Spain relaxes Covid entry restrictions for unvaccinated travelers

Spain relaxes Covid entry restrictions for unvaccinated travelers Verbalists Education Beyond Borders Podcast

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27-MAY-2022 | Spain eased its entry requirements for travelers from outside the European Union over the weekend, who will now be able to enter Spain with a negative PCR or rapid antigen test.

Previously only fully vaccinated travelers from outside of the EU were eligible to enter for non-essential travel.

Under the changes, travelers from outside the European Union can enter Spain for non-essential travel purposes if they provide either:

  • Covid vaccination certificate;
  • a certificate of recovery within the last 180 days;
  • a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to departure to Spain; or
  • a negative antigen test carries out in the 24 hours prior to departure.

Children under the age of 12 are exempt from the certification requirements.

France made a similar change in March.

Other nearby countries have also eased or scrapped Covid requirements in recent months. Italy and Greece recently dropped their proof-of-vaccination rules, in addition to other measures, while destinations such as the United Kingdom and Iceland have done away with all pandemic travel restrictions.

The move to ease entry measures is likely to be welcomed by Spain’s language teaching sector. As recently reported by StudyTravel Magazine, members of Spanish language school association FEDELE welcomed 53,530 students in 2021, which was a 61 per cent decrease compared with the record year of 2019.


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