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COVID-19 Certificates To Travel to Barcelona, Spain By Air, Sea or Land in 2022 And Health Control Checkpoints

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Latest update: 23 June 2022

The information provided on this page is accurate as of the date indicated above. However requirements for entry to Spain can change on a day-to-day basis and we strongly advise you to check the official Spanish Health COVID-19 advisory website for the current requirements for your country.

Spanish Health COVID-19 advisory website

This page provides information about the mandatory coronavirus certificates for travellers arriving to Barcelona, Spain by air, sea or land and about the Health Control checkpoints at Spanish airports and ports.

Travellers walking towards the Health Control checkpoint at Barcelona Airport
Travellers walking towards the Health Control checkpoint at Barcelona Airport

Disclaimer

Before we start, we need to make this disclaimer. We take every step to ensure our information is accurate and up to date. However, changes occur rapidly, and we may not be aware of all updates to the COVID-19 regulations. We, therefore, advise you to cross-check our information against official government health websites before you take action. If you act on any of the information that we give, you agree to do so at your own risk.


To enter Spain from a EU or a Schengen country: you do not need to present any COVID certificate or to fill out a Health control form

EU countries include: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.

Schengen countries also include: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland.

Since 18 June 2022, if you´re arriving to Spain from a EU country or a Schengen country, there are no more COVID related entry restrictions to Spain.

You no longer need to present a COVID certificate. Eg. you no longer need to present a negative COVID test certificate or vaccination certificate or a COVID certificate of recovery. Filling out a Health control form is no longer necessary either.

To enter Spain from any other countries (non-EU and non-Schengen countries):

- Negative COVID test certificate, vaccination certificate, or certificate of recovery or European Digital COVID Certificate equivalent

If you´re arriving to Spain by air from a non-EU or a non-Schengen country, COVID-19 certificates or EU Digital COVID Certificates or equivalents are required to enter Spain:

1. A negative COVID-19 test certificate for a COVID test taken within 24 hours of your departure to Spain for Rapid Antigen Tests and within 72 hours of your departure to Spain for NAAT tests (Nucleic Acid Amplification tests) such as PCR tests (Polymerase Chain Reaction tests), LAMP tests (Loop-Mediated Isothermal Amplification tests), NEAR tests (Nicking Endonuclease Amplification Reaction tests). You can also present your EU Digital COVID Certificate (EU DCC) of your negative COVID test or equivalent to the Spanish authorities.

2. OR a COVID-19 vaccination certificate that proves you had a full COVID-19 vaccination between 14 days and 270 days before entering Spain with one of the vaccines authorized by the European Medicines Agency or the World Health organization website. The list of vaccines valid to enter Spain can be found on these two websites:
European Medicines Agency official website of the European Union
World Health organization website

You are considered fully vaccinated after your single dose for unique-dose vaccines. For 2 shots vaccine, you´re considered fully vaccinated once the 2 shots have been administrated. You will be able to enter Spain with your COVID-19 vaccination certificate 14 days after the date you´re considered fully vaccinated.

From 1 February 2022, vaccination certificates become invalid after 270 days of you being fully vaccinated, which equals approximately 9 months. You will need to get a booster dose for your vaccination certificate to be valid to enter Spain. Your vaccination certificate will need to show the administration of your booster dose.

You will be able to enter Spain with your COVID-19 vaccination certificate as long as your last dose is of a vaccine authorized by the European Medicines Agency or the World Health Organization, even if your first doses were not.

You can also present your EU Digital COVID Certificate (EU DCC) of vaccination or equivalent to the Spanish authorities.

3. OR a COVID-19 certificate of immunity after having recovered from COVID. The certificate of recovery is valid from day 11 after your first positive NAAT test result and up to 180 days, which equals approximately 6 months.

You can also present your EU Digital COVID Certificate of recovery (EU DCC) or equivalent to the Spanish authorities.


Equivalents to the EU Digital COVID Certificate are issued by 40 non-EU countries that have joined the EU Digital COVID Certificate program.

The 40 non-EU countries and territories also included in the EU Digital COVID Certificate program include: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Benin, Cabo Verde, Colombia, El Salvador, Faroe Islands, Georgia, Israel, Iceland, Indonesia, Jordan, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Malaysia, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Norway, Panama, San Marino, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunisia, Togo, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and the Crown Dependencies (Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man), Uruguay, Vietnam, The Vatican.

You can find the list of the non EU countries and territories included in the EU Digital COVID Certificate program on the EU official page on EU Digital COVID Certificates.

