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Spain Is Open For Tourism But Tightened Entry Restrictions Over Omicron

Spain has reopened for EU and overseas tourists (including vaccinated Americans).

Read on to learn about the restrictions for high-risk countries. 

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Greece to start opening for tourism in May 2021

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December 8 – Spain has strengthened restrictions for Southern African Countries

Starting December 6, all visitors arriving from Botswana Eswatini, Swaziland, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe must present a negative COVID-19 test taken 72 hours prior to departure, regardless of travelers’ vaccination status or citizenship. 

“If you come from a high-risk country, to pass the health controls upon arrival in Spain you will have to present, regardless of whether you have a vaccination or recovery certificate, your SpTH QR code along with a SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test certificate, with a negative result,” announced the Spanish authorities.

Quarantine is still not required. 

Read our full post: Spain Announces Additional Entry Restrictions Over Omicron Variant

Is Spain open to Americans?

Vaccinated Americans are allowed to visit Spain for tourism from June 8. Unvaccinated ones have been barred from entering.

Is it safe to travel to Spain right now?

Spain is experiencing another Covid-19 wave due to a spread of the Delta variant and therefore is a “red zone” for many countries.

Third-party “safe” countries (Current from Dec. 6 to Dec. 12)

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  1. Argentina
  2. Australia
  3. Bahrain
  4. Canada
  5. Chile
  6. China
  7. Colombia
  8. Hong Kong
  9. Indonesia
  10. Kuwait
  11. Macao
  12. New Zealand
  13. Peru
  14. Qatar
  15. Rwanda
  16. Saudi Arabia
  17. South Korea
  18. Taiwan
  19. United Arab Emirates
  20. Uruguay



What are the entry restrictions to enter Spain?

  • Fill out the travel form named Spain Travel Health (SpTH) and, 
  • Submit a COVID-19 test if the traveler is not on the low-risk list
  • Proof of vaccination (mandatory in most cases)
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What is the current COVID-19 situation in Spain?

As of December 8, Spain has reported 5,246,766 positive COVID cases and 88,237 people have lost their lives to the virus.

COVID-19 cases in Spain

Spain reopening tourism: Update archives

November 7 – Spain ranks as the safest destination in Europe, says ECDC

Spain has been ranked as the safest destination to visit in Europe, as per the latest ECDC’s report. 

According to the health agency, Galicia, Asturias, Cantabria, Basque Country, La Rioja, Castile and Leon, Extremadura and Andalusia are now considered “green”. 

The categorization means that these seven regions have identified less than 50 coronavirus infections per 100,000 inhabitants in the last two weeks.

Starting Nov. 30, Spain will bar unvaccinated visitors from 23 non-EU countries.

October 15 – Nightlife returns to Spain as transmission rates fall to ‘low risk’

Tourists and locals in Catalonia, Madrid, the Valencia area, Asturias, and the Balearic Islands will be able to return to nightclubs starting Friday, Oct. 15.

Under the new regulations, there will be no capacity restrictions in Catalonia’s restaurants, cultural venues, outdoor sports facilities, universities, and fairs.

Restaurants will also be allowed to resume their pre-pandemic operating hours, and table spacing will no longer be necessary.

With less than 50 cases per 100,000 people over a 14-day period, the country was downgraded to low-risk.

September 30 – Spain to lift capacity restrictions for sports events, nightclubs remain closed

The Inter-Territorial Council of the National Health System (CISNS) agreed to lift capacity restrictions for outdoor sporting events starting Friday. Additionally, indoor venues will be able to operate at 80% capacity.

The one topic Spain is still not open to discussing just yet is the full reopening of nightlife. As of today, only Madrid, Castilla-La Mancha, Andalusia, and the Canary Islands have reopened nightclubs but with multiple restrictions.

Experts say that the often poorly-ventilated enclosed spaces are the perfect breeding ground for the virus. 

These rules will remain in force at least until Oct. 31.