Updated Friday 18th June 2021
 

Is it safe to travel to Spain?

Here´s updated information on the current situation in Spain.  As I live here I´m sharing detailed insight with regards to travel and tourism.

  • A Traffic light system is in place for UK travellers from May 17th.  Spain is currently in the Amber zone. Which means travel is possible following the specific guidelines (test, quarantine at home etc). To travel from UK to Spain during this time you will need to self-isolate on return. Unless you receive a negative result from a test taken at least five days after arrival. Also take a pre-departure test, and PCR tests on day two and day eight of your arrival in the UK.
  • The UK government will review the situation again every 2 weeks. Spain is expected to make the Green zone around the end of July 2021. Depending on falling cases numbers and the acceleration of the vaccines in Spain. Gibraltar is in the green zone as is bordering country Portugal. ‘“Spain will not be on the Green travel list before the end of July”, says the UK ambassador. (Wednesday 2nd June 2021)
  • From the 7th of June 2021 International Cruises will be allowed to dock in Spanish ports.
  • Children under 6 years old do not have to have a test to travel to Spain as per the BOE from Spanish Government in December 2020. 
  • Spain is now at Medium Risk level as Average Number of Cases fall. Current National Average is 110 per 100,000 Early June 2021.
  • Flights from Brazil India and South Africa to Spain are under scrutiny to prevent propagation of new variants.
  • Spain is open to British + Japanese Tourists from Monday 24th May 2021.

Quarantine for Spain Travel

  • A 10 day quarantene currently applies to Botswana, Comoros, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Peru and Colombia. Passengers from all of these countries have to comply on arrival to Spain. 
  • If you are a Resident in Spain you can travel. You need documentation to prove this. Owning a property is not the same as being a resident. You will also need a negative PCR, TNA or LAMP test taken less 72 hours before arrival. (No quarantine necessary). Fines can be up to 3000 euros for non compliance.
  • Find a Test Location near you: World Wide COVID-19 Test Provider
  • If you are starting to travel again in 2021, it´s worth looking a this 10% off PCR tests with Staysure insurance policies. 

US Travellers to Europe

  • US Visitors are to be welcomed back to Europe from Monday 7th June 2021 with the Green Certificate system. The EU confirmed that American travellers may travel to the EU with valid certificates. 
  • his covers those travellers who are fully vaccinated with Moderna, Pfizer/BioNTech and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. This will be valid for all 27 member states. The document shows the traveller is fully vaccinated against Covid-19; has recovered from the illness recently or has tested negative for the virus in the 72h.  

¨From June 7, tourists from other countries with which there is not complete free movement (non-EU), among them the United States, will be able to enter Spain provided they count on a certificate showing they have received their full COVID-19 vaccinations.”

Piccavey Hospes Granada Los PatosFace Masks in Spain

  • In Spain face masks are obligatory at indoors. From Saturday 26th June they are no longer obligatory outdoors. Social distancing measures are also in place since 9th July 2020. Children of 6 years of age and older must wear masks. For 3, 4 and 5 year olds it´s recommended.
  • Currently it is being reviewed to see if face mask may removed once more people have been vaccinated. This is expected to be around end of July. Once 75% of the Spanish population have the vaccine mask wearing will no longer be compulsory. (exception for vulnerable people or crowded indoor spaces)   
  • Specific travel bookings are being fulfilled between Germany, France and Netherlands. Particularly to Madrid and Balearic Islands this month. Tourism is minimal compared to previous Easter seasons. Local restrictions must be fulfilled by these visitors. They are permitted to travel to one specific location/municipality.

