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
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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.


Member comments

  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 face mask rule on flights in Europe set to be eased

The mandatory EU-wide mask requirement for air travel is set to be dropped from Monday, May 16th, but airlines may still require passengers to wear masks on some or all flights

Covid face mask rule on flights in Europe set to be eased

Europe-wide facemask rules on flights are set to be ditched as early as next week in light of new recommendations from health and air safety experts.

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) dropped recommendations for mandatory mask-wearing in airports and during flights in updated Covid-19 safety measures for travel issued on Wednesday, May 11th.

The new rules are expected to be rolled out from Monday, May 16th, but airlines may still continue to require the wearing of masks on some or all of flights. And the updated health safety measures still say that wearing a face mask remains one of the best ways to protect against the transmission of the virus.

The joint EASA/ECDC statement reminded travellers that masks may still be required on flights to destinations in certain countries that still require the wearing of masks on public transport and in transport hubs.

It also recommends that vulnerable passengers should continue to wear a face mask regardless of the rules, ideally an FFP2/N95/KN95 type mask which offers a higher level of protection than a standard surgical mask.

“From next week, face masks will no longer need to be mandatory in air travel in all cases, broadly aligning with the changing requirements of national authorities across Europe for public transport,” EASA executive director Patrick Ky said in the statement. 

“For passengers and air crews, this is a big step forward in the normalisation of air travel. Passengers should however behave responsibly and respect the choices of others around them. And a passenger who is coughing and sneezing should strongly consider wearing a face mask, for the reassurance of those seated nearby.”  

ECDC director Andrea Ammon added: “The development and continuous updates to the Aviation Health Safety Protocol in light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic have given travellers and aviation personnel better knowledge of the risks of transmission of SARS-CoV-2 and its variants. 

“While risks do remain, we have seen that non-pharmaceutical interventions and vaccines have allowed our lives to begin to return to normal. 

“While mandatory mask-wearing in all situations is no longer recommended, it is important to be mindful that together with physical distancing and good hand hygiene it is one of the best methods of reducing transmission. 

“The rules and requirements of departure and destination states should be respected and applied consistently, and travel operators should take care to inform passengers of any required measures in a timely manner.”