Spain scraps plans to lift restrictions on unvaccinated tourists

Spain has abandoned plans to lift restrictions on unvaccinated tourists

Earlier this week, Spanish officials individuals said they would allow anyone to enter the country, even if they did not have a COVID-19 vaccine. The only condition — you must have a negative PCR or rapid antigen test. 

The event was hailed by the tourism community as “a step in the right direction”.

However, less than 10 hours after the initial announcement, Spanish officials reversed their position, saying the same rules still apply to unvaccinated travelers: When entering Spain, proof of full vaccination or recent recovery from COVID-19 must be presented.

Anyone who has received both vaccinations and a booster shot is considered fully vaccinated if more than 270 days have passed since the last dose of the vaccine. 

All tourists, regardless of age, arriving in Spain must fill out an online medical form control. This also applies to transit passengers.

The only plus of the new rules — «expiration date» vaccinations. If now it is 270 days, then earlier it was only 180 days. That is, those who took root before everyone else could be on the list of those not allowed to visit Spanish resorts closer to summer.  

Despite the fact that Spanish officials have decided to play it safe and maintain tight restrictions, the country's COVID-19 infection rates are falling faster than in the past two years. Since the start of the pandemic, Spain has recorded more than 11 million infections and 102,747 coronavirus-related deaths. Right now, the number of new cases is only 5 percent of what it was at the peak of the crisis, with 98 new infections per 100,000 people.

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