Spain Travel Alerts and Warnings

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) travel restrictions in Spain – updated 25 February 2021

Who is allowed to travel to Spain?

Borders are open to travelers from the EU and all Schengen Area countries without the requirement to quarantine for 14 days.

Spain has lifted entry restrictions for a number of approved third countries outside of the EU: Australia, China, South Korea, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, Thailand and Uruguay. These travelers are subject to a reciprocal agreement.

What are the entry requirements?

  • On 22 December 2020, Spain introduced travel restrictions on passenger travel from the UK by air and sea. These measures have been extended to 16 March 2021, with the exception of Spanish nationals and those legally resident in Spain.
  • Travelers from high risk countries must provide a negative PCR test carried out within 72 hours prior to arrival in Spain
  • All travelers to Spain must fill out and sign a Travel Health form here, or download the free "Spain Travel Health" app and fill in the information there
  • At the airport, arrivals will have their temperatures checked and will undergo a visual health assessment
  • Everyone must scan their QR code, which you will receive once you have filled out the health form online.

Check Spain's official tourism website for more information.

Traveling to Spain? You may need travel insurance to get your Schengen visa.

What should travelers expect in Spain?

Spain is experiencing a second wave of COVID-19, and a national state of emergency has been established.

Be prepared for a significant impact on your travel plans, as curfew hours and travel bans may be in place depending on where you are. Check for the latest local government advice.

Everyone must adhere to social distancing, wear face masks in public spaces, and adhere to restrictions in place for local businesses.

Just how safe is Spain, and is there anything travelers should worry about? Find out how to avoid trouble.

Wondering how your travel insurance might be affected by the COVID-19 outbreak? Find answers to some of our common questions about COVID-19.

Protests in Barcelona, October 2019: What travelers need to know

Travelers should be aware of protests in Barcelona that have become violent. Protestors took to the streets after the sentencing of nine Catalan separatist leaders were prosecuted for sedition over the banned independence referendum in October 2017. The leaders have been handed lengthy 13-year prison sentences, which has outraged their supporters.

The protests have become less violent in Barcelona since Friday October 18, which saw masked youths set fire to rubbish bins, throwing rocks and bottles at security forces.

Travelers should stay up to date with local news reports and media, and avoid any large crowds of protestors.

We suggest you check your government’s travel advisory for their latest advice on travel to Spain, and read about which countries World Nomads travel insurance includes coverage for.

Valencia Wildfires - August 2018

Fuelled by heatwave conditions and strong winds, 11 separate fires are burning across the Valencia region of Spain. Thousands have been evacuated from affected areas. Several main roads in the region have been closed and authorities are yet to get the fire under control which is now threatening the coastal town of Gandia.

If you are traveling in the region, it's vital that you listen to and follow all instructions from local authorities and keep up to date with local news reports.

When it is safe to do so, be sure to contact:

  • Your home country's embassy
  • Your family and friends
  • And if possible, use Facebook's Crisis Response tool.

Before you buy a travel insurance policy, check your government travel warnings and health advice – there may be no travel insurance cover for locations with a government travel ban or health advice against travel.

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  • Maureen Bourne said

    visit regularly since retirement


  • Danijela said

    Good afternoon!
    Just to check with you, do you have any restriction for travelers from Malta?
    I would like to travel from Malta to Barcelona for the weekend from to the October this year. Do I need negative corona test for flight or when I get on the airport?

    Best regards,


  • Garry Braund said

    We want to drive to Spain using the euro tunnel so we can collect some of our belongings, which areas are on lock down from France to alienate do you know?


  • Matilda Reader said

    I am planning on travelling to Madrid next Thursday (15 October) for work commitments and will need to return back to the UK on Sunday (18 October). Will I be able to do this due to the restrictions? What documentation will I need to bring with me and also will I be able to enter and exit freely if I have the right documentation without being fined?

    Kind regards,


  • John Bigg said

    Anyone wild camping in Spain at the moment, any tips advice for us as we have a Ferry booked forvour motorhome for 21st October next week!


  • Laura Kehdi said

    Is it possible to transit in Spain from Domenican Republic to London?


  • Emma said

    Has Canada not been removed from the acceptable list of countries? The EU in general has removed Canada from the safe list, however, it is understood that Italy, Germany, and France will not outright ban Canadian travels. Just wondering what the status is in Spain!



  • mark walker said

    Hello, I am getting a lot of conflicting information and I am hoping someone can help me out. I want to travel to Barcelona and Sitges to visit some friends over the Christmas and new year period, I am being told on one site that Spain is open to tourists and on another site I am being told that Spain isn't open to tourists, can someone PLEASE let me know if it is possible to travel from Ireland to Spain for a oliday as a tourist over the xmas and new year period PLEASE.

    Thanks Mark


  • Tony Ryan said

    On arrival at Santander is it possible to drive to Valencia in the current Covid situation. Are there any interstate restrictions?


  • Elise Gabriella Devereux said

    my partner is returning to Spain from Turkey in two weeks, are there entry restrictions please.


  • Alukwu Albert said

    Can I travel from Turkey to Spain


  • Steve ford said

    Hi, I'm due to work for 5 weeks in malaga province from 1st April 2021, is this still possible?


  • Lyn said

    I am in Portugal. I know I am allowed to transit Spain but as I am due to catch a ferry from Santander in April. Am I able to legally stay in Spain for the 10 days prior to fulfil the Uk travel requirements?


  • Gary Robinson said

    I am in the UK I have a permanent resident permit (Titre de Sejour) for France. I live in south west France. I plan to travel home to France on 3rd April on the car ferry from Portsmouth to Santader and to drive directly to my home in France. I will have a covid test within 72 hours of arrival. Am I allowed to transit through Spain to get to France ?


  • Harry Wragg said

    Looking for information about driving from Spain, through France to England with my 2 spaniels.
    Really confused on what I need to do.
    So much information about, but not what answers my situation.
    This is a relocation move so only one way.
    Hope someone can help.


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