EU Digital COVID Certificate
The EU Digital COVID Certificate is digital proof that a person has either been vaccinated against COVID-19, received a negative test result, or recovered from COVID-19.
You can obtain the certificate if you are an EU citizen and you travel to Spain from an EU country or area that is considered a COVID-19 risk. This Certificate will facilitate safe free movement of citizens in the European Union during the COVID-19 pandemic.
To be able to travel to Spain with the EU COVID Digital Certificate, you must meet the following requirements:
-Vaccination certificate: it has to be a complete course of a vaccine authorised by the EMA / WHO, and is valid starting 14 days after the last dose.
-Certificate of diagnostic test: a NAAT test (PCR/TMA/LAMP) with a negative result obtained in the 72 hours prior to arrival in Spain, or an antigen test carried out in the previous 48 hours.
-Certificate of Recovery: This certificate is valid from a minimum of 11 days after taking the first positive NAAT test until a maximum of 6 months after that date.
Children under 12 years of age are not required to present these certificates.
The EU digital COVID Certificate is free of charge, and it is issued in digital or paper format in the country’s national language and English. It is valid throughout the EU and includes a QR code for verifying the information at the destination and guaranteeing its authenticity. The certificate contains the essential minimum data, such as name, date of birth, a unique identifier as well as information on the vaccine, diagnostic tests or recovery from the disease. This information remains on the certificate and is not stored or retained when a certificate is verified in another EU Member State. During the verification process, the validity and authenticity of the certificate are checked by verifying who issued and signed it.
Passengers in possession of the EU digital COVID certificate and who incorporate it into the SpTH form while obtaining the QR code will receive a QR FAST CONTROL code to speed up the procedure upon arrival at their destinations. For more information, check the EU website.
In Spain the certificate can be applied for through the Ministry of Health website. They are also issued by the autonomous regions, normally in digital format, via mobile apps or specific healthcare web portals for each region. On this Ministry of Health web page you can find the relevant links for requesting the EU Digital COVID Certificate from the autonomous regions.