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Spain lifts Covid testing requirement for travellers from Germany, Italy, Austria and more EU countries

Holidaymakers from most regions in Germany and Italy as well as a number of other countries can now visit Spain without having to show a negative PCR/antigen test or proof of vaccination or recovery, Spanish authorities have announced. 

Spain lifts Covid testing requirement for travellers from Germany, Italy, Austria and more EU countries
Photo: Jaime Reina/AFP

Spain’s Health Ministry has updated its entry requirements for EU/EEA countries to exclude most German states, Italian regions and other countries from its risk countries/areas list, a decision which effectively means that more European travellers can visit Spain without having to prove their Covid status or pay for diagnostic tests. 

Spanish authorities have reached this decision based on the improving infection rate in these areas and their advanced vaccination campaigns, meaning that the people travelling from countries/areas no longer on the risk list do not have to show proof of a negative PCR test or antigen test, proof of vaccination or proof of recovery. 

The lifting of the testing requirement came into effect on Monday June 21st and applies to travellers from all German states except Baden-Württemberg and Saarland, who will still have to prove their Covid-19 status. 

The same applies to people in Italy travelling to Spain from the regions of Abruzzo, Emilia-Romagna, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Lazio, Liguria, Lombardia, Marche, Molise, Piemonte, Provincia Autonoma di Bolzano/Bozen, Provincia Autonoma di Trento, Puglia, Sardinia, Toscana, Umbria and Veneto, who do not need to provide negative Covid tests.

Holidaymakers heading to Spain from several counties in Norway – Innlandet, Møre og Romsdal, Nordland, Rogaland, Trøndelag, Vestland and Viken – are also now excluded from the testing requirement.

The omission from the risk list of Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary ,Finland, Poland, Romania, Bulgaria and Malta effectively means that travellers from these countries do not have to show proof of Covid status when travelling to Spain.

Greek travellers from Anatoliki Makedonia Thraki, Ipeiros, Peloponnisos and Voreio Aigaio can also come to Spain test-free, as can Croatians heading to Spain from Panonska Hrvatska.

If you want to travel to Spain from a territory that’s still on Spain’s risk list, here are the entry requirements you have to meet

READ ALSO: What you should know before getting an antigen test for travel to and from Spain

Spain’s EU/EEA risk country/area list has remained practically unchanged in 2021, only including small islands and isolated territories in the bloc as exceptions to the testing rule. 

The list is updated on a weekly basis, meaning that this latest version is valid until June 27th. 

There are also travellers from third countries from outside the EU/EEA who can visit Spain without having to show a vaccine/test/recovery certificate, such as the case of British tourists, who have been able to visit Spain without a PCR or antigen test since May

The full list of non-EU/EEA countries whose travellers can visit Spain for non-essential reasons and don’t need to prove their Covid status remains unchanged: Australia, Israel, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Hong Kong, Macao, China, the United Kingdom and Japan.

However, all international travellers flying to Spain, whether they’re from the EU or outside or are on the risk list or not, must make sure they fill in a health control form on the Spain Travel Health website or app before travelling to Spain. Travellers should also remember to check the entry requirements of their countries for travel from Spain. 

If you’re planning on staying at tourist accommodation in Spain’s Canary Islands, you should check their requirements here.

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  1. What are the Covid-19 test requirements after entering Germany while traveling? And, if we leave Germany and travel into Austria and/or Switzerland, what are the Covid-19 test requirements for re-entering Germany? We are US tourists and not vaccinated.

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Covid-19: Are Italian live events at risk of being postponed?

As the infection rate rises sharply across the country, Italian virologists are calling for concerts and festivals to be rescheduled.

Covid-19: Are Italian live events at risk of being postponed?

Italy has seen a large increase in the number of Covid-19 cases in recent days, so much so that a number of virologists across the country are now urging the government to postpone major live events in a bid to curb infections. 

According to a new report by Italy’s independent health watchdog, the Gimbe Foundation, 595,349 new cases were recorded in the week from June 29th to July 5th; a worrying 55 percent increase on the previous week. 

In the same time span, the country also registered a 32.8 percent rise in the number of hospitalised patients, which went from 6,035 to 8,003.  

The latest Covid wave, which is being driven by the highly contagious Omicron 5 variant, is a “real cause for concern”, especially in terms of a “potential patient overload”, said Nino Cartabellotta, president of the Gimbe Foundation. 

As Italian cities prepare to host a packed calendar of concerts and festivals this summer, health experts are questioning whether such events should actually take place given the high risk of transmission associated with mass gatherings.

READ ALSO: What tourists in Italy need to know if they get Covid-19

“Rescheduling these types of events would be the best thing to do right now,” said Massimo Ciccozzi, Director of Epidemiology at Campus Bio-Medico University of Rome. 

The summer wave is expected to peak in mid-July but, Ciccozzi warns, the upcoming live events might “delay [the peak] until the end of July or even beyond” and extend the infection curve.

Antonello Maruotti, Professor of Statistics at LUMSA University of Rome, recently shared Ciccozzi’s concerns, saying that live events as big as Maneskin’s scheduled Rome concert are “definitely not a good idea”. 

The Italian rock band are slated to perform at the Circus Maximus on Saturday, July 9th but the expected turnout – over 70,000 fans are set to attend the event – has raised objections from an array of Italian doctors, with some warning that the concert might cause as many as 20,000 new cases.

If it were to materialise, the prospected scenario would significantly aggravate Lazio’s present medical predicament as there are currently over 186,000 Covid cases in the region (nearly 800 patients are receiving treatment in local hospitals). 

Italian rock band Maneskin performing in Turin

Italian rock band Maneskin are expected to perform at the Circus Maximus in Rome on Saturday, July 9th. Photo by Marco BERTORELLO / AFP

But, despite pleas to postpone the event, it is likely that Maneskin’s concert will take place as scheduled.

Alessandro Onorato, Rome’s Tourism Councillor, said that rescheduling is “out of question” and that “all recommendations from the local medical authorities will be adopted” with the help of the event’s organisers and staff on the ground.

At the time of writing, there is also no indication that the Italian government will consider postponing other major live events scheduled to take place in the coming weeks, though the situation is evolving rapidly and a U-turn on previous dispositions can’t be ruled out.

READ ALSO: At a glance: What are the Covid-19 rules in Italy now?

On this note, it is worth mentioning that Italy has now scrapped all of its former Covid measures except the requirement to wear FFP2 face masks on public transport (though not on planes) and in healthcare settings.

The use of face coverings is, however, still recommended in all crowded areas, including outdoors – exactly the point that leading Italian doctors are stressing in the hope that live events will not lead to large-scale infection.

Antonio Magi, President of Rome’s OMCEO (College of Doctors, Surgeons and Dentists), said: “Our advice is to wear FFP2 masks […] in high-risk situations.”

“I hope that young people will heed our recommendations and think about the health risks that their parents or grandparents might be exposed to after the event [they attend].”

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