COVID-19 Information

(UPDATED September 9, 2020)

Country-Specific Information:

  • Spain is experiencing increasing number of confirmed COVID-19 cases, with regional and local governments implementing new restrictions to reduce or slow down further spread of the virus. Restrictions related to COVID-19 are 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 arrests. Public services are available, although with some capacity and schedule limitations due to local restrictions. In most regions of Spain, everyone six years or older must wear a face mask covering their mouth and nose in indoor and outdoor public areas. Some exceptions to this rule are medical waivers, eating or drinking, or while practicing sports. Large gatherings of people in public spaces are limited in many regions. Smoking is prohibited in public areas if a minimum distance of two meters cannot be maintained. All nightclubs are closed and drinking alcoholic beverages on the street is also prohibited.
  • 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.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? No, only in some limited circumstances
      • Please check the Spanish regulations carefully before attempting to travel.  If you travel to, or transit, 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 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 certain countries provided that travelers have come directly from these countries or only made international transits at airports when 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, or transit, Spain, please consult the closest Spanish Embassy or consulate about your specific situation before making travel plans. Do not rely solely on guidance from your airline because the restrictions are continuously subject to change.

    • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? No
    • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
      • 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 immigrations requirements, please see our May 21 Health Alert.

Movement Restrictions:

      • Is a curfew in place? No
      • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? Yes, some municipalities have restrictions

Quarantine Information:

      • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? No
        • There is no quarantine for travelers to Spain unless directed by Spanish authorities upon arrival in Spain due to specific circumstances. However, according to the CDC, travelers returning to the United States from specified countries in Europe (including Spain) 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

COVID-19 Testing:

      • COVID-19 testing is possible at clinics and hospitals throughout Spain. S. citizens will have to pay for their tests.  The average cost is 120 euros.  You can find a list of some clinics and hospitals that can provide assistance in English on our website.

Transportation Options:

      • Are commercial flights operating? Yes
      • Is public transportation operating? Yes
        • All public transportation passengers must wear a mask covering their mouth and nose and must adhere to social distancing measures.

Fines for Non-Compliance:

      • Individuals can be fined for not complying with local regulations, such as for failing to wear a mask. Fines can range up to 600 Euros.

Consular Operations: