COVID-19 Reopening Matrix
• Fully vaccinated and recovered travelers do not have to carry a negative COVID-19 test.
- Recovered travelers must be entering by air or sea, and must carry a positive COVID-19 NAAT test issued 11-180 days before entry and a certificate of recovery. Travelers from the United Kingdom are not eligible for this exemption.
- Fully vaccinated travelers, carrying a vaccination certificate confirming full vaccination at least 14 days before entry by a European Medicines Agency- or World Health Organization emergency use-approved vaccine, are exempt. The vaccination certificate should include the traveler’s name, vaccination date, vaccine type, number of doses, issuing country and details on the administering institution.
• Digital Health Platforms: Spain issues and accepts the EU Digital COVID Certificate as proof of vaccination, recovery or negative testing.
• Travelers must complete an online Health Control Form, (including travelers under 12). Airlines must inform travelers about this formality when purchasing flight tickets. Completing the form renders a QR code which must be presented upon arrival.
• Quarantine and COVID-19 testing: Negative COVID-19 RT-PCR, RT- LAMP, TMA or other NAAT type test, issued no more than 72 hours before entry, for travelers from 'high risk' locations. RAT-test rapid antigen tests (approved by the European Commission) to be undertaken within 48 hours prior arrival to Spain.
- Travelers from France by land may carry a test result issued no more than 72 hours before entry (up from 48).
- The test report must be original, issued in Spanish, English, French or German, in paper or electronic format. If issued in a different language, an official translation in Spanish must be provided. It must include the passenger name, passport/identification card number (as listed on the Health Control Form), test date, test facility contact details, test technique and negative result.
- Individuals up to 12 years old are exempt.
• Travelers are subject to a general health screening, including a temperature and visual check, upon entry. Travelers suspected to have COVID-19 may be required to complete a COVID-19 test (PCR, TMA or other molecular tests are accepted) within 48 hours of arrival.
• 10-day home quarantine for travelers (including vaccinated and recovered travelers) entering from Botswana, Brazil, Colombia, Comoros, Ghana, India, Kenya, Mozambique, Peru, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Travelers can reduce the quarantine duration by testing negative for COVID-19 on day 7.
• Canary Islands: Negative COVID-19 PCR, TMA or other molecular test, conducted no more than 72 hours before entry, for travelers seeking to access tourist accommodation.
- Individuals up to six years old are exempt.
- Individuals who can prove stay in the Canary Islands for 15 days preceding access to tourist accommodation, who have remained asymptomatic during these 15 days, are exempt.
• Immigration offices in Spain are operating at limited capacity following COVID-19 guidelines.
• Administrative deadlines for processing new and renewal applications have been reinstated; however, there are still some delays.
• Travel Restrictions: Until July 31, 2021 (midnight local time), entry is only allowed for:
- Residents of the European Union, Schengen associated States, Andorra, Monaco, the Vatican (Holy See), or San Marino who provide documentary evidence.
- Holders of a long-term visa issued by the EU Member State or Schengen associated State to which they are traveling.
- Healthcare, elderly care professionals, and health researchers entering to undertake their work activities.
- Personnel engaged in the transport of goods; and sea and flight crew required to carry out air transport activities.
- Members of diplomatic missions, consular posts, international and military organizations, civil protection, and humanitarian organizations entering to perform their official duties.
- Students undertaking their studies in an EU Member State or Schengen Associated State who hold the corresponding visa/permit and medical coverage, provided they are traveling to the country where they carry out their studies, during the academic year or 15 days before its commencement.
- Highly qualified employees whose activity is mandatory, cannot be postponed or undertaken remotely. This category includes individuals traveling to Spain to participate in upscale sports competitions. These circumstances must be documented.
- Persons travelling for imperative family reasons (which must be documented).
- Persons who provide documentary evidence of force majeure or necessity, or whose entry is permitted on humanitarian grounds.
- Residents of the countries ‘green-listed’ by the European Union, travelling directly from these countries (transit through other locations permitted).
- Persons holding a vaccination certificate recognized by the Health Ministry (see Health Requirements below for details). Residents of the United Kingdom arriving directly from the United Kingdom must have either: (1) A COVID-19 vaccination certificate confirming full vaccination at least 14 days prior to departure by a European Medicines Agency- or WHO- approved vaccine. (2) A certificate from a SARSCoV2 diagnostic test taken within 48 hours prior to arrival to Spain.
• Until August 3, 2021 (23:59 local time), flight ban for Brazil and South Africa. The travel restrictions are applicable to passengers travelling by air except to:
- Spanish, Andorran citizens. and residents in Spain.
- Travelers transiting through Spain to a non-Schengen country with a less than a 24-hour stop and not exiting the transit area of the Spanish airport.
- State flights or search and rescue services.
