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Entry requirements to Spain for travellers updated: What's new at the border
Monday, June 6, 2022 @ 1:32 PM

TRAVELLERS from European Union member States entering Spain no longer need to show a 'Covid certificate' or complete a passenger locator form, starting today (Thursday, June 1), although some basic requirements remain in place for non-EU nations.

The national government has announced that entering the country will not be subject to a valid vaccine certificate, proof of having had Covid-19 within the past six months, or a negative PCR or antigen test taken not more than 72 and 24 hours before arrival respectively – provided the person arriving has not come from, or crossed through, any territory outside the EEA.

As well as EU member States, the exemption applies to travellers from Norway, Iceland and Switzerland, whether or not the country in question forms part of the passport-free Schengen zone.

Passing through a non-EEA nation via a connecting flight does not count as having been outside the bloc, unless the passenger has left the international 'holding' terminal of the airport.

The European Commission recommended in April that all 27 member States drop the requirement for a 'Covid passport' for travel within the bloc, and has reportedly been in touch with Spain's health minister, Carolina Darías, to find out whether, and when, she planned to do so.

Greece was the first to remove the 'Covid passport' regulation for EU nations and Iceland, Norway and Switzerland, on May 1, and Spain has followed a month later.


Covid-related entry requirements to Spain for travellers from outside the EU (including UK)

For non-EU countries – including the UK – either a valid vaccine certificate, proof of having had Covid within the past six months, through the results of an NAAT-type test such as a PCR, or a negative PCR result less than 72 hours before entry or negative antigen no more than 24 hours before entering Spain must still be shown, but travellers from these countries do not need to complete a passenger locator form.

These forms are, however, necessary for anyone who is not fully vaccinated or not vaccinated at all, or has not had and recovered from Covid within the past six months, when entering Spain from a non-EU nation.

Covid ‘passports’ are valid in mobile phone format (photo: European Commission)

A form is also necessary where a person is vaccinated or has had Covid recently, but is coming from a country without a 'certificate' system or where this document is not recognised by the EU.

Covid certificates must be in either Spanish, English, French or German, meaning a vaccine passport issued by a third country in a different language from any of these would not be accepted without a passenger locator form.

They must be completed no more than 48 hours before arrival.

Forms are found on the Spanish government website,, and upon completion, the traveller will receive a QR code which must either be printed, or be downloaded onto a mobile phone screen, so it can be scanned upon arrival.

Read more at thinkSPAIN


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Mark1GB said:
Saturday, June 11, 2022 @ 12:59 PM

Lets call this out for what it is, political border control, it has nothing to do with virus control and Carolina Darías knows it. Spain has dragged its heels for months and now when summer is here to catch the tourist euros, they still have this needless headache that I am afraid tourists will see as an insult, the US (11/06/22) has opened up free borders, so the question remains do tourist choose Spain or a country with less bureaucracy in which to go? with the UK's travel chaos I believe they have two choices, 1: stay in the UK, or two head for a destination that demands less paper work and flights stand a better chance of not being cancelled. Time will tell

Sayitasitis said:
Saturday, June 11, 2022 @ 1:47 PM

Agree with previous writer👌
It has been really frustrating, with all the inconsistencies.
This is certainly NOT about a life threatening virus 🦠
I flew into Gibraltar June 8th….and simply walked across the border into Spain with NO checks whatsoever 🤔
I have no intention of injecting this vaccine into my body😡 I have had numerous vaccinations in the past.

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