One of the most diverse of all European countries, Spain is famous for its cultural and regional heterogeneity. Each region has a distinct culture, lifestyle, cuisine and in some cases, even language. This diversity is visible in its topography as well. From snow-capped mountains and azure seas to rocky cliffs and green valleys, this popular tourist destination has something for everyone.
Can I travel to Spain?
Who can enter?
Travellers from any third country as well as any country outside the European Union are allowed entry if they have a vaccination certificate and have had their full vaccination treatment or last dose 14 days before travel.
Rules for travelers
Quarantine for 10 days required for some countries
- Mandatory temperature check and thermal screening as per protocols
- Mandatory to present a negative PCR test certificate for travelers from high risk areas.
Compulsory to submit FCS form and obtain a QR code 48 hours before arrival
All visitors must have travel health insurance covering COVID-19
Is it safe traveling to Spain?
The spread of the infection in Spain is showing no sign of slowing down. Spain is recorded 16,000 infections every day. With recording over 1 million cases overall, Spain has reinforced a nation wide lockdown until the first week of December.
Do I have to quarantine on arrival?
Quarantine of 10 days required for some countries.
Will there be a health screening on arrival at Airports and Ports?
Yes, on arrivals, all travelers entering Spain will have to go through a mandatory health check up which includes temperature check, thermal screening, visual examination of individual’s health. In every situation, it is mandatory to show your health control form (FCS).
Do I have to undergo COVID-19 test on arrival?
No, Spanish authorities are not conducting COVID-19 test on arriving travelers.
What happens if I show symptoms of Covid 19 on arrival?
If you are suspected of carrying the coronavirus, you will have to undergo a complete health assessment, and will be taken to a medical center if an infectious disease is confirmed.
Do I have to present a negative COVID-19 test certificate on arrival?
No, it is not mandatory to present a PCR test certificate on arrival but it is compulsory to fill and sign the Health Control Form (FCS) form 48 hours before arrival. All travelers will go through a mandatory health screening on arrival.
Is it mandatory to obtain travel insurance before traveling to Spain?
Yes, a travel insurance policy for Spain is a mandatory requirement for the issuing of your visa. It must cover both repatriation and emergency medical expenses for a minimum amount of €30,000.
Do I have to provide any other medical certificate on arrival?
Yes, all visitors arriving in Spain by air or sea must fill and sign the health control form (FCS) 48 hours before their arrival. You can access the form and sign it via the Spain Travel Health website or SpTH apps. After you sign the FCS form, you will receive a QR code which you must present on arrival in Spain. The QR code is valid in both digital and printed formats. Please check the https://www.spth.gob.es/ for more information.
Are there any other essential documents required on arrival?
Amid the coronavirus outbreak, rules for international travel have become rigid. Depending on the purpose of your travel, there could be different types of visas and other documents required. Please check the official website of the government of Spain to know more details about documents required for traveling to Spain. It is also advised to check with your transport provider or travel company to make sure your passport and other travel documents meet their requirements.
Are there any exemptions from travel restrictions in Spain?
- Long-term visa holders, issued by an EU/Schengen Member State.
- Health professionals, health researchers, and elderly care professionals.
- Transport personnel, seafarers and aeronautical personnel.
- Diplomatic, consular, international, military, civil protection and humanitarian organizations personnel.
- Students who have the corresponding study permit or visa in one of the EU/Schengen countries.
- Highly qualified workers whose work is necessary and cannot be postponed or performed remotely.
- Those travelling for imperative family reasons duly accredited.
- People who document reasons of force majeure or situation of necessity, or whose entry is permitted on humanitarian grounds.
- Seasonal workers in the agricultural sector.
Do I have to download any mobile apps on arrival?
Contact tracing app hasn't been introduced yet.
Are there any other rules and restrictions for international travelers
All visitors must abide by the following rules:
Face Masks: Everybody aged 6 or over must wear a mask in all public spaces and on public transport. Masks are the only compulsory protective equipment.
