Travel in 2022
SPAIN & PORTUGAL ARE OPEN!
Finally, we are back to doing what we do best – making travel dreams come true for travelers to Spain and Portugal! Read on for latest information and travel guidance. Feel free to contact us with any queries at [email protected]
(Updated 3rd December 2021).
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS FOR SPAIN
All travelers to Spain without exception – including those just in transit – are required to fill in and submit online the SPTH form available at www.spth.gob.es, prior to embarking.
They will be then issued a unique QR code that they will have to show (on paper or digital format) both at the airline desk before boarding, and at the health control upon arrival in Spain.
Each passenger should complete the form (including infants).
Since September 6th, 2021, travelers from the United States are required to submit at least one of the following documents, in addition to the SPTH form:
- Proof of vaccination, OR
- A negative COVID test (sample collection) performed within 72 hours prior to arrival in Spain for NAAT (nucleic acid amplification tests, g. RT-PCR, RT-LAMP, TMA) / 48 hours for RAT (rapid antigen test), OR
- A certificate of recovery.
This requirement applies to all travelers from the United States, including these arriving in Spain through a third country.
The proof of vaccination should include at least the following information:
- Full name of the holder
- Date of vaccination, indicating the date of the final dose administered
- Type of vaccine administered
(Accepted vaccines are those authorized by the European Medicines Agency or those that have completed the World Health Organization’s emergency use listing procedure. At present, these vaccines are those produced by Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Jansen/Johnson & Johnson, Sinovac, and Sinopharm).
- Number of doses administered/complete course
- Issuing country
- Identification of the organization issuing the vaccination certificate.
Due to the current climate of uncertainty, travel restrictions and requirements may change at any time with little or no notice – please check always with your airline in the day prior to your travel date.
As from 3rd December 2021, a valid vaccination certificate is required for access to some restaurants and venues in certain regions of Spain, namely Galicia, País Vasco, Aragón, Cataluña, Comunidad Valenciana, y Región de Murcia.
IMPORTANT UPDATE 18th January 2022: From 1 February 2022, in order to travel to Spain with a vaccination certificate, the certificate must have been issued by the competent authorities of the country of origin at least 14 days after the date of administration of the last dose of the full course of vaccination, as long as the final dose of that course of vaccination was no more than 270 days ago. From that time, the certificate must show the administration of a booster vaccination.>
For more detailed information about Covid restrictions in Spain and requirements for travelers from countries other than US, please visit: https://travelsafe.spain.info/en/
Travel to the Balearic or Canary Islands
A negative PCR test is required unless one has the EU Digital COVID Certificate, or an official document accrediting:
- Having received the complete schedule of vaccination against COVID-19 in the previous 8 months or at least one dose 15 days before the trip and always within the previous 4 months.
- Having had the disease less than 6 months ago.
- Passengers coming from routes between islands.
- Children over 6 years old need a negative test or vaccination certificate.
The Balearic Islands require all passengers including children complete a Health Form.
Travel restrictions within mainland borders in Spain
At the time of writing (3rd December 2021), there are no travel restrictions of any kind for movement between regions in Spain, and just the requirements explained above are necessary when traveling between mainland Spain, and the Canary or Balearic Islands.
Arrival by Land
For arrival by land, the SPTH form is not required. However, travellers arriving in Spain by land from France must have be able to show vaccination/diagnostic test/recovery certificate. Children under 12 years of age are exempt.
Traveling to Spain from Portugal
All passengers arriving in Spain from Portugal are required to complete the SPTH form available on spth.gob.es and provide an EU digital Covid certificate or valid proof of vaccination.
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS FOR PORTUGAL
Entry requirements and regulations within the country have been updated on 26th November 2021; for detailed information, please follow this link: https://www.visitportugal.com/en/content/covid-19-measures-implemented-portugal
Please play special attention to additional requirements detailed as from 1st December 2021.
Kindly note that you may be required to undergo a health check on arrival both to Spain and Portugal. Health checks may include temperature taking by means of non-contact thermometers or by thermal imaging cameras, a documentation check, and a visual check for detection of symptoms.
For entry requirements from other countries, please consult the IATA Travel Centre
Travel with Confidence
Travelers with Madrid & Beyond are used to exclusivity, insiders’ access, luxury, and special care. We are just taking it to the next level now! Our guides are informed, knowledgeable, caring and while private guided tours continue to be conducted in an engaging manner, new safety protocols are adhered to. We pride ourselves on our highly personalized service, and that will never be compromised.
