After nearly a year of waiting for this update, the European Union has finally decided to open its borders to foreign tourists. This includes the 27 member countries, plus, obviously, Spain. In this post you will find all the details about this new measure, how exactly will it be applied and the 2 requirements you must meet in order to successfully travel to the Spanish territory.
Can I travel to Spain?
Europe will open its borders, and therefore tourists from all over the world will be able to enter Spain.
Given the improvement of the health situation both in the Spanish territory and in the rest of the world (thanks to the increase of speed and vaccination completion rate), the country will progressively open its borders to tourists who have been waiting for this moment for a very long time.
However, for now there are certain limitations and restrictions you should be aware of to fully understand if you are allowed to enter the country or not.
That is why you should keep on reading, because in this article we will specify the new requirements set by the European authorities you will have to meet.
Note: In this post we are just referring to sanitary restrictions. And those work in parallel with the usual legal entry requirements, which still apply in the same way as before. That is, if the immigration law requires you to apply for a tourist visa to enter Spain, you should still go through that process (as nothing has changed from that end).
Requirements to travel to Spain during pandemic times
In order to enter Spain and the rest of the European Union countries, you must be in one of the following two groups.
That is, you must meet one of the following two requirements:
You must be vaccinated
The first group of tourists who will be allowed to enter Spain are those who have already been vaccinated.
It is important to keep in mind that they must have completed the whole vaccination process (i.e., both doses of the vaccine), and they must have completed it at least 14 days prior to their trip to Spain.
In addition, you must take into account that not all vaccines will be accepted.
Generally speaking, all European Union countries will allow the entry of tourists with vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA).
However, there are countries that have adopted less restrictive measures, as is the case of Spain.
That is why you will be able to enter Spanish territory as long as you carry any vaccine approved by the WHO, such as:
You can find the complete list here.
Coming from a country considered safe
But what happens if I have not yet been vaccinated or I only have one dose? Can’t I enter Spain?
It depends on your country of habitual residence (and not of origin).
Since May 24, tourists coming from countries considered safe can enter Spanish territory, without PCR or any kind of extra restriction.
We are talking about countries with an incidence of fewer than 25 cases per 100,000 inhabitants:
- New Zealand
- South Korea
- United Kingdom
That is, if you are from any of these countries, you will be able to enter Spain without trouble.
It is totally true that we miss many countries here, especially the Latin American ones.
But we must keep in mind that this list will gradually expand with extra countries as health conditions around the world improve (moving the needle upwards and also accepting tourists from countries with 75 cases per 100,000 inhabitants).
Countries to which you can travel from Spain
On the other hand, you may also be wondering which countries you can travel to if you are residing in Spain.
Summer holidays are approaching, and planning your trip is now a matter of days, so being clear about which countries are open and what are the different restrictions will be essential.
You must keep in mind that these restrictions are something that changes every few days and you will have to stay up to date with the latest announcements.
Many countries are opening their borders, and a region that you could not enter a month ago may now be a totally viable destination without quarantine, requiring only a negative PCR.
Thus, Kayak’s travel map is a very effective visual option to keep you up to date:
As you will see, there are 6 countries with borders open to Spaniards, without the need for quarantine:
- Dominican Republic
- Costa Rica
- North Macedonia
In addition, many other countries allow entry with negative PCR. It is possible to travel to Spain and quarantine on arrival (see map to find the complete list, corresponding to the countries in yellow).
And, as it is obvious, if you are in any of the two groups mentioned above in the prior section, you will be able to enter any EU country.
Remember that if you have any doubts or would like our immigration lawyers to advise you on how to legally enter Spain and obtain your residency, we are at your complete disposal: