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

Airports
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: 

  1. Proof of vaccination, OR
  2. 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
  3. 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:  

  1. Full name of the holder 
  2. Date of vaccination, indicating the date of the final dose administered 
  3. 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). 

  1. Number of doses administered/complete course 
  2. Issuing country 
  3. 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: 

  1. 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. 
  2. Having had the disease less than 6 months ago. 
  3. Passengers coming from routes between islands. 
  4. 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.

HEALTH CHECKS

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.

Covid-19 Testing
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.  

Useful Links
Spain Travel Health (video)
Spain Travel Health
IATA Travel Centre
US Embassy, Spain
US Embassy & Consulate, Portugal
Portugal Clean & Safe
My Safe Azores
Madeira Safe

 


Madrid, November 5th, 2021.

 

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