"New NorMality" - Rules for Travelers to Spain during Covid-19 and current restrictions in Andalucia
On May 9, the state of emergency that lasted from October 25 ended in Spain. From that moment on, the decisions on new restrictions are taken by the regions, in this case the government of Andalusia. Below are some basic rules that must be kept in mind when traveling to Spain, including of course Málaga and Andalusia. If there are new guidelines or circumstances, the post will be updated.
Current restrictions in Andalusia
1) In province of Málaga there is first level of risk
2) To enter a restaurant, bar, discos or hotels, you must show a covid passport (fully vaccinated or recovering) or a negative result of the antigen test (performed up to 48h) or PCR (performed up to 72h). Passport is not required outside the premises / terraces.
3) There are no limits in restaurants or bars
3) Moving between provinces is not forbidden
4) Wearing masks outside and inside is obligatory.
5) Moving between provinces is not forbidden
The applicable restrictions in each city and province can be followed on an interactive map, where we can find information about zones and applicable restrictions - HERE
Flight to Spain - Requirements From June 7:
From June 7, 2021, people traveling to Spain from a country or "risk" zone by air must have:
1) QR code - a completed sanitary form
2) One of the following documents (also valid for travel by land)
- Certificate confirming the receipt of the complete COVID-19 vaccine
- Certificate of a negative test result for the presence of SARS-CoV-2
- Certificates that you had COVID-19
If you are travelling from countries of high risk (Botsuana, Esuatini, Suazilandia, Lesoto, Malaui, Mozambique, Namibia, Sudáfrica, Zambia, Zimbabue) additional negative result of test is required.
The current map of Europe with the "risk" countries can be found on the website of the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control, link HERE.
Certificate confirming the receipt of the complete COVID-19 vaccine
From June 7, Spain will allow fully vaccinated persons into the country (one dose for Johnson & Johnson vaccine, two doses for other vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency)
14 days after receiving the second dose, regardless of their country of origin, while releasing them from obligation to submit a negative test result. The certificate must contain the following information:
- name and surname of the vaccinated person
- vaccination date with indication of the last dose taken
- type of vaccine received
- the number of doses taken -
- country of vaccination and identification of the institution issuing the certificate
Certificates of a negative test result for the presence of SARS-CoV-2
A negative diagnostic test must be performed within 48 hours prior to arrival in Spain. The types of tests performed with the NAAT technique to detect coronavirus RNA, i.e. RT-PCR, RT-LAMP, TMA, and the RAT type, i.e. rapid antigen tests, will be accepted. The document confirming a negative test result must be written in English, Spanish, French or German. The certificate must contain the following information:
- name and surname of the traveler
- test date
- type of test performed
- indication of the country where the test was carried out
Certificates confirming that you had COVID-19
Certificates issued at least 11 days after the first positive result of the NAAT test will be accepted; the certificates expire 180 days after obtaining the first positive result of the NAAT test.
The certificate must contain the following information:
- name and surname of the traveler
- date of the first positive test
- indication of the type of NAAT test performed
- an indication of the country where the test was carried out.
Children under 12 do not need to present any of the above certificates, they only need to have QR Code.
The above obligation does not apply to:
- employees of road transport companies who perform official duties,
- cross-border workers,
- people living permanently in the border area, moving within a radius of 30 km from their place of residence,
- children under 6 years of age.
To easily enter Spain 48 hours before traveling is require to complete the online health form, providing information on recent illnesses, travels as well as telephone number and address where we intend to stay in Spain. From November 23, all passengers will also have to answer the question of whether they had a negative PCR test result within 72 hours before arriving in Spain.
The authorities may require the passenger to prove the result of the test. The document must be an original, drawn up in Spanish or English, and can be submitted on paper or electronically.
After completing the form you will receive a QR code on our mobile phone, which we will have to show to border services at the airport or crossing the borders by car. In addition, IDs are checked at airports, temperature and visual health assessment are measured.If a fever is detected, the person will not be released from the airport or admitted to the country.The form to be filled out with the option of generating an individual QR code can be found HERE
The Di-Ma-Má rule so 'distancia + mascarilla + manos', meaning 'distance + mask + hands' three basic principles that currently apply in Spain: you must maintain a 1.5-meter social distance,
if this is not possible to wear a mask plus keep personal hygiene and often disinfect hands.
From December 24, wearing masks is one again obligatory outside/in public open spaces where it is impossible to keep social distance, in closed spaces and in public transport. The penalty for not having a mask in the required area can be 100 euros.
Wearing face masks is not mandatory when you do sports, sunbathing on the beach, go to swim if you suffer from asthma, allergies, autism or dementia, if you are sitting at the table in restaurants to eat or drink, or if you are in nature area.
Flight from Spain
Travelers from Málaga will receive an email from the airline to be at the airport 3 hours before the flight. HERE you will find all the latest updates and requirements documents to other countries.
Map you can find o European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control HERE.
All travel information can also be found on the official European Union website.
Tests for Covid-19 in Malaga
Diagnostic tests for SARS-COV-2 can be made after booking a visit to the airport in Malaga. All information HERE.
Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday to Sunday
Location: T2 departure hall
Reservations: only through the company's website: https://flycovidtestcenter.com/malaga/
Contact phone: +34 91 825 76 57
Test requests can be submitted online in Spanish and English, and results are available in 34 languages. To access the Terminal, it is essential that the user carries the proof of their boarding
pass and / or airline ticket, as well as the prior appointment for the diagnostic test.
Prices and time test result:
- PCR: price: 70€ with a 12 hour result time
- Antigen test: price 30€ with result time: 15-20 minutes.
Post updated on 2nd February