Latest update sees European capitals join Portugal, Netherlands, Ireland and others on ‘risk’ list
The Spanish government’s latest update to its list of “risk” countries and areas has seen European capitals Prague, Rome and Stockholm added, meaning COVID-19 certificates proving vaccination, recovery, or a recent negative test are now required for entry into Catalonia or the rest of Spain from those areas.
As well as the Czech, Italian and Swedish capitals, passengers arriving by air or sea from an increased number of regions in Italy, France, Denmark and Greece will have to provide this health documentation.
On the other hand, some regions of Croatia have been removed from the risk list, as has all of Norway.
The latest list of risk countries and regions (which can be seen in full below) came into force on Monday and applies until the end of Sunday, August 1.
There has been one change on the list of non-EU/EEA countries: travelers from Switzerland are no longer exempt from the health-related entry requirements and will have to show an appropriate COVID-19 certificate.
The list is based on the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control’s color-coded map, in which Catalonia remains dark red, putting it in the highest risk category, with a 14-day cumulative Covid-19 case notification rate of 500 or more per 100,000 inhabitants.
Arrivals from at-risk areas, which still include most countries worldwide, must provide a document that either shows:
- The traveller has been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 at least 14 days prior to arrival in Spain
- The visitor has a negative result from a diagnostic test, within 72 hours prior to arrival in Spain for a NAAT (nucleic acid amplification test, e.g. RT-PCR, RT-LAMP, TMA), or within 48 hours for a RAT (rapid antigen test)
- The person has recovered from Covid-19, after the disease has passed, provided that more than 11 days have elapsed since the first positive NAAT test was performed. This will be valid for up to 180 days thereafter
For full, regularly updated details on requirements to enter Spain, go to: https://spth.gob.es/
Brazil, South Africa and India
Tougher requirements are in place for people wanting to enter Spain from Brazil or South Africa.
For travelers coming from Brazil and South Africa, only citizens or residents of Spain can enter the country, while also following the same criteria as passengers from India. The Spanish cabinet has agreed to extend these restrictions several times since February 2. The latest extension was agreed on July 13, until August 3.
In the case of India, restrictions originally published on April 27 and last extended on July 8, until July 24m were as follows. All passengers must quarantine for ten days upon arrival, or for the entirety of their stay in the case that its shorter than this period. They can stop quarantining if they provide a negative test on their seventh day. In addition, they must provide negative test results before boarding, as well as test negative in the airport upon arrival. The Spanish government may prolong these restrictions.
The full list of countries deemed at risk is as follows:
NB: At-risk zones in brackets. Where no regions specified, the whole country is deemed at risk.
Finland (Etelä-Suomi and Helsinki-Uusimaa)
France (Martinique, Corsica, Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Réunion, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Brittany, Grand Est, Hauts-de-France, Île-de-France, Normandy, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Occitania, Pays de la Loire and Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur)
Greece (Kriti, Attiki, Ionia Nisia, Ipeiros, Notio Aigaio, Thessalia, Dytiki Ellada, Dytiki Makedonia, Kentriki Makedonia, Peloponnisos, Sterea Ellada and Voreio Aigaio)
Italy (Lazio, Sardinia, Sicily and Veneto)
All countries outside EU/EEA except for:
Bosnia and Herzegovina
United States of America