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Negative PCRs and quarantines will not be required of travelers to Spain with EU Covid passports

Authorities hope Digital Green Certificate will make travel “safer and faster”


16 April 2021 12:55 PM



Spain has announced it will not require European Union citizens to provide proof of a negative PCR test or to quarantine upon arrival if they are Covid-19 passport holders demonstrating they have either been vaccinated against the virus, tested negative, or recovered from the disease and have antibodies.

With a quarantine and a recent PCR test no longer required, Spanish authorities hope to facilitate travel for citizens from other European countries as well as help the local tourism industry recover from the pandemic downturn. 

Spain’s secretary-general for Digital Health, Alfredo González, stressed that the Covid-19 passport, which the EU has named the Digital Green Certificate, will make travel "safer and faster" for holiday-goers while helping the country "welcome more people in a safer manner."

The Digital Green Certificate is expected to ease free movement within the Schengen Area (that is, most EU countries, plus Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, and Liechtenstein).


  • A passenger at Barcelona's El Prat airport (by Norma Vidal)

  • A passenger at Barcelona's El Prat airport (by Norma Vidal)