Requirements for entering Spain if you are travelling from outside the EU/ a Schengen Area country

1. If you travel to Spain by air (except children under 12 years of age and travellers in international transit), you must present one of the following certificates:


a) Vaccination certificate: confirming that you have received a valid vaccination course against COVID-19.


b) Diagnostic test certificate: to confirm that you have had a negative diagnostic test.


c) Recovery certificate: confirming that, after a positive diagnostic test result, you have recovered from a SARS-CoV-2 infection.


If you have an EU Digital COVID Certificate, or equivalent, no additional documents will be requested.


If you are travelling to Spain by sea you must also (from 12 years of age) be in possession of one of the health certificates required (vaccinations, diagnostic test or recovery), either an EU Digital COVID Certificate equivalent, or another type, without the need to fill in a health control form.


2. Requirements for the certificates:


If you have a vaccination certificate, this 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. Please note that the booster dose requirement and the 270-day expiry date do not apply to children over 12 and under 18 years of age. Therefore, if you are over 12 years old and under 18 years old, you will be considered as vaccinated even if 270 days have passed since the last dose without having received the booster dose.

You can check the vaccines currently authorised by the European Medicines Agency or the World Health Organisation. Certificates with vaccines not authorised by these agencies are also allowed, but the last dose administered must be one of the approved vaccines. Complete vaccination schedules are defined as those set out in the Vaccination Strategy against COVID-19 in Spain.


If you have a recovery certificate, this must have been issued by the competent authority or by a medical service at least 11 days after carrying out the first NAAT-type COVID test (PCR, TMA, LAMP and similar) or rapid antigen test with positive result. The certificate will be valid for 180 days from the date of the first positive COVID test result. The quick tests must be those included in the list agreed by the EU Health Security Committee and must have been carried out by qualified personnel.

If you have a recovery certificate other than an EU digital COVID certificate or equivalent, you must provide documentary proof of the COVID test from which the recovery certificate is derived.


If what you are going to present is a diagnostic test, bear in mind that the tests accepted in Spain are NAAT (PCR, LAMP, TMA or similar) or rapid antigen tests. You will have to present either a negative NAAT test carried out within 72 hours prior to departure or an antigen test carried out within 24 hours prior to departure to Spain.


Remember that COVID-19 vaccination, COVID test or recovery certificates issued by countries with which the EU has established equivalence have the same consideration as an EU Digital Covid Certificate. For more information visit the European Union (EU) website.

Children under 12 years of age do not have to present any of these certificates.



3. If you are arriving by air or sea from a non-EU or Schengen Area country, you may have to undergo a health check at the first point of entry, which will include at least taking your temperature, checking your documents, and a visual assessment of your physical state of health.

If it is suspected that you may be suffering from COVID-19, a more exhaustive assessment will be carried out. Both in the medical evaluation process and if the health authority considers it appropriate based on the active surveillance framework linked to risk assessment processes, you may be required to undergo an active infection test (AIDT).

If you are in international transit, the presentation of a vaccination, recovery or COVID-19 diagnosis certificate will not be required as long as you do not leave the airport environment and that your stay in Spain does not exceed 24 hours.

More information on health and hygiene controls and cases where it is necessary to quarantine.


4. The residents of certain countries are not affected by the temporary restriction on non-essential travel from third countries to the European Union and associated Schengen countries. You can find the list of these countries in the annex to this Order.


You can see the specific aspects of the regulations of each country and any possible exceptions on the map on the home page.