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Spain is now issuing EU Digital Covid Certificates – full details of what you need to know

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Spain has started to issue the EU Digital Covid Certificate to all citizens in Spain who apply for it, becoming one of the first European countries capable of issuing and recognising the certificate. It is 20 days earlier than when it becomes mandatory – set for 1 July – which is the date set by the European Regulation for ‘the rights of citizens and the obligation of member States’.

The EU Digital Covid Certificate is to be used as digital proof that a person has either:

The European Commission has stated that: ‘EU Certificates can be issued and used in all EU Member States to facilitate free movement during the Covid-19 pandemic. All EU citizens and their family members, as well as non-EU nationals legally staying or residing in the Member States and who have the right to travel to other Member States, would be eligible to receive such certificates free of charge.’

The Commission has also stated that, ‘the EU certificate only includes a minimum set of information necessary to confirm and verify the holder’s vaccination, testing or recovery status.’

The key features of the certificate are:

In Spain, it will be used progressively and on a trial basis throughout June, although the certificates issued will be valid from the outset. This week, most regional governments in Spain will start issuing digital certificates for citizens to verify having been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 or having recovered from the disease.

In the coming days and weeks, the regional governments will offer more and more functions to the certificate with the aim of being able to issue both electronic and hard-copy certificates from 1 July, verifying the three situations: vaccination, recovery and negative results of a diagnostic test. 

Spain’s national and regional authorities are in charge of issuing the certificates. It could, for example, be issued by test centres or regional health authorities, or directly via a region’s eHealth portal. Any citizen who requests the certificate via the Spanish Ministry of Health website must be able to prove that they have been vaccinated or that they have overcome the disease. For further information, here is the current link set up (in Spanish) on the central ministry’s website to apply for a certificate: https://cvd.sanidad.gob.es/cvdcovid/cvdcovid-formulario/index.xhtml. We recommend our readers to contact their regional health portals.

The EU Digital Covid Certificate is completely free of charge and can be obtained both in electronic and paper formats. In both cases, each certificate includes a QR code that makes it easy to read.

Without this certificate, it will be possible to travel within the EU in compliance with the health requirements, but the process of entering the country will be slower and additional measures, such as testing and quarantine, may be put in place.

‘Thanks to the work of the professionals of the National Health System, both the [Health] Ministry and the regional governments, it will be possible that in just over a month, millions of Spaniards will be able to have this certificate to facilitate their international mobility,’ said Alfredo González Gómez, Spain’s Secretary General for Digital Health, Information and Innovation. He added: ‘This demonstrates both the enormous potential of new technologies applied to health and the excellent collaboration that exists in the health sector between the Government of Spain and the regional governments’.

Here are further FAQ regarding the EU Digital Covid Certificate

How will the certificate work?

How will citizens get the certificate?

How will it help free movement?

Will citizens who are not yet vaccinated be able to travel to another EU country?

Spanish PM Pedro Sánchez, together with Tourism Minister Reyes Maroto (left) and Health Minister Carolina Darias, present the digital health certificate at the FITUR travel trade show on 21 May 2021. (Moncloa)

New rules for entering Spain since 7 June

Since Monday 7 June, all travellers from outside the European Union and Schengen Zone can visit Spain, providing they have a certificate to show they have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and that the second dose was received at least 14 days before travelling (or the first and only dose if vaccinated with Janssen).

Meanwhile, non-vaccinated Europeans — who were already allowed to enter Spain with a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours — since 7 June are also able to take a cheaper antigen test instead. Since Monday 24 May, Spain officially lifted restrictions for UK travellers to allow non-essential travel without quarantine or the need to provide any test, although a health declaration form is required. However, Spain still remains on the UKgovernment’s updated ‘amber’ list of countries after the latest review of travel destinations.

The new measures were finally published in Spain’s Boletín Oficial del Estado (BOE) on Saturday 5 June. The Spanish Tourism Ministry has also detailed (in English) the new measures in a 3 page document here.

For further details, please see our separate report: Spain open to all fully vaccinated non-EU travellers, and antigen tests accepted for EU 

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