As of Monday June 7, “all vaccinated people are welcome in our country”, as Pedro Sánchez announced at the international tourism fair, Fitur. It is intended to begin to reestablish a flow of people, although still limited, more similar to that experienced by Spain in other summers in which it could host up to 25 million tourists of different nationalities. This year, international travel will be marked by requirements such as the COVID passport, PCR, antigen or recovery tests and health controls at the borders to try to avoid a new wave of infections. The BOE published this saturday the rules that will govern the entry of international travelers from now on.
These are the keys that anyone who wants to travel to Spain this summer should take into account:
All passengers arriving in Spain by air or sea must complete a health control form on the web before departure. www.spth.gob.es or the Spain Travel Health application. Once the form has been completed, an individualized QR code will be generated that the traveler must present to the transport companies before boarding, as well as at the health controls at the point of entry.
Complete schedule vaccine
People who have been vaccinated will be able to access Spain without problems as long as they have received the complete schedule and at least two weeks have passed since the last dose. Vaccination certificates will be accepted for all medicines that have been approved by the European Medicines Agency or the World Health Organization, i.e. Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Janssen, Sinopharm and Sinovac-Coronavac.
This decision responds to the recommendation of the European Union to avoid imposing additional restrictions on those with complete vaccination “unless it is necessary and proportionate”.
Negative PCR or antigen test performed within the previous 48 hours
If you have not yet received the vaccine, there is the possibility of traveling if you have a negative PCR or antigen test performed less than 48 hours before arrival in Spain. Previously only PCR tests were accepted, but antigen tests became one of the main complaints of airlines because it is a faster and cheaper test.
This change will considerably facilitate the arrival of tourists, but it has been criticized from the European Union, where the general recommendation continues to be the requirement of negative PCRs.
This certificate certifies that the person who receives it has already recovered from the COVID-19 infection and therefore will be able to travel for at least 11 days after the first NAAT diagnostic test – nucleic acid amplification test – with a positive result. . The validity of the certificate will end 180 days from the date the sample is taken.
Comply with sanitary controls
All passengers arriving in Spain as their final destination must undergo a health check upon arrival at the first point of entry. This will include taking the temperature, a control of the documents required to travel – COVID certificate, vaccination certificate or PCR, antigen or recovery tests – and a visual control of the passenger’s condition.
With regard to temperature control, this will be carried out routinely in order to identify travelers with fever. A temperature equal to or greater than 37.5 ° C is established as the detection limit.
In the event that during the visual control a passenger suspected of having COVID-19 is detected, a medical evaluation will be carried out in which the epidemiological and clinical aspects of the passenger will be assessed in which a diagnostic test can be performed to check if is infected.
Exceptionally, certain passengers may be required to carry out a diagnostic test within 48 hours of arrival, the result of which must be communicated to the Foreign Health Services. If after this assessment the suspicion that the passenger suffers from COVID-19 is confirmed or maintained, the health protocols of each autonomous community will be activated for their referral and follow-up.
The list of countries or risk zones, as well as the inclusion criteria in it, is published on the Ministry of Health and on the web Spain Travel Health. As a general rule, the lists will be reviewed every seven days.
What about the children?
Passengers under the age of six must not present any type of certificate but must complete the health form before traveling.
These measures begin on Monday, June 7 and will remain in effect until the Government declares the end of the health crisis situation caused by COVID-19. President Pedro Sánchez pointed out that in this way it is expected to recover between 60% and 70% of foreign tourists in 2019 by the end of this year and pointed out that this summer the arrival of between 30% and 40% of the 2019 international tourists, a range of between 8.5 and 10 million tourists.