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Covid and travel restrictions in Andalucia

Keeping you up to date on the covid rules and travel restrictions in Andalucia

Unless otherwise mentioned these rules apply to all the provinces in Andalucia, Almeria, Cádiz, Córdoba, Granada, Huelva, Jaén, Málaga and Seville.

Click on this link if you have private medical insurance and want the Covid injection

The rules for travelling to and from the UK are changing regularly, do not be caught out, check the rules, that are sometimes different for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Rules for England
Rules for Wales
Rules for Scotland
Rules for Northern Ireland

Walk in Vaccination Centres in all Provinces in Andalucia, updated weekly

For all the latest information about risk and high risk countries, the certificates you need, and links to the forms you need to complete in order to visit Spain, no matter where you are in the world click here - Updated weekly

Updated Monday 4th July 2022

No Changes This Week - Travelling to and from Spain - reminder

Non vaccinated travellers can now enter Spain with a negative COVID-19 test: either a PCR taken within 72 hours prior to departure, or an antigen test taken within 24 hours prior to departure. They must complete a Spanish locator form.

Vaccinated travellers do not need to complete a Spanish locator form.

Wearing of Masks - reminder

Wearing of face masks outdoors and within buildings is now not obligatory except in health centres, nursing homes and pharmacies for both workers and visitors. As well as on all forms of public transport, including flights and school transport.

Facemasks must be worn on all International Flights to Spain.

Updated Friday 14th June 2022

Fourth Covid 19 Booster

Yesterday, Spain’s Health Ministry announced there will be a second Covid-19 booster shot offered to all age groups in the country.

Updated Saturday 4th June 2022

Health Checks when entering Spain

As from the 2nd June 2022, people who arrive in Spain by air or sea from countries that do not belong to the European Union or are not considered Schengen associated countries may be subjected to a health control at the first point of entry that will include, at least, the taking temperature, a documentary control and a visual check on their physical condition.

Passengers arriving in Spain by AIR OR SEA from EU or Schengen area countries will NOT be required to present the SpTH health control form or a COVID-19 certificate.

Updated Monday 23rd May 2022

Non Vaccinated Tourists

Non vaccinated tourists can now enter Spain with a negative COVID-19 test: either a PCR taken within 72 hours prior to departure, or an antigen test taken within 24 hours prior to departure

Updated Thursday 21st April 2022

Wearing of Facemasks

It was confirmed yesterday that the wearing of facemasks indoors is now not obligatory.

They are still needed in health centres, nursing homes and pharmacies for both workers and visitors. As well as on all forms of public transport, including flights and school transport.

Updated Monday 18th April 2022

Travel to Morocco from Tarifa and Algeciras

As from today, Monday 18th April 2022, vehicular traffic is allowed between Algeciras and Tarifa to Tangiers. Foot traffic has been allowed from the 12th April. The borders at Cueta and Melilla remain closed. Travellers need to have either a valid Vaccination certificate or a PCR test taken within the previous 72 hrs.

Updated Thursday 7th April 2022

Wearing of Masks Indoors

Subject to final approval on the 18th April 2022. As from the 19th April 2022, the wearing of masks indoors will no longer be necessary except in nursing homes, in hospitals and on public transport.

Are You Blue or Orange?

All passengers arriving in Spain by air (except children under 12 years of age and those in international transit), regardless of the country of origin, including Spaniards returning to their home, must have one of these documents:
QR SPTH . If you do not have the EU Digital COVID Certificate or EU equivalent, you must fill in the SPTH Health Control Form - You are Blue

Blue or Orange, all the rules plus access to forms needed to get into Spain.

Updated Monday 28th March 2022

Strategy for Monitoring and Control of Covid-19

As from the 28th March, Spain will start to deal with Covid as it does for flu. People with no symptoms or only mild ones will no longer have to self-isolate. Now only people who are classified as vulnerable and test positive, such as those in residential homes for the elderly and people in hospital, whether or not they have symptoms will need to quarantine. Isolation will be for five days and will end after 24 hours symptom-free. Medical staff will also still have to isolate, but only until they test negative for the virus.

