Spain adds restrictions for US visitors – here’s what you need to do before traveling there By: Sasha Brady

Spain has reinstated COVID-19 entry restrictions on passengers traveling from the United States following the European Union’s decision to remove the US from its “white list” of epidemiologically safe countries.

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Spain had a relatively relaxed open-door policy for US travelers since June, allowing them to visit without any COVID-19 restrictions. That changes from today with Spain now requiring travelers coming from the US to show one of the following: proof of full vaccination; or proof of recovery from COVID-19 within the last 180 days; or a negative PCR test (taken no more than 72 hours before arriving in Spain) or antigen test (taken no more than 48 hours before arriving in Spain).

⚠️ New requirement effective Sep 6 for travelers from U.S. to Spain: in addition to QR code from Spain Travel Health portal, must show at least one of: proof of vaccination, negative COVID test, or certificate of recovery. Details here:

— US Embassy Madrid 🇺🇸🇪🇸 (@USembassyMadrid) September 5, 2021

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In addition, all international travelers, regardless of where they’re departing from, must register their details through the Spain Travel Health portal. Once completed, the website will generate a QR code which must be shown upon arrival on your mobile phone or printed on paper. The form can be obtained through the Spain Travel Health portal, or downloaded as the ‘SpTH’ via Google Play or the App Store.

Unvaccinated children under 12 traveling with vaccinated adults are allowed to travel to Spain without any additional requirements.

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Spain’s decision to tweak its border rules for Americans follows the EU’s recommendation that its 27 member states reimpose restrictions on nonessential travel for all US citizens as cases spike. According to data compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the US is averaging about 153,246 new cases per day in the last seven days.

Other countries within the EU have announced additional travel restrictions on Americans in recent days too. The Netherlands is requiring US passengers to quarantine for at least 10 days upon arrival, regardless of vaccination status. And people traveling from the US to Italy must now produce a negative PCR or antigen test taken in the 72 hours prior to entering Italy, even if they have proof of vacccination like a COVID-19 green pass or equivalent certification.

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