COVID-19 & Travel Restrictions

Covid 19 & Travel Restrictions


Updated 01.02.2022

At Holiday Homes Spain, we have put coronavirus provisions in place for when buyers are viewing properties. We will proactively review these on a regular basis and adhere stringently to any guidelines set out by the Spanish government and World Health Organisation to ensure the safety of our staff and customers.

We are able to do viewings and we are currently conducting viewings with those in Spain or who can travel to Spain. When attending viewings, both staff and customers should wear facemasks from when leaving the vehicle to returning to the vehicle. Where an employee of Holiday Homes Spain is driving the customer to the viewings, facemasks should also be worn by all parties in the vehicle due to different households being in a confined space. We urge customers to use hand sanitizer regularly between viewings. All our staff are fullt vaccinated.

Whether you can currently travel to Spain is dependent on where you are resident and your vacination status.

What certificate or documentary proof will be requires on my arrival in Spain, if I come from a risk country/area?

If you come from a country/area considered of risk, you must bring with you one of the supporting certificates/documents listed below:

EU Digital COVID Certificate IN DIGITAL FORMAT, issued by a member state of the European Union. It may contain one or more of the following documents proving that a person:

  • has been vaccinated against COVID-19
  • a diagnostic test [NAAT (nucleic acid amplification test, e.g. RT-PCR, RT-LAMP, TMA) /RAT (rapid antigen test)] has been performed and the result was negative.
  • has recovered from COVID-19, after having had the disease.

NON-EU CERTIFICATE, THIRD COUNTRIES: this is any of the supporting documents listed above, but issued by non-EU countries, in a format readable by airport health control staff.

If you come from a HIGH RISK country/territory, in order to pass the health controls on arrival in Spain, you will have to present your SpTH QR code together with a certificate of vaccination or recovery, and also a certificate of diagnostic test for active SARS-CoV-2 infection (AIDT), with a negative result.

Who has to present a documentary proof or certificate to enter Spain?

All those passengers who come from a SARS-CoV-2 country/area considered of risk, must present one of the certificates or supporting documents mentioned above.

The list of risk countries/zones and more information can be seen at the following link. This list of affected countries/areas will be regularly updated. This requirement applies to air and sea transport. For more information see the following Ministry of Health link.

Do I have to travel with the certificate or document proving vaccination against COVID-19/diagnostic test/ recovery of COVID-19 to enter Spain?

As part of the documentary control carried out at the points of entry, passengers may be asked, at any time, for proof of vaccination/diagnostic test/recovery of COVID-19.

This certificate or supporting document (vaccination, diagnostic test, recovery) must be the original; it must be written in Spanish, English, French or German and may be submitted in paper or electronic format. Any such document shall contain at least the following information: Traveller's name and surnames, personal identification number used to obtain SpTH QR. In addition:

  • In the case of documentary evidence of vaccination: date of complete vaccination, vaccine administered and country where vaccinated.
  • If the document accredits a diagnostic test: date the sample was taken, identification and contact details of the centre performing the analysis, technique used and negative result.
  • The certificate proving recovery must state the date of the first positive test, and indicate that the passenger has passed the disease and is not currently infectious-contagious, and the country where the certificate was issued.

If you come from a HIGH RISK country/territory, in order to pass the health controls on arrival in Spain, you will have to present your SpTH QR code together with a certificate of vaccination or recovery, and also a certificate of diagnostic test for active SARS-CoV-2 infection (AIDT), with a negative result.

If it is not possible to obtain it in these languages, it must be accompanied by a translation into Spanish carried out by an official body.

What vaccinations against COVID-19 are allowed to be able to enter Spain?

Any vaccine authorised for marketing by the European Union (European Medicines Agency, EMA) and WHO will be accepted. In the case of certificates with vaccines not authorised by these agencies, the last dose administered must be of one of the authorised vaccines. The complete vaccination schedule must be available for the vaccination certificate to be valid. Complete vaccination schedules are defined as those established in the COVID-19 vaccination Strategy in Spain.

What COVID-19 diagnostic tests are accepted for entry into Spain?

2 types of tests are allowed, with negative result:

  • Nucleic acid amplification tests (NAAT), which detect the genetic material of the virus (RT-PCR, TMA and RT-LAMP).
  • Rapid antigen detection tests (RATs), which detect the presence of virus antigens. The tests accepted are those authorised by the European Commission, which can be consulted at the following link.

These tests must have been carried out (sampling) 72h (NAAT) or 24h (RATs) before arrival in Spain.

What validity do my Certificates/documents certifying vaccination, recovery and/or diagnostic tests have?

