COVID-19 Information

(UPDATED June 10, 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 June 7, 2021, vaccinated U.S. citizens and their minor children can travel from the United States to Spain if they present the following documents upon arrival in Spain: 

  1. 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,

And 

  1. Vaccination certificate showing they have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 more than 14 days before the flight to Spain (up to one year after the date of vaccination) with one of the European Medicines Agency-approved vaccines or the WHO approved vaccines. Please visit the Spain Travel Health portal (FAQs) for details about which vaccine certificate or document proving vaccination against COVID-19/diagnostic test/recovery of COVID-19 will be required to enter Spain.

Minor children can enter Spain if they are traveling with their vaccinated parents.  Children 12 years of age or older will need to present a vaccination certificate.

Children under 12 years of age are not subject to these requirements but will need to present a QR code, as described above.

Vaccine certificates, such as those provided by the CDC, are being accepted to allow entry for U.S. citizens into Spain.  Please refer to the Spain Travel Health portal (FAQs) for more detailed information.  We will continue to update this website as more information becomes available.

If any of the submitted documents are deemed invalid by Spanish border police, health authorities may require an antigen test taken at the airport or a PCR test after arrival and/or may not allow the passenger entry into Spain. 

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

Unvaccinated U.S. citizens cannot enter Spain for tourism.  Unvaccinated travelers can only enter Spain if they have already obtained special permission from the Government of Spain or meet very specific requirements.  Please check the Spanish regulations carefully before attempting to travel. Travelers who meet the requirements or have obtained special permission from the Government of Spain will need to show a negative COVID test result taken with 48 hours of arrival to Spain or a medical certificate showing recovery from COVID and complete a Health Control Form and generate a QR code (See Entry and Exit Requirements below).

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.  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:

  • Public or private gatherings limited to six people
  • Limited capacity in religious facilities, funeral homes, shops, restaurants, and bars
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 for free if prescribed by a public health doctor, or by paying an average of €120 if they obtain the test from a private medical facility, such as those on the Covid Testing Locations list
  • 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.

Entry and Exit Requirements:  SPAIN

Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes, only for vaccinated U.S. citizens and their minor children

  • Effective June 7, 2021, vaccinated U.S. citizens and their minor children can travel from the United States to Spain if they present the following documents upon arrival in Spain:
  1. 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,

And 

  1. Vaccination certificate showing they have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 more than 14 days before the flight to Spain (up to one year after the date of vaccination) with one of the European Medicines Agency-approved vaccines or the WHO approved vaccines. Please visit the Spain Travel Health portal (FAQs) for details about which vaccine certificate or document proving vaccination against COVID-19/diagnostic test/recovery of COVID-19 will be required to enter Spain.

Minor children can enter Spain if they are traveling with their vaccinated parents. All children 12 years of age or older will need to present a vaccination certificate.

Children under 12 years of age are not subject to these requirements but will need to present a QR code, as described above.

  • Vaccine certificates, such as those provided by the CDC, are being accepted to allow entry for U.S. citizens into Spain. Please refer to the Spain Travel Health portal (FAQs) for more detailed information.  We will continue to update our website as more information becomes available.
  • If any of submitted documents are invalid, health authorities may require an antigen test taken at the airport or a PCR test after arrival and/or may not allow the passenger entry into Spain.
  • 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.
  • Unvaccinated U.S. citizens cannot enter Spain unless they have already obtained special permission from the Government of Spain through the Spanish Embassy in the United States or meet very specific requirements.  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.

Is a negative COVID-19 test required for entry? Yes, for non-vaccinated travelers

  • U.S. citizens travelling from the United States or certain other countries who have not been vaccinated will need to show a negative COVID-19 test result, accepted by the Ministry of Health [NAAT (nucleic acid amplification test, e.g. RT-PCR, RT-LAMP, TMA)/RAT (rapid antigen test)] taken within 48 hours prior to arrival in Spain.  The negative test result should be in Spanish or English and should be presented in original paper or electronic record, containing the name of the traveler, passport or national ID number, date of the test, and name and contact information of testing center.  Complete information can be found here.
  • Before traveling to Spain, all passengers arriving from third countries must also 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.

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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