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Spain to reopen for all international and overseas tourists in June

Spain plans to reopen for international and overseas tourists (including Americans) in June 2021. Travelers will need to show proof of vaccination, recovery, or a negative COVID test.

As of now, all travelers must submit a negative COVID-19 test result taken 72 hours prior to arrival. 30 countries are subject to a 10-day mandatory quarantine.  

The government suspended entry into Spain of any arrivals coming from the United Kingdom, except for Spanish citizens and residents of Spain until further notice. 

Due to a substantial increase of infections during the third wave of COVID-19, the country has put in place a series of restrictions to certain areas and territories to ensure visitors’ safety.

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Spain Reopening – Latest Updates

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April 29 – Spain to reopen for overseas international travelers in June

Spain plans to reopen for travelers outside of the European Union (including Americans) in June 2021, said Fernando Valdés at the World Travel & Tourism Council summit in Mexico on Tuesday. (Source: theguardian.com)

Travelers will need to submit a vaccination passport, proof that they recovered from Covid, or a negative COVID-test on arrival, depending on if they are coming from a low or high-risk country.

April 12 – Barcelona and Madrid have resumed flights with the U.S.

Barcelona’s El Prat airport and Madrid’s Badajoz and Burgos airports are currently allowing flights coming, initially, from Miami and Dallas Fort Worth. 

This is considered a big step on the Spain-US reopening but it does not mean Spain is already opened for tourism with the U.S. These visitors can travel only under very specific circumstances and must present a negative COVID-19 test result and quarantine upon arrival. The number of the quarantine days depends on the region they are traveling to. 

The reopening date for tourism remains unknown. 

March 21 – Spain enforces quarantine measures on 12 countries

Starting last week, visitors coming from Brazil, South Africa, Botswana, Union of Comoros, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Peru and Colombia will be subject to observe a 10-day mandatory quarantine upon arrival in Spain. 

These travelers will have the option to get retested on the 7th day of the quarantine and if they can produce a negative COVID-19 result they will be free to resume their trip.

February 23 

Spanish authorities are reportedly lobbying to create a Europe-wide vaccination passport that allows them to bring back tourists for the Easter break. 

Along with such a certification, the government also looks to reopen safe travel corridors as a “key recovery factor” to restart the tourism industry. 

Vaccination rollout

So far, 2.4% of Spanish people have received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Is Spain open to Americans?

Americans are not allowed to visit Spain for tourism due to COVID-19 restrictions. Only U.S. citizens traveling for essential reasons who have obtained a special permission from the government would be allowed entry.

When will Spain reopen for tourism?

The Spanish government has stated they will be allowing travelers to visit for tourism when 30-40 percent of its population has been administered a vaccine against COVID-19.


Who can travel to Spain now? – (Updated April 29)

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  • EU residents, citizens from the Schengen Associated States, plus Andorra, Monaco, The Vatican, or San Marino.
  • Health professionals planning to join their workforce.
  • Goods and transport workers.
  • Diplomats, consular or international officials, military personnel, civil protection officials and members of humanitarian organizations.
  • Students of EU/Schengen member states, who have the appropriate visa or equivalent permit.
  • Highly qualified workers including participants in high-level sporting events 
  • People traveling for humanitarian reasons. 

Spain is also open to countries that have a reciprocal agreement with Spain for accepting travelers. (Current at April 29)

  • Australia
  • China
  • New Zealand
  • Rwanda
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Thailand
  • U.S. (under specific circumstances)
  • India

NEW: In compliance with Order SND/413/2021, all visitors from India must undergo a 10-day quarantine upon arrival in the country. This period may end earlier, if they tested negative for COVID-19 on day 7th.

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What are the entry restrictions for traveling to Spain?

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Important! – Only after travelers have submitted the form, they will get a QR code that will allow them access to their airport terminal.

Who needs to present a COVID-19 test to enter Spain?

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All travelers visiting from a high risk country or area must submit proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result carried out within 72 hours prior to their arrival in Spain. (Current at April 29)

UE – High risk countries and territories

  • Austria 
  • Belgium 
  • Bulgaria 
  • Croatia 
  • Cyprus 
  • Czechia 
  • Denmark 
  • Estonia 
  • Finland 
  • France 
  • Germany 
  • Greece 
  • Hungary 
  • Iceland 
  • Ireland 
  • Italy 
  • Latvia 
  • Liechtenstein 
  • Lithuania 
  • Luxembourg 
  • Malta 
  • The Netherlands 
  • Norway (except the Trøndelag region) 
  • Poland 
  • Portugal 
  • Romania 
  • Slovakia 
  • Slovenia 
  • Sweden

Third countries – High risk countries and territories

All third party countries must bring a negative COVID-19 test result,, except,

  • Australia
  • China
  • Hong Kong
  • New Zealand
  • Rwanda
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Thailand

New policies to enter the Canary Islands would allow travelers to avoid quarantine 

The Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Reyes Maroto, is working on implementing PCR tests to enter the Canary Islands in order to create safe health corridors and allow visitors to avoid the quarantine. The aim is to attract travelers from Germany and, if possible, from Nordic countries.

What is the current COVID situation in Spain?

As of April 29, Spain has reported 3,514,942 positive COVID cases and 78,080 have lost their lives to the virus.

Recommendation

Triple-check the Spanish regulations before booking a flight. If for any reason a visitor is not admitted in the country, they could be placed at an immigration detention facility for several days, until a flight on the same airline becomes available to take them back to their point of origin. 

This is not a common situation but authorities have warned travelers about it.