Conditions for entry into Spain: public health form and QR code
If you are planning a trip to Spain, you need to know the entry protocol. The Madrid authorities have established a number of rules that must be followed by any citizen arriving in Spain by air, land or sea.
Gradually, Spain opened its borders on 9 June 2020. From 21 June, the borders were opened for all EU member states, with the end of the alert. Spain has opened its borders, including for Romania, without imposing isolation / quarantine.
Conditions for entry into Spain
And yet there is a protocol for entry into Spain. The government has established a series of controls for travelers entering Spain by air:
- All passengers traveling by air in Spain must be subjected to a temperature check. The temperature should not exceed 37,5 degrees Celsius.
- All travelers must complete a public health form, which is online on www.spth.gob.es or using the free SPAIN TRAVEL HEALTH (SpTH) app. After completing the form, passengers will receive a QR code that they must present at entry to Spain. The information provided must be correct. Each passenger must have completed the form, even if you are traveling as a family or group.
- Tour operators, travel agencies and transport companies must inform tourists and travelers about their obligation to present the public health form at the destination airport. A transitional period has been set until 31 July, when international passengers, who have not been able to complete the public health form online, can submit it on paper when they arrive in Spain. From 1 August 2020, the form will be available ONLY online at the link mentioned above.
- Any passenger who is suspected of COVID-19 or another contagious disease will undergo another health assessment. It includes taking the temperature back and assessing clinical and epidemiological health. It can even be tested for COVID-19. If an infectious disease is confirmed, the traveler will be taken to a medical center.
The mask is mandatory even on the street
In addition to the rules of entry into Spain, you should also know that there are rules to follow in Spain.
- People over the age of 6 must wear masks on public roads, outdoors and indoors for public use. This measure shall be applied only if the physical distance of at least 1,5 meters cannot be maintained. Exceptions are people with disabilities or respiratory diseases, as well as when they play sports or eat. The use of masks is also mandatory in public transport, by air, sea and rail. Even in private vehicles if the occupants do not live together at the same address. Failure to comply with this measure will result in a fine of up to 100 euros.
- Hotels, restaurants, shops, as well as cultural centers and other recreational and sports centers will ensure that there is no congestion and will ensure that the physical distance of at least 1,5 meters is respected. Adequate hygiene measures must be observed in these establishments to prevent the risk of infection.
Authorities also recommend a few rules to follow to prevent infection.
- It is recommended to wash your hands with soap and water / disinfect with special gels.
- Sneezing / coughing in the elbow. It is recommended to use disposable masks that can be discarded after use.
- Avoid touching your mouth, nose and eyes with unhygienic hands.
- Those with symptoms should self-isolate until the ambulance arrives.
There are no entry restrictions in Spain for Romanian citizens. But there are 2 exceptions:
- The regional government of Catalonia established on 4 July 2020 the entry into quarantine of of the El Segriá area from the province of Lerida due to the increase in the number of coronavirus contaminations. The affected area is located in the south of the province, on the border with Huesca and Zaragoza and includes 38 municipalities, including the city of Lleida. The population in the area amounts to 200.000 inhabitants and totals an area of 1.400 square kilometers.
- The regional government of Galicia established quarantine, with effect from 6 July 2020, in the area A Mariña (Lugo) due to the increase in the number of coronavirus infections. The restricted area is located in the Province of Lugo in the Autonomous Community of Galicia and includes the following localities: Alfoz, Barreiros, Burela, Cervo, Foz, Lourenza, Mondonedo, Ourol, Ribadeo, Trabada, O Valadouro, O Vicedo, Viveiro and Xove. The measures were taken for a period of 5 days and affect about 70 inhabitants.
More information about decentralized measures taken in Spain even from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Each region has its own travel rules and restrictions.
Starting with July 7, Wizz Air has resumed flights between Romania and Spain. And Blue Air has resumed flights to Spain, but greatly reduced its activity on the peninsula. Blue Air also flies to Valencia, Malaga and Palma de Mallorca. TAROM also flies between Romania and Spain.