  • Vaccination Certificate: in the case of vaccination with a complete vaccination schedule, from 1 February 2022, this will be valid from 14 days after the date of administration of the last dose of the complete vaccination schedule and will be valid up to 270 days from the date of administration of that last dose. Thereafter, in order to be valid, the vaccination certificate must reflect the administration of a booster dose.
  • Certificate of Diagnostic Tests: certificate valid if the sample has been taken within 72h (NAAT) or 24h (RATs) prior to arrival in Spain.
  • Certificate of Recovery: corresponds to a test no more than 180 days after the date of the first positive NAAT test result and no earlier than the 11th day following the date of that positive test result.

If you do not comply with any of the above data, you cannot obtain your QR.

If I arrive in Spain in transit, with another country as my final destination, am I obliged to present one of these certificates or supporting documents on arrival in Spain?

If the transit in Spain is carried out without leaving the international zone, you will not be required to present a certificate. If the transit involves passing through the border control centres and therefore entering Spanish territory, you must present your TRANSIT QR, boarding card or ticket for the next flight or connection flights to prove that the final destination is international, and you may continue your journey, provided that the transit lasts less than 24 hours and you do not leave the airport premises.

Can I be checked for documentary proof of vaccination, diagnostic test or COVID-19 recovery at the airport of origin?

In order to allow boarding of passengers bound for Spain, airlines, at the airport of origin, will check that passengers have the QR code generated through the website, or the Spain Travel Health -SpTH application and if they come from a risk country/area they may be asked to show the document certifying vaccination, diagnostic test or recovery of COVID-19, which has been used to obtain the QR code.

If I am vaccinated against COVID-19, can I use my vaccination certificate when I arrive in Spain?

You can now present your complete COVID-19 vaccination document as part, or not, of a EU Digital COVID Certificate.

Even though I have one of these certificates, is it possible that I will have to undergo a diagnostic test on my arrival in Spain?

Yes, it is possible that, on arrival, after passing the health control, the health authority may determine that you must undergo a diagnostic test on arrival in Spain.

What COVID-19 prevention measures are recommended in Spain? Which ones are mandatory?

  1. To maintain a physical interpersonal distance of at least 1.5 metres with non-cohabitants.
  2. To wash hands frequently and thoroughly.
  3. Respiratory etiquette: when coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with the inside of your elbow. Use tissues to remove respiratory secretions and throw them away after use. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, as hands facilitate the transmission of coronaviruses.
        • On public transport.
        • On public roads, in open air spaces and in any enclosed space for public use or open to the public, whenever it is not possible to ensure the maintenance of an interpersonal safety distance of at least 1.5 metres.
        • TheMasks must be worn by those over 6 years of age:use of a mask will not be required for people who have some type of illness or respiratory difficulty that may be aggravated by the use of the mask or who, due to their disability or dependence, do not have the autonomy to remove the mask, or who have behavioural disturbances that make its use impossible. Nor will it be required in the case of individual outdoor sports, or in cases of force majeure or situations of necessity or when, due to the nature of the activities, the use of the mask is incompatible, in accordance with the indications of the health authorities.

You can consult the mobility restrictions implemented in each Autonomous Community on the following link.

What should I do if I have health problems during my stay in Spain?

If during your stay in Spain you develop symptoms of acute respiratory infection (fever, cough or difficulty in breathing) or other symptoms compatible with COVID-19 such as reduced sense of smell and taste, chills, sore throat, muscle aches, headache, general weakness, diarrhea or vomiting, you must commit to:

  1. Self-isolating: staying at home or place of accommodation and self-isolating in a room. Preferably in a room for individual use, which is well ventilated and with an individual bathroom. If this is not possible, the safety distance of 1.5 metres should be guaranteed and a surgical mask should be worn when in contact with other people living with the patient. Be very careful with hygiene.
  2. Contact the health service: contact the competent health authorities of the Autonomous Communities by telephone. If you feeling that the illness is serious, you have shortness of breath or chest pain, call 112.


What should I do if I had had close contact with a diagnosed case of COVID-19 during my stay in Spain?

If you have had close contact with a COVID-19 case, you should quarantine: if you have had close contact with a patient with COVID-19 or someone suspected of having it without adequate protective measures, from 48 hours before the onset of symptoms, you should quarantine for 10 days staying in your home or place of accommodation, preferably in a room on your own.

For more information you can consult the website of the Ministry of Health of the Government of Spain, dedicated to the health emergency due to COVID-19, in different languages, on this link.


This information is a summary based on our understanding of current legislation. It is not legal or travel advice. For guidance on your personal circumstances, please speak with a qualified individual.