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Traveling to Spain during Covid-19: What you need to know before you go

Barcelona’s unfinished architectural symphony — the Sagrada Familia cathedral.

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Editor’s Note: Coronavirus cases are in flux across the globe. Health officials caution that staying home is the best way to stem transmission until you’re fully vaccinated. Below is information on what to know if you still plan to travel, last updated on October 21.


If you’re planning to travel to Spain, here’s what you’ll need to know and expect if you want to visit during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Spain has suffered greatly from Covid-19, with a high number of cases and deaths. The Omicron coronavirus variant caused a peak in Spain earlier in 2022, but cases have since dropped.

Spain is open for travel and recently removed its remaining entry restrictions, see below.

One of Europe’s biggest hitters for good reason, Spain pulls tourists in by the millions thanks to its warm weather, laidback vibe and excellent food and wine.

Plus, of course, there are some of Europe’s best beach resorts, mountains, and cultural cities such as Madrid, Seville and Barcelona.

Travelers arriving in Spain by air or sea from EU or Schengen countries are no longer subject to any Covid-19 entry restrictions.

As of October 21, travelers arriving from elsewhere in the world are also no longer subject to any Covid-19 entry restrictions.

Previously, travelers from outside the EU and Schengen zone had to provide either a certificate proving full vaccination, a negative test (PCR or rapid antigen) or a certificate of recovery.

Spain’s Covid-19-related entry restrictions have been removed.

Spain has seen more than 13.4 million Covid infections and over 114,600 deaths as of October 21, 2022.

As of October 21, over 88.3% of the population has received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.

Face masks are no longer mandatory in most public spaces, but remain compulsory on all public transport. See details here.

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Conditions for entry into Spain

Nationals of third States who travel to Spain for stays of up to 90 days (during any period of 180 days) for tourism, business, family visits, medical treatment, study, non-work internships or volunteer activities with a duration not exceeding 3 months, or for other non-gainful activities, must meet the entry conditions established in the Schengen Borders Code. ​​

Entry requirements​​ 

  • Enter via an authorized border-crossing point.
  • Present proof of identity and a valid travel document.
  • Present the corresponding visa if required, according to nationality.
  • Provide evidence of meeting the conditions for the proposed stay and of possessing sufficient financial resources.
  • Not be subject to a ban on entering Spain. 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS FOR SPAIN (updated October 21, 2022):

Beginning on October 21, it will not be mandatory to present the certificates related to Covid-19 for the following list of travelers:

-Spanish citizens.

-Residents in the European Union, Schengen Associated States, Andorra, Monaco, The Vatican (Holy See) or San Marino that go to that country, accrediting it documentary.

-Residents in third countries, special administrative regions and territorial entities and authorities listed in the annex to Order INT/657/2020, of July 17 (Bahrain, Chile, Colombia, Indonesia, Kuwait, New Zealand, Peru, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Republic of Korea, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, China and regions Hong Kong and Macao special administrative authorities).

-The rest of the categories defined in article 1.1 of Order INT/657/2020:

  • ​Residents of the European Union, Schengen Associated States, Andorra, Monaco, the Vatican (Holy See) or San Marino who go to that country, accrediting it with documents.
  • Holders of a long-stay visa issued by a Member State or Schengen Associated State who are going to that country.
  • Health professionals, including health researchers, and elderly care professionals going to or returning from work.
  • Transport personnel, seamen and aeronautical personnel necessary to carry out air transport activities.
  • Diplomatic, consular, international organization, military, civil protection personnel and members of humanitarian organizations, in the exercise of their functions
  • Students who carry out their studies in the Member States or Schengen associated States and who have the corresponding permit or visa and medical insurance, provided that they go to the country where they are studying, and that the entry occurs during the academic year or the 15 previous days.
  • Highly qualified workers whose work is necessary and cannot be postponed or carried out remotely, including participants in high-level sports events that take place in Spain. These circumstances must be documented.
  • People traveling for imperative family reasons duly accredited.
  • Persons who document reasons of force majeure or a situation of need, or whose entry is allowed for humanitarian reasons.
  • Residents of the countries that appear in the annex provided that they come directly from them, have transited exclusively through other countries included in the list or have only made international transits at airports located in countries that do not appear in the annex. In the case of residents of Algeria, China and Morocco, reciprocity remains to be verified. By resolution of the person in charge of the Ministry of the Interior, this annex may be modified.

