Last update: 4/11/2021
Spain reopened to international tourism in July 2020, but it has since closed its borders to many countries. It will only start to reopen for international tourism again once at least 30% of the population has been vaccinated.
Currently, only travelers from the EU, Schengen Area, and countries with reciprocal travel agreements (Australia, China, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, and Thailand) can visit Spain. Travelers from other countries can only enter Spain for essential reasons (not tourism).
All travelers must complete an electronic Health Control Form before they arrive in Spain. Travelers from high-risk countries must have a medical certificate for a negative COVID test that was carried out within 72 hours of arrival in Spain.
Can I travel to Spain right now?
You can travel to Spain from some countries now. Below is a map of all the countries that can visit Spain at the moment.
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* Only EU/Schengen Area residents, long-term Schengen Area visa holders, health professionals, diplomats, students studying in the EU, and people traveling for urgent family reasons or another necessary reason can travel to Spain from these countries. Only Spanish or Andorran nationals and residents can travel to Spain from the UK, South Africa, and Brazil. You can find more information on these entry restrictions here (in Spanish).
Spain COVID-19 travel restrictions and entry requirements
Spain’s entry requirements are simple and straightforward.
All travelers must fill in an electronic Health Control Form before they arrive in Spain. Travelers can complete the form on the Spain Travel Health website or with the Android/iOS app. After completing the form, travelers will receive a QR code that they must present upon arrival in Spain. Every traveler must complete their own individual form.
Travelers from high-risk countries must have a medical certificate for a negative COVID test that was carried out within 72 hours of arrival in Spain. Acceptable tests include PCR (RT-PCR), RT-LAMP, and TMA tests. The test certificate must be the original copy and be written in Spanish, French, English, or German.
Is PCR testing mandatory to travel to Spain?
All travelers from high-risk areas must have a medical certificate for a negative COVID test that was carried out within 72 hours of arrival in Spain.
A list of high-risk areas can be found here. Acceptable tests include PCR (RT-PCR), RT-LAMP, and TMA tests. The certificate for the test must be the original copy, can be in paper or electronic form, and must be written in Spanish, French, English, or German.
The certificate must include: the traveler’s name, passport or ID number, identification and contact details of the laboratory that performed the test, the type of test performed, and a negative test result. The passport/ID number on the certificate must match the passport/ID number used to complete the traveler’s Health Control Form.
Children under the age of 6 are exempt from this testing requirement.
Is there a mandatory quarantine upon arrival in Spain?
There is no mandatory quarantine upon arrival in Spain as long as you are not traveling from Botswana, Brazil, Colombia, Comoros, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Peru, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, or Zimbabwe.
If you are traveling to Spain from one of the aforementioned countries, you must quarantine for 10 days from your arrival in Spain or for the duration of your stay if it is shorter than 10 days. You can end your quarantine early if you get tested for COVID-19 on the 7th day of your quarantine period and receive a negative result.
Health Control Form to enter Spain
All travelers must complete an electronic Health Control Form before they arrive in Spain.
You can complete the form on the Spain Travel Health website or with the Android/iOS app. Once you complete the form, you will receive a QR code, which you must present upon arrival in Spain. You must fill in a form for every trip you take and every traveler must complete their own individual form.
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COVID-19 vaccine to travel to Spain
The Spanish government has plans to require a vaccine passport or certificate of vaccination from travelers in the near future. If you’re going to get the COVID-19 vaccine before traveling to Spain, I recommend taking a copy of a vaccination record or certificate with you in case Spain changes its travel restrictions.
Other travel restrictions for Spain during COVID-19
Spain has a few other travel restrictions in place:
- All travelers will undergo health screenings, which will include temperature checks, upon arrival in Spain.
- Face masks must be worn in all public areas.
- Social distancing rules must be observed.
- You may need a tourist visa to visit Spain. Check if you need one below.
What’s open in Spain
Wondering what you’ll be able to do if you visit Spain right now? Hotels, beaches, restaurants, and attractions are all open, but keep in mind that there will be increased restrictions for Semana Santa (Easter Holy Week), including nightly curfews and interregional travel restrictions.
Hotels that are open in Spain
Hotels and accommodations in Spain are open, but they have implemented increased health and safety measures to help keep both guests and employees safe. We highly recommend these hotels in Spain:
- Four Seasons Hotel Madrid
- W Barcelona
- Ushuaia Ibiza Beach Hotel
- Alanda Marbella Hotel (Malaga)
- Hotel Hospes Maricel y Spa (Mallorca)
- Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Gran Canaria
- Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife
Guests must wear face masks in all public areas of accommodations and abide by social distancing guidelines. They will be encouraged to use contactless payment whenever possible. Hand sanitizer should be available at accommodations’ entrances and receptions for guests to disinfect their hands. High-contact surfaces will be disinfected frequently.
Beaches that are open in Spain
Spain is well known for its lovely, sunny beaches, which tourists generally flock to. Luckily, Spain’s beaches are open right now, so visitors can soak up the sun and go for a swim.
Beachgoers must keep a distance of at least two meters between themselves and others, both on the beach and in the water. Beachgoers should also wear face masks while on the beach. Numbers may be limited at some beaches, so be sure to check if you need to reserve a beach spot in advance.
If beachgoers plan on doing any water sports, they should bring their own equipment, if possible. Changing rooms, showers, and toilets should still be open but with safety regulations in place.
More information on beach regulations is available here.
Attractions that are open and tours that are operating in Spain
There is so much to see and do in Spain: you can visit art museums, admire archaeological sites and historic churches, explore beautiful landscapes, and more. Fortunately, attractions, such as museums, monuments, and parks, are all open and tours are operating in Spain right now.
