From 7 June 2021, people who are fully vaccinated against Corona or who have recovered from a Covid 19 infection will be allowed to enter Spain without a PCR test. This was announced by the head of government Pedro Sánchez on Friday at the Fitur tourism fair in Madrid. With this, Spain is following Germany, which has already been requiring no more testing on entry for those who have recovered and been vaccinated since 13 May. The vaccine must be approved by the World Health Organisation (WHO) or the European Medicines Agency (EMA). Important: Non-vaccinated persons are still required to present a negative test result upon entry.
The new regulation also applies to countries outside Europe and is intended to make a decisive contribution to reviving Spain’s most important economic sector, tourism. For example, from 7 June, the exemption from testing will also apply to US citizens who can prove that they have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Minister of Economy Reyes Maroto said at Fitur: “We want to ensure mobility even in a difficult context. Vaccines have given us the antidote to travel again.”
From 1 July, the Europe-wide standardised vaccination certificate will be introduced, making travel even easier. The EU had agreed on this certificate for proof of Corona vaccinations, tests and survived Covid 19 diseases on Thursday.
Spain opens for Britons, Germany tightens entries
Pedro Sánchez also announced that as of this Monday, 24 May, Great Britain, which is considered the most important travel market for Spain, will be added to the list of countries whose citizens are not required to provide proof of testing because they are considered Corona-safe. Singapore, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand and Israel, among others, are already on this list. Spain, for its part, is not considered a safe destination for the UK. Anyone entering the UK from Spain needs a PCR test and has to go into quarantine.
Unlike Spain, Germany has classified the UK as a virus variant area from Sunday due to the spread of the Indian Corona variant. This drastically restricts entry from the UK to Germany. A two-week quarantine obligation applies to those entering the country, which cannot be shortened even by negative tests.