Spain is a popular travel destination and it’s easily accessible to Americans who wish to travel for tourist purposes. Or at least, it used to be. Now, if you’re planning to travel to Spain there are new health regulations and requirements you need to know before traveling. If you're planning a trip to Spain, there are crucial travel details and regulations you should know. In this quick guide, we'll talk about how US citizens can travel to Spain right now and what the requirements are before traveling.
The basic steps for traveling to Spain are:
Now that you know the basic steps, let’s talk about the requirements.
Citizens from the United States will be happy to know that there are few requirements to travel to Spain. Due to travel agreements between the European Union and the US, US citizens can enjoy international travel to any Schengen country visa-free. This means Spain, which is part of the Schengen Area, doesn't require American citizens to apply for a specific visa when visiting for tourist purposes. If you are a US citizen, you can travel to Spain for a duration that doesn't exceed 90 days. However, there are some requirements US citizens have to meet before traveling to Spain, Europe.
You'll need to meet the following requirements before traveling to Spain:
Your passport needs to be valid for at least 3 months beyond your intended date of departure. Also, it should not be older than 10 years, be in good condition, and have 2 blank visa pages available.
Authorities may ask you to present a flight ticket that indicates when you will be leaving Spain. Your flight ticket should show that you will be leaving Spain before the initial 90 days are over.
Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, all visitors traveling to Spain must have valid health insurance. When considering health insurance, it must cover any medical expenses and provide a minimum of €30,000. Also, your health insurance must cover medical costs across the entire European Union.
During your stay in Spain, you'll need to be able to fully support yourself financially. Spanish officials may ask you to present proof that you can do so. To prove you have sufficient financial means, you may present documents such as bank statements, payslips, credit card statements, or a letter from your sponsor. Note that when you provide a letter from your sponsor, it'll need to have all relevant documents attached to it. Visitors can expect to pay around €70.77 per day while in Spain. You can multiply €70.77 by the number of days you'll be staying, and it will indicate the total funds you need for your trip.
There are also a few additional health requirements you need to meet before traveling to Spain. These include:
As of September 6, 2021, all US citizens traveling to Spain for non-essential travel such as tourism, need to provide proof that they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Along with your proof of vaccination, Spain has implemented a new health declaration form that needs to be completed by all visitors traveling to Spain, including US travelers. The health declaration form, also known as the health control form, has been implemented to ensure the safety of all visitors traveling to Spain and all residents of Spain. Later in this post, we'll be discussing how you can apply for your FCS.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Spanish Government has implemented a new health declaration form to ensure the safety of travelers planning to visit Spain. The health declaration form is formally known as the Health Control Form (FCS). Everyone traveling to Spain is required to complete this form online
The form will include your contact details and your travel information. The information is used to track overseas visitors and minimize COVID-19 infection rates.
Once you have completed your FCS, you'll receive a reference number and QR code that you'll need to present to officials upon arrival in Spain.
You can use this link to access the online form and start the process.
Once you access the form, you'll see the following page:
Here you'll need to fill out your basic information and information regarding your trip to Spain.
After you have filled out your information, you'll see 2 checkboxes. If you are not traveling to Spain and you'll only be arriving in Spain for transit, you must check the first box.
If you are filling out the form for a minor, you'll need to check the second box.
Next, you'll need to read the conditions, accept them, and click Next.
After clicking next, you'll be redirected to this page:
During this time, you'll have received an email with your specific security code.
You can now fill in your travel document information and specific security code to move on to the next step.
You'll be redirected to a page that says "Create New Form". Here you are required to fill out your personal information.
When you're finished filling out the information, click save and continue.
The next page will require you to fill in your flight information. We recommend that you double-check the information to ensure that there are no mistakes.
You'll be asked to enter your travel history for the previous 14 days. Also, you'll need to select the reason for your trip. Once you have entered all these details, you can save and continue.
Almost done. Now you need to answer the simple health questionnaire. Note that as you complete the first question, more questions will pop up. Be sure to answer all questions truthfully and to the best of your knowledge. Here you'll also be able to provide your vaccination status.
After answering the health questionnaire, you'll need to accept the Affidavit. Once you have correctly completed the form, you'll be redirected to a page stating your form is complete.
Finally, you'll receive an email with a unique QR code you can use to enter Spain. You'll need to present the QR upon arrival in Spain. You can present it digitally on your phone, or you can print out a copy of it.
Congratulations, you now have your health declaration form that allows entry to Spain.
Sadly, US Green Card holders do not enjoy the same visa-free travel benefits as US citizens. US Green Card holders will need to apply for a Spanish Tourist Visa. Applying for a Tourist Visa to Spain is a simple and easy process. If you want to know more about the Spanish Tourist Visa, you can check our easy-to-follow guide on how to apply for your tourist visa.
Yes. Like American citizens, Canadian citizens also enjoy the benefit of visa-free travel to Spain.
No. US citizens enjoy visa-free travel to Spain.
Due to the global coronavirus pandemic, Spain has implemented strict health restrictions to ensure the safety of travelers and residents. All residents and travelers should comply with these health restrictions and rules. To learn more about Spain's health restrictions, check our dedicated page. Here you will find specific information about entry requirements, health regulations, and more.
Yes. You'll need to present a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken 3 days before flying back to the US.
Yes. If you are traveling for non-essential purposes (such as tourism or short business trips) you'll need to be vaccinated.
There are certain types of travelers who exempt from having the vaccine when traveling to Spain. To learn more about who is exempt from having the vaccine you can check the official Spain Ministry of Health website. Those who are exempt from having the vaccine should do a PCR test and present the negative results.
Unvaccinated travelers from the US must present a negative COVID-19 test. The acceptable tests are the RT-PCR (NAAT) or Antigen test. The RT-PCR test should be taken 72 hours before your flight and the Anitgen test should be taken 48 hours before your flight.
Vaccinated travelers only need to present an approved vaccination certificate.
Children who are under the age of 6 do not require to present a negative PCR test.
Note that as of 6 September, 2021, US citizens should be fully vaccinated before traveling to Spain for non essential purposes.
No. There is no mandatory quarantine requirements for visitors arriving in Spain.
For an antigen test, you can expect to pay around €30.
For a PCR test from a private medical facility, you can expect to pay around €120.
The CDC will grant waivers to the testing requirements on a limited basis. Only in cases where extreme emergency travel is required (like an emergency medical evacuation) and testing can't be completed before travel will the CDC waiver testing requirements. Individuals who believe they meet the criteria for a waiver should e-email the U.S. Embassy in Madrid at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spanish authorities have announced that all vaccines that have been approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the World Health Organization (WHO) will be accepted when traveling to Spain. These include the following:
Yes. It is possible for vaccinated Americans to visit any one of the Schengen Territories when in Europe. Note that you will need to add your travel plans into your itinerary. You should be able to easily prove the purpose of your trip to other European countries.
Other Schengen member states you can visit include: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland
Note that the CDC has indicated that Spain and Andorra are high risk areas. Visitors should implement relevant safety precautions when traveling.