Madrid & Beyond is happy to organize Covid-19 tests as required by your country of origin towards the end of your vacation.
Testing Positive during Your Stay
You should isolate yourself for 10 days, at your hotel or at a different accommodation set aside for that purpose. It is up to the hotel/medical services to determinate whether the clients can extend their stay and quarantine at their hotel.
The health authorities will then immediately start tracking and tracing your closest contacts. Once the 10 day quarantine period is over, you will need a certificate of recovery to be able to return to the United States.
Needless to say, your safety is Madrid & Beyond’s outmost priority and in the event of Covid infection we would assist in your communications with the local authorities, and would make our best effort to ensure your confort during isolation, and that you have access to the best medical attention available.
However, Madrid & Beyond cannot be held responsible for any extra expenses, cancellations or delays incurred as a consequence of Covid, and we strongly advise the purchase of appropriate insurance cover prior to your trip in all cases.
Whilst we have done our best to ensure all the information above is accurate, requirements may change with little or no notice and it’s the traveler’s responsibility to always double-check with their airlines and official sources for any changes in policy. Madrid & Beyond cannot be held responsible for these or for any inaccuracy contained in the information here displayed as a consequence of any change in official policy.
Madrid, November 5th, 2021.
OUR HAPPY CLIENTS SAY
Our only problem is that now we have grown so accustomed to using Madrid & Beyond with your expertise and personal touch, and we do not know if any other agency will ever be able to live up to our expectations.
Allison and Alton Ashy
Thank you again for everything that you did to make our trip so special. It truly was a trip of a lifetime. Everything was perfect. Your care putting the trip together for us was THE key to such a successful experience for all of us. It is hard to point out all of the highlights because there were so many perfect moments.
Every tour agency would do well to be trained by you—you are customer service oriented to a fault, responsive and flexible, detail oriented, thorough, genuinely invested in our enjoyment of our trip, and unfailingly nice.
Carrie Irvin and family
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We were highly impressed by the care you put into our itinerary in terms of city and hotel selections, restaurant recommendations, guided tours and overall pacing.
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This Spain travel agency is a first rate travel company, they listened to my requests and interests and prepared a travel itinerary that was perfect. My agent communicated with me numerous times before and during our holiday to make everything run smoothly, I could not have achieved this wonderful trip without her help.
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Karen Schueller, FROSCH, USA, Director, Private Client Services.
Steve and I just got home, and we can NOT thank you enough for planning such a magnificent trip for us! It was even more incredible than we hoped or dreamed. All your recommendations were perfect, and the care and treatment we received everywhere were impeccable. Really…thank you, thank you, and again, thank you! We will definitely be contacting you about some future trips.
Wendy and Steve via Absolute Travel
We really appreciated the personal touches you took for us. Receiving chocolate strawberries and cava upon arrival to our room in Sevilla was very special! We also appreciate the call you made to us on our first night and that made us feel special. We are both very happy with the level of service we received during the entire process. I will definitely recommend Madrid & Beyond to any friends and family that are interested in visiting Spain.
Noah & Sharan Sevillia
Wow!! I cannot thank all of you enough!! What a perfect trip! Everything went so smoothly and each piece of the puzzle was better than the one before!! The hotels were fantastic, the drivers dreams, and the recommendations terrific!! I can’t wait to plan my next adventure!! Thank you again for everything!!
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I would highly recommend Madrid & Beyond, and you specifically! You were always very helpful and prompt in replying to my questions. You really worked hard to find something that would fit within our budget, and allow us to benefit from your travel agency’s insider’s recommendations and knowledge of Spain. I would happily recommend you to my friends traveling to Spain.
You simplified my life considerably and took the pressure of doing the trip off my hands. Setting up the tours and getting us the hotels in the best locations was the biggest help…I felt that you provided great value for the services performed. We will have fond memories of this trip for the rest of our lives. Thank you again for all of your assistance. I think we will be doing Spain again sometime soon and we will be sure to call you when we do.
Many thanks, once again, for a great trip! We had a wonderful time from the moment we took off, to the moment we arrived back from Spain. The accomodations, dining, and stops we selected and guides we had, with the help from Madrid and Beyond met our expectations and then some.