Spain has lifted border controls with all European Union member states, ended the national state of alarm, and ended the quarantine requirement for visiting travelers. Spain is in the process of reopening borders with non-EU countries as well. The US Embassy in Madrid, the US Consulate General in Barcelona, and the five consular agencies in Spain have resumed regular citizenship services. Visitors must have appointments and wear masks in the facilities.
Spain has reopened its borders to travelers from most EU countries; however, entry remains restricted to travelers arriving from other areas, except for Spanish nationals and residents, and accompanying immediate family members. Travelers who are residents of Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden or Switzerland may transit through Spain on their way home to their place of residency. The same applies to travelers with a long-term visa issued by a Schengen Member State who are returning to their place of residency. Arrivals from outside the EU may only land at Alicante (ALC), Barcelona (BCN), Bilbao (BIO), Fuerteventura (FUE), Gran Canaria (LPA), Ibiza (IBZ), Madrid (MAD), Malaga (AGP), Menorca(MAH), Lanzarote (ACE), Palma de Mallorca (PMI), Santander (SDR), Sevilla (SVQ), Tenerife-Sur (TFS) or Valencia (VLC).
Immediate family members of Spanish nationals may enter Spain even if unaccompanied by a Spanish national, if they are traveling to join their family member who is already in the country. Residents of Andorra, Iceland, Norway or Switzerland, as well as long-term visa holders of Schengen member states who are returning home may also enter Spain, as may healthcare and elderly care workers, diplomats, staff of international and humanitarian organizations and military personnel in the performance of their duties. People who can demonstrate proof that they are traveling for emergency family or humanitarian reasons may also enter. Business travelers with documentation who are arriving from countries in the EU, Iceland, Norway, or Switzerland may enter Spain.
Travelers arriving in Spain from other countries will no longer be required to quarantine. People in Spain who display symptoms of COVID-19 will be individually directed to quarantine by a medical professional. American nationals in Spain who are under quarantine should be aware that they will not be allowed to return to the United States until medically cleared to do so by a physician or responsible Spanish authorities. Attempting to do so could result in being detained or fined.
All regions of Spain have transitioned through the reopening phases. The following measures apply across the country: Face masks are mandatory for everyone over 6 years old on public roads and public spaces (both indoors and outdoors) when social distancing of at least 1.5 meters isn't possible. This also applies for all methods of public transportation and in private vehicles if the occupants are not members of the same household. Failure to comply will result in a penalty of up to €100. Hotels, lodging accommodations, restaurants, shops, and other venues for visitors must prevent crowds from gathering in common areas and guarantee social distancing. People are free to travel throughout the provinces.
Embassy and consulate contact information
Website: US Embassy and Consulates in Spain
Phone number: US Embassy Spain (+34) 91 587 2200, Madrid (+34) 91 587 2200
Email address: AskACS@state.gov
Yes and no – Spain has reopened its borders to travelers from most EU countries; however, entry remains restricted to travelers arriving from other areas, except for Spanish nationals and residents, and accompanying immediate family members. Americans wishing to leave Spain may travel from a Spanish airport, but should be aware that they will likely need to transit through a third country like the United Kingdom, France, Ireland, or the Netherlands and may need additional documentation in order to transit through these countries. More information is available here. More
No – people are now free to travel throughout the provinces. More
Yes and no – Spain has reopened its borders with other European countries, but not with the rest of the world. More
The only Spanish airports servicing international flights from outside of the EU are Alicante (ALC), Barcelona (BCN), Bilbao (BIO), Fuerteventura (FUE), Gran Canaria (LPA), Ibiza (IBZ), Madrid (MAD), Malaga (AGP), Menorca(MAH), Lanzarote (ACE), Palma de Mallorca (PMI), Santander (SDR), Sevilla (SVQ), Tenerife-Sur (TFS) and Valencia (VLC). However, Americans should be aware that Spain has restricted the entry of most travelers from outside the EU except Spanish nationals and residents and their immediate family members. More
No – travelers arriving in Spain from other countries are no longer required to quarantine for 14 days following their arrival. More
No – all regions of Spain have transitioned through the reopening phases. However, a few rules apply nationally. Face masks are mandatory in public places and people must maintain social distancing of at least 1.5 meters. Hotels, restaurants, shops, and other places where visitors or tourists go must maintain social distancing, even in common areas. More
- US Embassy COVID-19 information
- British government travel advisory
- IATA Travel restrictions
- Most Recent Mission Spain Alerts for US Citizens
- Spanish government notice of de-escalation plan
- Spanish Ministry of Health guides to the various phases of de-escalation (in Spanish)
- The Local article about lockdown in Spain
- The Local article about reopening phases in Spain
- Spain in English article about lockdown in Spain
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