Spain Keeps Entry Rules for EU/Schengen Countries in Effect

January 7, 2022
Spain keeps entry rules for EU/Schengen countries in effect.

Spain keeps entry rules for EU/Schengen countries in effect as the Spanish Ministry of Health stated that it still considers them to be risk countries.

Due to the update of its unchanged list of nations afflicted by Covid-19, travelers arriving in Spain from EU/Schengen area nations must still follow specific entry procedures to be allowed into the country.

Spain’s Risk List Remains the Same Until at Least January 16th

The Ministry said, “The list will come into force at 00:00 hours on January 6th, 2022, and will be valid until 23:59 hours on January 16th, 2022.”

Spain’s list of countries with a high risk of Covid-19 transmission remains the same until January 16th. These are the countries that are currently in the high-risk category:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czechia
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Sweden

The risk list includes all regions of the countries indicated above. On the other hand, while Spain regards Romania as a risk country, it only considers certain Romanian areas virus-affected regions. These territories are:

  • Bucharest-Ilfov region
  • Central region
  • Nord-Vest region
  • the South – East region
  • the South 
  • and the West

Even though their origin nation is on the risk list, all travelers who have been recovered or fully vaccinated against Covid-19 can travel to Spain without following any additional entry procedures under Spain’s existing rules.

The statement of Spain’s Ministry of Health reads, “All those passengers from a country/area that has a SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus risk must present a certificate or document certifying vaccination against Covid-19 or a negative certificate of a Diagnostic Test of Active Infection or a Certificate of Recovery after having passed this disease in order to enter Spain.”

Unvaccinated People Can Visit Spain

While Spain keeps entry rules for EU/Schengen countries in effect, travelers from the EU/Schengen area who are not vaccinated can also visit Spain. However, they must arrive with a negative PCR or rapid antigen test result.

The PCR test must be completed 72 hours before entering Spain, whereas the rapid antigen test must be completed 48 hours prior to arrival.

According to the existing rules, children younger than 12 are not required to present one of the certificates or any supporting documents.

In addition to the requirements mentioned above, everyone, regardless of nationality, needs to fill in a Health Control Form, including children under 12.
Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe will remain on the high-risk list until January 6th.

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