All foreigners, who are not part of the previous list, will be able to enter Spain by presenting just one of the following documents:

-Proof of vaccination: Documentation from the issuing countries’ relevant authorities will be accepted starting 14 days after the final dose is administered, as long as more than 270 days have not passed since the administration of the final dose of the vaccine. For those under 18 years of age, proof of vaccination has no expiration date.

-Negative COVID test: A negative Nucleic Acid Amplification test (PCR, TMA, LAMP, NEAR, etc.) taken within 72 hours of departure for Spain, or a negative rapid antigen test (RAT) taken within 24 of departure for Spain, will be accepted.

-Proof of recovery from COVID: Documentation issued by relevant government authorities or by a physician a minimum of 11 days after the initial positive result via NAAT or rapid antigen test. This documentation will remain valid for 180 days following the date of the initial positive test result.

Those under the age of 12 do not need to present any COVID-related documentation to enter Spain.

Spain Travel Health –SpTH– and the associated form are no longer needed.

Additional Information information:  


Documents to present at the border​​


1. Valid passport or travel document: The document must be valid until three months after the planned date of departure from the Schengen territory, and must have been issued during the ten years immediately before the date of entry. 

2. Visa: For certain nationalities, a valid visa is required. This visa will not be necessary if the interested party has a valid residence permit or a valid long-term visa issued by a Schengen State. 

The nationalities requiring a visa are listed in Annex I of Regulation (EU) 2018/1806. 

3. Documents accrediting the purpose and conditions of the planned stay: At the request of the competent authorities, the reasons and conditions of the planned stay must be accredited by documentary proof or other means. To this end, the presentation, among others, of the following documents may be required: 

  • Return or tourist circuit ticket, in all cases.  
  • For professional trips, the invitation from a company or authority to participate in a meeting, or documents that prove the existence of a relationship associated with professional activity, or access cards to a trade fair or congress. 
  • For tourist or private visits, the confirmed reservation of an organized trip, or proof of accommodation, or letter of invitation from a private individual (such a letter only proves the availability of accommodation and does not release the traveller from the obligation to meet the other requirements for entry). The proof of accommodation may indicate whether it includes all or part of the traveller’s living expenses. 
  • For study trips, training programmes, non-work internships or volunteer work with a duration of less than three months, enrolment documentation or proof of admission to an educational establishment or internship contract or proof of admission to a volunteer programme.
  • For travel for other reasons, an invitation, reservation, programme or certificate of participation in related activities, entrance card/ticket, or receipt.  


Accreditation of financial means​​​


At the request of the competent authorities, the traveller must present proof of having sufficient financial means for the proposed stay or of the ability to legally obtain such means. 

In 2020, the minimum amount required is 90 euros per person per day. In any case, and regardless of the length of stay, the traveller must have at least 810 euros or its equivalent in foreign currency. 

Economic means may be accredited by presenting cash, traveller’s cheques, a credit card accompanied by a bank account statement, an up-to-date bank book, or any other resource that accredits the amount available, such as a credit statement regarding the card or bank account. Bank letters or online bank statements will not be accepted.

Entry authorization​​​


Authorization to enter Spain may be granted to nationals of third States who have the necessary documentation, including, where appropriate, a visa, and sufficient financial means, and who are not subject to an entry ban and do not pose a danger to public order, the internal or external security of the State, or public health.

Denial of entry​ 

The competent authorities will deny entry to nationals of third States who do not meet the entry requirements or who are subject to an entry ban. Entry may also be denied if, in the previous 180 days, the traveller has exhausted the 90-day period for authorized stay in the Schengen area. 

The denial of entry will be notified by means of a reasoned decision, together with information on the procedure for appealing against this decision, in accordance with Spanish regulations. However, filing an appeal does not suspend the effects of the denial of entry.

Citizens of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland, and their family members​​ 

Citizens of the Member States of the European Union, and citizens of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland, may enter Spain with their national identity card or with a valid passport. Minors who travel with an identity document and are not accompanied by a parent will need the authorization of one of their parents.  

