COVID-19 Information

(UPDATED September 6, 2021)

Country-Specific Information:

*** Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the United States may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

Country-Specific Information

Effective September 6, 2021, U.S. citizens can travel from the United States to Spain on non-essential travel, such as tourism) if they show proof of vaccination. Please read the detailed information on the Spain Ministry of Health’s website.

Additionally, U.S. citizens travelling from the United States to Spain must present upon arrival in Spain a QR code generated through the Spain Travel Health portal, obtained through the website or by downloading the “SpTH app” in Google Play Store or iTunes App Store for each traveler, regardless of their age.

This applies to U.S. citizens travelling to Spain from the United States, including if they transit through a third country.

U.S. citizens who are travelling to Spain from a country that is not the United States should make sure they follow the guidance published by Spanish authorities on their local Spain Embassy website.

Please be aware that travel immediately following this change may involve extensive wait times upon arrival as implementation is rolled out.

Restrictions related to COVID-19 remain in effect throughout Spain and vary widely by region.  U.S. citizens should carefully monitor regional governments’ websites and local press reports for more information.  Visitors should ensure you are familiar with local requirements prior to traveling between regions in Spain and remember to follow the instructions of local authorities.  Not doing so could result in fines or arrest.  The most common restrictions in Spain include:

  • Using a facemask covering your mouth and nose in any public closed spaces.
  • Using a facemask outdoors if there is less than 1.5 meters of physical distance between individuals.
  • Public or private gatherings limited to six people.
  • Limited capacity in religious facilities, funeral homes, shops, restaurants, and bars.

All travelers should have a plan in case they have to extend their stay if they test positive right before leaving Spain. Since COVID testing is required to enter the United States, there have been many instances where travelers who were planning to depart on scheduled flights have tested positive and have had to remain in Spain longer than originally planned.  Spanish health authorities will instruct you to isolate/quarantine for a period of time (7 to 10 days minimum) in a local hotel at your own expense.  The Embassy or Consulate cannot assist you in getting back to the United States earlier than prescribed by Spanish health authorities or provide monetary assistance for any required extended lodging.

COVID-19 Testing
  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Spain? Yes
  • If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? Yes
  • For information on limited humanitarian exemptions, please review the following page: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-testing-required-us-entry.html
  • U. S. citizens can obtain a COVID-19 test in Spain by paying an average of €30 for an antigen test, or €120 for a PCR test from a private medical facility, such as those on the Covid Testing Locations list (PDF 400K)
  • Results are typically provided by email, but an original signed results record will be provided upon request.
COVID-19 Vaccine Information
  • Are vaccines available in Spain for U.S. citizens to receive? Yes.
  • Which vaccines are available in Spain? Spain is administering Pfizer/BioNtech, Moderna, Oxford/AstraZeneca and Janssen vaccines.
  • According to the government of Spain, vaccines are being facilitated through the public healthcare system, in four phases.  Regularly updated information is available here: https://www.vacunacovid.gob.es/
  • Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.
  • The United States government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas.  Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.
COVID-19 Testing Waivers for travel to U.S.

Waivers to the testing requirement may be granted by the CDC on an extremely limited basis when extraordinary emergency travel (like an emergency medical evacuation) must occur to preserve someone’s health and safety, and testing cannot be completed before travel. There are no waivers available for individuals who test positive for COVID-19. Individuals – or air carriers seeking to allow boarding by potentially qualifying individuals – who believe they meet the criteria for a waiver should e-email the U.S. Embassy in Madrid at spaincdcwaivers@state.gov. The U.S. Embassy will then submit the request to the CDC for consideration.  PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A SEPARATE PROCESS FROM THE NATIONAL INTEREST EXCEPTION (NIE).

Entry and Exit Requirements:  SPAIN

Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes

  • Effective September 6, 2021, U.S. citizens can travel from the United States to Spain on non-essential travel, such as tourism) if they show proof of vaccination. Please read the detailed information on the Spain Ministry of Health’s website. Additionally, travelers from the United States to Spain must present a QR code generated through the Spain Travel Health portal, obtained through the website or by downloading the SpTH app in Google Play or App Store for each traveler. Additionally, travelers must show either proof of vaccination, a negative COVID test, or a certificate of recovery.
  • U.S. citizens who are travelling to Spain from a country that is not the United States should make sure they follow the guidance published by Spanish authorities on their local Spain Embassy website.
  • Please be aware that travel immediately following this change may involve extensive wait times upon arrival as implementation is rolled out. Requirements below.
  • Click here for information for travel within the European Schengen zone.

Is a negative COVID-19 test required for entry? No

Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes

Entry and Exit Requirements: UNITED STATES
Movement Restrictions

Is a curfew in place? No

  • Please follow local government information.

Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No

Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? No

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

Are commercial flights operating? Yes

  • 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.  Please make sure to read the U.S. Embassy COVID-19 page of any country you plan to transit through.

Is public transportation operating? Yes

  • A mask covering your mouth and nose is mandatory while using public transportation.

Fines for Non-Compliance

  • Non-compliance may result in arrest and in fines that range between 60€ to 60,000€ depending on the gravity of the violation.
Consular Operations:
  • American Citizen Services: The U.S. Embassy in Madrid, the Consulate General in Barcelona and the five consular agencies in Spain have resumed passports and consular reports of birth abroad processing, voting assistance, and some limited notarial services for U.S. citizens.  For information, please visit the U.S. citizen services website.
  • Visa Services: Limited visa services are available.  For information, please visit the visas website.
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