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Traveling to Spain during Covid-19: What you need to know before you go

CNN StaffUpdated 24th May 2022
Barcelona's unfinished architectural symphony -- the Sagrada Familia cathedral.
Editor's Note — Coronavirus cases are in flux across the globe. Health officials caution that staying home is the best way to stem transmission until you're fully vaccinated. Below is information on what to know if you still plan to travel, last updated on May 24.
(CNN) — If you're planning to travel to Spain, here's what you'll need to know and expect if you want to visit during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The basics

Spain has suffered greatly from Covid-19, with a high number of cases and deaths. The Omicron coronavirus variant caused a peak in Spain earlier in the year, but cases have since dropped.
Spain is open for travel with some restrictions in place, see below.

What's on offer

One of Europe's biggest hitters for good reason, Spain pulls tourists in by the millions thanks to its warm weather, laidback vibe and excellent food and wine.
Plus, of course, there are some of Europe's best beach resorts, mountains, and cultural cities such as Madrid, Seville and Barcelona.

Who can go

Spain recently relaxed its travel restrictions. Current rules dictate that anyone can enter Spain for a vacation, as long as they provide either a certificate proving full vaccination, a negative test or a certificate of recovery.
The test can be a PCR or rapid antigen test.
Travelers can show the EU Digital COVID Certificate or its equivalents to confirm they are fully vaccinated. Spain also accepts equivalent Covid certificates, a list of which can be viewed here.
Otherwise, travelers should manually enter relevant entry details through this website, which will generate a QR code they can use to enter the country.
The above rules apply to anyone over 12.
If you're traveling with a QR code, you must follow certain pathway through the airport. See this link for more details.

What are the restrictions?

Spain does not accept traveler proof of vaccination if the traveler's final dose of vaccination was over 270 days ago, unless the traveler is under 18.

What's the Covid situation?

Spain has seen more than 12.2 million Covid infections and over 105,900 deaths as of May 24, 2022.
As of May 24, over 86.5% of the population has been fully vaccinated.

What can visitors expect?

Face masks are no longer mandatory in some indoor or outdoors public spaces, but remain compulsory on all public transport.
People in Spain who test positive for Covid-19 are no longer required to self-isolate for seven days, as long as they're either asymptomatic or have mild symptoms. See more detail here.
Different regions of Spain may have slightly different Covid measures. It's best to check in advance what individual restrictions are in each region before planning a visit. Spain's official tourism website is a helpful resource for this.

Useful links

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