Family members who are not nationals of a Member State of the European Union or of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, or Switzerland may enter with a valid passport. Depending on their nationality, they may need an entry visa, unless they have a valid residence card as the relative of a European Union citizen.

Relevant legislation 

  • Regulation (EU) 2016/399 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 9 March 2016 on a Union Code on the rules governing the movement of persons across borders (Schengen Borders Code). 
  • Regulation (EU) 201​8/1806 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 14 November 2018 listing the third countries whose nationals must be in possession of visas when crossing the external borders and those whose nationals are exempt from that requirement.
  • Royal Decree 24​0/2007, of 16 February, on the entry, free movement and residence in Spain of citizens of the Member States of the European Union and of other States party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area.


entry rules for Russians in 2023



Conditions for entering Spain now (requirements due to coronavirus)

  • Tourists are allowed to enter

  • What about the tickets?

  • Do I need a visa?

  • Entry documents

  • Are tourist facilities open?

  • Emergency contacts:

  • Related materials

Updated: March 23, 2023

Tourists are allowed to enter

Spain’s borders are open to foreign tourists, including from
Russia. Transit allowed.

What about tickets?

Spain has banned the flight of Russian ships over its territory.
Flights from Russia have been canceled, you can get there with a transfer.

Flights to Spain ✈

Do I need a visa?

To visit Spain, citizens of the Russian Federation need to have a Schengen visa,
issued by Spain or any other Schengen country. Spain opened
admission for Schengen visas for citizens of the Russian Federation.

Entry documents

  • Passport valid for at least 3 months from the date of
    planned end of the trip;
  • Medical insurance;
  • Vaccination certificate or negative result
    PCR tests are no longer required.

Are tourist facilities open?

Public institutions and transport are operating as usual.
The curfew has been lifted throughout the country. Masks are required in
medical institutions.

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Contacts in case of emergency:

Tel. of the Russian Embassy in Spain: +34-91-562-22-64,
Consular Section in Madrid: +34-91-411-29-57
Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Barcelona: +34-93-280-54-32,
Emergency phone numbers: +34-91-563-71-92,
+34-670-848-773 (Madrid), +34-609-306-346, +34-647-574-539

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Update on COVID-19 and travel to Catalonia


International borders (current state of affairs):

All travelers are currently allowed to enter Spain, except those coming from China. For more information click here.

All passengers arriving in Spain by air from the People’s Republic of China may undergo health checks at the first point of entry into Spain, which will include, at a minimum, temperature checks, document checks and visual health checks of passengers. These passengers must have an EU Covid digital certificate or equivalent, which can be one of the following:

– Vaccination certificate

– Diagnostic test certificate

– Certificate of recovery

In the absence of an EU Covid digital certificate or equivalent, the passenger must have a negative Covid-19 diagnostic test certificate. Tests accepted:

– NAAT test taken no more than 72 hours before departure.

– Antigen tests must be submitted no more than 24 hours before departure.

These are tests authorized by the European Commission. The certificate must be an original, translated into Spanish or English, and may be submitted in printed or digital format. If the certificate is not available in the requested languages, an official Spanish translation will be required. The document must include at least the following information: the passenger’s name, identification number (passport or official ID), date of testing, license and contact details of the testing center, a description of the type of test performed, and the negative test result itself.

In addition to the above requirements, all passengers arriving in Spain from the People’s Republic of China may be subjected to a Covid test at the point of arrival and, if necessary, a medical examination to check all the epidemiological and clinical symptoms of the passenger.

Read more about sanitary control upon entry here.


Catalonia is now back to normal. This is directly related to the improvement of the epidemiological situation, which is constantly monitored.

Thus, the tourist offer and leisure activities are not affected by schedule or capacity restrictions.


Public transport in Catalonia operates as usual and there are currently no restrictions affecting freedom of movement.

Relevant medical indications and recommendations when using public transport:

– Mandatory wearing of masks.

– Do not use public transport if someone is feeling unwell.

-Wash your hands with soap or hand sanitizer as soon as possible when you go out.

– Avoid using public transport during peak hours.

-Keep your distance.


Safety Distance:

If you have any underlying medical condition that could be aggravated by COVID-19, it is recommended that you wear a mask (especially indoors).