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Conditions for entry into Spain


Nationals of third States who travel to Spain for stays of up to 90 days (during any period of 180 days) for tourism, business, family visits, medical treatment, study, non-work internships or volunteer activities with a duration not exceeding 3 months, or for other non-gainful activities, must meet the entry conditions established in the Schengen Borders Code. ​​

Entry requirements​​ 

  • Enter via an authorized border-crossing point.
  • Present proof of identity and a valid travel document.
  • Present the corresponding visa if required, according to nationality.
  • Provide evidence of meeting the conditions for the proposed stay and of possessing sufficient financial resources.
  • Not be subject to a ban on entering Spain. 
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS FOR SPAIN (updated October 21, 2022):

Beginning on October 21, it will not be mandatory to present the certificates related to Covid-19 for the following list of travelers:

-Spanish citizens.

-Residents in the European Union, Schengen Associated States, Andorra, Monaco, The Vatican (Holy See) or San Marino that go to that country, accrediting it documentary.

-Residents in third countries, special administrative regions and territorial entities and authorities listed in the annex to Order INT/657/2020, of July 17 (Bahrain, Chile, Colombia, Indonesia, Kuwait, New Zealand, Peru, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Republic of Korea, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, China and regions Hong Kong and Macao special administrative authorities).

-The rest of the categories defined in article 1.1 of Order INT/657/2020:
  • ​Residents of the European Union, Schengen Associated States, Andorra, Monaco, the Vatican (Holy See) or San Marino who go to that country, accrediting it with documents.
  • Holders of a long-stay visa issued by a Member State or Schengen Associated State who are going to that country.
  • Health professionals, including health researchers, and elderly care professionals going to or returning from work.
  • Transport personnel, seamen and aeronautical personnel necessary to carry out air transport activities.
  • Diplomatic, consular, international organization, military, civil protection personnel and members of humanitarian organizations, in the exercise of their functions
  • Students who carry out their studies in the Member States or Schengen associated States and who have the corresponding permit or visa and medical insurance, provided that they go to the country where they are studying, and that the entry occurs during the academic year or the 15 previous days.
  • Highly qualified workers whose work is necessary and cannot be postponed or carried out remotely, including participants in high-level sports events that take place in Spain. These circumstances must be documented.
  • People traveling for imperative family reasons duly accredited.
  • Persons who document reasons of force majeure or a situation of need, or whose entry is allowed for humanitarian reasons.
  • Residents of the countries that appear in the annex provided that they come directly from them, have transited exclusively through other countries included in the list or have only made international transits at airports located in countries that do not appear in the annex. In the case of residents of Algeria, China and Morocco, reciprocity remains to be verified. By resolution of the person in charge of the Ministry of the Interior, this annex may be modified.
All foreigners, who are not part of the previous list, will be able to enter Spain by presenting just one of the following documents:
-Proof of vaccination: Documentation from the issuing countries' relevant authorities will be accepted starting 14 days after the final dose is administered, as long as more than 270 days have not passed since the administration of the final dose of the vaccine. For those under 18 years of age, proof of vaccination has no expiration date.
-Negative COVID test: A negative Nucleic Acid Amplification test (PCR, TMA, LAMP, NEAR, etc.) taken within 72 hours of departure for Spain, or a negative rapid antigen test (RAT) taken within 24 of departure for Spain, will be accepted.
-Proof of recovery from COVID: Documentation issued by relevant government authorities or by a physician a minimum of 11 days after the initial positive result via NAAT or rapid antigen test. This documentation will remain valid for 180 days following the date of the initial positive test result.

Those under the age of 12 do not need to present any COVID-related documentation to enter Spain.
Spain Travel Health –SpTH– and the associated form are no longer needed.