Social Distancing: Always remember the need for social distancing and avoid shaking hands, hugs or kisses when greeting others.
Personal Hygiene: Maintain a high level of personal hygiene. Wash your hands properly with soap and water
Are there domestic travel restrictions in Spain?
Spain has removed all restrictions to travel within the country. Free mobility throughout the territory and travel between provinces is allowed.
Are hotels open in Spain?
Hotels and other places of accommodation are open with limited occupancy and strict hygiene protocols. Make sure to check that your accommodation is complying with all COVID-19 safety protocols before checking in.
Are restaurants, cafes and bars in Spain open?
Restaurants, cafes and bars in Spain are open with restrictions and are maintaining strict hygiene protocols. It is mandatory to wear face masks indoors and outdoors.
Are flights operating?
Yes, airlines are running at limited frequency and capacity. Domestic flights have resumed at limited capacity. International flights are still limited to essential travellers, government officials, repatriated citizens and travellers coming from countries under the European Union along with Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay and China. Strict measures have been employed at the airports as well as on board the flights to ensure the safety of passengers and the crew.
Are trains operating?
Yes, train services have resumed at full capacity and frequency with the lifting of restrictions on domestic travel. Strict hygiene measures continue to be employed at the train stations as well as on board the trains to ensure the safety of passengers and the crew. Time tables and track routes may have been updated. Please refer to the official timetable for updated timings.
What is the status of local transportation?
Metro: Metro services have resumed at full frequency with the lifting of restrictions on domestic travel. Strict hygiene measures have been employed at metro stations as well as on board the trains to ensure the safety of passengers.
Buses: Buses running between cities have resumed at full frequency. Intercity buses and all forms of road transport have also resumed. Travelers are expected to maintain strict hygiene and social distancing practices.
Trams: Tram operations within cities have resumed at full frequency.
Taxis: Taxi services have been resumed across all cities at limited capacity. Local city operators as well as app-based taxi services have resumed operations.
Where to go in Spain
The contrasting cities of Granada and Madrid are a testament to the dynamic nature of Spain. While Madrid is a quintessential city with its 20th-century architecture and eclectic lifestyle, Granada has a distinct Moorish influence. Segovia, on the other hand, is known for its Romanesque and gothic architecture.
Things to do in Spain
Marvel at architectural wonders like Park Guell and Sagrada Familia and sunbath at Barcelona’s most popular beach - Barceloneta. Visit the iconic Prado Museum and witness some truly breathtaking masterpieces. Head over to Ibiza, the designated party destination of Spain for an evening of pure fun
New Rules and Reopening of Tourist Attractions in Spain
Spain’s beautiful coastlines, contrasting landscapes, vibrant culture and thriving nightlife has made it one of the most sought-after tourist destinations in the world. Catch a live match at Camp Nou Stadium, enjoy a live performance of the famous Flamenco and go skydiving at Seville. If you are in Bunol, don’t forget to attend the La Tomatina festival.
Away from the Crowd
While most visitors visit big cities like Barcelona and Madrid, you will not be disappointed if you decide to explore some of these lesser-known destinations. Check out the hilltop monastery of Montserrat, the medieval town of Girona and Figueres, the birthplace of the iconic artist Salvador Dali.
Post COVID Travel Essentials for Spain
You must be wondering about what measures and safety guidelines to follow before and during your trip. This section takes you through everything you need to know to plan a safe trip, including visa and passport essentials, travel insurance, what to pack, etc.
N-95 masks N95 mask is a global-standard respirator mask that is made from polypropylene and can filter out at least 95% of very small (0.3 micron) particles. N95 masks are also capable of filtering out all types of pathogens, including bacteria and viruses. With mandatory use of masks across airports and all forms of social interactions, it's mandatory that you carry at least 2 masks with yourself.
