Spain is opening up to tourism and starting to allow the first flights from the USA

Spain is open to tourism for most countries but all travelers must have a negative result of the COVID-19 test done 72 hours before arrival. 29 countries are subject to mandatory 10-day quarantine.

The government has suspended entry into Spain of any arrival from the United Kingdom, except for Spanish citizens and residents of Spain until further notice.

Due to a substantial increase in infections during the third wave of COVID-19, the country has put in place a series of restrictions on certain areas and territories to ensure the safety of visitors.

– Italy will start reopening for tourism on June 2
– France open to tourism – Current restrictions
– Greece will start opening to tourism in May 2021

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Reopening of Spain – latest updates

Barcelona, ​​Spain

April 12 – Barcelona and Madrid resumed flights with the USA

Barcelona’s El Prat airport and Madrid’s Badajoz and Burgos airports are currently allowing flights, initially, from Miami and Dallas Fort Worth.

This is considered a major step towards the reopening of Spain-USA, but it does not mean that Spain is already open to tourism with the USA. These visitors can only travel in very specific circumstances and must have a negative COVID-19 test result and quarantine upon arrival. The number of quarantine days depends on the region to which they are traveling.

The reopening date for tourism remains unknown.

March 21 – Spain applies quarantine measures in 12 countries

As of last week, visitors from Brazil, South Africa, Botswana, Union of the Comoros, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Peru and Colombia will be subject to a mandatory 10-day quarantine upon arrival in Spain.

These travelers will have the option of being retested on the 7th day of quarantine and if they can produce a negative result of COVID-19, they will be free to resume the trip.

February 23

Spanish authorities are lobbying to create a European vaccination passport that will allow them to bring tourists for Easter holidays.

Along with this certification, the government also seeks reopen safe travel corridors as a “key recovery factor” to restart the tourism industry.

Vaccination implementation

So far, 2.4% of Spaniards have received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Is Spain open to Americans?

Americans are not allowed to visit Spain for tourism due to the restrictions of COVID-19. Only US citizens traveling for essential reasons and who have obtained special permission from the government would be allowed to enter.

When will Spain reopen for tourism?

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The Spanish government has declared that it will allow travelers to visit the country for tourism when 30-40% of its population receive a vaccine against COVID-19.

Who can travel to Spain now? – (Updated April 12)

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  • EU residents, citizens of Schengen-associated states, as well as Andorra, Monaco, Vatican or San Marino.
  • Health professionals who plan to join their workforce.
  • Goods and transport workers.
  • Diplomats, consular or international officials, military personnel, civil protection officials and members of humanitarian organizations.
  • Students from EU / Schengen member states, who have the appropriate visa or equivalent permission.
  • Highly qualified workers, including participants in high-level sporting events
  • People traveling for humanitarian reasons.

Spain is also open to countries that have a reciprocal agreement with Spain for the acceptance of travelers. (Current as of April 12)

  • Australia
  • China
  • New Zealand
  • Rwanda
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Thailand
  • USA (under specific circumstances)


What are the entry restrictions for traveling to Spain?

Spain reopening for tourism

Important! – Only after travelers send the form, they will receive a QR code that will allow them to access the airport terminal.

Who needs to submit a COVID-19 test to enter Spain?


All travelers visiting from one high risk country or area must provide proof of a negative result from the COVID-19 PCR test performed within 72 hours prior to its arrival in Spain. (Current in April 12th)

EU – High-risk countries and territories

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czechia
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • The Netherlands
  • Norway (except the Trøndelag region)
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Sweden

Third countries – high-risk countries and territories

All third countries must have a negative COVID-19 test result, except for

  • Australia
  • China
  • Hong Kong
  • New Zealand
  • Rwanda
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Thailand
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New policies to enter the Canary Islands would allow travelers to avoid quarantine

The Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism, Reyes Maroto, is working on the implementation of PCR tests to enter the Canary Islands, in order to create safe health corridors and allow visitors to avoid quarantine. The aim is to attract travelers from Germany and, if possible, from the Nordic countries.

What is the current situation of COVID in Spain?

From April 12th, Spain reported 3,370,256 positive COVID cases and 76,525 lost their lives to the virus.


Check Spanish regulations three times before booking a flight. If for any reason a visitor is not admitted to the country, he may be placed in an immigration detention center for several days, until a flight from the same airline is available to take him back to his point of origin.

This is not a common situation, but the authorities have warned travelers about it.

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