Those who enter Spain with an EU Digital COVID Certificate or equivalent issued by any of the 40 non-EU countries will not need to fill out the Health Control Form, also known as the QR SPTH or the QR of the Spain Travel Health authority. More information on the Health Control Form is provided below on this page.

Note that the European Digital COVID Certificate is also referred to as the EU DCC, the Green Digital Certificate or as the European Green Digital Certificate. All these terms refer to the same European certificate.
The European Green Digital Certificate is simply a digital certificate that proves that you have had a negative COVID test, a full vaccination against COVID, or a certificate of recovery. So if you're a European citizen, you can either enter Spain with one of the 3 above-mentioned certificates or with your European Digital COVID Certificate.

If you do not have an EU Digital COVID Certificate or equivalent, your COVID certificate must be in English, French, German or Spanish. If you have a European Digital COVID Certificate or equivalent, then the language is not a problem as European Digital COVID Certificates are issued in the language of the country where it was issued and also in English. However, if you do not have a European Digital COVID Certificate or equivalent and if your COVID certificate is not in one of the 4 above-mentioned languages, it will need to be accompanied by a translation into Spanish made by an official translator.
You can find more information about the EU Digital COVID Certificate and COVID certificates needed to enter Spain on our page about the EU Digital COVID Certificate.
According to the Spain Travel Health website of the Spanish Health Ministry, children under 12 do not need to present any COVID certificate to enter Spain.


- Additional Health Control Form QR code needed for entering Spain by air

Any passenger arriving to Spain by air from a non-EU or a non-Schengen country with a EU Digital COVID Certificate equivalent does not need to fill out the Health Control Form anymore. EU Digital COVID Certificate equivalents include: EU Digital COVID Certificate of vaccination, EU Digital COVID Certificate of a Negative COVID test and EU Digital COVID Certificate of recovery or an equivalent issued by one of the non-EU countries that have joined the EU Digital COVID Certificate program. EU equivalents to the EU Digital COVID Certificate (DCC) refer to digital accreditations of vaccination and negative COVID test of recovery issued by the authorities of the non-EU countries that have joined the EU Digital COVID Certificate program. The list of these countries is provided above on this page.

So if you´re entering Spain with any of the 3 documents below issued by EU countries or their equivalent issued by the non-EU countries and territories listed above, you do not need to fill out any Health Control Form:

  • EU Digital COVID Certificate of vaccination or EU equivalent,
  • or EU Digital COVID Certificate of a negative COVID test or EU equivalent
  • or EU Digital COVID Certificate of recovery or a EU equivalent

However, if you do not have an EU Digital COVID Certificate or an EU equivalent, e.g. if you´re travelling with a simple certificate of a negative COVID test, you will also need to fill out a Health Control Form for arrivals by air and present it upon arrival to any Spanish airport.

Health Control Form is not required when entering Spain by land, e.g., by car, train, bus or by sea, e.g., cruise.

According to the Spain Travel Health website of the Spanish Health Ministry, children under 12 do not need to present any COVID certificate to enter Spain and do not need to fill out a Health Control Form.


- Health Control upon arrival to Spain by air

Travellers entering Spain by air from a non EU country or a non Schengen country, who do not have a EU Digital COVID Certificate equivalent, will need to go through Health Control.

At Barcelona Airport, the Health Control checkpoint consists of:
  • separate lines from the Customs area to the Luggage Claim area,
  • a visual control by Health agents,
  • a temperature control with non contact thermometers or with thermal imaging cameras
  • handing over your Health Control form (also called FCS form).

If you are entering Spain from a EU country or a Schengen country, you will not go through Health Control. If you are entering Spain from a non EU country or a non Schengen country and you have a EU Digital COVID certificate equivalent you will not go through Health Control either.

Green Health Control lines for travellers arriving from outside Spain at Barcelona airport
Green Health Control lines at Barcelona airport

 


- Public Health Control Form if you do not have a EU Digital COVID Certificate (DCC) or an equivalent from the non-EU countries that have joined the EU DCC program

As explained above on this page, if you are entering Spain by air from a non EU country or a non Schengen country and you do not have a EU Digital COVID Certificate (DCC) or an equivalent certificate issued by any of the non-EU countries that have joined the EU DCC program, you will need fill out and present your Public Health Control Form at the Health Control.