Gloves Non-sterile patient examination gloves, which are routinely used in healthcare settings, are appropriate for keeping your hands from getting contaminated. Remember to carry a bunch due to their disposable nature.
Hand sanitizer Hand sanitizers sold in pharmacies typically have an alcohol concentration of around 60%. It has been observed that hand sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol concentration work effectively and can inactive the novel coronavirus. Though most attractions are reopening with sanitisation stations, it's only beneficial to carry your own in case you run into an emergency.
Portable charger We all understand the value of staying connected in these times. As travel in the post COVID world moves towards a more contact-free and digital experience, it’s important that you always carry a portable charger when you travel.
Digital thermometer & first-aid kit You can prevent unnecessary trips to the hospital if you carry a first-aid kit with yourself. Take a digital thermometer along as they’re durable and you can keep a regular check on your body temperature.
Extra clothes Carry an extra pair of clothes with you that you wear only at the airports or other places with heavy footfall while traveling. While catching the air-borne virus can be prevented by wearing masks and social distancing, carrying an extra pair of clothes just minimises the risk that much further.
Ziplock bags Use zip lock bags to isolate pieces of clothing or items that you will not be using again. This will prevent any possibility of cross-contamination.
Wash your hands frequently Wash your hands with soap regularly and thoroughly to remove pathogens. You can also use alcohol-based sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol to kill bacteria and viruses.
Maintain distance and avoid close contact (6 feet or 2 arms length) Maintain at least 6feet distance between yourself and others. When someone coughs or sneezes, or speaks they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus.
Always wear a mask in public Since COVID-19 is a respiratory disease and is air-borne, wear a mask, coupled with social distancing to prevent getting infected and/or spreading it to others.
Clean and disinfect surfaces Clean surfaces using soap and water, then use disinfectant. Cleaning with soap and water reduces the
Travel insurance is now going to become even more important than it was. Whether it’s regarding flight cancellations or medical emergencies, insurance while traveling is going to play a major part in our travel planning and expenses. There are 5 major types of insurances available for you to consider:
Trip Cancellation These insurances cover you if you were to cancel your trip due to unforeseen events such as illness, injury, or death suffered by the insured or a member of the insured’s immediate family. Some policies however exclude trip cancellation in the event of war or civil disturbance.
Flight Delay/Cancellation Flight delay/cancellation insurance pays for new travel arrangements/flight tickets and in some cases, accommodations and meals. This depends on your provider so read your policy carefully.
Medical Insurance Medical insurance covers the cost of transportation in case of emergency medical evacuation, due to injury or sickness. Some medical insurances also cover COVID-19 infections should you get infected after the effective policy date.
You may sometimes end up having to pay up front for your medical services, which will then be reimbursed by your insurance company. In other cases, the insurance company will provide “proof of direct payment” to the healthcare provider.
Baggage Loss Baggage loss insures you in case your luggage is lost, delayed, or stolen. It sometimes includes a cash payment if your bags are delayed for more than 12/24 hours after you arrive at your destination.
Travel Document Protection Travel document protection insurance covers you so that you can replace a lost passport or other travel documents.
Seek medical attention if you have any of the following symptoms:
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- Troubled breathing
- New confusion
- Inability to wake or stay awake
- Bluish lips or face
If you think you have been exposed to novel coronavirus (COVID-19) or have any of the symptoms mentioned above, seek medical attention immediately.
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Post COVID International Travel
The word is reopening again. Pockets of movement and travel bubbles have begun to pop up. While the cautious may stick to their own shores and travel domestically, international travel looks to be slowly recovering. In our extensive report linked below, you can learn about each country’s international travel policies, their current status with regards to COVID-19 numbers and the travel regulations in place.
The report also looks at 500+ major tourist attractions around the world and regularly updates their opening dates and rules of visiting in real-time. We also take a close look at how COVID-19 will impact the way we make our travel plans - picking destinations, choosing the right time to visit, packing essentials and more. Click on a link to read more.