The rules to enter Spain from an EU Member State or Schengen Associated country
Update. Is a coronavirus test required?
All travellers arriving from high-risk areas** by air or sea transport are subject to the requirement for a pre-departure negative COVID-19 test.
As of 30 March, the same requirement is imposed on travellers crossing the land border between France and Spain. Only those working in transportation and cross-border workers will be exempt, along with those who live in the border zone (as long as they remain within a 30-kilometre radius of their home). The test must be taken within 72 hours prior to arrival. Accepted test: PCR, TMA or other molecular techniques. Children under 6 years old are exempted.
This certificate or supporting documentation must be the original, and it must be written in Spanish, English, German or French.
If it is not possible to obtain it in these languages, the certificate or supporting documentation must be accompanied by a translation into Spanish, carried out by an official body.
It can be presented in paper or electronic format.
The document must contain, at least, the following information:
- traveller’s name, passport or ID number
- test date
- identification and contact details of the centre that performs the analysis
- the used technique
- a negative result
The personal identification number (passport/ID number) used to get the QR code must be the same as the identification number that appears on the negative COVID-19 certificate.
Is a quarantine required?
A quarantine is not required.
Specific Rules for Canary Islands
All travellers to the Canary Islands are subject to the requirement for a pre-departure negative COVID-19 test.
The test must be taken within 72 hours prior to arrival. Accepted tests are PCR and rapid antigen. If you are travelling from a high-risk country or area, a negative PCR test presented upon arrival in Spain will be valid.
Also, passengers arriving by air or sea transport may undergo a temperature check, which must be below 37.5 degrees Celsius. Cruising companies can take passengers’ temperature before arriving at a Spanish port.
Mandatory Travel Documentation
Travel by Air: A form must be completed and signed electronically before your arrival in Spain. You can access the form and sign it via the Spain Travel Health website or apps for Android or iOs devices. After you sign it, you will receive a QR code which must be presented upon arrival in Spain (it is only valid in digital formats. However, for justifiable reasons it may be presented in the paper format before embarking). Remember that you must fill in a separate form for each trip and each person. All travellers should complete the form, including children of any age.
Travel by Sea: the form will be provided during the trip or upon arrival at the port of destination in Spain.
Travel by Land: At the moment there is no obligation to present this form when travelling to Spain by land (car or train).
**List of countries and areas that require an Active Infection Diagnostic Test for SARS-CoV-2 with a negative result for passengers travelling from them as a requirement to enter Spain, valid from 12:00 am on May 24th 2021 and will be valid until 12:00 am on June 6th, 2021.