What are the Covid-19 travel rules for entering Spain from abroad?


All passengers arriving by air to Spain or by sea have to fill out a health control form before their departure. 

As of February 1, 2022, all travelers required to show a vaccination certificate will need to prove that they have received their last dose for at least 14 days and no more than 270 days since the date of administration of the last dose. From that moment on, the vaccination certificate must show the administration of a booster dose.

EU/EEA countries 

Passengers coming from ‘risk’ areas within the European Union or European Economic Area need to show an EU Covid certificate upon arrival proving that a person has either been vaccinated against Covid-19, received a negative test result, or recovered from the virus. 

‘Risk’ countries and regions are determined according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control’s weekly traffic-light map. The latest map, published on December 23, shows only one area in green, meaning that the vast majority of the EU/EEA is included in the Spanish health ministry’s list of ‘risk’ countries from Thursday, December 30 until Wednesday, January 5

Non-EU/EEA countries 

Most countries outside the EU/EEA are deemed to be ‘risk’ areas. Passengers arriving from those countries have to show proof of vaccination.  

An exception had previously been made for the United Kingdom, with negative PCR tests also being accepted alongside vaccination certificates, but from December 1, individuals flying to Spain from the UK will only be allowed to enter the country if they are vaccinated against Covid-19

Countries and territories that are not considered at risk and are therefore exempt from the health-related entry requirements are Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Indonesia, Kuwait, New Zealand, Peru, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan. 

  • Individuals flying from those countries to Spain do have to fill out a health control form but do not have to show proof of vaccination, recovery or a negative test. 

High-risk countries 

The strictest requirements are in place for arrivals from those countries deemed to be high risk. The inclusion criteria for the high-risk list are based on their epidemiological situation or the emergence of new variants of special concern, which represent a high risk to public health, such as the Omicron variant. 

  • Passengers coming from high-risk countries – Botswana, Eswatini (formerly Swaziland), Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, or Zimbabwe – will have to have proof of a negative Covid-19 test upon arrival in Spain, as well as proof of vaccination. Zambia was added from December 30. Malawi has also been added to the list as of 30 December.
  • The tests must be carried out within 72 hours prior to arrival for NAAT (nucleic acid amplification tests, e.g. RT-PCR, RT-LAMP, TMA), or 48 hours for RAT (rapid antigen tests). 

On December 28, Spain’s Embassy in South Africa confirmed that the country was lifting quarantines requirements and the suspension of flights, and sources from Spain’s health ministry confirmed that since December 27, there was no more quarantine requirement for those traveling from a high-risk country.

SPAIN EXTENDS RESTRICTIONS ON NON-ESSENTIAL TRAVEL FROM MOST NON-EU COUNTRIES UNTIL END OF JANUARY. The Spanish government has again extended temporary restrictions for non-essential travel from most third countries for another month, until January 31th 2022. More information here

  • The measure affects unvaccinated people from most non-EU countries who want to travel to Spain, as those who can prove vaccination with one of the inoculations Spain accepts can visit the country for tourism or other non-essential reasons.

It’s also important to check whether you need a visa or any other documents to enter Spain first and, if so, contact your nearest Spanish embassy to find out if they’re currently issuing these documents.