID-19 test result,, except,
- New Zealand
- South Korea
New policies to enter the Canary Islands would allow travelers to avoid quarantine
The Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Reyes Maroto, is working on implementing PCR tests to enter the Canary Islands in order to create safe health corridors and allow visitors to avoid the quarantine. The aim is to attract travelers from Germany and, if possible, from Nordic countries.
What is the current COVID situation in Spain?
As of May 17, Spain has reported 3,615,860 positive COVID cases and 79,432 have lost their lives to the virus.
Triple-check the Spanish regulations before booking a flight. If for any reason a visitor is not admitted in the country, they could be placed at an immigration detention facility for several days, until a flight on the same airline becomes available to take them back to their point of origin.
This is not a common situation but authorities have warned travelers about it.