Coronavirus (COVID-19) and travel: The situation around the world is changing dramatically. Various governments have changed their travel warnings to restrict travel during this time. To understand how this may impact cover under your policy, please go to our FAQs and select your country of residence.
For the latest travel warnings and alerts around the world, read about lockdowns and border restrictions.
Effective 24 June 2021, US citizens can travel from the United States to Spain if they present upon arrival in Spain a QR code generated through the Spain Travel Health portal, obtained through the website or by downloading the “SpTH app” in Google Play Store or iTunes App Store for each traveler, regardless of their age.
There is no requirement to bring proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test if you are traveling from the United States to Spain. However, this may change with short notice, so be sure to review this information as close as possible to your travel date.
From 2 July, the Spanish government will require all arrivals to Spain from the UK (excluding children under 12 years old) to present one of the following:
Effective 7 June 2021 travelers from low-risk countries can travel to Spain if they are fully vaccinated. Those travelers must provide:
Minor children can enter Spain if they are traveling with their vaccinated parents. However, all children 6 years of age or older will need to present a vaccination certificate or one of the following:
Children under 6 years of age are not subject to these requirements.
All travelers from the Schengen free-travel area will be able to enter Spain if they meet the same requirements as the EU’s Digital Covid Certificate, which will go into use on 1 July. That document will state whether the bearer has been vaccinated, if they have taken a PCR or antigen test, or whether they have recovered from a coronavirus infection. Proof of one of these three conditions will be considered valid until then.
For travelers from EU areas that are not included in the Health Ministry’s risk zones, no proof of vaccination, immunity or diagnostic test will be required. The same applies to travelers from non-EU countries that are not on on the ‘risk country’ list.
All passengers (excluding children under the age of 6 years old) traveling to Spanish airports and ports from a ‘risk country’ should be prepared to show evidence either of a negative test, of being fully vaccinated or of having had and recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months. As of 7 June 2021 citizens from any country where a coronavirus test is required before entry into Spain may now opt for an antigen test during the 48 hours prior to arrival. All passengers entering Spain are required to complete a pre-travel declaration form.
Flights are restricted from Brazil and South Africa. Travelers coming from India, Brazil and South Africa can only enter in exceptional circumstances.
Traveling to Spain? You may need travel insurance to get your Schengen visa.
While the nationwide State of Emergency ended on 9 May 2021, some restrictions and curfews remain in force and may vary between regions. The obligatory use of face masks in public spaces, social distancing and hygiene and air ventilation rules must continue to be observed at all times.
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.
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:
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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