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Spain removes Covid entry requirements for over a dozen countries

Austria, Latvia, Canada, Saudi Arabia among countries no longer deemed 'at risk'

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12 July 2021 08:22 PM

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ACN | Barcelona

Spain has removed more than a dozen countries from its 'at risk' list, meaning Covid-19 entry requirements are no longer required on arrival.

The latest update applies from Monday, July 12 to Sunday, July 18, and affects countries both within and outside the European Union.

Within the EU, visitors from Austria and Latvia are now able to enter freely. On the other hand, Luxembourg, Czechia and the Helsinki-Uusimaa region of Finland have had restrictions reimposed, meaning visitors will have to provide proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test.

Eleven countries outside of the EU have also been deemed no longer at risk from this week, namely Saudi Arabia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Canada, Jordan, Montenegro, Qatar, Moldova and Kosovo.

Arrivals from at-risk areas, which still include most countries worldwide, must provide a document that either shows:

  • The traveller has been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 at least 14 days prior to arrival in Spain
  • The visitor has a negative result from a diagnostic test, within 48 hours prior to arrival in Spain (NAAT (nucleic acid amplification test, e.g. RT-PCR, RT-LAMP, TMA) / RAT (rapid antigen test)), with a negative result
  • The person has recovered from Covid-19, after the disease has passed, provided that more than 11 days have elapsed since the first positive NAAT test was performed. This will be valid for up to 180 days thereafter

For full, regularly updated details on requirements to enter Spain, go to: https://spth.gob.es/

Brazil, South Africa and India

Tougher requirements are in place for people wanting to enter Spain from India, Brazil or South Africa.

In the case of India, all passengers must quarantine themselves for ten days upon arrival, or for the entirety of their stay in the case that its shorter than this period. They can stop quarantining if they provide a negative test on their seventh day. In addition, they must provide negative test results before boarding, as well as test negative in the airport upon arrival. These restrictions were originally published on April 27 and last extended on July 8, until July 24. 

For travelers coming from Brazil and South Africa, only citizens or residents of Spain can enter the country, while also following the same criteria as passengers from India. The Spanish cabinet has agreed to extend these restrictions several times since February 2. The latest extension was agreed on June 29, until July 20.

Full list

The full list of countries deemed at risk is as follows:

EU/EEA

NB: At-risk zones in brackets. Where no regions specified, the whole country is deemed at risk.

Belgium (Brussels-Capital Region)

Cyprus

Denmark (Hovedstaden)

Finland (Helsinki-Uusimaa)

France (Guadeloupe, Martinique, French Guiana and Réunion)

Greece (Attiki, Notio Aigaio, Kriti)

Ireland

Italy (except for the region of Friuli Venezia Giulia)

Liechtenstein

Luxembourg

Norway (Rogaland, Agder, Trøndelag, Troms og Finnmark)

The Netherlands (Groningen, Overijssel, Gelderland, Utrech, Noord-Holland, Zuid-Holland, Zeeland, Noord-Brabant)

Portugal (Mainland, Azores)

Czechia (Praha, Střední Čechy, Jihozápad, Severozápad, Severovýchod, Jihovýchod, Střední Morava, Moravskoslezsko)

Sweden (Norra Mellansverige, Övre Norrland)

 

All countries outside EU/EEA except for:

Albania

Saudi Arabia

Armenia

Australia

Azerbaijan

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Brunei

Canada

China

South Korea

US

Israel

Japan

Jordan

Lebanon

Montenegro

New Zealand

Qatar

Moldova

North Macedonia

Rwanda

Serbia

Singapore

Thailand

Hong Kong

Macau

Kosovo

Taiwan

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