Vaccinated travellers can enter Spain without restrictions

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Travellers who can prove they have been vaccinated will be able to enter Spain without restrictions from today.

Spain allows travellers who can prove that they have been vaccinated against Covid-19 to enter Spain without restrictions from today.

This is a clear sign that tourism activity is picking up after the effects of restrictive measures taken by various governments to control the pandemic. However, tourist arrivals data in 2021 will be far from returning to pre-Coronavirus levels.

This is reflected in an order published last Saturday in the Official State Gazette (BOE), which modifies the criteria for applying the temporary restriction on non-essential travel from third countries to the European Union and associated countries in the Schengen area for reasons of public order and public health during the health crisis caused by COVID-19.

The Order points out that the current moment recommends the introduction of a new criterion related to vaccination. Specifically, the new amendment allows the entry into Spain of people with a vaccination certificate that the Ministry of Health recognises for this purpose, after verification by the health authorities, as well as accompanying minors to whom the Ministry extends the effects.

From this Monday, Spain will authorise entry into the European Union and the countries associated with the Schengen area, with the exception of India, Brazil and South Africa, for travellers who can prove that they have been vaccinated against Covid-19 from third countries.

This is a clear sign that tourism activity is picking up after the effects of restrictive measures taken by various governments to control the pandemic. However, tourist arrivals data in 2021 will be far from returning to pre-Coronavirus levels.

This is reflected in an order published last Saturday in the Official State Gazette (BOE), which modifies the criteria for applying the temporary restriction on non-essential travel from third countries to the European Union and associated countries in the Schengen area for reasons of public order and public health during the health crisis caused by COVID-19.

The Order points out that the current moment recommends the introduction of a new criterion related to vaccination. Specifically, the new amendment allows the entry into Spain of people with a vaccination certificate that the Ministry of Health recognises for this purpose, after verification by the health authorities, as well as accompanying minors to whom the Ministry extends the effects.

The vaccines accepted to date by the EMA or the WHO are those of Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Janssen, Sinopharm and Sinovac-Coronavac.

“In the case of persons arriving at any airport located in Spain, with or without an intermediate stopover, on flights from airports located in third countries, who are subject to quarantine by order of the Ministry of Health, as long as this order is in force, only the exceptions listed in letters d), e) and i), except in the case of persons residing in Spain or Andorra, or the spouses of Spanish citizens or partners with whom they have a union similar to a marital union registered in a public register, or ascendants and descendants who live in their care, provided that they travel with the Spanish citizen or are reunited with him or her”, states the BOE.

Restrictions for India, Brazil and South Africa

Only India is currently subject to a mandatory 10-day quarantine, but there is also a restriction on travel from Brazil or South Africa which, in practice, excludes them from entering Spain despite being vaccinated.

At the end of May, the president of the government, Pedro Sánchez, announced that from 7 June, Spain will allow entry to travellers from all countries that can prove they have received the full course of a vaccine recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) or the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

Sánchez presented the EU’s Covid green certificate in Fitur, which will be launched on 1 July and will facilitate the mobility of vaccinated European citizens who have passed the disease or who test negative within the EU.

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