Requirements for entering Spain if you are travelling from an EU/EEA country
1. Whichever country you are arriving from, all passengers arriving in Spain by air or sea (ferry), including passengers making flight transfers and children under 12, must fill in a health control form before they start their journey. If you are arriving by plane, you can do this through the website https://www.spth.gob.es/ or on the Spain Travel Health app for Android or iOs devices. If arriving by ferry, you must fill it in at the following link https://spthm.puertos.es/ .
When you have filled it in, you will get a QR code which you must present both when boarding and when arriving in Spain.
2. Please check the LIST OF EUROPEAN UNION/EUROPEAN ECONOMIC AREA COUNTRIES and LIST OF THIRD COUNTRIES published and updated by the Ministry of Health to check:
2.1 If you are arriving from EU/EEA areas not included on the above list of high-risk countries/areas you will not be asked to provide any diagnostic test, vaccination certificate or immunity test.
2.2. If you are an EU citizen and you are arriving from an EU risk country/area you must have the EU COVID Digital Certificate, which should be uploaded to the SpTH application when you fill in the form. This certificate serves as accreditation for one of these three statements:
a) You have been vaccinated against COVID-19. The vaccination certificate must have been issued by the competent authorities of the country of origin at least 14 days after the date of administration of the final dose of the complete (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 the (first) vaccine is defined according to the Covid-19 Vaccination Strategy in Spain.
b) You have had a negative test result. The diagnostic certificate must be a negative PCR or similar test (NAAT-type test) issued less than 72 hours prior to arrival in Spain, or a negative antigen test included on the European Commission list of accepted tests, issued less than 48 hours before arriving in Spain.
c) You have recovered from COVID-19. The recovery certificate must be issued by the competent authority or by a medical service at least 11 days after the first positive NAAT-type diagnostic test (PCR, TMA, LAMP, or similar) with a positive result. The certificate will no longer be valid 180 days after the date the test sample was taken.
With the EU COVID Digital Certificate you will obtain a FAST CONTROL QR that will speed up the procedures upon your arrival in Spain, avoiding waiting and additional control checks.
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.
Find out more about the EU COVID Digital Certificate.
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.
3. If you are arriving by air or sea, there will be a health 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.
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.
If you are in transit and will not be leaving the international zone, you will not pass through a health control checkpoint, therefore, even if you are travelling from a country of risk, you will not be required to present an EU Digital COVID Certificate, although you must obtain a TRANSIT QR code by completing the FCS through the Spain Health Control Form (SpTH). If the transfer involves passing through border control posts and, therefore, entry into Spanish territory, you must present the boarding pass or purchase receipt for your next or subsequent connecting flights at the health control checkpoint, to show that you have an international final destination, and you can consequently continue your trip as long as the layover period is less than 24 hours and you do not leave the airport grounds.
You can check the most important aspects of the rules for each country and their exceptions using the map on the home page.