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Spain Now Welcoming All U.S. Visitors—No Vaccine, Test, or Quarantine Needed

By Michelle Baran and Laura Dannen Redman

Jul 2, 2021

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Summer in Seville is on.

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Summer in Seville is on.

After initially opening only to vaccinated Americans in early June, almost all requirements have now been dropped for U.S. travelers entering Spain.

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Spain is now open to all Americans, whether or not they are vaccinated.

After initially opening to vaccinated U.S. travelers on June 7, Spain placed the United States on its list of countries exempted from travel restrictions on June 28. As such, the only requirement for U.S. travelers entering Spain is that they must fill out a health questionnaire prior to boarding their flight to Spain; their corresponding QR code will need to be shown upon boarding and on arrival. 

Thats it. U.S. travelers to Spain do not need to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result and do not need to quarantine. But the U.S. Embassy in Spain cautions that entry requirements can change with short notice.

It’s an important cautionary note, as we have already witnessed some hiccups in Spain’s reopening journey. There was confusion earlier in June when reports emerged that Spain was pushing back its reopening date to June 30 from the originally planned June 7 date. Intrepid travelers who had already booked trips to Spain for early June—following an April 27 announcement—found themselves scrambling to change course, as did the airlines. Iberia Airlines, Spain’s flagship carrier, has been tweeting out apologies to travelers as of June 1, with information about issuing vouchers for the amount of their tickets. 

But the June 7 reopening for vaccinated Americans was ultimately confirmed by the Prime Minister’s office.

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The U.S. Embassy in Spain reminds travelers that COVID-19 restrictions remain in effect throughout Spain and vary widely by region. U.S. citizens should carefully monitor regional governments’ websites  and local press reports for more information,” the embassy states.  

Ongoing restrictions include the requirement to wear a face mask in indoor public spaces and outside if individuals cannot maintain a safe social distance. Gatherings are limited to six people, and there are still some capacity limitations for retail stores, restaurants, and bars.

Spain’s daily COVID cases have been on the rise lately—the country reported 9,227 new cases in the past day, according to Johns Hopkins University, more than double the new daily cases it was reporting one month ago. The country has experienced a total of 3.8 million cases, and nearly 81,000 deaths due to COVID-19, as of July 1. A little more than 42 million people in Spain have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine as of July 1, and 37 percent of the population has been fully vaccinated.

This article was originally published in April 28, 2021. It was updated to include current information.

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