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“Do I have to have my children tested to go to Spain?”

LE FIGARO ANSWERS YOU – Our reader is going to Spain with her family. Travel restrictions remain light on children.

[Cet article a été mis à jour le 28 juillet]

Dear Marlene,

To go

You will not have to have your children, under the age of 12, tested before traveling to Spain and, in your case, to Catalonia. Classified as “green” by France, the country, long one of the most accessible in Europe, has however just tightened the screws on French tourists. Whatever your means of transport (plane, boat, train or car), you will have to fill in a personal and non-transferable form for each member of the family. Adults will receive a QR code, to keep on their smartphone or to print. Proof of address may also be requested.

New restrictions apply at the end of July for travelers over the age of 12 from most regions (except, to date, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, Centre-Val de Loire) which are now considered “to be risk” due to the worsening incidence rate. Each traveler must present:

  • proof of vaccination, knowing that Spain considers as vaccinated those who received their second dose more than fourteen days before their date of arrival in the territory,
  • a negative PCR test less than 72 hours old or an antigen test less than 48 hours old,
  • a Covid-19 recovery certificate, valid from the 11th day after the 1st positive diagnostic test for a total period of 180 days.

The list of regions at risk is updated every 7 days. You can find out by following this link from the Spanish government. Spain has adopted the European digital passport, and accepts paper documents and, overall, all documents written in French.

On the way back

You also won’t need to have your children under 12 tested. If you and your spouse are not vaccinated, on the other hand, you will have to provide a negative PCR or antigen test of less than 24 hours. Indeed, due to the outbreak of the Delta variant, the French authorities are asking unvaccinated people from the age of 12 for a test dating from one day before their departure. This measure came into effect on July 21. You will find the details of the prices of the tests in Spain and Europe in this article.

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And if you go in August

As Emmanuel Macron announced on July 12, the health pass will be compulsory at the beginning of August -probably on the 9th- in planes, trains and long-distance buses. This means that you will need to present either a vaccination certificate, or a negative PCR or antigen test result less than 48 hours old, or a positive result attesting to recovery from Covid. But here again, your children will not be affected since the health pass for 12-17 year olds will only come into effect on September 30.

If you are vaccinated, you can upload your health documents to the TousAntiCovid application, and present the QR code generated at border control. Of course, supporting documents in paper format are still accepted.

Remember also, since many of you are asking us about the subject, that France considers that the vaccination schedule is complete when a week has passed after the second injection for double-dose vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca). Problem: the other countries you visit consider you to be fully vaccinated at least 14 days after the second dose. We explain everything to you in this article.

As health restrictions may change rapidly due to the resurgence of the epidemic in the Iberian Peninsula, we invite you to regularly consult our regularly updated interactive map, as well as the advice of France Diplomatie.

Have a good trip !


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