Spain drops entry restrictions for EU travellers

Spain drops entry restrictions for EU travellers
Beach on the Costa Brava. Credit: Ugo Realfonzo / The Brussels Times

Tourists travelling to Spain from EU countries and the Schengen area will from today no longer have to show their Digital Covid Certificate upon arrival.

Following a similar relaxation in Italy earlier this week, Spain now no longer requires proof of Covid-19 vaccination, recent recovery or a negative test from EU/Schengen travellers. For those coming from outside these areas, the obligation still applies.

"The improvement of the epidemiological situation" in Spain and other European countries, and Spain's high vaccination rate were the reasons for the relaxation, the country's Health Ministry said.

Over the past seven days, 282 people aged 60 or over tested positive for Covid-19 in Spain. People under 60 have not had to be tested (or quarantined) for some time. Currently, face masks are only mandatory on public transport, and in residential care homes and other healthcare institutions.

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From the start of June, Italy also dropped its requirement for tourists to present a valid vaccination, test and recovery certificate. Luxembourg, the United Kingdom, Ireland and Greece have recently also abolished their travel restrictions, as have the Scandinavian countries, Switzerland, Austria, Czechia, Slovenia and Croatia.

Other popular holiday destinations in Europe, such as France, Germany and Portugal, as well as Turkey, still have some restrictions in force. An overview of which measures apply can be found here.

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