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Practical information for tourists in the COVID-19 crisis


(Last updated: Tuesday, 4 August 2020) Spain has opened its borders with all European Union member states from 21 June, the end of the state of alarm, and will no longer impose quarantine on visitors. The European Union has also lifted its internal border controls within the Schengen area and has issued a recommendation for authorising entry for citizens of non-EU countries, which each country will apply according to the reciprocity principle. Following these criteria, Spain permits entry to citizens of the following countries, from 4 July: Algeria, Australia, Canada, China, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, and Uruguay. The reciprocity principle is maintained for citizens of Algeria, China, and Morocco.

The European Union has set up a new website and a mobile app where you can see if travel is possible to each member state, the requirements of each destination, and other information to answer travellers’ questions. Go to Re-open EU for travel information and guidelines for each destination.This phased opening of the EU is expected to include more countries in the near future. The list of countries considered to be safe will be reviewed every 15 days, and is based on these requirements:1.- Epidemiological conditions equivalent to or better than the EU2.- Acceptance of certain healthcare conditions in the place of origin, on the journey and at the destination3.- Actions taken on the principle of reciprocity

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Healthcare checks on entry to Spain

The Government has set up a series of checks for travellers entering Spain: • All passengers arriving by air or sea must undergo a temperature check, which must be below 37.5 degrees Celsius. Shipping companies can take passengers’ temperature before arriving at a Spanish port. • All travellers must fill in a public health form, online at, or using the free app SPAIN TRAVEL HEALTH (SpTH). After completing the form, passengers will obtain a QR code which they must present on arrival in Spain. • Tour operators, travel agencies and transport companies must inform tourists and travellers of their obligation to present the public health form at the destination airport or port.  • Any passengers who are suspected of carrying COVID-19 or another contagious disease will be subjected to another health assessment, which will include taking their temperature again and evaluating their clinical and epidemiological health. If an infectious disease is confirmed, the traveller will be taken to a medical centre.

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Special health protection measures

All regions of Spain have completed the phases for transitioning to the new normality once the crisis caused by the pandemic is less severe. On 9 June, the Spanish government approved the Royal Decree-Law on urgent containment and coordination measures to deal with the COVID-19 public health crisis, which establishes the regulations to be followed from 21 June. These measures include, in relation to tourism: • The mandatory use of face masks by persons over 6 years of age on public roads, outdoors and in enclosed spaces for public use, provided that it is not possible to maintain a social distance of at least 1.5 metres. Exceptions are made for persons with disabilities or respiratory illnesses, as well as when practising sports or eating. Their use is also mandatory on public transport, by air, sea and rail, and in private vehicles if the occupants do not live together at the same address. Failure to comply with this measure will result in a penalty of up to 100 euros. • However, all the autonomous communities, with the exception of the Canary Islands, have approved the compulsory wearing of face masks in all public spaces, even in situations when social distancing can be observed.  • Hotels and tourist accommodation, hotels and restaurants, shops, as well as cultural, entertainment and other recreational and sports centres shall ensure that crowds are avoided in common areas, and shall guarantee that customers and workers maintain a minimum interpersonal distance of 1.5 metres. Appropriate hygiene measures shall be observed in these establishments to prevent risks of contagion. • There are limitations on nightlife in several regions, including Andalusia, Aragon, Catalonia, Region of Valencia, Galicia, Balearic Islands, Navarre, Region of Madrid, Region of Murcia, and the Basque Country, and in many cities the discotheques and nightclubs are closed or have reduced their opening times. Other Autonomous Regions are studying whether to introduce similar measures. • Free mobility throughout the territory and travel between provinces will be allowed (with a few exceptions, restricted to small areas, to ensure safety).

What protective measures can I take to avoid the disease?

The Government will guarantee the supply of the products needed for public health, and has issued a series of general indications and protective measures against this disease, including:• Clean your hands often, washing them with soap and water or sanitising them using alcohol-based hand sanitisers, especially after direct contact with sick people or their environment• Cough or sneeze into the crook of your elbow, covering your mouth and nose• Use disposable tissues and throw them away after use• Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth, as the disease can be transmitted by hand-to-face contact• Anyone with the symptoms of the disease must self-isolate• There is no need to take special care with animals or food in Spain to avoid infection

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Useful information for tourists arriving from the United Kingdom

From 26 July, the United Kingdom has made a 14-day quarantine compulsory for all travellers arriving from Spain, among other countries.  You can find more information here.