Spain opens to worldwide vaccinated visitors from 7-Jun, relaxes criteria for European travel

  • Restrictions eliminated for travellers vaccinated with EMA/WHO-approved vaccines
  • Antigen tests now accepted coming from EU/EEA countries
  • Expiry time of valid tests reduced to 48 hours before arrival

Spain is now open to visitors from worldwide areas, provided they have been fully vaccinated for at least two weeks with an EMA- or WHO-approved vaccine, according to an official government bulletin ‘BOE’ released at the weekend. Minors travelling with vaccinated adults may also arrive in Spain, though do require a negative COVID test and must, like adults, complete a Passenger Locator Form. Children under 6 years are exempt from testing and locator form.

Exceptions are visitors from South Africa, Brazil and India, who remain barred from entry, regardless of vaccinated status or testing.

For visitors from within the EU/EEA area, Spain now accepts either a NAAT test or an antigen test, though the validity of such test results is reduced to 48 hours, down from 72 hours, from the time of issue. Visitors from this area with a valid COVID-recovered certificate are also accepted for arrival in Spain.

A COVID recovery certificate is also accepted for arrivals from the EU/EEA area.

Vaccination certificate

Accepted vaccination certificates are issued by the authorities of the country of origin from 14 days after the date of the last dose of the complete vaccination regimen. Recognised vaccines will be those authorised by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) or WHO, currently:

  • Oxford–AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria)
  • Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty)
  • Sinopharm-BBIBP
  • Moderna
  • Sinovac
  • Johnson & Johnson/Janssen

The vaccination certificate must include the following information: name and surname of the owner; date of completed vaccination; type of vaccine; number of doses administered / complete regimen; issuing country; identification of the issuing body of the vaccination certificate.

Diagnostic certificate

COVID test result certificates will be accepted as valid when issued in the previous 48 hours upon arrival in Spain.

Tests admitted are the following:

  • NAAT (PCR, RT PCR, LAMP, TMA, mPOCT) used to detect COVID RNA
  • Antigen detection tests

Recovery certificate

Recovery certificates issued by a medical service at least 11 days from the first NAAT test with a positive result. Validity ends 180 days from the date of sample.


  • Seafarers arriving in Spain, returning from work, returning to their base of operations, or travelling to embark or disembark elsewhere, are exempt from the presentation of test certifications.
  • Travellers from Brazil, India and South Africa remain barred from entering Spain for fear of variants, even if they have been vaccinated, or can show a negative test or recovery certificate.
  • Travellers vaccinated with Sputnik V, or any other vaccine not listed above, are not permitted to travel to Spain.