Spain has been one of the countries hit most hard by the virus in the E.U. However, infection rates in Spain are dropping down, and traveling there could be safe now if the necessary precautions are taken.
On June 26, the national government lifted the mask mandate for enclosed settings but at least half of the people in the streets still wear it, which makes the country pretty secure.
September 3 – Incidence rate of COVID-19 drops down in Spain
Spain has been going through the fifth wave of the pandemic. Even though the death toll is still on the rise, the number of the 14-day cumulative cases has been dropping.
According to Spain’s Ministry of Health, the rate has fallen by 11 points to 210 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. On the other hand, the incidence in the younger population has declined by more than 1,000 points in the past month.
The 20 to 29 age group registered 1,626 infections per 100,000 people on August 2, while yesterday, September 2, it was just 290. Similarly, the incidence at those aged between 12 and 19 has fallen from 1,516 to 398 contaminations per 100,000 inhabitants.
August 20 – Spain praises its vaccination campaign for the results amidst the 5 wave of COVID-19
Despite being in “party mode” since the summer started, the number of deaths due to COVID-19 has been significantly less than expected thanks to one of the fastest vaccination campaigns in Europe, say two of the heads of Spain’s major hospitals.
“Without the vaccines, this would have been a tragedy,” says José Miguel Cisneros, the head of infectious diseases at the Hospital Virgen del Rocío.
“We would have been overwhelmed like we were in March 2020 (…) We would have been living through a massacre without them, a catastrophe,” adds Federico García, head of microbiology at the San Cecilio Hospital in Granada.
The government has mentioned that the strong family ties have rushed Spaniards to get the vaccine to protect their family members.
The fifth wave of COVID-19 infections is being fueled by the virulent Delta variant and unvaccinated young people attending massive events without following the health protocols, health experts say.
There is no reason to believe that travelers who can avoid these kinds of risky situations wouldn’t be safe.
Vaccination progress in Spain
Spain has become a leader in Europe’s vaccination process. As of September 3, 72.74% of the population has been vaccinated.
What is open in Spain right now?
Spain is officially open to most leisure travelers, meaning that most tourist venues are also open. Visitors will get to enjoy bars, restaurants, concerts, theaters, cinemas, museums, and so on.
Unlike other countries such as Italy, Greece or Portugal, Spain does not request visitors to bring proof of vaccination to take part in indoor activities.
Why visit Spain during the pandemic?
The warm weather and laid-back vibe in most of its dream cities. Also, its beach resorts and mountains in Barcelona, Madrid or Sevilla.
With lots of beaches nearby, Barcelona is the right place to be in the summer. Also, travelers will get to visit one of the most famous main streets in Europe, Las Ramblas. A boulevard bordered by shops, bars, restaurants, and trendy coffee shops.
2. Canary Islands
Sunshine Guaranteed. Even if you’re coming in December, January or February you won’t need to wear a coat. The diversity of the Canary Islands includes National Parks with volcanoes, and crystal clear waters perfect for swimming and surfing.
3. Costa Brava
La Costa Brava gathers a collection of small beachfront towns from Catalonia all the way through France. Their not-too-hot temperatures make it a great place to spend a pleasant summer.
What countries can enter Spain?
All EU and Schengen area countries plus most third-party countries with a few exceptions. Visitors must present a QR code generated through the Spain Travel Health portal.
Fully vaccinated travelers will no longer need to bring a negative COVID-19 test even if they are arriving from “risk countries.”
Only arrivals from Brazil, South Africa, Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, and Namibia are exempt from this rule. These travelers are requested to undergo a 10-day mandatory quarantine on arrival in Spain.
August 13 – Hospital admissions drop in Spain as COVID-19 cases are falling
On Monday (August 9), Spain reported that 10,411 people were in the hospital with COVID-19, 167 less than on Monday the week before.
Also, new coronavirus cases are falling. As of August 12, there were 17,410 new infections in Spain. The 7-day average dropped to 15,902.
However, the number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care units continues to rise. On August 9, 2,031 people were in ICU, 175 more than seven days before. That means 20.8% of all ICU beds are occupied with coronavirus patients.