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Travel to Spain

Only a limited number of nationalities are allowed to travel to the EU. Please check if your nationality can enter Spain and ensure you have prior permission from any Spanish consulate or embassy to be considered as one of the exceptions for travel.

Effective 21 December 2020 until 19th January 2021, a temporary restriction applies to all passengers arriving from flights from the United Kingdom. Only Spanish nationals and foreign nationals with legal residence in Spain are allowed to enter the country from the United Kingdom.

COVID-19 testing requirements

Regulations effective 23 November 2020:

  • Customers arriving from countries categorized as high risk, have to complete the COVID-19 PCR test or a TMA (transcription-mediated amplification) test or a RT-LAMP test (Reverse Transcriptase Loop-Mediated Isothermal Amplification) 72 hours prior to arrival to Spain. This does not apply to children below 6 years old. Passengers travelling from a low risk country via Dubai do not need the COVID-19 PCR test provided they only transit in Dubai. Passengers from high risk countries with immediate transit in Barcelona or Madrid to another international flight (Non EU/Non Schengen) and staying inside the international transit area do not need the COVID-19 PCR test unless it is a requirement for the final destination.
  • COVID‑19 PCR/TMA or RT-LAMP test results must be in English, Spanish, French or German. If they are on any other language, a valid official translation is accepted and has to be presented in form of hard copy or electronic format.

Travel Eligibility

Passengers will not be allowed to enter Spain except if they are:

  • Spanish Nationals, travelling with their spouse and children
  • European Union nationals and nationals from Andorra, United Kingdom, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland and the Vatican whose primary residence is in Spain or are in transit through Spain to reach their country of origin or of primary residence, travelling with their spouse and children.
  • Third country nationals who are holders of a Spanish or an EU Residence Permit, or a valid long stay visa, with primary residence in Spain or in transit through Spain to their country of residence. (Proof must be presented)
  • Third country nationals in transit for less than 24 hours to an international destination staying in the international zone of the airport.

Travel to Spain is restricted to specific categories of passengers until 31 January 2021.

Nationals and residents of the following countries are allowed entry to Spain, provided that they are arriving on a direct flight from or transiting through any of these countries, or transiting through only the international area of any other airport not within the list:

  • Australia
  • Japan
  • New Zealand
  • Rwanda
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Thailand
  • China
  • Hong Kong
  • Macau

Any passenger who does not follow the health regulations in place will be declared inadmissible, even if they fall under the list of exemptions, and will immediately be returned to their point of origin.

Required forms

International passengers must complete the Health Control Form (FCS) online or on the SPTH APP (available on Google Play and the App Store). A QR code generated from the completed form must be presented to authorities on arrival. If customers are unable to download the APP, the required forms can be downloaded online on However the times of access and passage through the health checkpoint, using a handwritten form will be much higher. All passengers are encouraged to fill out the electronic form and obtain the QR, thus avoiding unnecessary waiting times.

When accessing the app, customers will be asked to declare if they have completed the required COVID-19 PCR test. Failing to provide a valid test, passengers will be directed to take an antigen test on arrival and may be fined.


By signing the form, passengers are committing to self-isolate at home or a place of residence during the 14 days after entry to Spain if they present symptoms of acute respiratory infection (fever, cough or respiratory difficulty), to self-monitor coronavirus symptoms, and to phone the competent health authorities. Only passengers are allowed to access the airport terminals. It is mandatory to wear face masks at every point of your journey.

Other information

Airports in Spain are only open to passengers in possession of a ticket or boarding pass.

For more information please refer to the Home Affairs Website and the Ministry of Health Website.

Passengers MUST NOT TRAVEL if they have recent onset COVID-19 compatible symptoms (fever, cough, breathing difficulties), if have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 14 days, or if they have had close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the last two weeks.

Travelling to, from and through Dubai

If you're travelling to, from or transiting through Dubai, please check our Travel requirements for Dubai.