Restrictions in Spain

  • The State of Alarm expired on the 9th May 2021.
  • Curfew ends on Saturday May 8th for most Spanish regions. However Comunidad Valenciana, Navarra, Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands are keeping the 11pm curfew for the moment.
  • Some towns which have high cases numbers (over 1000 per 100,000) will still have restrictions. The amount of locations with these local lockdowns is falling quickly.
  • Current case numbers are 98 per 100,000 on average across Spain over the past 14 days. (17th June May 2021)
  • If you are travelling into Spain you need to have a negative PCR test. Although there are a few countries exempt from this rule. Check as restrictions can alter week by week. Further Details regarding entry to Spain on the Spanish Government Website: www.spth.gob.es
  • Depending on the specific restrictions of the area of Spain you are travelling to. Restrictions may still apply to municipality, province and autonomous region. Do check the rules for the specific location you are going to or are residing in. Different rules apply according to risk for healthcare and contagion levels.

Covid Situation in Spain June 2021

 

Source:  https://covid19-country-overviews.ecdc.europa.eu/#32_Spain

Vaccine programme in Spain

  • At the moment in Spain the over 40´s are being vaccinated. 
  • Here they are administering both doses. So far 31.628.321 complete doses have been done.  (source Ministerio Interior 11th June 21)
  • 67 people in 100 Spanish population have at least one of the vaccine doses as I write on 11th June 2021. (source)
  • Mainly Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca/Oxford and Janssen are the types in circulation in Spain.
  • As the amount of people with the vaccine increases and cases continue to fall, we expect restrictions to ease. After Easter further government announcements are expected.
  • If you are a resident in Spain and registered with your local doctor (Medico de Cabecera) you will be contacted for the vaccine according to the Spanish Vaccine Programme. Vaccines are not covered through private healthcare schemes.

Business timetables in Spain

  • Spain continues to have some infections across the country. There are restrictions still in place at the moment for locations with more than 1000 cases per 100,000.
  • The curfew has been lifted. Most businesses, shops and restaurants no longer have limited timetables. (Unless they have very high case numbers and are on lockdown).
  • However Nightclubs are limited to a timetable. They must close at 2am. Also dancing is not allowed (unless outside and with masks)
  • In Andalucía 8 people can be seated at one table and outside up to 10 if the region is on Level 1 of restrictions. (Levels 1, 2, 3 and 4 apply across Andalusia, 1 is the least strict)
  • For Andalusia you can check your areas situation and numbers: Junta de Andalucía – Datos Sanitarios
  • Movement is no longer limited between regions and autonomous communities in Spain as the State of Alarm has ended (9th May 2021)
  • Fines maybe applied to those not following the rules by local, regional and national authorities. (Implemented by Policía local, Guardia civil, Policía nacional etc)

El Tigre Alhama Tapas Food

COVID rules in Spain

  • In all indoor public spaces a face mask must be worn regardless of the distance being maintained or not.
  • Smoking is not allowed in public spaces. If you need to take your mask off to smoke you need to stay 2 metres away from others and keep the minimum distance. On outdoor seating at cafés you will be asked to leave the area to smoke.
  • Visitors to Spain in 2020 felt safe according to this article.
  • At bars cafés and restaurants you should wear the mask indoors.. While sitting at the table you may take it off only to eat or drink. As soon as you have finished you need to put it back on.

Metropolis Madrid Circulo Bellas Artes

Spanish Hotels are Open

  • Some hotels are open and receiving business travellers at the moment. Other hotels are closed. Some hotels accept bookings from people in locations that can travel. (Some areas have very low cases and travel is permitted between them)
  • It is recommendable to stay in well ventilated areas such as outdoor terraces, gardens, or semi covered areas of restaurants and bars. Indoors should have open windows or doors to keep air circulating. If you have to be inside limit the amount of time you are there.

Eating out in Spain

  • In many parts of Spain in hospitality there are reductions in capacity and limited timetables. To support restaurants and bars check and book ahead. Most restaurants are currently open. They may offer home delivery or take away service too.
  • Schools across Spain reopened Mid September 2020. Children over 6 wear masks in their classrooms.
  • Most businesses are working again as normal. With social distancing measures and limited capacities in place. Many offer service via whatsapp or online now.

Face Masks in Granada Andalucia Spain

Which mask do I need in Spain?

