Spain is the latest European country to remove all Covid-19 travel restrictions for EU/Schengen travelers since June 2.
This means that visitors no longer need to show proof of vaccination or recovery from the virus or a negative Covid-19 test.
The decision was made on the basis of a report by the Commission, which was endorsed by the Parliament, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Region, named “COVID-19: Supporting the EU’s preparedness and response with a view to the future.”
The document encourages countries to remove travel restrictions across the EU.
According to the ministry, most member states have already lifted entry restrictions for travelers from EU and Schengen countries, such as the requirement to present proof of vaccination, recovery or test results.
“In Spain, due to the high rates of vaccination coverage, above the European Union average, and the favorable situation of the health system, it is considered appropriate to also eliminate travel restrictions for people from countries belonging to the European Union or with the consideration of associated Schengen countries,” explains the decision published in the State Gazette.
Other EU countries have even removed restrictions for nations outside the European bloc.
According to the Ministry of Health, the Spanish government will keep those for third-party countries.
“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,” the decision reads regarding travel from third countries.
Other Restrictions Lifted
Spain has also lifted its ban on unvaccinated travelers from third countries. These visitors can finally enter the country, provided they can produce a negative Covid-19 test as of May 21.
Spain also abolished health checks at its land borders with France on May 19 and began gradually reopening borders between its African cities of Ceuta and Melilla and Morocco on May 17.