Spain allows the entry of vaccinated travellers from tomorrow
From tomorrow, Monday June 7th, Spain will allow the entry of travellers from third countries to the European Union and countries associated with the Schengen area,
who can prove they are fully vaccinated against Covid-19, except for India, Brazil and South Africa.
This is reflected in the order published in the Official State Gazette (BOE) by which Order INT / 657/2020, of July 17th, is modified, which is the criteria for the application of a temporary restriction of non-essential travel from third countries to the European Union and Schengen associated countries, for reasons of public health caused by Covid-19, and takes effect from 00:00h on June 7th (midnight tonight).
Specifically, the new amendment allows the entry into Spain of people with a vaccination certificate that the Ministry of Health recognizes for this purpose, after verification by the health authorities, as well as accompanying minors.
The vaccines accepted to date by the EMA or the WHO are Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Janssen, Sinopharm and Sinovac-Coronavac.
"In the case of people arriving at any airport located in the Kingdom of Spain, with or without intermediate stopovers, on flights from airports located in third countries, who are subjected to quarantine by Order of the Ministry of Health, while that order is in force, only the exceptions set out in letters d), e) and i) will be applicable, except in the case of persons residing in Spain or Andorra, or spouses of Spanish citizens or couples with whom they maintain a union similar to the spouse registered in a public registry, or those ascendants and descendants who live under their care, provided they travel with or to meet with the Spanish citizen ”, the BOE states.
Currently, only travellers from India have a mandatory 10-day quarantine, but there is also a limitation on travel from Brazil and South Africa that, in practice, excludes them from entering Spain despite being vaccinated.
At the end of May, the Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, announced that Spain will allow entry to travelers from all countries who certify that they are fully vaccinated with one of the vaccines recognized by the World Organization of the Health (WHO) or the European Medicines Agency (EMA), as well as British travellers regardless of vaccination status, with no test required.
Sánchez presented the EU Covid Green Certificate at Fitur, which will be launched on July 1st and will facilitate the mobility of vaccinated European citizens who have passed the disease or who present a negative test within the EU.
The Secretary of State for Tourism, Fernando Valdés, assured this Saturday that, according to his forecasts, between the months of July and September Spain “will be receiving between 14.5 and 15.5 million European tourists".
These figures would represent approximately 40% of the tourists who arrived in 2019, but twice as many as Spain received in 2020. "Between July and September we will be receiving between 14.5 and 15.5 million tourists," said Valdés in an interview on Catalunya Radio.