FAQs

HEALTH CONTROL FORM

 

Who is required to complete the Health Control Form?

All travellers without exception who travel to Spain by air or sea. This is a formality that has to be completed before you travel.

Where can I fill in the form?
If you are travelling by plane, on the Spain Travel Health website or on the apps for Android or iOs devices. If you are travelling by ferry, on this link: https://spthm.puertos.es/

Where should I show the form?
You will get a QR code (in paper or digital format) which you will have to show both when boarding and when arriving in Spain.

What happens if you travel by land?
For the moment, you are not required to present a form of any kind. Travellers from risk countries or areas arriving in Spain by land from France must have a vaccination/diagnostic test/recovery certificate. Children under 12 years of age are exempt.

 

 

HEALTH CERTIFICATE

 

Which are the high-risk countries/areas?

The list of high-risk countries/areas is constantly being updated, so we recommend that you keep checking it here.

If you are arriving from a country/area that is not considered a risk, which certificate or test document will you be required to show on arrival in Spain?

You will not be asked for any diagnostic test nor any vaccination or recovery certificate. You will have to fill in the Health Control Form and obtain the QR (FAST CONTROL) code if you are travelling by air or sea.

If you are an EU citizen and you arrive from an EU risk country / area, what documents do you need?

An EU COVID Digital Certificate that serves as accreditation for one of these three variants:

-You have been vaccinated against COVID 19.

-You have had a negative test result.

– You have recovered from COVID 19.

If you do not have an EU COVID Digital Certificate or you cannot upload it to SpTH, you will have to manually enter the data of your certificate. If this is the case, waiting times at the health control point will be longer, since the health control staff may have to review your certificate.

Young people between 12 and 18 years of age who have received a single dose of the vaccine may travel to Spain with a PCR/antigen test certificate. Children under 12 years of age are not required to present these certificates.

If you are coming from a third country/area that is considered a risk, which certificate or test document will you be required to show on arrival in Spain?

The entry of people travelling for tourism will be permitted with a vaccination certificate issued by the competent authorities of the country of origin at least 14 days after the date of administration of the last dose of the full (first) course of vaccination, as long as the final dose of that course of vaccination was no more than 270 days ago. From that time, the certificate must show the administration of a booster vaccination (from 1 February 2022).

A full course of a vaccine is defined according to the COVID-19 Vaccination Strategy in Spain. Find out which vaccines are accepted by using the map on our home page, and checking the country you’re travelling from.

Children and young people between 12 and 18 years old must also present this vaccination certificate (they cannot enter with a diagnostic test or a recovery certificate) except in exceptional situations which you will find on the map of each country on the home page. Only children under 12 years of age are not required to present a health certificate of any kind.

In this section you will find the various exceptions in effect and on the map on the home page you will find information on the specific requirements for each country.

Young people between 12 and 18 years of age who are third country nationals and who are travelling from a third country affected by the temporary restriction on non-essential travel may only travel to Spain for tourism purposes if they are fully vaccinated. Only children under 12 years of age are not required to present a health certificate of any kind.

How are these certificates accredited?

They can be entered on the SpTH application during the process of obtaining the QR code.

What languages must the certificates be written in?

In Spanish, English, French or German. If not, they must be accompanied by a Spanish translation from an official body.

Might there be exceptions for each country?

Yes, there might be some territories that are exempt within a high-risk country or regulations or restrictions that apply to just one country based on the health situation there. For this reason, we recommend that you check the specific information for the country you are interested in on the map on the homepage.

 

 

EU DIGITAL COVID CERTIFICATE

 

What is it?

This is a digital accreditation certifying that a person: has been vaccinated against Covid-19 or has taken a diagnostic test and has tested negative for SARSCoV2, or has recovered from Covid-19. The aim is to facilitate free movement within the European Union, as a FAST CONTROL QR code is generated when the health certificate is completed which speeds up any formalities on your arrival in Spain.

What format is it in?

Either digital or paper format, both with the QR code, in the national language of the State in which it is issued and in English.

For which countries is it valid and from what date are they issued?
For all countries of the European Union. It may be issued, for example, by hospitals, test centres or health authorities.

Does it cost anything?
It is free of charge.
You will find more information in our section “EU Digital Covid Certificate”

 

 

HEALTH CONTROL

 

Do you need to pass the health check to enter Spain?

All passengers arriving in Spain by air or sea will be subject to a health security check at the first point of entry, including at least taking your temperature, checking your documents, and a visual assessment of your state of health. For international transfers, check the applicable regulations here.

Can I be asked to take a diagnostic test?

If you are suspected of having Covid-19, or any other disease that represents a public health risk, you will undergo a medical evaluation, and may be required to take a diagnostic test to check for an active infection (a PCR/TMA/RT-LAMP test).

Furthermore, healthcare staff at border controls may perform a diagnostic test if you are travelling from a high risk country. In exceptional circumstances, certain passengers may be required to undergo a test within 48 hours of arrival in Spain.

If you are coming from a high-risk country or area (see the current list here), understanding this to mean the countries where the epidemiological situation is becoming much worse or where variants of special concern have been detected, you will have to present both a vaccination or recovery certificate and a certificate of a diagnostic test for active COVID-19 infection with a negative result.

 

DURING YOUR STAY IN SPAIN

 

What should you bear in mind?

At all times follow the recommendations for Covid-19 issued by the health authorities.

Are there areas in Spain that offer insurance coverage for Covid-19?

Yes, some regions, which in Spain are known as autonomous communities, offer this coverage. Check which ones in this section.