Unless otherwise mentioned these rules apply to all the provinces in Andalucia, Almeria, Cádiz, Córdoba, Granada, Huelva, Jaén, Málaga and Seville.
Covid cases are increasing in many countries across Europe, for instance in Austria, Germany and the Netherlands, leading to new restrictions in many places. In countries such as the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany Covid-19 infections are at some of their highest levels since the pandemic began. Spain is experiencing a much smaller resurgence of cases than some other countries. For those planning to travel to or from Spain this Christmas, these are the current rules (28th November 2021), with the proviso that things can change overnight.
Spain will increase restrictions on travellers from third countries from 1 December due to the appearance of the Omicron coronavirus variant.
From within the EU/Schengen area
If you’ve been fully vaccinated for more than 14 days with one of Spain’s approved vaccines (same as those across the EU), you can travel to Spain and demonstrate your vaccination treatment with your country’s Covid health pass.
If you have not been vaccinated, whether you need to take a PCR or antigen test 48 hours prior to travelling will depend on where you’re travelling from in the EU.
Check Spain’s Health Ministry list here. It is updated weekly to see if you can travel to Spain from where you live.
If your country or region is on the list, then you will need to get tested if you haven’t been fully vaccinated. Accepted tests include PCR or antigen tests, which have to be carried out within 72 hours (PCR) or 48 hours (antigen) respectively prior to your arrival in Spain.
The UK is a third country and as such, as from the 1st December 2021, people from the UK will only be able to enter Spain if they present a vaccination certificate. Proof of a negative Covid-19 diagnostic test or having overcome the disease, will no longer be accepted. Adults accompanying children under the age of 12 years (who are not required to be vaccinated) are also unable to enter Spain from the UK if their parents or guardians with whom they plan to travel have not been vaccinated.
At the moment the rules are practically the same across the EU and involve being able to prove vaccination, testing or recovery through the EU-wide Digital Covid Certificate.
At the moment the UK do not know whether they are coming or going so people wanting to travel to the UK from Spain should check the HMG website that, to be fair, is trying to keep abreast of the rules as they are introduced. Different rules apply for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Rules for England
Rules for Wales
Rules for Scotland
Rules for Northern Ireland
Regulations in other countries are changing almost daily so you must check with the relevant country's rules before you travel
The Junta de Andalucía has decided to ask the region’s top court, the TSJA, to make it mandatory that Covid vaccination certificate must be presented to access health and social care centres (care homes for the elderly).
Six of the regions of Spain, Galicia, Aragon, the Balearic Islands, Navarra and Catalonia already have judicial authorisation for the implementation of the requirement of a vaccination document to allow access to certain places - mainly bars, restaurants and nightclubs.
On Friday 26th November 2021, President of Andalucia, Juanma Moreno, announced his intention to request judicial permission to impose the measure in Andalucia.
All those 65 years and older can now be vaccinated with a booster dose. The booster uses Pfizer vaccine. It must be 6 months since the second vaccination or three months if your intial vaccination(s) were Jannsen. Over 65's can book a vaccine appointment via ClicSalud+, Salud Responde (App or Telephone) or by going to their local health centre.
Click here for ClicSalud+, an online admin and appointment system for the Andalucuia health service. You need a digital certificate to access the system.
With Christmas just a month away, Spain as a whole is seeing its fortnightly infection rate increase by a larger amount every day, standing at 133 cases per 100,000 people on Tuesday November 23rd, triple the rate it was a month ago with Navarre and Catalonia the worst hit.
Spain’s Ministry of Health on Monday 22nd November proposed that regional authorities focus their attention on limiting opening hours for bars and clubs in places where infections and hospitalisations are up. The newest draft version of the nationwide Covid traffic light system suggests that in municipalities where the infection rate is at risk level 2 – 100 to 300 infections per 100,000 people – bars and restaurants should shut at 11pm and nightlife venues at 1am. The amended traffic light system, which serves as a guide for regional governments to impose local restrictions, also proposes there should be a return to a limit on the number of people per table (ten), 1.5 metres safety distance between tables, a 50 percent capacity limit and no eating or drinking at the bar.
In other words a return to the measures experienced during the later stages of the pandemic.
These measures are still at the discussion stage. Nothing has yet been decided.
We will update this page on the run up to Christmas.
The Andalucia Regional Government meet on Friday 26th November to discuss production of EU Covid Certificate to allow entry into public places. Read the issues here.
All of Andalucia went to 'low risk' or Level 0 on the 21st October. That means there are no restrictions on capacity within buildings, other than the original health and safety maximums. The use of a face mask is still required inside shops, business, public buildings and transport. Wearing a face mask outside is required when social distance cannot be maintained and at open air events held in theaters, museums, bullrings, concerts.
This page was becoming unwieldy, with information that was no longer pertinent. The important points and links are at the top of the page. Sorry for any inconvenience caused. Nick