"New Standard" - Rules for Traveling 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) There is risk level 1 in the province of Málaga
2) Passport covid is not obligatory
3) There are no hourly or quantity limits in restaurants or bars.
4) Moving between provinces is not forbidden
4) It is obligatory to wear masks inside
The current restrictions in each city and province can be followed on the interactive map - HERE
FLIGHTS TO SPAIN - Requirements From June 7th
From June 7, 2021, people traveling to Spain from a state or "risk" zone by air, it is obligatory to have:
1) QR code - a completed sanitary form
2) One of the following documents (also valid for road travel)
- Certificate confirming the receipt of the complete COVID-19 vaccine
- Certificate of negative test result for the presence of SARS-CoV-2
- COVID-19 certificates
ATTENTION! Check does your country is on the list of risk zone (HERE), if so the QR code (sanitary form) + one of the certificates are required. ADDITIONAL TEST IS NOT NECESSARY, however random free tests are done at the Málaga airport.
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 people (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 made 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 recognized. 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 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, but are required to have a completed sanitary form - QR CODE.
The above obligation does not apply to:
employees of road transport companies who perform official duties,
people living permanently in the border area, moving within a radius of 30 km from their place of residence,
In addition, to enter Spain 48 hours before travel, you must complete the online health form, confirming no contact with a person infected with COVID-19 and providing, inter alia, telephone number and address where we intend to stay in Spain. After completing the form, we will receive a QR code to your e-mail address, which we will have to show to the border authorities at the airport. The form can also be filled in at the airport, but I do not recommend doing it because there are long queues and it extends the time it takes to pass through the gates.
The form to be filled in with the possibility of generating an individual QR code can be found HERE
People traveling by air or sea through Spain to another country (transit journey) who do not leave the airport or port transit area are not required to undergo a health check. All travelers are required to complete a sanitation form (QR code) with the category "TRANSIT" selected.
Traveling on cruise-type passenger ships
Collecting information from people traveling to Spain by cruise-type passenger ships will be carried out through the UE Digital Passenger Locator Form (dPLF) application available at: https://www.healthygateways.eu (you will not be required to fill out a sanitary form).
Di-Ma-Má rule "
Di-Ma-Má 'rule means "distancia + mascarilla + manos", meaning "distance + mask + hands ”three basic rules that currently apply in Spain: you must keep a social distance of 1.5 meters, if this is not possible wear a mask plus keep personal hygiene and frequently disinfect your hands.
Masks - NOTE THE ORDER TO WEAR MASKS OUTSIDE IS NOT OBLIGATORY
Its obligatory to wear masks in closed spaces and in public transport. A fine for not having a mask in the required spot can be € 100.
Wearing masks is not obligatory for individual sports, nature walks, sunbathing on the beach, swimming, if you suffer from asthma, allergies, autism or dementia, if you are sitting at a table in a restaurant only when you eat or drink.
Exempt from the obligation to wear a protective mask are, inter alia, children up to 6 years of age, people with respiratory system diseases, people with disabilities and having difficulties in uncovering or covering their mouth and nose on their own, people practicing individual sports in the open air.
To check that the beach does not exceed the limits, I recommend one of the applications:
1) 'Playas de Málaga' ("Malaga's Beaches"): contains information on the characteristics of each beach; directions to any beach using a mobile GPS, health and safety recommendations; emergency number; meteorological information in Spanish and English. Available for Android and Apple - download here
2) "Costa del Sol Capacity" - the application allows you to know the occupancy of the coastline in real time, as well as aspects related to water temperature, the presence of algae or wind speed. More information here
Rules for using the beaches during COVID:
- Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by one adult
- The use of footwear is compulsory
- The showers can be used individually
- The minimum safe distance is 2 meters
- Groups must be a maximum of 15 people
- Rubbish should be placed in containers or bins in closed bags
- Beach services are available from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm
- If it is not a dog beach, pets are not allowed
- Camping is prohibited.
Flights from Spain to Poland
All travelers returning to Poland by plane after 07/16/2021 must complete a Traveler Location Card (KLP) before check-in. It is possible to supplement the card in an electronic version. The current rules for Poles traveling from abroad to Poland can be found on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs HERE.
All travel information can also be found on the official website of the European Union.
Tests for Covid-19 in Malaga
Diagnostic tests for SARS-COV-2 (Covid) can be made after booking a visit to the airport in Malaga. All information HERE.
Hours: 7:30 am to 7:30 pm, Monday to Sunday
Location: Departure hall Terminal 2 | Level 1 |
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. In order to get to the Terminal, it is necessary to have a proof of boarding pass and / or air ticket, as well as to make an appointment in advance for a diagnostic test. Location:
Prices and time test result:
- PCR: price: € 70 with a result time of 12 hours
- Antigen test: price 30 € with result time: 15-20 minutes
Post updated on 20/02/2022