If you are an international traveler wanting to know Spain's Covid travel restrictions, we possibly have some bad news for you (depending on your position on the pandemic)...
Spain has announced that it will be extending its existing COVID-19 entry restrictions for another month, until June 15.
“The border order to be issued by the Minister for Home Affairs extends all current restrictions on Spain’s external land, sea, and air borders under the recommendations of the Council of the European Union due to the health crisis caused by COVID-19 until 24:00 hours on 15 June 2022, and replaces the current one, which expired on Sunday 15 May,” the statement of the Ministry reads.
If you're an international traveler wanting to know Spain's COVID-19 travel restrictions, here is a summary of what you need to know:
- Spain has announced that it will be extending its existing COVID-19 entry restrictions for another month, until June 15.
- Those visiting from outside the EU must be vaccinated and be able to show proof.
- This means that the current rules, which include travelers getting their second jab at least 14 days before their trip, will continue to apply to Spain's external land, sea, and air borders.
- Children under 12 years of age do not have to take a test or show any proof of vaccination.
- The news of the extension of the current entry rules was announced by the Ministry of Interior of Spain in a press release on Thursday, May 12.
If you're planning to travel to Spain in the near future, be aware that these restrictions may still be in place and plan accordingly. We advise you to check with the Spanish authorities closer to your travel date to see if there have been any changes.
The Number of New Covid Cases in Spain is Low and They HAVE Dropped the Mask Requirement
Like many other European countries, Spain saw a surge in Covid cases at the very beginning of the calendar year (2021). Their 7-day average is around 15K which is considered fairly low.
Spain dropped their mask requirement on April 20th for travelers in public places and events obviously indicating their more relaxed posture towards transmission.
What it Means If You Travel to Spain
For most, I know that this is not the news that you wanted to hear. But as in the case with Spain, there are European countries that are still not ready to open fully yet.
Has Spain Become an Outlier with Pandemic Restrictions?...and Who is Still Enforcing These Policies?
In a word, no. France, for example, has stringent restrictions in place...with no real timetable on when they might open up. Things change almost daily (depending on the country) so you need to check each country's health website to get the latest info.
Here is a list (as of publish date) of countries that are open:
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