Spain Closes To Unvaccinated U.S. Travelers Following Netherlands, Norway, Italy And Others - FORBES
Following a recent recommendation by the EU Council to tighten entry restrictions on travelers from the U.S., Spain has decided to ban non-vaccinated U.S. travelers from entering the country, except for absolutely essential purposes.
The decision by the Spanish Ministry of Health, Consumption and Social Welfare, removes the United States from the list of epidemiologically safe third countries whose travelers do not have to meet the standard Covid travel restrictions for non EU/EEA arrivals.
Americans had been able to enter Spain without restrictions since last June when, in a bid to help its hard hit tourism industry, the country added the U.S. to its low-risk travel list.
From this week, until new updates, according to Spain and Andorra’s embassy, travelers from the U.S.—and a handful of other third countries with worsening Covid figures—must be fully vaccinated at least 14 days before travel.
“Effective September 6, 2021, U.S. citizens can travel from the United States to Spain on non-essential travel, (such as tourism) if they show proof of vaccination. Please read the detailed information on the Spain Ministry of Health’s website,” advises the Embassy.
Additionally, U.S. citizens travelling from the United States to Spain must present upon arrival in Spain a QR code generated through the Spain Travel Health portal, obtained through the website or by downloading the “SpTH app” in Google Play Store or iTunes App Store for each traveler, regardless of their age.