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Spain: Current COVID-19 Entry Protocols Extended Till May 15

The Spanish government has extended the current travel requirements for citizens of the European Union and the Schengen Area, as well as travel restrictions for visitors from third countries, until May 15.

The decision was announced by the Ministry of the Interior in an order published in the official Spanish Gazette BOE, extending the restrictions that were first imposed in July 2020, during the first months of the Coronavirus pandemic, and have since been amended several times.

“This order will take effect from 12:00 pm on July 22, 2020, until 12:00 pm on May 15, 2022, without prejudice to its eventual modification to respond to a change in circumstances or new recommendations in the field of the European Union,” the order reads.

As a result of the change, visitors from the EU/EEA countries can continue to enter Spanish territory, including its islands, without restriction as long as they have one of the following documents:

  • Proof of vaccination with one of the vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) or the World Health Organization (WHO), with the last vaccine having been administered in the last nine months
  • Proof of a previous infection with COVID-19 (PCR or rapid antigen test performed by professionals), issued in the last six months
  • Negative Coronavirus test results (PCR or rapid antigen test performed within the 72 hours of 48 hours before travel to Spain, respectively)

Only those holding a certificate proving they have been vaccinated against COVID-19 in the last 270 days with a vaccine approved by EMA or WHO, as well as those holding a certificate proving they have recovered from the virus, are eligible to enter the country. The validity of such certificates is the same as that of EU travellers.

Travellers under the age of 12 can enter even if they have not been vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 if they present negative test results, RT-PCR or similar, performed 72 hours before departure. Though COVID-19 restrictions for travel to Spain will remain unchanged, the country has recently eased some domestic measures, including the requirement to wear a mask. The requirement to wear a mask in both indoor and outdoor public spaces in Spain has been lifted as of April 20. The requirement to wear a mask remains in effect for some specific locations, such as healthcare facilities, pharmacies, public transportation, and places, among others.

Spain is one of the few European countries that still have entry restrictions in place. Bulgaria, Greece, Lithuania, Malta, and Switzerland were the five European countries that removed entry restrictions this week.

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