Attractions will have capacity limits, so be sure to check if you need to book your tickets in advance. For instance, in Aragón, Castilla-La Mancha, and Cataluña, museums are limited to 50% capacity, and in Cantabria, all cultural sites are limited to 75% capacity.
Visitors must abide by social distancing guidelines. If social distancing is not possible, visitors must wear masks. They will have to sign a form that states that they know and accept the attraction’s health and safety guidelines.
On tours, visitors will be informed of all relevant health and safety guidelines. Tour sizes will be limited, so try to book your spot in advance, if possible. Visitors must abide by social distancing guidelines and wear a mask if required.
Restaurants that are open in Spain
You can’t visit Spain without trying the delicious local cuisine: tapas, tortilla, paella valenciana, gazpacho, jamón, croquetas, queso manchego…there are so many tasty options to choose from! Luckily, restaurants in Spain are open. Delivery and takeout are also available.
Guests should wear face masks whenever they are not eating or drinking and sanitize their hands when entering a restaurant. They should check opening hours for restaurants, as hours may vary based on curfew times, and book their table in advance, if possible.
Guests will be encouraged to pay with contactless card payments. Employees will be trained in health and safety guidelines.
Airports that are open in Spain
Spain’s busiest airports, Madrid Barajas, Barcelona El Prat, and Palma de Mallorca, are all open, and international flights are operating.
Travelers must wear masks at all times and abide by social distancing rules. They will be subject to health screenings with temperature checks on arrival in Spain.
Curfew in Spain
Each of Spain’s autonomous communities (regions) has its own curfew restrictions in place.
In Andalucía, Aragón, Castilla y León, Extremadura, Comunidad de Madrid, Comunidad Foral de Navarra, and Ceuta, there is a nightly curfew from 11 PM to 6 AM. In Cantabria, there is a nightly curfew from 11 PM to 6 AM until April 16th.
In Principado de Asturias, Islas Baleares (Balearic Islands), Cataluña, Galicia, Región de Murcia, País Vasco (Basque Country), Comunidad Valenciana, and Melilla, there is a nightly curfew from 10 PM to 6 AM.
In Canarias (the Canary Islands), there is a curfew from 11 PM to 6 AM in La Gomera, La Palma, and El Hierro and a curfew from 10 PM to 6 AM in Lanzarote, Tenerife, Gran Canaria, and Fuerteventura from March 26th to April 9th.
In Castilla-La Mancha and La Rioja, there is a nightly curfew from 11 PM to 6 AM from March 26th to April 10th. You can find more information on these curfew regulations here (in Spanish).
Where to get a PCR test in Spain – COVID-19 testing in Spain
Your country may require you to take a PCR test in order to fly back home. If you need to get a PCR test in Spain, here is a list of places you can get tested.
Spain reopening its borders to tourists – F.A.Q.
Check out these FAQs related to Spain reopening for tourists and let us know if you have any other questions in the comments below.
Yes, you can travel to Spain right now from the EU, Schengen Area, and countries with reciprocal travel agreements (Australia, China, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, and Thailand).
There are currently 3,200,000+ active cases and 75,000+ deaths due to COVID-19 in Spain as of today. The CDC classifies travel to Spain as “Level 4- Very High Risk.” If you have a pre-existing condition or any health condition that could increase your chances of serious illness, do not travel to Spain. Additionally, even if you are not high-risk, you should reconsider traveling to Spain.
Yes, travelers from countries outside the EU, Schengen Area, and countries with reciprocal travel agreements (Australia, China, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, and Thailand) cannot visit Spain right now unless they are traveling for an essential reason.
No, you do not need to quarantine upon arrival as long as you are not traveling from Botswana, Brazil, Colombia, Comoros, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Peru, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, or Zimbabwe. If you are traveling to Spain from one of these countries, you must quarantine for 10 days from your arrival in Spain.
Yes, if you are traveling from a high-risk country, you must have a medical certificate for a negative COVID test that was carried out within 72 hours of arrival in Spain. Acceptable tests are PCR (RT-PCR), RT-LAMP, and TMA tests.
Yes, each of Spain’s autonomous communities (regions) has its own curfew restrictions, which can be found here (in Spanish only).
Yes, there are restrictions on interregional travel. Most autonomous communities require you to remain in the same autonomous community, and some autonomous communities have even restricted travel to certain areas. You can find more information on interregional travel restrictions here (in Spanish).
Yes, Spain’s hotels are open.
Yes, Spain’s busiest airports, Madrid Barajas, Barcelona El Prat, and Palma de Mallorca, are all open, and commercial flights are operating.
Yes, restaurants in Spain are open, but each autonomous community has its own regulations for them.
Yes, beaches in Spain are open.
Yes, tours and excursions are currently operating.
Yes, attractions are open but with limited capacities.
No, American tourists cannot currently travel to Spain.
No, Canadians cannot visit Spain for tourism purposes right now.
We will update this guide on Spain reopening to tourism with any new developments. If you need more information on travel to Spain, you can check these official sources:
- US Embassy Updates on COVID-19 in Spain
- CDC Travel Recommendations for Spain
- General Spain Travel Advisory
- Travel Safe Spain: Information on Entry Requirements and Regulations in Spain
- Travel Safe Spain: Which Countries Can Travel to Spain?
- Travel Safe Spain: Requirements to Visit Spain
- Current Entry Requirements and Risk Areas in English
- Current Entry Requirements in Spanish
- Health Control Form
- Health Control Form App for Android
- Health Control Form App for iOS
- Guidelines for Hotels, Restaurants, Tour Guides, Etc. in English
- Restrictions for Each Autonomous Community in Spanish
- Spanish Ministry of Health Official Website in Spanish
- COVID-19 Testing Laboratories in Spain