Additional Information information:
https://www.sanidad.gob.es/profesionales/saludPublica/ccayes/alertasActual/nCov/spth.htm  
https://www.travelsafe.spain.info/es     



Documents to present at the border​​ 

1. Valid passport or travel document: The document must be valid until three months after the planned date of departure from the Schengen territory, and must have been issued during the ten years immediately before the date of entry. 

2. Visa: For certain nationalities, a valid visa is required. This visa will not be necessary if the interested party has a valid residence permit or a valid long-term visa issued by a Schengen State. 

The nationalities requiring a visa are listed in Annex I of Regulation (EU) 2018/1806It opens in new window

3. Documents accrediting the purpose and conditions of the planned stay: At the request of the competent authorities, the reasons and conditions of the planned stay must be accredited by documentary proof or other means. To this end, the presentation, among others, of the following documents may be required: 

  • Return or tourist circuit ticket, in all cases. 
  • For professional trips, the invitation from a company or authority to participate in a meeting, or documents that prove the existence of a relationship associated with professional activity, or access cards to a trade fair or congress. 
  • For tourist or private visits, the confirmed reservation of an organized trip, or proof of accommodation, or letter of invitation from a private individual (such a letter only proves the availability of accommodation and does not release the traveller from the obligation to meet the other requirements for entry). The proof of accommodation may indicate whether it includes all or part of the traveller's living expenses. 
  • For study trips, training programmes, non-work internships or volunteer work with a duration of less than three months, enrolment documentation or proof of admission to an educational establishment or internship contract or proof of admission to a volunteer programme.
     
  • For travel for other reasons, an invitation, reservation, programme or certificate of participation in related activities, entrance card/ticket, or receipt. 

 

Accreditation of financial means​​​ 

At the request of the competent authorities, the traveller must present proof of having sufficient financial means for the proposed stay or of the ability to legally obtain such means. 

In 2020, the minimum amount required is 90 euros per person per day. In any case, and regardless of the length of stay, the traveller must have at least 810 euros or its equivalent in foreign currency. 

Economic means may be accredited by presenting cash, traveller's cheques, a credit card accompanied by a bank account statement, an up-to-date bank book, or any other resource that accredits the amount available, such as a credit statement regarding the card or bank account. Bank letters or online bank statements will not be accepted.

Entry authorization​​​ 

Authorization to enter Spain may be granted to nationals of third States who have the necessary documentation, including, where appropriate, a visa, and sufficient financial means, and who are not subject to an entry ban and do not pose a danger to public order, the internal or external security of the State, or public health.

Denial of entry​ 

The competent authorities will deny entry to nationals of third States who do not meet the entry requirements or who are subject to an entry ban. Entry may also be denied if, in the previous 180 days, the traveller has exhausted the 90-day period for authorized stay in the Schengen area. 

The denial of entry will be notified by means of a reasoned decision, together with information on the procedure for appealing against this decision, in accordance with Spanish regulations. However, filing an appeal does not suspend the effects of the denial of entry.

Citizens of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland, and their family members​​ 

Citizens of the Member States of the European Union, and citizens of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland, may enter Spain with their national identity card or with a valid passport. Minors who travel with an identity document and are not accompanied by a parent will need the authorization of one of their parents. 

Family members who are not nationals of a Member State of the European Union or of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, or Switzerland may enter with a valid passport. Depending on their nationality, they may need an entry visa, unless they have a valid residence card as the relative of a European Union citizen.

Relevant legislation 

  • Regulation (EU) 2016/399It opens in new window of the European Parliament and of the Council of 9 March 2016 on a Union Code on the rules governing the movement of persons across borders (Schengen Borders Code). 
  • Regulation (EU) 201​8/1806It opens in new window of the European Parliament and of the Council of 14 November 2018 listing the third countries whose nationals must be in possession of visas when crossing the external borders and those whose nationals are exempt from that requirement.
     
  • Royal Decree 24​0/2007It opens in new window, of 16 February, on the entry, free movement and residence in Spain of citizens of the Member States of the European Union and of other States party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area.

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