Covid Testing

Now it will be doctors who decides whether or not a patient with minor symptoms should take a Covid test. The focus will be on people considered vulnerable (over-60s, immuno-compromised and pregnant women), people in health care and social care environments and serious cases.

Covid Updates

There will be no more updates to overall Covid figures. From this week, the Ministry of Health will only provide information on coronavirus cases (infections, deceased, hospitalised and recovered) twice a week: every Tuesday and Friday.

Updated Saturday 12th March 2022

New Rules for Unvaccinated People from the UK

New measures have been announced ahead of the Easter holidays for travellers going to Spain.

Previously, travellers had to be fully vaccinated to enter Spain without needing to test or quarantine. However, under the new measures, anyone who is unvaccinated but has recovered from coronavirus in the past six months can now enter the country. Under the Spanish government’s current rules, you can enter Spain from the UK for tourism purposes if you can show valid proof of meeting the vaccination requirements or a medical certificate certifying that you have recovered from Covid-19 in the last six months prior to travel.

You can use the UK proof of Covid-19 recovery record or a recovery certificate issued by a relevant health authority or medical service to certify your Covid-19 status.

At least 11 days must have passed since your first positive Covid-19 nucleic acid amplification test - NAAT (PCR or similar) or rapid antigen test.

Updated Wednesday 2nd March 2022

Coronavirus Restrictions Eased in Residential Homes in Andalucia

The new measures take effect today, the 2nd March 2022. This is a further step to return Andalucia to normality.

No Covid restrictions will be placed on visits to residential homes for the elderly in Andalucía and the residents will be able to go out with friends and family.

If somebody at a residential home tests positive for the Covid virus, other residents will be allowed visitors (although this could change depending on the situation of the pandemic at the time).

Visitors can now see residents in their rooms and social distancing during visits, including physical contact, will be allowed in situations of emotional distress, cognitive deterioration or someone in the last days of a terminal illness, as long as additional protective material is worn as appropriate for each situation.

Trips outside the residential home should be in small groups, preferably family and should avoid crowded places.

Updated Monday 28th February 2022

Travelling to Spain - what you need to know

The list of risk and high risk countries has changed slightly. This list is amended every week so it is good to keep an eye on it.

All persons travelling to Spain from another country (including children of any age, travellers in transit and residents in Spain returning home), must complete the Health Control Form associated with their trip.

For all the latest information about risk and high risk countries, the certificates you need, and the forms you need to complete in order to visit Spain, no matter where you are in the world click here.

Immune-suppressed people in Andalucía to be offered a fourth dose of a coronavirus vaccine

The Junta de Andalucía announced on Tuesday, 22 February, that individuals in the region who are immune-suppressed will now be able to have a fourth Covid-19 vaccine, five to six months after their booster jab.

Sources at the regional Health ministry say that those who are in Group 7 or are taking medication which compromises their immune system will be eligible for this fourth dose, and they also point out that Andalucía has been the leader of the vaccination campaign in Spain, having given over 17.8 million doses so far.

Updated Tuesday 15th February 2022

Covid Passports

As from Tuesday 15th February 2022, Covid passports will no longer be required to access nightlife, hotels and health and socio-sanitary institutions. However the passport is still required in order to travel to some countries.

Updated Saturday 12th February 2022

Children Travelling to Spain

As from midnight on Monday 14th February 2022, children travelling to Spain from outside the EU, so including the UK, will be able to enter Spain by showing a negative antigen test or a PCR taken 72 hours or less prior to arrival.

Updated Wednesday 9th February 2022

Masks Outdoors to Go

Unless something goes drastically wrong, today's BOE will announce that the wearing of masks outdoors will no longer be required in Andalucia as of tomorrow, Thursday 10th February 2022.

Technically the change to the rules isn’t guaranteed until the BOE is published, however a government spokesperson has said that this will be processed without any doubt. Masks must still be worn inside public places like bars, restaurants, cinemas, and shops.

