Spain eases COVID restrictions, allows Non-EU traveller with COVID negative test certificate


The Spanish government has confirmed that non-vaccinated travellers from outside the EU can enter the country paving way for travellers who have not had a coronavirus jab to enter the country by showing a negative PCR or antigen test on arrival.

As per the new order in Spain’s Official State Gazette (BOE) which publishes an order of the Ministry of the Interior, from May 21, 2022, travellers entering Spain at air or sea borders, whatever their place of origin, must provide one of the below mentioned three certificates:

  • Vaccination certificate meeting the requirements established by the Ministry of Health.
  • A SARS-CoV-2 negative diagnostic test certificate. NAAT (PCR or similar) tests carried out in the 72 hours prior to departure to Spain or an antigen test carried out in the 24 hours prior to departure to Spain will also be worth it.
  • Certificate of recovery issued by the competent authority or medical service at least 11 days after confirmation of the COVID infection by a PCR or antigen test. These certificates shall be valid for 180 days.

Children under 12 years of age shall be exempt from submitting any type of certificate. In addition, passengers arriving by sea, as well as those arriving at airports with an EU Digital Covid Certificate or recognized as equivalent by the European Commission, will not have to fill in the SPTH Health Control Form.

“The new phase of the pandemic allows us to relax health requirements for entry into Spain by equating non-EU travellers with those of the EU and Schengen Associated Countries. This excellent news, much awaited by the tourism sector, will make it easier for tourists from outside the European environment to visit us this high season guaranteeing safe mobility. Spain is becoming one of the most desired destinations in the world, as shown by the demand indicators that are approaching pre-pandemic levels month after month and this measure will accelerate the recovery of the sector by facilitating the entry of international travellers,” said Reyes Maroto, Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism, Spain.