As we come out of the 'Covid 'crisis', Spain is allowing people from other countries to enter Spain. This does not necessarily mean they will arrive. They have to be permitted to travel to Spain by their own country. The rules for entering Spain by air and sea have been simplified in as much as the following rules now apply to everybody, including Brits who enjoyed a temporary relaxation of the rules after the 24th May 2021.
The only allowance made in the case of Brits relates to what is accepted as proof of vaccination
If you live in England or Northern Ireland, Spain will accept the NHS COVID Pass or your NHS letter to demonstrate your COVID-19 vaccination status. If you live in Scotland or Wales, Spain will accept your respective NHS letter to demonstrate your COVID-19 vaccination status. Your NHS appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.
These rules apply to all travellers arriving in Spain by sea or air
1. On arrival you will undergo a health check that may include a temperature check, check of relevant documents and a visual check
2. Before travelling to Spain all travellers must complete a health control form. On completion of the form the traveller will be issued a QR code that should be presented at time of boarding and on arrival in Spain
3. If you are in international transit you must still obtain your QR code.
4. Anybody arriving in Spain from a country or zone at risk by air or sea must have a valid health certificate to enter Spain.
This may be:
- A Covid 19 certificate
- A certificate of SARSCoV2 diagnostic test with negative result, carried out within 48 hours before arrival in Spain
- A Covid 19 recovery certificate
These certificates can be declared when you apply for your health control form.
5. Passengers who have been vaccinated with any vaccine authorized by the European Union or World Health Organisation at least 14 days before arrival in Spain need not provide any further diagnostic test results. However, they may be required to undertake a test on arrival.
6. Unvaccinated travellers must undergo a diagnostic test no more than 48 hours before their arrival in Spain. Authorised tests are:
- Nucleic acid amplification tests (NAAT)
- Rapid antigen detection tests
7. If you have recovered from Covid you may present a Certificate of Recovery if more than 11 days have passed since the first positive NAAT test was performed. The certificate is valid for 180 days.
8. If you have a valid EU Digital COVID Certificate and declare it when making the application for the health control form, you will enjoy faster processing when you enter Spain.
9. Passengers under the age of 12 years are exempt from obtaining the certificates described in 4, 5, 6 and 7. However they must still have the QR code obtained from the health control form application.
Each passenger (including children of any age) travelling to Spain must fill in a form associated with each trip that is personal and non-transferable. Make sure you fill out this form and sign it before flying to Spain. Remember that, after signing the FCS form, you will receive a QR Code associated with your trip, which you must carry with you on your mobile phone or printed on paper to pass the airport sanitary control.
The document will contain, at least, the following information: name of the traveler, passport or ID number, date of the test, identification and contact information of the center that performs the analysis, technique used and negative test result. The personal identification number (passport / DNI) that you use to carry out the QR must be the same that appears on the negative PCR / TMA certificate.
After completing the form you will receive an email in your email account, with a security code and a link to create the form associated with your trip and obtain your QR code.
Remember that it is compulsory to fill in this form for all passengers entering Spain, including those arriving in transit, from any country and that each form is associated with a single journey, is personal and non-transferable.
IN THE CASE OF TRAVEL BY SEA , this form will be delivered, on paper, by the shipping company during the trip or upon arrival at the port of destination in Spain. At the moment there is no obligation to present this form when traveling to Spain by land.
YOU MUST NOT TRAVEL if you have recent-onset COVID-19 compatible symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath), have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 14 days, or have had close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the last two weeks.
If your country of origin of travel to Spain is the Republic of India, then you must remain in quarantine for 10 days after your arrival in Spain, or for the duration of your stay if it is shorter than that. This period may end earlier, if on the seventh day you are tested for acute infection with negative results.
To find out whether you are a member of a 'risk country', a no risk country and the rules that apply:
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Submitted by Bill Ferwood on 9 Aug 2021
Does a UK national on an internal flight from Valencia to Malaga need any documentation other than a passport. We were advised by SpTH that no QR code is needed but there may be additional regional requirements.
Submitted by Tracy Cuthbertson on 9 Jul 2021
I will be travelling to the costa del sol in August. Do I need a PCR test if I have been double vaccinated
Submitted by Karen Kopczynska on 5 Jul 2021
England, Scotland and Wales are mentioned but not Northern Ireland?
Submitted by Yvonne Conlon on 4 Jul 2021
I’m flying from Dublin -malaga 13th July what tests is excepted pcr or antigen . I’m not vaccinated thanks
Submitted by Lewis Finnie on 7 Jun 2021
A little confusing between the 5th and the 7th dates. To clarify can travellers from the U.K. enter Spain without proof of vaccinations and no test ?
Submitted by Mr Ferris on 7 Jun 2021
Thank you, this is a lot clearer than many articles that I have read.