Travelers from third countries who have been infected with COVID-19 within the last 180 days and have recovered from it can now travel into Spain.
The move has been announced by the Spanish government, which has published the amendments to the Spanish COVID-19 rules on travel to the country in the Official Gazette (BOE) on Saturday 26 February.
“Recovery certificate: a certificate issued by the competent authority or a medical service at least 11 days after the first positive NAAT or rapid antigen test is accepted as valid. The validity of the certificate expires 180 days after the date of sampling“, the official Spain Travel Health website now explains about accepted recovery certificates for entry into the middle of COVID-19.
The certificates have now also been listed by the Spanish Ministry of Health as acceptable proof of entry into the country, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
Previously, only travelers from third countries vaccinated with one of the vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the World Health Organization (WHO) were allowed to enter.
Since 1 February, vaccination certificates for entry into Spain have only been valid for a period of 270 days from the date of administration of the last dose. Those whose vaccination is older must have received a booster dose in order to be allowed to enter Spain as vaccinated persons.
On the other hand, since Monday 14 February, it has also become easier to travel to Spain for travelers from third countries aged 12 to 17, as the Spanish authorities waived the obligation to present proof of COVID-19 vaccination to travelers under 18 years of age to enter the country.
The requirement had created difficulties for many families planning to travel to Spain in January and February, and especially for British families planning to spend their spring holidays there. However, the rule was removed after several British, Spanish and other international media reported on the case.
Last Friday, SchengenVisaInfo.com reported that the Spanish authorities had extended the current entry rules applicable to 29 countries of the European Union / European Economic Area for another week. According to the rules, travelers from the EU and the Schengen area can enter Spain if they present proof of COVID-19 vaccination, proof of cure from COVID-19 or negative results of a COVID-19 test taken before departure.
As a result, the current restrictions for travelers from EU and non-EU countries are the same, except that travelers from third countries cannot enter on the basis of a negative COVID-19 test result.