  • In some areas of Spain (e.g Galicia) the masks with valves have been banned, so they are not recommendable.
  • Acceptable versions are FP2 or FP3 masks. Also known as N95. Also the paper, blue coloured surgical masks and fabric washable cloth masks.


Quarantine when travelling to or from Spain?

  • On 23rd May 2020 the Spanish government indicated that Spain would be open to International Visitors from July 2020. Spanish Borders reopened on 21st June 2020.
  • Depending on your country of residence you may need to quarantine when you go back home. Check your local rules. The UK have announced enforced hotel stays on return to the UK in early 2021.

Reduced Timetable

  • Most businesses are working again and open daily. Some protocols may have changed. Different opening hours, limited capacity, appointments required etc. To go inside a shop you must use hand sanitizer at the door. Temperature checks are in place at some businesses too.
  • Beaches are open although there are strict rules in place. Social distancing rules are in place. Shower and toilet facilities may not open. Some dont allow inflatables. You need to be wearing a mask on the beach. There are beach patrols to check for compliance.
  • The Alhambra Palace reopened on Wednesday 17th June 2020. The tickets will be limited capacity 50% and their will be rules in place to visit the monument safely. Please see the official rules when you book the ticket to follow guidelines. They offer day and night time visits.

Puerta de la Justicia Entrance to Alahambra Palace Spain

Situation in Spain 2021

To answer the question of whether it is safe to travel to Spain, this depends on many factors and in particular which country you are coming from. You may have to follow quarantine rules on returning home after visiting Spain. This depends on your local laws and the situation at the time. Announced on 25th May 2020 by the Spanish government, when you arrive in Spain you do not need to quarantine. (check specific countries)

It also depends on your personal situation and health. For some people COVID 19 can be a very serious infection. Vaccines came into force in different parts of the world in late December 2020.

Is the Alhambra open for visits?

The Alhambra reopened in December. The Alhambra Palace is open with a reduced capacity of visitors and social distancing measures in place. When you book your Alhambra Palace ticket or get your Alhambra tour online you will be given the specific details. There are clear signs to follow a specific route around certain areas of the monument to ensure people remain at a distance.

Tickets are generally easier to obtain due to reduced demand as tourism numbers are still recovering. The tickets have QR codes to limit contact and you will need to wear a mask throughout the visit. On sale are 50% of tickets in each time slot.

It´s very recommendable to visit right now as there are fewer people inside the monument so the visit is much more enjoyable. Also you will have better photo opportunities.

Alhambra palace blog Granada

Current Statistics on the Pandemic in Spain

You can see this updated Coronavirus Map in Spain. Everyday the Health Minister in Spain shares figures with updated details at this link: Current Situation COVID in Spain – Ministerio de Salud (click on the 2nd item Actualización nº: enfermedad por SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19)

The vaccine program is in full swing in Spain. If you plan to travel to Spain soon, I would encourage you to keep updated with the information. The situation continues to progress. Also keep up to date with the immigration department of your own country for the requirements on returning home.

Take out healthcare or travel insurance cover. Check that they will cover any COVID related incidents or cancelled travel plans.

Malaga apartment in Southern Spain

COVID Travel Insurance

As a regular traveller Safety Wing is my current go to. They are very good especially for location independent folks and digital nomads.

IATI is a good insurance provider (based in Barcelona) that offers great cover for holidays and shorter trips.

  • Buy Remote Health Insurance This coverage is for remote workers and digital nomads. Its designed for those who time abroad but also includes coverage in your home country. Of course there are no exclusions for pandemics.
  • Buy Nomad Medical Insurance This policy covers people from all over the world for medical attention while they are outside their home country.
  • Travel insurance for Andalusia. The Andalusian government  is offering a specific programme for COVID related issues to promote their region as a safe destination for tourists. Read further details of the Insurance policy.

Situation in Spain with COVID

Here is the information that I am sharing with the people who have written to me with questions.

Should I cancel my trip to Spain?

