UPDATED at 11am on 27/11/21
Several of Spain’s regions are making it compulsory to show the EU’s Digital Covid Certificate – also referred to as the ‘Covid passport’ – in order to enter bars, restaurants, gyms, nightclubs, visit hospitals or care homes, and participate in other activities.
The Covid passport can be accessed in Spain via each region’s healthcare system, and officially confirms whether the bearer has been fully vaccinated against Covid-19, has recently recovered from the virus, or has recently tested negative for it.
Below we give details for each region regarding whether they have introduced Covid passport measures, or if they are waiting for court approval for the measures to be ratified. We will do our best to update the details, as and when they are officially announced by the authorities or ratified by the courts. Please consider supporting Spain in English with a donation.
The Catalan High Court ruled on Thursday to approve the use of the ‘Covid passport’ – the first court ruling in Spain to approve them for hospitality venues – and the measure will be in force for at least two weeks, after which the authorities will review its effectiveness and decide whether to extend it or alter it in any way.
The new rule officially came into effect on Friday 26 November, with Covid-19 vaccination certificates required to enter bars, restaurants, gyms, and to also visit elderly care home residents. However, over 300,000 people downloaded their passes between Thursday and Friday and the website to access the certificates was overloaded and crashed. The Catalan health department decided to suspend the measure until Monday 29 November. In the meantime, nightclubs still require the pass.
It remains to be seen if the measure will be extended to other establishments in the coming days after health authorities had also recommended introducing the use of Covid passes to enter cinemas and theatres.
In a press conference on Tuesday, Catalan government spokesperson Patrícia Plaja said that the increase in transmissions, especially among under 12s and 30-49 age group, was ‘already noticeable’ in hospitals. Up to now in Catalonia, Covid passports demonstrating proof of vaccination, recovery from the virus, or a recent negative test had been required to enter nightclubs or attend events in hotels and restaurants with indoor dance floors.
The Covid passport is not currently required in Andalusia, although the regional health authorities met on Friday to discuss whether it should be introduced for visiting hospitals and nursing homes, as well as nightlife venues and sports clubs. If measures are introduced, they would be in accordance with a court’s approval.
The Covid passport is required at nighttime venues, celebrations in hospitality venues and large-scale events. The High Court of Aragón has not yet ratified the measure, but not stopped the measure from being introduced.
The regional government is not currently considering any measures that require the Covid certificate to be shown.
The Covid passport is currently required at nighttime venues and visiting care homes. The regional High Court authorised this measure to be extended until the beginning of December. On Monday, talks will be held to decide whether the Covid passport should be required at bars and restaurants. If so, the regional government will need to ask for court authorisation.
The regional government wants to introduce the Covid passport in restaurants that can have more than 50 customers and in nightclubs, dance halls or venues where there are shows. This request was passed to the Basque High Court, but it was denied with division among the judges. The government initially opted not to appeal the decision, but on Wednesday decided to take the case to the Supreme Court.
The Canary Islands government is to ask the regional High Court on Monday for authorisation to request proof of a negative PCR result or a Covid certificate in all venues that are currently subject to restrictions on capacity and opening hours. If ratified, the plan is for the measure to come into effect in December.
The Cantabria High Court refused the regional government’s request to introduce the Covid passport last summer. For now, the Covid passport has not come into effect in Cantabria.
The regional government of Castilla-La Mancha does not currently believe it is necessary to introduce the Covid certificate.
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The regional government is waiting for a report about the Covid passport’s use in hospitals and hotels, which would be the first areas it would be required if any plan is introduced.
The regional government in Extremadura does not currently believe it is necessary to require the Covid passport.
The Galician High Court has approved use of the Covid passport for citizens wanting to visit patients in hospitals and also for nightlife venues. The regional government is also awaiting authorisation from the courts to require the document for entry into bars and restaurants from 9pm onwards.
The regional government of La Rioja has no plans to introduce the use of the Covid passport.
The Madrid region is not requiring Covid passports for access to any kind of venue.
The High Court in Murcia region has backed the use of the Covid certificate in nightlife venues and at events with large crowds. Demanding to show the passport, however, is not obligatory. If it is required by the venue, 100% capacity is permitted, and if not, 75%.
On Thursday, the Navarra High Court approved the use of the Covid passport in the region. From 27 November to 6 January, the document will be required for access to restaurants that hold more than 60 customers, venues with a nightclub license and banquet halls. The certificate will also be required for access to cultural events that are for more than 1,000 people, are indoors and where food and drink can be consumed.
The Valencian government approved on Thursday a plan to file a request with the courts for the use of the Covid passport in venues with capacity for more than 50 people. The certificate will be necessary in bars, restaurants, nightlife venues, as well as care homes. If approved by the courts, the measure will be in place for a month from 3 December to cover Christmas and New Year.
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