Monday, June 7, 2021

Spain Opens Its Borders for Vaccinated Travellers Worldwide

The Spanish authorities have announced that from today, June 7, arrivals from countries outside the European Union and Schengen Area will be permitted to enter Spain, provided that they have been vaccinated.

In order to be allowed to enter the country, the vaccine should be approved either by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) or the World Health Organization (WHO), reports.

The vaccine doses recognised by the authorities of Spain include Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Janssen, Sinopharm, and Sinovac-CoronaVac. All vaccinated travellers should prove that they have received the required dose(s) at least 14 days before entering the country.

Nonetheless, the authorities have revealed that persons travelling from low-risk areas will not be required to present proof of vaccination or proof of a recent recovery. Still, everyone is obliged to fill in the travel form. Australia, Japan, and New Zealand are some of the countries placed on Spain’s low-risk list.

Previously, the European Commission president, Ursula von der Leyen, had revealed that fully vaccinated travellers from the US will be able to travel to European Union countries during this summer, including Spain.

Unvaccinated children will also be allowed to enter Spain as long as they are travelling together with their vaccinated parents. The rule only applies to children over the age of six. Those older still need to provide a negative COVID-19 test result.

On the other hand, the country has not made any exemptions for travellers from high-risk countries, including here arrivals from India, Brazil, and South Africa, due to the high infection rates and the spread of Coronavirus mutations.

“Those who come from areas included on the list of risk countries will have to undergo a random document check that will look at their departure point and its incidence rate,” the Spanish Government added.

Currently, arrivals from Germany and France are required to provide a negative COVID-19 test when entering Spain due to the pandemic situation in these countries.

In contrast, Britons are no longer required to present a negative test result or stay self-isolated as the country has been registering low infection rates.

Nonetheless, Spain still remains on the UK’s orange list, meaning that arrivals from Spain to the UK are subject to a ten-day quarantine requirement as well as COVID-19 testing.

Spain’s tourism sector has suffered greatly due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Only in 2020, Spain registered a decline of 80 per cent in foreign tourism.

However, if things go as planned and the COVID-19 situation does not worsen, Spain expects to receive around 15.5 million tourists from July until September 2021.

If planning to visit Spain during this summer, make sure to check the current restrictions and latest updates about the country.

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