Editor’s Note — Coronavirus cases remain high across the globe. Health officials caution that travel increases your chances of getting and spreading the virus. Staying home is the best way to stem transmission. Below is information on what to know if you still plan to travel, last updated on February 16.
What’s on offer
One of Europe’s biggest hitters for good reason, Spain pulls tourists in by the millions thanks to its warm weather, laidback vibe and excellent food and wine. Plus, of course, there are some of Europe’s best beach resorts, mountains, and cultural cities like Madrid, Seville and Barcelona.
Who can go
Travelers from most places in the European Union, alongside Australia, China, South Korea, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, Thailand and Uruguay are allowed to enter Spain without having to undergo quarantine.
However, arrivals from the UK, Brazil and South Africa are restricted until March 2, 2021, except for Spanish nationals and legal residents of Spain.
The border has recently been restricted between Spain and Portugal.
Visitors from other countries are not permitted to enter, unless they gain special permission from the Spanish government.
What are the restrictions?
Health assessments take place on arrival into Spain, with a temperature check and visual examination as standard.
What’s the Covid situation?
What can visitors expect?
Under the state of emergency, a national curfew is in place, effective from 11 p.m. until 6 a.m. Masks must be worn in public at all times (children aged five and under are exempt), while gatherings indoors and outdoors are limited to six people.
Restrictions vary by region, with some closing their internal borders to prevent transmission of Covid-19. This regional approach means that restrictions often change depending on the local government. Curfew times may change as a result.
Hotels are operating at limited capacity, limiting guest numbers to ensure social distancing. Smoking outdoors is banned where two meters’ social distancing cannot be maintained.
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Joe Minihane, Julia Buckley and Francesca Street contributed to this report