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Travellers arriving in Spain from elsewhere in the EU or the Schengen Area, including residents travelling back to Spain, will no longer be required to present proof of vaccination against Coronavirus, recent recovery or a negative test result, it was confirmed on Thursday.
For those arriving from outside the EU or Schengen Area, however, the requirements remain in place.
The Spanish Health Ministry pointed to the ‘improvement to the epidemiological situation’ in Spain and other European countries, as well as the country’s high vaccination rate, as the reason for its decision to relax the rules.
The announcement was published on Thursday in the country’s BOE state bulletin, meaning Spain’s Covid-19 travel rules have changed with immediate effect.
‘Due to the high rates of vaccination coverage in Spain, above the European Union average, and the favourable situation of the health system, it is considered appropriate to eliminate travel restrictions for people from countries belonging to the European Union as well as associated Schengen countries,’ states the BOE.
‘People who arrive in Spain by air or sea from countries that do not belong to the European Union or are not considered Schengen associated countries may be subject to a health check at the first point of entry that will include, at least, the taking of temperature, documentation control and a visual check on their physical condition,’ the Spanish government clarified about the fact that the Covid pass rule remains in place for non-EU/Schengen travellers.
Spain had already eased entry rules for third-country tourists on 21 May, lifting the ban on unvaccinated non-EU/Schengen travellers by allowing them to enter Spain with a negative Covid-19 test.
The seven-day incidence of new Covid infections in people over 60 years of age was given by the ministry as 282.
Younger people have not had to be tested or quarantined for Coronavirus for quite some time and the situation in hospitals has eased.
Face masks remain obligatory in Spain only on public transport and in senior care homes and health care facilities.