- Flights with a stop in the Spanish territory for non-commercial purposes, to reach a final destination.
- Cargo, ferry, humanitarian, medical, and emergency flights.
- Aeronautic staff required to undertake air transport business.
• Land entry from Portugal is only allowed for Spanish nationals, their spouses, registered partners, ascending or descending dependents travelling with or to join the principal; Spanish residents; travelers studying in Spain; EU/Schengen Area residents traveling to their residence; travelers transiting for labor purposes, e.g., cross-border workers, health and transport workers; among limited other exemptions. These travelers must carry proof of their travel purpose.
• Land borders to enter Spain through Ceuta and Melilla are closed.
Home SearchServices currently offered:
• Virtual, with limited face-to-face interaction
• Lease checks
• Check in/out: prior to move-in, the unit has been pre-inspected; latest health or medical certification of all incoming occupants which will state that occupant/s was never a suspected or probable case individual/s and has never been identified as positive COVID-19 case individual/s, if identified, submit result of negative RT-PCR as per DOH standard; mandatory wearing of facemask, body temperature screening and use of foot bath.
• Timelines (normal)
• Market availability; mobility is limited to verify available properties
• Additionally agents can assist with:
- Needs assessment calls.
- Sharing housing market information.
- Sharing sample properties online.
- Conducting lease contract reviews and negotiation.
- Coordinating and assisting in utilities set-up such as internet and cable.
- Providing school information.
- Coordinating temporary housing bookings.
- Providing information on bank accounts opening requirements.
- Providing information on local registration requirements.
• Yes, bookings are being made virtually
• No face-to-face support
• Apartments are available
• Primary school students will return to school 8 Jan although some autonomous communities like Catalonia, Basque Country have decided to delay the resumption of teaching activity until 11 January.
• Children of 1 class will be sent on a 2-week quarantine if a case is confirmed within the group; parents will be allowed to request unpaid leave to stay home with their children under these circumstances.
• Distance education is promoted to the maximum in Secondary, Baccalaureate, FP, Adult Education, and Special Regime Teaching; students will not return in person until mid-January.
• State of national emergency expired 21 June.
• No time restrictions to go outside or practice sport outdoors.
• Free movement within all the regions in Spain.
• The use of masks is compulsory for everybody, except children below 6 years, in public spaces (indoors and outdoors) if keeping the security distance of 1.5 meters is not possible; In case of non-compliance, fines from 100€ will apply.
• The use of masks for children aged 3-6 years is recommended.
• Sanitary and health inspections will take place in the airports.
• Prevention and hygiene measures will be applied in the work environment: reorganization of job positions in the offices, establishment of shifts at work, to avoid crowded offices.
• Meetings of up to 20 people may take place in private homes as well as in the street, keeping the security distance of 1.5 meters.
• Restaurants may open outside terraces to 75% capacity.
• Bars may open and it is allowed to seat in the bar, keeping the security distance of 1.5 meters.
• Weddings are allowed, indoors and outdoors, to a maximum of 150 guests in outdoors venues and 75 guests in indoors venues.
• Swimming pools will reopen but only 30% capacity.
• Beaches will reopen, keeping the security distance of 1.5 meters.
• Professional sports competitions will resume.
• Hotels and tourist lodgings can re-open including communal areas.
• Night clubs are not allowed to open.
• Shopping centers may open but only 40% capacity in common areas and 50% capacity in the shops.
• All shops in size may open but only 50% capacity.
• Streets markets will re-open but only to 50% capacity.
• Cinemas, theaters, music halls and monuments may open but only 50% capacity (pre-booking).
• Zoos and Aquarium may open but only 50% capacity.
• Cultural activities in libraries and museums are allowed, but only 50% capacity.
• Outdoors sports are allowed all day, without time limitation.
• Active and nature tourism, max 20 people per group.
• Group classes are allowed, to a maximum of 20 students, keeping the security distance of 1.5 meters.
• Universities will reopen, as well as some school courses, when parents cannot care about their children.
• Driving Schools will reopen.
• Some elderly residences will allowed visits.
• Trade Fairs are allowed to a maximum of 80 attendees.
• Casinos, recreative rooms, and betting shops, may open but only 50% capacity, guaranteeing a disinfection of the material, every 2 hours.
• Children activities will allowed, with a maximum of 200 children outdoors and 80 children indoors.
Public TransportYes. Operating as normal with safety precautions in place.
Household GoodsSurvey (Video/In-person)
Packing/Delivery Services (After Customs Clearance) Available?
• Yes with sanitary restrictions / Madrid partial lockdown from Sptember
21st (14 days minimum)
• Air: Limited services
• Sea: Normal services
• Limited services following countries
limitations at destination
Can packing/delivery take place without customer, or nominated representative?