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COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs
April 16, 2021

Q: Has the U.S. Embassy thought about a plan to offer the vaccination to U.S. citizens? 

A: The United States government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas.  U.S. citizens traveling or residing abroad should follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.  In the case of U.S. citizens residing in Spain, you may find useful information here: https://www.vacunacovid.gob.es/

Q: How are  U.S. citizens living in Spain, who are not in the Spanish Social Security system, going to get vaccinated? 

Will the Spanish government deal with foreign residents or do they have to go to their own embassies or consulates? 

A: The Government of Spain has stressed the importance of vaccinating every resident of Spain, regardless of nationality or how each person accesses healthcare in Spain.  Foreign residents of Spain who are part of the public health system should contact their local public health provider to ensure that they are included in the provisions for their corresponding group.  For those who are not part of the public health care system, each region of Spain is setting up a system to allow you to register for the vaccine.  The below information is continuously updated, and subject to change:

The full Spanish government vaccination strategy is available here: https://www.vacunacovid.gob.es

Q: I am a U.S. citizen but I live in Spain.  Can I go to the United States to be vaccinated? If so, what do I have to do to get a vaccine?  

A: A U.S. citizen can travel to the United States as long as you have a valid U.S. passport and comply with the current COVID-19 negative test requirements.  Each state is coordinating their vaccination campaigns.  You should check with the health department in the state where you are from for more information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/index.html  

Q: If I go on vacation to the United States and get infected with COVID, what would happen?

A: In order to return to Spain once you have recovered, if you are still testing positive, you must present a medical certificate as specified here:  https://www.mscbs.gob.es/profesionales/saludPublica/

Q: Do I need to quarantine when I go to the United States?

A: Quarantine is currently not required by any state within the United States. However, that may change without notice. You can find information for each state here:  State, Territorial, Local and Tribal Health Department Search | CDC

Q: If I am fully vaccinated, do I still have to get COVID-19 test before traveling to the United States?

A: Regardless of vaccination status, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within one calendar day 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.  Please see the CDC website for details and additional information.