Spain is the safest destination in the European Union according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). Since 2019, the world has been shaken by Covid-19 and its drastic measures. Worldwide, restrictions are progressively being lifted and borders are slowly being reopened, though, it remains difficult to understand how each border may be crossed. Well, if you are looking to travel to Spain, look no more, because this article will answer all your questions regarding how the situation is unfolding in Spain and how to travel to Spain!
Table of Contents:
- The safest regions to travel to
- General restrictions
- How to travel to Spain
- How to travel to Spain if you are from the United Kingdom
The Safest Regions to Travel to
While some countries struggled with strict Covid-19 restrictions, Spain has been known to have rather lenient limitations. Nowadays, the situation varies across the country and its different regions. We will tell you about the safest regions so that you do not miss out on our next raffle on the premise of safety!
Since October 2021, many regions have been placed on the green list, those regions are: Galicia, Asturias, Cantabria, Basque Country, La Rioja, Castile and Leon, Extremadura and Andalusia. Being placed on the green list means that the area in question has no observed active circulation of the virus and no variant of concern is identified. The other 9 Spanish regions have been placed on the orange list as they have higher numbers of Covid-19 infections. However, being on the orange list does not entail the area is dangerous, but that you should be more careful regarding Covid-19 measures.
Since the very strict lockdown in 2020, Spain has taken more lenient measures than its neighbouring countries. Currently more than 80% of Spain's population has been fully vaccinated against Covid-19, additionally, more than 1 million booster shots have been administered to high risk patients. Experts say, the country is close to reach herd immunity. However, the country is not free of the virus, and some limitations to everyday life still remain. Though nightime curfews are no longer imposed, you will find that wearing your mask when indoors is still mandatory all across the country. As of today, Spain has somewhat managed to go back to that normality we all cherish and missed. Although within the country everything seems to be going back to normal, limitations on travelling there are strict. Countries have been categorized into three different categories: Green List, Orange List and Red List.
How To Travel To Spain
The decisions regarding travelling taken by the spanish authorities are in line with the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the World Health Organization (WHO). Spain recognizes complete vaccination certificates only if the administered vaccin is one of the following:
- Comirnaty – Pfizer/BioNTech Manufacturing GmbH
- Vaxzevria – AstraZeneca
- AstraZeneca/SK Bio, SK Bioscience Co. Ltd
- Vaccine AstraZeneca (Covishield™), Serum Institute of India Pvt. Ltd
- Janssen-Cilag International NV
- Spikevax; mRNA-1273), Moderna Biotech
- Vero Cell – Sinopharm/Beijing Institute of Biological Products Co., Ltd
- Sinovac-CoronaVac (Vero Cell), Sinovac Life Sciences Co., Ltd
Keep in mind that a complete vaccination may include a two-dose vaccine or one dose of a one-dose vaccine, if the virus has infected the individual a maximum of 6 months prior to the date of the vaccine administration.
In addition to needing a vaccination, you may also travel with a negative Covid-19 nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT - e.g. PCR, TMA, LAMP or NEAR), or a negative Antigen test, which is not accepted from all countries, 72 hours prior to the crossing of the border. Additonnally, the traveller will also need to fill out the Spanish Health Control from (FCS) online. Once acquired, the traveller will have to download the QR code deriving from this form and show it to the national authorities either on mobile or printed on paper. Children under the age of 12 are exempted from presenting these certificates, but are required to complete the health check form and obtaining a QR code, no more than 48 hours prior to travel.
Bear in mind that the vaccination certification must include the name and surname of the traveller, the date of vaccination indicating the last dose administered, the type of vaccine administered, the number of doses administered, the country of issue, and the identification of the organisation issuing the vaccination certificate.
How To Travel To Spain If You Are From The United Kingdom
The Spanish borders remain close for many third countries, and has strict policies for certain European Union and Schenghen countries. These measures change according to national Covid-19 infections. You will be happy to know that the aforementioned requirements to enter Spain do not change if you are a United Kingdom resident or national.
If you are traveling with a printed vaccination status, the latter must date from 1 November so that it can be scanned. You may also travel with a certificate of recovery proving you have recovered from the virus in the last 6 months prior to the travel.
Now that you know how simple it is to travel to Spain, feel free to participate in our next raffle.