Entry requirements and procedures
- Do you need vaccinations to travel to Spain?
You do not need any vaccinations against illness to travel to Spain. As in any part of the world, it is advisable to have your anti-tetanus vaccination up to date if you are going to be in contact with nature and the countryside, as well as any other official vaccination programme.
Under exceptional circumstances, the Spanish authorities can ask travellers to undergo a medical examination to ensure that they are not suffering from any of the illnesses requiring quarantine listed in International Health Regulations.
- What documentation is required to travel to Spain?
Documentation required to travel to Spain varies according to the country of origin.
If you have an Irish passport or a passport from any other EU country, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Lichtenstein, you will need a valid passport or ID card. Under 16s can be included on their father, mother, or guardian's passport when they have the same nationality as the passport holder, and are travelling with him or her. Additionally, if the minor is travelling with an ID document, this must be accompanied by written permission from the parents.
It is advisable to take out travel insurance for your trip.
- Which products can be brought into Spain?
There are no limits to what you can buy and take with you when you travel between countries in the European Union, provided what you buy is for your own personal use. In these cases you will not need to prove they will be subject to personal use in quantities below 800 cigarettes, 400 mini-cigars, 200 cigars, 1 kg of tobacco, 10 litres of liqueurs, 20 of fortified wine, 90 wine and 110 litres of beer. Furthermore, monetary amounts of over 9,999.99 euros must also be declared. Travellers may not bring foodstuffs of animal origin for their own consumption into the European Union as part of their baggage (meats, meat products, milk and dairy products). The only exceptions, in general terms, are commercially packaged baby formula, and special foods required for medical reasons. Travellers arriving from the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Iceland may bring in small quantities of meat and dairy products for personal consumption. Other foodstuffs can be brought into Spain up to a maximum weight of one kilogram.
Travellers are permitted to enter Spain with their personal baggage, which may contain items for personal or family use, or to be given as presents. These will not in principle be considered as commercial goods, depending on the quantity or type of goods. This evaluation will be made by the customs services on arrival.
Sums of money in excess of 9,999.99 euros must be declared. Currently, over 18s are authorised to carry 200 cigarettes, or 100 mini-cigars, or 50 cigars, or 250 grams of rolling tobacco. The quantities of alcohol visitors are permitted to bring into the country are one litre of drink with an alcohol content of over 22%, or two litres with a lower alcohol content.
- Are you travelling with your pet?
There are three general rules: animals should be accompanied by their owners or representatives, must be duly identified and must have their accompanying animal health certificate, which should include a copy written in Spanish. Please take into account that all pets must be in possession of the correct veterinary certificate or passport, according to the species of animal.
If your pet is a dog, a cat or a ferret
Dogs, cats and ferrets that are less than 3 months old, and are therefore not vaccinated against rabies, are not allowed entry. Before entering Spain, your pet must fulfil a series of sanitary and identification requirements, which may vary according to the country of origin. You can check them on the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment official website. (http://www.magrama.gob.es/es/ganaderia/legislacion/animales-compania-normativa-zoosanitaria.aspx). In most cases, your pet must be identified with a legible tattoo or microchip, and the valid passport must prove that it was vaccinated against rabies. The animal must not travel within 21 days after its first vaccination.
If your pet is a bird
Birds coming from non-European Union member states should comply with a series of control requirements for safety reasons (against bird flu) which are included on the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment official website. In all cases the animal must have the veterinary certificate written at least in Spanish, issued within the past 10 days (for European Union member states), and signed and stamped by an official vet, with a declaration from the owner or their representative (for third countries). Poultry are not considered pets.
They must all have the corresponding veterinary certificate, written at least in Spanish, issued within 10 days before the trip. Also, if you come from a country outside the European Union, on the following link from the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment, you will find information regarding the entry of your pet into Spain, by type of pet and country of origin. (http://cexgan.magrama.es/Modulos05/Publico/InformacionMercados.aspx?proc=6) For the health certificate, please take into account that pets must be examined within 5 days before leaving the country of origin. On the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment website, as well as the regulations, you'll also find the corresponding certificate and passport models, written in Spanish and English.
A few useful tips…
Make sure you have a telephone number for emergency veterinary services in the place you are planning to visit with your pet.
In addition to fulfilling all the entry requirements, you should also bear in mind the following:
• Muzzles are obligatory in some Spanish regions. • Not all types of accommodation admit animals. • Most restaurants do not admit pets. • The municipal authorities determine the places, seasons and times when dogs are allowed to enter and stay on beaches.
Before you start your trip, it is advisable to check with your chosen accommodation and transport companies about their conditions for travelling with pets.