Filling out the Public Health Control Form form is a two stage easy process:

Stage 1. After booking your plane tickets, you will need to register on the Spanish Travel Health website for arrivals by air.
You will need to provide your name, surname, passport or ID number, flight or cruise number, arrival date and email address.

You'll receive the registration confirmation with detailed instructions on how to fill out and when to fill out the Public Health Control Form.


Our Insider Tip

We recommend you create an account or log in your account on the airline website to book your flights so that the Spanish Travel Health website and the public health passenger locator form links are available together with your booking details in your account.


Stage 2. Within 2 days before your flight arrival date to Barcelona, you will need to complete the Public Health Control form. You'll be asked a series of health questions.

Upon completion of the form, you will receive a QR code that you will need to show before boarding and also to the Spanish authorities upon arrival at Barcelona airport.

You can either print the QR code or download the QR code app or do a screenshot of the QR code and save it on your mobile phone.

The Public Health Control Form is also available from the Spain Travel Health-Spth App that you can download on Android and iOS.


Our Insider Tip

If you do not fill out the public health passenger locator form in advance you will have the option to do it on the plane however you'll have to queue upon arrival at Barcelona airport to present your form to the Spanish authorities. We recommend you fill out the form online within 2 days before your flight so that you'll only have to quickly show your QR code at Barcelona airport without having to queue.


After passing the Health Control you’ll be able to collect your luggage at the Luggage Claim.

Informative signs about the Public Health Form in the Health Control lines at Barcelona Airport
Informative signs about the Public Health Form in the Health Control lines at Barcelona Airport

If you have COVID-19 symptoms at the Health Control such as an elevated temperature higher than 37.5°C you will undergo a rapid antigen test in a specially designated area at the airport even if you have a negative PCR, TMA or RT-LAMP test travel certificate.
You will have to wait for the results in one of the waiting rooms. Results will be available typically within 1 hour under normal circumstances.
The price of the antigen test is covered by the Spanish Government.

If you test positive, health protocols will be activated and you will be taken to a medical centre.

If you test negative, you can carry on normally with your plans.

Learn more about how to visit Barcelona during COVID-19.


If you need an antigen or PCR test travel certificate to travel back to your country you can easily get tested in a private laboratory in Barcelona.

You can check the COVID travel requirements of your country of destination on our page: COVID-19 travel and test requirements to fly from Barcelona to destinations outside of Barcelona

To know where you can get an EU Digital COVID Certificate for an antigen test or a PCR test taken in Barcelona, we recommend you visit the following pages:

EU Digital COVID Certificate


Obligatory COVID certificates required to travel to Spain by land from France

As the situation changes rapidly, we strongly advise you to visit the official website of the French Embassy in Spain to check the COVID requirements in place at the time of your road trip from France to Barcelona.

The page of the official website of the French embassy in Spain about travel requirements between France and Spain is only available in French. However, once you're on the page, you can right-click and select 'Translate to English' or to the language of your choice to get an automated translation of the page's content.

The COVID certificate requirements to enter Spain from France by land are the same as the requirements explained above.

The only difference is that you will not need to complete and present a Health Control Form when crossing the Spanish border by land.


COVID requirements for travel to Spain by land from Italy

As the COVID situation is rapidly changing, we recommend you to check the official website Reopen Europe to see if COVID certificates are needed when travelling from Italy to Spain by land, i.e., by train, bus, car. We also recommend that you check the list of risk countries and areas on the Spain Travel Heath website for which COVID certificates are mandatory to see if Italy or the Italian region you're coming from are considered to be at risk by Spain. You'll find the list of risk countries and areas under the blue heading ‘RISK COUNTRIES / AREAS, in pdf format on the Spain Travel Heath website.


COVID requirements for travel to Spain by land from Portugal

According to the official website of the Spanish Embassy in Portugal, since 1 May 2021, there are no controls at the land border when entering Spain from Portugal and no COVID certificate is required when entering Spain from Portugal.

As the situation changes rapidly, we strongly advise you to visit the official website of the Spanish Embassy in Portugal to check the COVID requirements in place at the time of your road trip from Portugal to Barcelona.

The page of the official website of the Spanish Embassy in Portugal is only available in Spanish. However, once you're on the page, you can right-click and select 'Translate to English' or to the language of your choice to get an automated translation of the page's content.


If you need an antigen or PCR test travel certificate to travel back to your country you can easily get tested in a private lab in Barcelona.

 You can check the COVID travel requirements of your country of destination on our page: COVID-19 travel and test requirements to fly from Barcelona to destinations outside of Barcelona

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