Since April, the entry form to Spain has been abolished and it is no longer mandatory to wear a mask. And by the end of May, the health card is no longer required by tourists arriving by road. It is maintained for passengers on planes or trains.
Temperatures are rising in Spain and the country is attracting French holidaymakers more than ever. Especially since the restrictions on the other side of the Pyrenees are eased at high speed. The Covid-19 epidemic has ebbed since mid-January, more than 92% of the population has been vaccinated, and the government is sharpening a new strategy to switch to “light” surveillance.
This spring, Spain still considers France a “risk country” with specific control procedures for any traveler over the age of 12. He will have to submit to it to enjoy the Balearic Islands or rediscover Barcelona. However, Spain is still relatively easily accessible for a French tourist.
Upon arrival in Spain: form, vaccine, test … What formalities for French tourists?
Since 7 April, French travelers crossing the Pyrenees no longer have to fill out the online form before their departure, which has been assigned a QR code. The health card is still required. But again, the rules were relaxed at the end of May: travelers arriving by car are no longer required to present their health passports.
On the other hand, passengers on planes, trains or boats over the age of 12 must present at their choice:
- ONE proof of vaccinationproving that the complete vaccination schedule (two doses) was carried out more than 14 days ago,
- ONE negative PCR test less than 72 hours or one antigen test less than 24 hours,
- ONE certificate of resumption of Covid-19, valid from the 11th day after the first positive test for a total period of 180 days.
These documents can be presented in the form of the European Health Certificate, in digital or paper format. Passengers on air services are exempt from these formalities, as are children under the age of twelve.
Hotels, curfews … What measures are in place?
Spain lifts almost all restrictions in light of summer holidays. At the national level, it is no longer mandatory to wear a mask outdoors and indoors. Additional health measures can then be introduced by each autonomous community. Details of the measures in force in each region can be found on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
It is nevertheless a time for relief: there are very few restrictions on meters or closing times for bars and restaurants. Spain has also abolished the quarantine obligation for mild cases of Covid-19 as part of a new strategy aimed at treating it as an endemic disease with epidemiological surveillance comparable to that of influenza.
The government has also put an end to systematic tests for all suspected cases or contact cases to limit them to people at risk (over 60, immunocompromised or pregnant women), caregivers and serious cases.
What are the formalities for the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands?
The situation on the Spanish islands may vary from that of the mainland. To get to The Balearics the conditions are currently almost the same as those on the continent (document required for children over 12), in addition to a specific form, which is still required to this day.
The access requirements for Canary Islands is also similar to those on the Spanish mainland, except that travelers have to download the government’s RadarCovid app. Travel restrictions and on-site sanitary measures are described in detail on the website of the Canary Islands Tourist Office or on the website of the Government of the Autonomous Community.
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What are the measures for the French when they return from Spain?
For unvaccinated people, a PCR or antigen test is required on return from Spain to France. Since February 12, this test must be less than 72 hours (PCR) or 48 hours (antigen). Please note that the tests are payable in Spain.
This article is subject to regular updates