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Spain is open for tourism but requires PCR test from most of the visitors


Spain is open for tourism but requires PCR test from most of the visitors

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Spain is open for tourism to most countries. Travelers must submit a negative COVID-19 test result taken 72 within departure, but they do not have to quarantine on arrival.  

Visitors from the EU, plus Schengen area countries and third party countries that have a reciprocal agreement with Spain for accepting international travelers are allowed entry.

Starting December 22, 2020, the government suspended entry into Spain of any arrivals from the United Kingdom, except for Spanish citizens and residents of Spain.  

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.

Spain Reopening – Latest Updates

Barcelona, Spain

February 23 

Spanish authorities are reportedly lobbying to create a Europe-wide vaccination passport that allows them to bring back tourists for the Easter break. 

Along with such a certification, the government also looks to reopen safe travel corridors as a “key recovery factor” to restart the tourism industry. 

Vaccination rollout

So far, 2.4% of Spanish people have received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.

December 12  

Health Minister, Salvador Illa, announced this week that the national interstate travel ban will be lifted between December 23 and January 6, so Spaniards can visit family members and close friends.

However, local governments may still go further and allow travel only on specific days. (Probably less).

On the other side, Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands do not need to adhere to any of these restrictions. (Source).

Who can travel to Spain now? – (Updated Feb. 23)

Spain reopening for tourism - travel restrictions
  • 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 February 23)

  • Australia
  • China
  • New Zealand
  • Rwanda
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Thailand


What are the entry restrictions for traveling to Spain?

Spain reopening for tourism

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. (Current at February 23)

UE – High risk countries and territories

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czechia
  • Denmark (except the Faroe Islands and Greenland)
  • Estonia
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece (except the Notio Aigaio region)
  • Hungary
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Norway (except Agder, Innlandet, Møre og Romsdal, Nordland,
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Rogaland, Troms og Finnmark, Trøndelag and Vestfold og Telemark)
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Sweden

Third countries – High risk countries and territories

  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Argentina
  • Aruba
  • Bahrain
  • Belarus
  • Bolivia
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Cape Verde
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Cuba
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Eswatini
  • Falkland Islands
  • French Polynesia
  • Georgia South Africa
  • Gibraltar (United Kingdom)
  • Israel Tanzania
  • Kuwait Tunisia
  • Lebanon
  • Malaysia
  • Monaco
  • Montenegro
  • Morocco
  • Pakistan
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Puerto Rico
  • Qatar
  • Republic Of Moldova
  • Republic Of North Macedonia
  • Russia
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Maarten (Dutch Part)
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • San Marino
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles Islands
  • State of Palestine
  • Switzerland
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • United Arab Emirates

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 February 23, Spain has reported 3,153,971 positive COVID cases and 67,636 have lost their lives to the virus, 179 over the last 24 hours


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. 

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