Vaccinated? Head to Spain from June 7
Spain will allow all vaccinated travellers – regardless of country of origin –to visit the country from June 7, Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez announced at the FITUR international tourism fair in Madrid late last month.
Visitors must be fully vaccinated at least 14 days before their trip with either an EMA- or WHO-approved vaccine. Unvaccinated minors in the same family unit may enter with a negative PCR test (children under 6 years of age do not need to be tested). The vaccination certificate or PCR of minors must be provided on arrival.
Also from June 7, EU citizens with a 2-dose series completed at least 14 days prior to travel or with proof of having overcome the disease will be able to enter Spain without a PCR test even if their countries are listed as orange, red or dark red according to the ECDC's map.
Daniel Rosado, Director of the Spanish Tourism for the Gulf countries, said: “Spain has very good weekly connectivity from the GCC with 18 flights only to Madrid and Barcelona on Emirates and Etihad together, 17 flights from Doha to Madrid and Barcelona on Qatar Airways and four flights to Madrid from Saudi. Gulf Air is also planning on flying to Malaga from June 25 – this is to be reconfirmed.
“After long months of restrictions, we will finally be able to see tourists back from this region to Spain, where we are waiting to welcome them with our usual warmth and with the highest health and security measures. The tourism fair of Madrid (Fitur), one of the first mass events to be held live and with all the safety measures to prevent the spread of the virus, will set the path to the recovery of the world´s tourism sector. Spain hopes to receive in 2021 more than 50 per cent of the tourists that visited us in 2019. June 7 will be the start of the summer where travel to Spain is now possible.”
Those who have existing Schengen visas will be accepted but if travellers need a new visa, it will have to be obtained via BLS application centres in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
As per the Spanish Ministry of Health, which deals with the health measures to be implemented and concerning the travellers arriving in Spain, it is mandatory for prospective travellers to know the following, Rosado tells us. “All passengers arriving in Spain, be it by air or by sea, will undergo a health check carried out by Spanish authorities before entering the country. These controls may include a temperature check as well as a documentary and a visual assessment of passengers’ condition. Before initiating the travel to Spain all passengers originating from any airport or port must complete a public health form, which can be done online at www.spth.gob.es or through a free application: SPAIN TRAVEL HEALTH-sp TH. Once the form is filled-in, the person concerned will receive a QR code, which they will have to show upon arrival in Spain.”
Spain has unveiled a new tool on safe travel to help travellers understand all measures and requirements to travel to Spain. For more info on travel safe: https://travelsafe.spain.info/en/
Onward journey from Spain within EU is also possible via land or air provided travellers have a valid Schengen visa and have been fully vaccinated with both dozes of approved vaccines and fulfil all requirements/check lists specified by the respective countries to cross borders.
Spain will adopt the EU's digital Covid certificate on July 1, facilitating mobility within the bloc. The main benefits of the Green Digital Certificate are its simplicity and interoperability for the entire European Union, as well as the fact it is free and universal. By means of a QR code, it will provide information on whether the person traveling is vaccinated, has contracted the disease, or has a negative PCR test result.