Travel to Spain was not possible before March or April 2020. Air routes, Tourist activities, Restaurants and Beaches closed down. The government declared a State of Emergency in Spain. International flights began their service early Summer 2020. Some routes operate with limited frequency. Not all airlines are operating but you can fly to Spain at the moment. Borders are open.

If you book travel, your airlines hotel and or travel agent will keep you updated with cancellations, date changes or new rules to travel.

flight plane airport iberia aeropuerto granada Business travel

Do I need to Quarantine when I travel?

At the moment Madrid is the region most affected. Although across Spain schools & universities reopened in September 2020.  In Catalonia and Aragon the regions are also suffering high infection rates.

Cultural events are not happening. For example Easter Processions, The Feria de Abril and Las Fallas festival in Valencia are cancelled. These measures are to avoid crowds and large numbers of people together.

If you have travel booked or reservations in 2021 to Spain. Do check official websites for latest updates. This Travel Restrictions Map maybe useful that explains by country. For example to travel back to the UK you need a Negative PCR test but also need to quarantine on arrival.

Coronavirus Situation in Andalucía

In this link below you can see a map with more details and data for Andalucía, Southern Spain. Data from Junta de Andalucía

For Travel to Andalusia in 2021 the local government have launched an initiative for international travellers. More details here Free COVID insurance plan in Southern Spain

Church in Alhama de Granada Andalusia blog

How to Travel Safely

It seems that masks may help but they are not the only measure to keep this new virus at bay. There are products like Nasal Barrier Sprays available too which maybe a good thing if you have to fly. Wearing glasses is reduces contagion by a third according to a study carried out in India (Feb 2020)

It´s important to keep your hands clean with an Hand Sanitiser if you cannot get access to running water and soap. Use it hand gel regularly especially when using public transport.

I found this article interesting:  Flight Recommendations

  • Even the seat selection you make on the plane could make a difference.
  • Window seats towards the front of the plane are a better choice than seats in the aisle or towards the back of the plane.
  • Keeping passengers at a distance is also helpful if possible.

Piccavey Travel Insurance IATI

Travelling Soon?

If you are planning essential travel over the next months. April, May or June 2020 and maybe concerned about flight cancellations or problems. The best thing is to take out travel insurance. This should cover you in case of changes to your travel plans. If you can it is best to book with an ATOL protected travel company. Also pay by credit card for additional cover.

As new cases crop up across the world the situation can change. Airlines and different geographies are changing their protocols week by week. It is also a good time to make the most of travel deals and hotel offers.

Some travellers are cancelling or not booking holidays, when this is usually a peak time in the industry. Many companies  like Booking offer deals such as free cancellation or higher discounts for early reservations.

Cancelled Flights

Airlines may cancel or reschedule flights during these uncertain times. As the situation continues to change you need to keep up with the latest in the destination you are heading to.

 COVID Situation in Spain 2021

COVID Insurance Cover

Insurance cover right now follows CDC travel warnings. Check your policy for specific details.

  • When a location (typically country or a city) reaches a level 3 (or 4) travel warning. You may lose your insurance coverage. Check if you travel after  warnings status changed.
  • If you are already in a location that has a travel warning, you have 10 days to evacuate and you do get cover during this time. The insurance covers the evacuation itself. If you stay beyond the 10 days, you will not be covered for health treatment.
  • Note that even if your coverage lapses because you stay in a country with a CDC level 3+ travel warning. You will still have cover with the rest of the policy for other eligible expenses,  but not healthcare treatment.
  • You may also find useful the website for Passenger Air Rights in Europe

COVID 19 Useful links:

Keep Calm and Carry On

As more information develops on the Spain situation, I will update this post.

Highlighting the most important points to help you plan your future Travel in Spain

If you are feeling overwhelmed at the moment you may also like this article: When life throws you a Curveball

 

Caldereria Tea Shops Souk in Granada

Updated Situation in Spain

Here are some resources to help you plan your Spain Itinerary:

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