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What are the Covid-19 travel rules for entering Spain from abroad?

Covid certificate showing negative test, recovery or vaccination within EU, proof of vaccination required from most non-EU countries


17 January 2022 01:17 PM


ACN | Barcelona

International travel rules tightened again in late 2021, with the Omicron variant driving another rise in Covid-19 cases.

Requirements to enter Catalonia from abroad are determined by the Spanish government and all passengers arriving by air or by sea have to fill out a health control form before their departure. 

From February 1, 2022, all travelers required to show a vaccination certificate will need to prove that no more than 270 days have passed since the administration of the last dose. After that, the vaccination certificate must show the administration of a booster dose.

Article last updated January 17, 2021

EU/EEA countries 

Passengers coming from 'risk' areas within the European Union or European Economic Area need to show an EU Covid certificate upon arrival proving that a person has either been vaccinated against Covid-19, received a negative test result, or recovered from the virus. 

'Risk' countries and regions are determined according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control's weekly traffic-light map. The latest map, published on January 13, shows the entirity of the EU/EEA is coloured red or dark red, meaning all member states are included in the Spanish health ministry's list of 'risk' countries from Monday, January 17 to Sunday, January 23

Non-EU/EEA countries 

Most countries outside the EU/EEA are deemed to be 'risk' areas. Passengers arriving from those countries have to show proof of vaccination.  

An exception had previously been made for the United Kingdom, with negative PCR tests also being accepted alongside vaccination certificates, but from December 1, individuals flying to Spain from the UK are only allowed to enter the country if they are vaccinated against Covid-19

Countries and territories that are not considered at risk and are therefore exempt from the health-related entry requirements are Bahrain, Chile, China, Colombia, Indonesia, Kuwait, New Zealand, Peru, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan. 

Individuals flying from those countries to Spain do have to fill out a health control form but do not have to show proof of vaccination, recovery or a negative test. 

Argentina, Australia and Canada are now considered 'risk' countries, having previously appeared on the list of exceptions.

Arrivals from 'risk' countries are able to enter Spain with a negative diagnostic test or a certificate of recovery if they meet one of the following conditions: EU residents; long-term visa holders; health professionals; transport, marine and aeronautical personnel traveling as part of their work; diplomatic and military personnel traveling as part of their duties; students traveling for study; highly qualified workers, including participants in high-level sports events taking place in Spain; duly accredited imperative family reasons; reasons of force majeure.

High-risk countries 

No countries are currently deemed 'high risk', after Spain removed nine southern African countries from that category on January 10th. Passengers coming from high-risk countries had to have proof of a negative Covid-19 test upon arrival in Spain, as well as proof of vaccination or recovery.


  • Barcelona El Prat airport (by Albert Cadanet)

  • Barcelona El Prat airport (by Albert Cadanet)