Types of control on arrival according to means of travel

If you travel by air:
1. All passengers arriving in Spain by air (except for those under 12 years of age and those in international transit) regardless of the country of origin of Passengers (including Spaniards returning home) must have one of these documents:

a) A EU Digital COVID Certificate or equivalent for EU vaccination against COVID-19 or a negative certificate of a COVID test or a certificate of recovery after having passed this illness. Check here if your certificate is considered equivalent by the issuing country.

Upon your arrival at the airport, you will have to follow indications for the Orange Way.


b) If you do not have an EU Digital COVID Certificate or equivalent, you must complete a health control form before your departure. You can do it through the https://www.spth.gob.es/ website or the Spain Travel Health app for Android devices or iOS.

Once completed, you will obtain a QR code that you will have to present both at the time of boarding and upon arrival in Spain.

Upon your arrival at the airport, you will have to follow indications for the Blue Way.


2. If you are an EU citizen and you have a EU Digital COVID Certificate or equivalent, keep in mind that this certificate is proof of one of these three variants:
-You have been vaccinated against COVID 19. See more information here.
– You have had a test with a negative result.
– You have recovered from COVID 19.

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.


3. If you come from a country/area outside the EU/EEA, persons travelling for tourism are allowed entry with a Vaccination Certificate or Recovery Certificate recognised for this purpose by the Ministry of Health.

The Vaccination Certificate must be issued by the competent authorities of the country of origin from 14 days after the date of administration of the last dose of the complete vaccination schedule (primary vaccination), provided that no more than 270 days have elapsed since the date of administration of the last dose of the complete vaccination schedule. 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 for vaccines not authorised by these bodies are also accepted, but the last dose administered must be one of the authorised ones. Complete vaccination schedules are defined as those set out in the Vaccination Strategy against COVID-19 in Spain.

Minors between 12 and 17 years of age from countries outside the European Union or the Schengen area who come from a country affected by non-essential temporary travel restrictions may travel to Spain without the need for a Vaccination Certificate. They may present a molecular nucleic acid amplification test-NAAT (RT-PCR or similar) with a negative result carried out within 72 hours before departure. Children under 12 years of age do not have to present any type of certificate.

If what you are going to present when travelling to Spain is 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.


In this section you will find information on the exceptional situations and on the map on the home page you will find information on the specific requirements applicable to citizens of each country.


4. All passengers may 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 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 COVID test to check for an active infection (a PCR/TMA/RT-LAMP test). Additionally, the staff of the Foreign Health services may carry out a COVID test if you arrive from a high-risk country or those established within the framework of active surveillance linked to risk assessment processes.

If you are a passenger in international transit, the presentation of a Health Control Form or a certificate of vaccination, recovery or diagnosis of COVID-19 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.


If you travel by sea:

You must also be in possession of one of the required health certificates (vaccination, recovery or Covid test), whether it is an equivalent EU Digital COVID Certificate or another type, without the need to complete a health control form.

Passenger cruise ships that make international trips and navigate through territorial sea waters in order to enter Spanish ports open to international navigation, must comply with the conditions set forth in the «Health measures for the re-establishment of international cruise ships» document set up by the Ministry of Health, and available on its website (https:// www.mscbs.gob.es/).


If you travel by land:
1. There is no requirement to submit a health control form.
2. Travellers over 12 years old coming from risk countries or areas arriving in Spain by land from France must have a vaccination/diagnostic test/recovery certificate.