Types of control on arrival according to means of travel
If you travel by air:
1. In all instances, before you begin your journey, you must fill in a health control form on the website Spain Travel Health or the apps for Android or iOS devices. Once completed, you will get a QR code which you will have to present both when boarding and when arriving in Spain.
2. If you are an EU citizen and you are arriving from an EU country / area that is considered to be a COVID-19 risk, you must have the EU COVID Digital Certificate, which is uploaded to the SpTH application itself when filling in the form. This certificate serves as accreditation for one of these three statements:
-You have been vaccinated against COVID 19.
-You have had a negative test result.
– You have recovered from COVID 19.
With it you will obtain a FAST CONTROL QR that will speed up the procedures on your arrival in Spain, by avoiding waiting and additional control checks.
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.
3. If you are arriving from a high-risk country/area outside the EU/EEA, the entry of people travelling for tourism will be permitted with a vaccination certificate issued by the competent authorities of the country of origin from 14 days after the date of administration of the last dose necessary to complete the full course of a vaccine. A ‘full course of a vaccine’ is defined as having received the vaccinations stipulated in 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.
You will obtain a DOCUMENT CONTROL QR code that will lead to the review of your certificate upon arrival (if you are arriving from a non-risk country you will have a FAST CONTROL QR).
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.
4. You will have to undergo a health check at your first point of entry in Spain which will include, at least, taking your temperature using a non-contact thermometer or thermal imaging camera, document checks and a visual assessment of your state of health. If you are an international transit/transfer passenger, you will be exempt from undergoing the health checks, but you are still required to obtain a QR code (TRANSIT QR). 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. Check the applicable regulations here.
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 arriving from a high-risk country, to pass through the health checkpoints on your arrival in Spain you will have to present (regardless of whether you have a vaccination or recovery certificate) your SpTH QR code together with a SARS-CoV-2 test certificate, with a negative result.
If you travel by sea (ferries):
1. The requirements and types of control are the same as those for air travel passengers, with the exception of the health control form, which in this case must be completed via the following link: https://spthm.puertos.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.