A promised land of party islands, beautiful beaches, delicious food, laid-back culture, good weather, and fascinating history. Spain truly is an awesome destination. It’s as well-trodden as it is undiscovered, making it perfect for any sort of traveller. And, the good news is that COVID aside, Spain is still open to welcome visitors.
To help you navigate what that means for you, we’ve written this in-depth guide to Spain’s COVID entry requirements. In this article, we’ll be covering which countries can visit Spain right now, what restrictions and requirements are in place, and what the situation is on the ground.
This guide has everything YOU NEED TO KNOW if you’re planning on visiting Spain in 2020.
A message from Will, the OG Broke Backpacker
Amigos, let’s face the facts: travel isn’t what it was. Things have changed.
We strive at The Broke Backpacker to be the best source of up-to-date and relevant information in the travel-sphere. All the information here was sourced, checked, double-checked, and published on 15/11/2020. While the information was correct then—and we will outline any changes and updates that we do make in the future—it’s important to respect the immense changeability of this topic.
If you’re going to be travelling amongst the coronavirus world, you need to, do your own research and do it hard. No one blog or website is a sufficient source, and even if it was, it might all just go tits up anyway.
This information changes more often than I fart in a day. Tread with caution.
And if you do see some misinformation, please leave a (constructive) comment so that we can patch it up! We really do appreciate your support and input in these weirdest of times.
Who Can Travel to Spain Right Now?
Spain’s borders are still open for tourism. Though there are travel restrictions in place, countries permitted to travel to Spain remain a simple list of European Union and Schengen Area member states. This also extends to countries with a reciprocal agreement with Spain.
These are as follows:
The list of third party countries is something that will continue to be reviewed.
Currently, countries with high COVID-19 rates are banned from travelling to Spain. These include Russia, India, and most Central and South American countries.
Travel from these countries to Spain will only be permitted for urgent or essential reasons. You can find more details on these exemptions here.
Can Americans travel to Spain?
No. Under Spain’s current travel restrictions, American tourists are not permitted to enter its borders.
With things the way they are in the world at the moment, things like travel restrictions are subject to change. Make sure to check back with this article for updates on the situation regarding Spain’s travel ban on American tourists.
What Are the COVID-19 Entry Requirements for Spain?
Much like Spain’s travel restrictions, the requirements for entering Spain are fairly simple for countries on its safe travel list. See below for the specific requirements and details of Spain’s entry requirements.
In Spain, there are currently no requirements for testing on arrival. You also don’t need to provide a negative result from a prior COVID-19 test.
However, all passengers who arrive by air travel or sea will have to undergo health screening. This includes a temperature check and visual health assessment.
Those who show symptoms of COVID-19 and/or have a temperature of 37.5 degrees or higher must be seen by a health professional.
As of 1st July, visitors to Spain are no longer required to undergo a previous requirement for arrivals to self-isolate for 14 days at their final destination.
As of 1st July 2020, it is mandatory for all visitors entering Spain’s borders to fill out the FCS Health Control form. This must be completed and signed 48 hours prior to your arrival to Spain.
It can be done online or via the SpTH app. Once completed, you’ll receive a “Health QR Code” which must be presented at health control points at your port of entry, either on mobile or in printed paper form.
Visa requirements for travelling to Spain have not changed. No extra paperwork or restrictions have been made on the country’s visa application process.
Many countries may travel to Spain visa-free. These include EU member states, countries in the Schengen Area, and a further 69 countries.
For more information about visas for Spain, or whether your country is exempt, find more information at Spain’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Visitors to Spain are not required to have travel insurance; it is not mandatory. But in the midst of this uncertain global pandemic, travel insurance is more important than ever. It is therefore highly recommended that you get travel insurance.
See our insurance section for more information and advice.
Spain’s Travel Restrictions – On the Ground in Spain
There are a number of guidelines that visitors should follow once they’re in Spain. As with many countries around the world, these are in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The main New Normal regulations in place in Spain include the following:
- Disinfecting of surfaces, objects, etc. in public spaces
- Using hand sanitiser provided in public spaces
- Maintaining a social distance of 1.5 metres
- Paying with card/cashless where possible
Wearing a mask is mandatory. Everybody in Spain over the age of 6 must wear a mask in public at all times. Failure to do so may result in a warning, but you may also be fined €100.
Spain announced a nationwide State of Emergency on 25th October. It will be in place for six months. The State of Emergency allows the Spanish government to call for a curfew at any time during the next six months.
A 15-day curfew is currently enforced, restricting movement between 10 p.m. (11 p.m. or midnight in some regions) and 6 a.m.
How these new rules are enforced differ throughout the country. For example, driving after curfew in Barcelona could result in fines of anywhere between €300 and €6,000.
While travelling within Spain itself is free, specific areas of the country may restrict movement in and out of their respective regions. For more information, you can call regional authorities via phone. Find a list of contact numbers here.
What Tourist Services Have Reopened in Spain?
Despite the State of Emergency and strict curfew, there are many tourist services open in Spain. All of them, however, are operating under New Normal conditions and come with a variety of limitations and restrictions. Those currently open include:
- Bars, cafes, and restaurants
- Leisure and amusement parks
- Museums, sights, and tours
- Protected natural spaces
- Public transport
New Normal guidelines apply in almost every instance. For example, museums have designated routes for social distancing, and a lack of physical leaflets or maps. Depending on popularity, beaches will be subject to social distancing and spots may have to be booked online or by phone.
During the six-month State of Emergency, it’s possible that the availability and restrictions on the above services (and more) will be subject to change.
Now, while travel insurance is not a mandatory entry requirement for Spain, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have it. You really shouldn’t ever be travelling without insurance, and that goes double for the pandemic!
Keeping yourself covered against coronavirus mishaps is a complex subject, however, Americans get it easy. Our favourite insurance provider World Nomads just got favourite-r! They’re covering against COVID-related incidents and will also count for countries where corona coverage is a requirement.
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Is there a backup option? Sure is—SafetyWing Travel Insurance! SafetWing is the cheap, long-term insurance for cheap, long-term travellers. And now, they’ve stepped up to the plate covering travellers and digital nomads against the scourge… at a bargain!
And if neither of those two choices are right for you? Well, in that case, I strongly, strongly, strongly recommend doing your own research on the top travel insurance companies and finding one right for your trip.
And Keep Smiling
Spain is still open for business. There may be a lot going on at the moment with COVID-19 and travel restrictions making things tricky for tourism, but it is still possible to visit this cool country.
As long as you follow the New Normal rules and guidelines when you travel to Spain, you’ll still get to see what makes this place so awesome. Culture, food, history, beaches – it hasn’t gone anywhere.
Spain may have seen some of the strictest lockdowns and curfews in Europe, but there’s hope for the future that things will get better. So why not start packing for your Spain trip right now?
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