Monday, June 28, 2021

US Travellers Now Can Enter Spain Even If They Are Not Vaccinated

The Spanish authorities have announced that travellers from the US will now be able to enter the country without being subject to the testing and quarantine requirements, regardless of their vaccination status.

Effective immediately, the new measure applies to all US citizens who do not visit any other country before arriving in Spain, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

Nonetheless, it should be noted that connecting flights without leaving the airport are still allowed.

Now that travellers from the US no longer need to undergo COVID-19 testing or stay self-isolated upon their arrival in Spain, the only requirement they have to follow is to fill out a Health Control Form.

The form can be filled out electronically, and once completed, travellers will receive a QR code which must be shown to the health authorities upon their arrival.

If the travellers justify such an action, the form can also be provided in paper format. However, it should be kept in mind that a separate form should be filled for each individual and trip.

Previously, Americans had to prove that they received the required COVID-19 doses at least 14 days before arrival in order to be allowed to enter Spain.

The Spanish authorities announced the opening of the borders back on June 7 for all arrivals from countries outside the European Union and Schengen Area, provided that the travellers have been vaccinated with one of the vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) or the World Health Organization (WHO).

The European Commission has also recommended that all EU Member States allow non-essential travel from the US, as the latter has been placed on the list of epidemiologically safe countries.

Besides the US, the EU’s list also includes Albania, Australia, Chinese regions of Hong Kong and Macao, Israel, Japan, Lebanon, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Rwanda, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, and Thailand.

Following the EU’s recommendation, since June 20, Germany also allows restriction-free entry to all Americans travelling to the country for non-essential purposes, regardless of their vaccination status.

By opening the border for more tourists this year, the Spanish Government anticipates that the country will welcome somewhere between 14.5 million to 15.5 million visitors during July and September.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) figures, as of June 28, Spain has registered 3,777,539 COVID-19 infection cases and 80,766 deaths, whereas 33.8 per cent of the entire population has been fully vaccinated.

Previously, Spain decided to abolish the Coronavirus testing requirements for arrivals from most regions of Germany and Spain as they have been removed from the high-risk list.



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