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Sanitary rules: for a holiday in Spain, how does it work?

“As of Monday, passengers coming to Spain will be able to access it with a PCR test, antigen test or vaccination certificate. The excellent vaccination data allow us to continue moving forward. Spain is a safe destination”, affirmed at the end of week Carolina Darias, the Minister of Health.

If you have planned to go shopping at the border, spend a weekend on the Catalan coast or visit Andalusia. Here is everything you need to know about the situation on the other side of the Pyrenees and the rules to be observed there.

What if I am not vaccinated?

If on the day of your departure you are not at all or partially vaccinated, you can still cross the border. A negative antigen test of less than 72 hours is required for anyone over 6 years old wishing to enter Iberian territory (except border and road workers). Good news, no more need for a PCR test (except to go to the Canary Islands) which is much more expensive than the antigen.

What documents to provide?

By road or by air, documents must be provided to enter Spanish territory. Via the roads, you will need to present three types of documents depending on your situation:

– a negative test if you have not been vaccinated

– a vaccination certificate : it can be a paper or “electronic” version. This document corresponds to the vaccination certificate issued after the conclusion of your vaccination. But beware, it is not yet the QR Code contained in the TousAntiCovid application, the European health pass having not yet entered into force. This should be the case on July 1.

– a healing certificate, which corresponds to a document attesting to a positive test. This sesame is valid in a period between 11 days and 180 days after the positive result.

For these three documents, the original must be presented, drawn up in Spanish, English, French or German,

If you enter Spain by air, in addition to the vaccination certificate, antigen test or cure certificate, all passengers must have completed a form. Once this form Completed and signed, the traveler receives a QR code associated with their trip which they must keep on their mobile phone or print out in order to be able to pass the airport health check.

What are the health rules in Spain?

Several rules apply nationally, that is to say throughout the country. Wearing a mask is thus compulsory for anyone over the age of 6, on public transport and in spaces or places open to the public, such as hotels, shops and beaches, when a distance of one meter fifty cannot be respected between two people. Barrier gestures must also be respected.

What rules differ by region?

However, several rules only apply in certain regions.

In Cataloniacafes and restaurants are open until midnight.

For Andalusia, hotels, restaurants and shops close at midnight. The nightlife establishments are open there until 2 a.m.

In Aragon, all establishments close at 10 p.m. with the exception of essential businesses, which remain open until midnight. In this region of Spain, nightclubs cannot yet reopen.

In the Balearics, catering activities must end at 6 p.m. indoors and 11 p.m. outdoors. Capacity varies by island: four people per table in Majorca and Ibiza, six people in Menorca and eight people in Formentera.

If the antigen test is accepted to enter Spanish territory, this is not the case for the islands Canary Islands. It will therefore be necessary to present a negative PCR test carried out within a maximum of 72 hours. Please note that downloading the application Covid-19 Radar on phones is mandatory. It must remain active for the entire duration of the stay in the Canary Islands and for at least 15 days after leaving the territory.

For the Cantabria, shops and restaurants close at 10:30 p.m. The interior rooms of the restaurants are closed to the public, but the terraces can accommodate 33% of their capacity.

The restaurants of the Galicia they close at 11 p.m. and the bars at 1 a.m. Bars close at midnight for the Rioja and Castile and Leon. For Castile-La Mancha, establishments must close at 1 a.m.

Finally, a curfew applies from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. for the Valencian Community. Non-essential businesses close there at 8 p.m.

Movement between different Spanish territories is permitted, but curfew times vary from space to space. In the Balearic Islands and the Valencian Community, all activity is prohibited from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.

And to return to France?

To enter France, a PCR test carried out within the last 72 hours is requested in order to prove that you are not a carrier of the virus. All travelers over the age of 11 are affected. Problem, these PCR tests are chargeable in Spain, between 80 and 120 euros depending on the region. But, information to remember, French health insurance covers PCR tests carried out abroad, up to 50 euros.

But here again, from June 9, all vaccinated Europeans will be able to travel to France on presentation of a valid vaccination certificate or certificate of recovery.

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