Friday, June 4, 2021

Travelling to Spain for Summer 2021: Here’s What You Need to Know

To anyone dreaming of endless summers of the Costa del Sol, late-night buzz of the ancient towns and cities, fresh dishes, or wandering in the streets of Barcelona, Madrid, Grenada, and Seville, it might soon be a reality as Spain will welcome vaccinated tourists from June 7.

Spain is one of the European countries that has been seriously affected by the COVID-19, and since the beginning of the pandemic, the country has reported a large number of cases and deaths.

After having one of the most stringent lockdowns in spring 2020, Spain reopened for summer in the same year. Still, in November, the latter entered a state of emergency once again, leaving the country in continuous lockdown until May 9, 2021.

Spain has not established a COVID-19 Passport yet, but the country is technically ready to connect to the EU Digital COVID Passport Gateway, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

With the vaccination rates increasing and the infection cases dropping day by day, Spain may only keep some of its restrictions in place.

If you are thinking about exploring Spain during the summer, here’s what you need to know.

Who Is Allowed to Travel to Spain This Summer?

Travellers from most European Union and Schengen Area countries are allowed to enter Spain without being subject to the quarantine requirement as long as they have low infection rates.

Likewise, all persons arriving from COVID-19 safe countries that have a reciprocal agreement with Spain but are not EU Member States are also permitted to enter Spain. This group includes the following countries:

  • Australia
  • China
  • South Korea
  • New Zealand
  • Northern Ireland
  • Israel
  • Rwanda
  • Singapore
  • Thailand

“Remember that the health crisis may mean there are temporary changes to the reciprocal agreements for accepting visitors. For this reason, we recommend always checking the requirements and recommendations of your home country,” the statement of Spain’s Official Travel Website, Travel Safe, reads.

Spain has also abolished the restrictions on non-essential travel from the UK and Japan on May 24. Such a decision means that travellers from the two countries are no longer required to present a COVID-19 test or undergo self-isolation when entering Spain.

Additionally, the Spanish authorities have announced that the country plans to allow arrivals from the United States and other third countries from June 7, provided that the travellers have been vaccinated with one of the vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

Travellers falling under this category should prove that they have received the required vaccine dose(s) at least 14 days before entering Spain. Nonetheless, everyone will still be required to provide a negative COVID-19 test result upon entry.

Similarly, all persons crossing the land border between Spain and France are obliged to present a negative COVID-19 test.

Restricted Entry for Arrivals From Several Countries

In order to keep the Coronavirus situation under control and limit the number of cases imported from other countries, Spain has stringent rules against specific countries.

Arrivals from India are subject to a ten-day quarantine upon arrival in Spain as the country has reported a record number of COVID-19 cases and deaths.

Moreover, Spain has extended the advice on the ban on non-essential travel for arrivals from non-European Union and Schengen Area countries, including Morocco and Algeria, until June 30.

As for the visitors of other countries that were not mentioned in any of the categories, they are not allowed to enter Spain unless they have special permission to do so by the Spanish government.

Spain Entry Requirements for Those Permitted to Enter the Country

All travellers entering Spain must fill in a Health Control Form, which can be completed and signed in electronic form. After completing the form, a QR code will be generated, which then should be shown to the health authorities upon arrival in Spain.

If justified, the form can also be present in paper format. Everyone should note that a separate form should be filled for each trip and each person.

In line with the European Center for Disease Control guidelines, travellers arriving in Spain from high-risk countries for essential purposes must present a negative COVID-19 test result carried out within 72 hours prior to their arrival. The documentation proving that a person has no symptoms of the virus may be requested at any time while in Spain.

The negative test result document should include information of the holder’s name, their passport or identity card number, the date when the test was carried out, the issuing body, and the type of test. The test is recognised in four different languages, Spanish, English, French, or German.

As soon as travellers enter Spain, they are subject to health assessments such as temperature checks and visual examinations.

In addition, in order to be able to check into their accommodation, all persons travelling to the Canary Islands will be required to present a negative test taken within 72 hours of departure, regardless of their country of origin.

Exempt from the testing requirement are children under the age of six, people transporting goods or passengers, cross-border workers, and residents who live within a radius of 30 kilometres from the border with Spain.

What Is Open in Spain for Tourists?

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Although Spain’s state of emergency has been lifted, certain COVID-19 related measures still remain effective in the country in order to protect public health.

Museums, exhibitions, monuments, and other cultural spaces have already opened for visitors. Still, due to the COVID-19 situation, many of these spaces have reduced their capacity as well as have prioritised remote purchasing of tickets.

The Prado Museum reopened to the public back in June 2020 and encouraged all visitors to book their tickets at least 24 hours before their visit. The Royal Palace of Madrid and Alcázar Seville are also open for tourists.

The number of visitors allowed at one time has been reduced, and everyone is obliged to wear a mask.

During their stay in Spain, visitors will also be able to attend small concerts and theatre performances in a generally limited capacity.

Restaurants and bars are also open. They have adapted their services in line with the measures set by the authorities, such as separating tables, limiting the use of the bar area, limiting the number of people per table, and so on, in order to guarantee public safety.

Is It Safe to Travel to Mallorca?

With the vaccination process proceeding speedily and with the safety measures in place, Mallorca will be open for tourists during this summer.

Mallorca decided to relax its restrictions following the ending of the state alarm on May 9. Thus, restaurant terraces are permitted to serve customers in indoor environments until 6 pm. On the other hand, those without terraces can hold their activity with 50 per cent capacity in indoor areas.

The curfew rules have also been altered, meaning that the curfew applies only for six hours, from midnight until 6 am. However, no changes have been made to wearing a protective mask, which remains mandatory at all times.

Spain Travel Insurance Is a Must for Every Traveller

It is highly recommended that all those planning to visit Spain during this summer purchase travel insurance that covers epidemic and pandemic situations in order to make sure that they can save their money in case the Coronavirus situation changes unexpectedly and their trip gets cancelled.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Spain has suggested that all Spanish citizens planning to travel abroad attain an insurance package first.

Spain’s local government on the Canary Islands has already signed an insurance policy for tourists to offer insurance for travellers, cover medical, quarantine, and repatriation costs.

COVID-19 Situation in Spain

Similar to other European countries, Spain has been severely hit by the Coronavirus pandemic. The country has registered 3,682,778 COVID-19 cases and 79,983 deaths as of June 3.

January 2021 was allegedly the worst month during the pandemic in Spain since the previous summer. On February 8, Spain registered the highest number of Coronavirus cases since the beginning of the pandemic.

Only a month later, infection rates were decreasing, but the numbers increased again in early April.

As of June 1, Spain has administered around 27,583,849 doses of the COVID-19 vaccines, meaning that the country is going at a rate of more than 321,791 doses per day during the last week.

Accordingly, until now, 9,405,245 residents, or 19.8 per cent of the population, have been fully vaccinated, whereas at least 18,178,604 persons or 38.3 per cent were administered at least one dose of the vaccine.



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