COVID-19 Information

(UPDATED August 7, 2020)
Country-Specific Information:

Due to COVID-19 Spanish travel restrictions, U.S citizens cannot enter Spain unless they meet very specific requirements or have already obtained special permission from the Government of Spain.

Restrictions related to COVID-19 remain in effect throughout Spain and vary by region. U.S. citizens should monitor regional government social media and local press reports for more information. Ensure you are familiar with local requirements prior to travel between regions in Spain and remember to follow the instructions of local authorities. Not doing so could result in fines or arrest.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) notes that people are reporting a wide range of COVID-19 symptoms. If you are suffering from these symptoms and believe you may have COVID-19, contact Spanish medical services at telephone 061 or call 112 in an emergency.

In most regions of Spain, face masks are mandatory for everyone age six or older in enclosed spaces and public areas at all times. There are few exceptions to this rule such as medical waivers, eating or drinking, or while practicing sports.  Large gatherings of people in public spaces are also limited in many regions.

The U.S. Embassy in Madrid, the U.S. Consulate General in Barcelona, and the five consular agencies in Spain are providing limited services to U.S. citizens in line with recommendations to prevent the spread of COVID-19. You must have an appointment and wear a mask covering your mouth and nose to enter our facilities. Please arrive on time for your appointment and bring only the individuals with you who are required for the appointment. For more information, see our July 2 Health Alert. Please note the consular agencies accept payment by credit card only (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, including Visa Debit and MasterCard Debit).

Entry and Exit Requirements:

United States: U.S. citizens and U.S. LPRs will be permitted to return to the United States from the United Kingdom, Ireland, and the European Schengen area, which includes Spain. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued instructions requiring U.S. passengers who have been in the United Kingdom, Ireland, and the Schengen area to travel through select airports where the U.S. government has implemented enhanced screening procedures. See the DHS website for further details. The Proclamation Suspending Entry of Immigrants Who Present Risk to the U.S. Labor Market issued April 22, 2020, and expanded June 22, 2020, does not apply to U.S. citizens or U.S. LPRs, who may return to the United States.

Information about visa processing for individuals who wish to travel to the United States is available here.

Limited commercial options to return to the United States from Spain are available, although flight cancellations are frequent. Work with your airline directly to re-book your flight or obtain a refund. While limited direct flights between Spain and the United States exist, U.S. citizens may have to transit through a third country to reach the United States.

Spain: Please check the Spanish regulations carefully before attempting to travel.  If you travel to Spain and are not admitted, you will be placed in immigration detention for up to several days, until a flight on the same airline becomes available to take you back to your point of origin.

Transportation options and border restrictions continue to change throughout Europe. U.S. citizens can depart the European Schengen area, including Spain.  For information about entry and exit requirements, please visit the Spanish Embassy website.  According to Spanish regulations dated July 17, 2020, Spain’s borders are now open for the following persons:

  • Habitual residents in the European Union, Schengen Associated States, Andorra, Monaco, The Vatican, or San Marino.
  • Holders of a long-term visa issued by a Schengen member of Schengen Associated State who are going to that country.
  • Health professionals coming to Spain for work.
  • Goods and transport personnel in the practice of their duties.
  • Diplomats, consular, international officials, military personnel, civil protection and members of humanitarian organizations in the practice of their duties.
  • Students who study in one of the EU/Schengen member states and possess the appropriate visa or equivalent permit and medical insurance who travel within the course of their academic studies or 15 days prior.
  • Highly qualified workers including participants in high-level sporting events that take place in Spain.
  • People traveling for duly accredited family reasons.
  • People traveling for duly accredited humanitarian reasons of reasons of force major.
  • Residents of Algeria (see order), Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Morocco (see order), New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, or China (see order) provided that travelers have come directly from these countries or only made international transits at airports outside of these countries.

If your situation does not fall into any of the above categories, and you have an urgent need to travel to Spain, please consult the closest Spanish Embassy or consulate about your specific situation before making travel plans.

Before traveling to Spain, all passengers arriving from third countries must complete the Health Control Form (FCS) and show the QR code at the Border Health Control at the airport upon arrival in Spain.  The form must be completed for each passenger.  Parents or legal guardians can complete the form for minors, dependents, or disabled persons.  You can start the form at any time before your flight, but you can only answer health questions and finalize the form 48 hours before your arrival in Spain.  The FCS form and additional information is available in English here.

For information about Spanish immigration requirements, see our May 21 Health Alert.

Click here for information for travel within the European Schengen zone.

Quarantine Information:

United States:  According to the CDC, travelers returning to the United States from the specified countries in Europe must stay home for 14 days after returning from travel, monitor their health, and practice social distancing. For more information, see the DHS and CDC websites.

Spain:  Travelers to Spain are not currently subject to any quarantine requirement unless directed by Spanish authorities upon arrival in Spain due to specific circumstances.