Can Americans travel to Spain? Yes, if you’ve gotten the COVID-19 vaccine
MADRID — Spain jump-started its summer tourism season on Monday by welcoming vaccinated visitors from most countries as well as European visitors who can prove they are not infected with coronavirus. It also reopened its ports to cruise ship stops.
Vaccinated Americans may travel from the U.S. to Spain if they present a QR code from the Spain Travel Health portal and a vaccination certificate proving they were vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival. U.S. children under age 6 don’t need any special requirements to enter the country with their vaccinated parents. However, children age 6 and up will need their own vaccination certificate or negative results from a COVID-19 test taken within 48 hours before arriving in Spain. Alternately, a medical certificate showing recovery from COVID-19 would also be accepted.
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The U.S. Embassy & Consulate in Spain and Andorra did not have any immediate details on which specific certificates would be accepted but referred travelers to the Spain Health Portal. The portal notes that even with certificates, travelers may be required to undergo COVID-19 testing upon arrival in Spain, if health officials determine a need.
Tourists can also visit travelsafe.spain.info for more information.
The vaccines accepted are those approved by Europe’s drug regulator — Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson — as well as two Chinese vaccines authorized by the World Health Organization, Sinopharm and Sinovac.
Non-vaccinated travelers from the European Union’s 27 countries can enter Spain with negative results of recent antigen tests, which are cheaper and faster than PCR tests for coronavirus.
Spain is still banning nonessential travel from Brazil, India and South Africa, where coronavirus variants have been been a major source of concern.
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