The Spanish government have announced that unvaccinated travellers from outside the EU are now allowed to visit Spain, provided they can show a negative Covid test result or a recovery certificate on arrival in the country.
It means that visitors will be able to show a certificate of vaccination, recovery or negative diagnosis at entry controls, bringing tourists from non-EU countries into line with the same conditions required of citizens of the European Union and associated Schengen countries.
The Minister for Trade and Tourism, Reyes Maroto, said that “this is good news, long awaited by the tourism sector, facilitating the arrival of tourists from outside the European Union for the high season and guaranteeing safe mobility”.
Una buena noticia, muy esperada por el sector turístico y que facilita la llegada de turistas de fuera de la UE de cara a la temporada alta garantizando una movilidad segura.
🇪🇸 se está erigiendo como uno de los destinos más deseados del mundo, como nos muestran los indicadores. https://t.co/bgs1LKsRME
— Reyes Maroto (@MarotoReyes) May 21, 2022
The measures came into effect on the 21st of May with the Official State Gazette (BOE) publishing the health requirements for entry into Spain for travellers from non-EU countries.
Maroto said that “this excellent news, long awaited by the tourism sector, will make it easier for tourists from outside Europe to visit us this high season and guarantees safe mobility”.
Spain´s tourism sector represents around 14% of GDP and is a major source of employment across the country.
The sector is hoping to recover to its pre-pandemic level this year after a catastrophic 2020 and patchy 2021.
Spain, she said “ is emerging as one of the world’s most desirable destinations, as shown by the demand indicators that month-on-month are approaching pre-pandemic levels, and this measure will accelerate the recovery of the sector by facilitating the entry of international travellers.”
Children under 12 years of age are exempt from presenting any kind of certificate.