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Traveling to Spain during Covid-19: What you need to know before you go

CNN StaffUpdated 27th June 2022
Barcelona's unfinished architectural symphony -- the Sagrada Familia cathedral.
Editor's Note — Coronavirus cases are in flux across the globe. Health officials caution that staying home is the best way to stem transmission until you're fully vaccinated. Below is information on what to know if you still plan to travel, last updated on June 27.
(CNN) — If you're planning to travel to Spain, here's what you'll need to know and expect if you want to visit during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The basics

Spain has suffered greatly from Covid-19, with a high number of cases and deaths. The Omicron coronavirus variant caused a peak in Spain earlier in 2022, but cases have since dropped.
Spain is open for travel with some restrictions in place, see below.

What's on offer

One of Europe's biggest hitters for good reason, Spain pulls tourists in by the millions thanks to its warm weather, laidback vibe and excellent food and wine.
Plus, of course, there are some of Europe's best beach resorts, mountains, and cultural cities such as Madrid, Seville and Barcelona.

Who can go

Travelers arriving in Spain by air or sea from EU or Schengen countries are no longer subject to any Covid-19 entry restrictions.
Travelers arriving from elsewhere in the world may also visit Spain for a vacation, but must provide either a certificate proving full vaccination, a negative test (PCR or rapid antigen) or a certificate of recovery. Travelers can enter using the EU Digital Covid Certificate or its equivalents -- this link provides a list of equivalent Covid certificates.
If travelers do not have an EU Digital Covid Certificate or equivalent, they should manually enter relevant entry details through the SPTH Health Control Form on this website, which will generate a QR code that can be used to enter Spain.
The above rules apply to anyone over 12.
If you're traveling with a QR code, you must follow a certain pathway through the airport -- see this link for more details.

What are the restrictions?

Spain does not accept traveler proof of vaccination if the traveler's final dose of vaccination was over 270 days ago, unless the traveler is under 18.

What's the Covid situation?

Spain has seen more than 12.6 million Covid infections and over 107,700 deaths as of June 27, 2022.
As of June 27 over 86.7% of the population has been fully vaccinated.

What can visitors expect?

Face masks are no longer mandatory in some indoor or outdoors public spaces, but remain compulsory on all public transport.
People in Spain who test positive for Covid-19 are no longer required to self-isolate for seven days, as long as they're either asymptomatic or have mild symptoms. See more detail here.
Different regions of Spain may have slightly different Covid measures. It's best to check in advance what individual restrictions are in each region before planning a visit. Spain's official tourism website is a helpful resource for this.

Useful links

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