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It’s official: Spain is reopened to fully vaccinated American tourists.
As of Monday, June 7, Spain has reopened its borders to those coming from the U.S., as well as a host of other countries, in an effort to restart its summer tourism season.
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The Spanish government has said that anyone arriving in Spain from outside the EU or Schengen Area will be permitted to enter providing they have received the full dose of a COVID-19 vaccine approved by either the World Health Organization (WHO) or European Medicines Agency (EMA). All U.S.-approved vaccines apply. Eligible vaccinated travelers must have received their final dose (if applicable) more than 14 days prior to arrival. If fully vaccinated, there are no quarantine or testing requirements.
U.S. travelers may also enter with negative test results from a SARSCoV2 diagnostic test or proof of recovery from COVID-19. As of June 7, both PCR and antigen test results will be accepted as proof of negative test result.
Minors will also be able to enter Spain when they are accompanying people who have been fully vaccinated.
All arrivals in Spain must fill out the Spain Travel Health (SpTH) form at least 48 hours prior to departure to the country. The U.S. is still considered a third-country risk zone, meaning you will need to attach your corresponding documentation (proof of vaccination, recovery or negative test result) to the SpTH form. That will generate a QR code, which you will need to show at border control on arrival.
Spain has said that the EU Digital COVID Certificate will be accepted for those arrivals coming from other EU countries. The EU Digital COVID Certificate scheme (formerly called “green passports“) went live last week on June 2. Some countries, such as Greece, Germany, Poland and others have already made the digital pass available to citizens. All EU nations are expected to have the EU Digital COVID Certificate available by July 1.
“Spain is a safe destination and we are in a position to soon regain our world tourism leadership,” Minister of Health Carolina Darias said.
Last week, there was extreme confusion about whether Spain would be reopening as of the planned June 7 date. That was later cleared up by the Ministry of Health, stating that all was going according to plan for a June 7 reopening.
Travelers from the U.K., Spain’s biggest market for visitors, have already packed their bags for a summer visit. Given that the U.K. is not considered a risk area, arrivals don’t need proof of vaccination or negative test result. This is despite the fact that Spain remains on the amber list of the U.K.’s traffic light system. That means any travelers who go to Spain must quarantine for 10 days upon their return to the U.K.
Resuming its tourism industry is crucial to Spain’s economic health. Tourism accounts for about 12% of the country’s GDP.
Additional reporting by Clint Henderson and Emily McNutt.
Featured image of Madrid, Spain by Dominic Dähncke/Getty Images.
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