Updated Wednesday 2nd February 2022

Spain aligns itself with other EU countries

Spain has now brought itself into line with other EU countries in relation to its requirements for people travelling to Spain.

As of 1 February, only negative results of antigen tests for SARS-CoV-2 infection obtained within 24 hours prior to arrival in Spain will be considered valid, and not 48 hours, as was the case until now.

Certificates of diagnostic tests for an active COVID-19 infection with a negative result from molecular nucleic acid amplification tests (NAAT), whose sample has been obtained within 72 hours prior to arrival in Spain, will continue to be considered as valid.

The diagnostic test certificate must include the name and surname of the holder, the date the sample was taken, the type of test performed and the issuing country.

Updated Tuesday 1st February 2022

Travel to England after 11th February 2022 FULLY VACCINATED

If you travel to England after 4am on Friday 11th February 2022 and you are FULLY VACCINATED, you no longer need to take a Covid 19 test before you depart or when you arrive. Nor will you have to quarantine. A Passenger Locator Form is still required before you travel.

Travel to England after 11th February 2022 NOT FULLY VACCINATED

In the two days prior to travel you must take a Covid 19 test AND book and pay for a Covid 19 PCR test to be taken after you arrive in England. You also need to complete the passenger locator form. You will only need to quarantine if the result of the PCR test is positive.

Presentation of Vaccination Certificates in Andalucia

The requirement to show Covid 19 vaccination certificates or negative diagnostic test to gain entry to bars, restaurants, nightclubs and if you visit patients in a hospital or a resident in a care home has been extended to the 15th February 2022.

Updated Friday 21st January 2022

Boosters for over 38s

As from today, everybody 38 years of age and older can make appointments for a booster jab.

Updated Monday 17th January 2022

Boosters for over 46s

People 46 years old and older cannot book booster vaccines if:
- it is 6 months since your second Pfizer vaccine
- it is 3 months since your second Jannsen or AstraZenica jab

Depending on which province you are in, you can book a booster appointment on line here or you may have to visit your local health centre

Updated Friday 14th January 2022

Covid Passport Extended to 31st January

The Junta de Andalucía is to extend the requirement to show a Covid certificate of vaccination, recovery or a negative test, both for hospitality and nightlife establishments and for visitors to hospitals and nursing homes, to 31 January. The regional authority's request for the extension has been ratified this Thursday by the region’s top court, the Superior Court of Justice of Andalucía (TSJA). The measure was introduced on the 20th December and was due to expire on the 15th January.

Updated Friday 7th January 2022

Booster Vaccinations in Andalucia

Now available to over 58's.

Updated Wednesday 15th December 2021

Covid Injections for Children in Andalucia

The vaccination campaign aimed at children under the age of 11 years starts on Wednesday 15th December at health centres and vaccination centres. As of the 15th December, appointments can be made for children aged 11, 10 and 9 years old. The vaccination will take place in the afternoons and at weekends. Parents have to grant permission for their child to be vaccinated.

Updated Saturday 27th November 2021 - Andalucia to request the use of the EU Covid Passport to control entry to places to which the public have access

Over 65's Booster Vaccinations

All those 65 years and older can now be vaccinated with a booster dose. The booster uses Pfizer vaccine. It must be 6 months since the second vaccination or three months if your intial vaccination(s) were Jannsen. Over 65's can book a vaccine appointment via ClicSalud+, Salud Responde (App or Telephone) or by going to their local health centre.
Click here for ClicSalud+, an online admin and appointment system for the Andalucuia health service. You need a digital certificate to access the system.

Updated Friday 19th November 2021 - Andalucia returns to normal apart from face masks

All of Andalucia went to 'low risk' or Level 0 on the 21st October. That means there are no restrictions on capacity within buildings, other than the original health and safety maximums. The use of a face mask is still required inside shops, business, public buildings and transport. Wearing a face mask outside is required when social distance cannot be maintained and at open air events held in theaters, museums, bullrings, concerts.

This page was becoming unwieldy, with information that was no longer pertinent. The important points and links are at the top of the page. Sorry for any inconvenience caused. Nick