(UPDATED April 5, 2021)
*** 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.
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. Additionally, U.S. citizens travelling from the United States or certain other countries will need to show a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours prior to arrival and complete a Health Control Form (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:
- A nighttime curfew
- Public or private gatherings limited to six people
- Limited movement to and from many locations unless it is for a legitimate and essential purpose, such as work, medical reasons, education and training, returning to your residence, taking exams, helping the elderly, minors or disabled people, banking, insurance, legal, or administrative matters, and any emergency or force majeure situations
- Limited capacity in religious facilities, funeral homes, shops, restaurants, and bars
- 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 and Oxford/AstraZeneca 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 email@example.com. 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? No
- 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. 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.
- Effective December 22, 2020, the Spanish government has suspended entry into Spain of any individuals coming from the United Kingdom, except for Spanish citizens and residents of Spain. The current situation is extremely dynamic, so please be sure to monitor Spanish regulations carefully for any changes.
- Transportation options and border restrictions continue to change throughout Europe. U.S. citizens can depart the European Schengen area, including Spain. For more information about entry and exit requirements, please visit the Spanish Embassy
- 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.
- Passengers arriving from the United States or any other country with a high COVID-19 infection rate will also be required to present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival to enter Spain. See COVID-19 test requirements below.
- Click here for information for travel within the European Schengen zone.
Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes
- U. S. citizens travelling from the United States or certain other countries will need to show a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours prior to arrival. 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.
Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
Entry and Exit Requirements: UNITED STATES
- U.S. citizens and LPRs are permitted to return to the United States from Spain. See the DHS website for further details. The Presidential Proclamation Suspending Entry of Immigrants and Non-Immigrants Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting Coronavirus Disease, does not apply to U.S. citizens or U.S. LPRs, who may return to the United States.
- Starting January 26, 2021, all travelers (age 2 and older) including U.S. citizens and residents, will be required to present a negative viral COVID-19 test taken within 3 days prior to departure on their U.S.-bound flight itinerary. This new order does not waive the requirement for a National Interest Exception. You can find more FAQs about the testing requirement attached to this post. See details from the CDC here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-international-air-travelers.html
- Information about visa processing for individuals who wish to travel to the United States is available here.
- You can find more FAQs about the testing requirement attached to this post. See details from the CDC here.
Is a curfew in place? Yes
- Please follow local government information.
Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? Yes
- Movement to and from many locations may be limited unless it is for a legitimate and essential purpose, such as work, medical reasons, education and training, returning to your residence, taking exams, helping the elderly, minors or disabled people, banking, insurance, legal, or administrative matters, and any emergency or force majeure situations.
- Important notice: In areas with limited movements, travel to Madrid, Barcelona, or to any of the consular agencies for an appointment is permitted according to the exceptions in the regulations. Please carry confirmation of your appointment or, if coming to vote, your U.S. passport to show to the Spanish authorities.
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.
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.
- 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.