Spain Travel Health program (SpTH)

What should I do if I arrive in Spain from another country?

All people entering Spain from other countries, except children under the age of 12 and international transits, must show an EU Digital COVID Certificate (DCC) or EU Equivalent. If you do not have one, you must fill in the Health Control Form and obtain your SpTH QR, to show at boarding and at the health controls upon arrival in Spain.

Make sure you have an EU DCC/EU Equivalent or QR code generated by SpTH to be able to travel.

When do I have to fill out the form?

You have to complete the form prior to your trip. You can do it from the website of the Ministry for Health spth.gob.es or the mobile application you may download from that website.

You may send it to the health authorities up to 48 hours prior to the flight. Once it has been sent, you will receive an email with a QR Code which will allow you to access the destination airport. You must carry it in electronic format or print on paper.

There is also the option of filling out the printed form for people who do not have the means to fill it out digitally.

What do I have to bring with me to pass the sanitary control at the airport?

Upon your arrival at the destination airport you will have to show the EU Digital COVID Certificate or EU equivalent or Spain Travel Health QR code.

Who has to have proof of vaccination, diagnostic test or certificate of recovery?

All those passengers from a country/area that has a SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus risk, must present, a certificate or document certifying vaccination against COVID-19 or a negative certificate of a Diagnostic Test of Active Infection or a certificate of Recovery after having passed this disease in order to enter Spain. This can be a Green Digital Certificate (GDC), in the case of the EU, or a supporting document of those indicated above, whether the traveller arrives from an EU member state or from a third country. Children under 12 years of age are not required to present these certificates or supporting documents. The list of risk countries/areas can be seen on this link Risk countries/areas. This list of affected countries/areas will be updated regularly. This requirement applies to air and sea travel. For more information, please consult the following  link of the Ministry of Health

All passengers in a high risk country will have to present, regardless of having a vaccination or recovery certificate, your SpTH QR code together with a SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test certificate, with a negative result.. In addition, they will have to do a 10-day quarantine. Consult the policy here.

Before you travel

What documents and permits do I need to travel?

Following the end of the state of emergency, you do not need any special permits to travel. You can see the documents you do need at https://www.aena.es/en/passengers/documentation-visas/travel-documentation.html. Check in online and bring your boarding pass and other documents. 

If you are traveling from abroad, it is mandatory to present one of the following documents: an EU Digital COVID Certificate or equivalent proving vaccination against COVID-19. If you do not have this certificate, you will have to complete SpTH Health Control Form and obtain your SpTH QR code.

Are there any countries with entry restrictions for Spaniards?

Some countries maintain measures in place to mitigate the spread of coronavirus. You can get the most up-to-date information from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) website https://www.iatatravelcentre.com/international-travel-document-news/1580226297.htm  which lists the countries where there are restrictions at present.

The European Union has also launched a website https://reopen.europa.eu/es/ featuring all the information for safe travel in Member States and the measures in force in each country.

Do I have to get to the airport earlier?

We recommend you get to the airport sufficiently far in advance to ensure that you do not miss your flight. Bear in mind that the current situation may slow down some procedures such as security as cleaning and disinfection work has been stepped up and a greater distance between passengers is required. However, there are no additional controls at departure, so you do not need to be at the airport very early. Two to three hours in advance is usually sufficient, but check with your airline to see what they recommend.

Baggage, controls and companions

Is it mandatory to check in the hand luggage?

You do not have to check in your hand luggage, but on safety grounds and in order to reduce movements on the plane it is recommended that you enter the cabin with only one personal accessory (bag or briefcase). You can see the items allowed at https://www.aena.es/en/passengers/baggage-controls/hand-luggage/what-is-permitted.html. We also recommend that you check with your airline for specific conditions concerning hand luggage.

How many checks will I have to go through?

For departures, the usual controls apply: security checkpoint, passport control (where appropriate) and boarding process.

For arrivals, all passengers may be subject to health checks at the first point of entry. This will include, at least, temperature reading, document control and visual health check. Additionally, if you do not have an EU Digital COVID Certificate or equivalent, you must fill out the SpTH Health Control Form, manually entering the details of your vaccination, recovery or diagnostic test certificate.

Can someone come with me to the airport and wait with me until I go through the security control?

Companions are allowed to access the airport terminals. Entry will, however, be limited during moments of significant passenger flows to prevent crowds.

Protective material and safety measures

Is it mandatory to wear a face mask?

Wearing a face mask is not mandatory in airports, but is mandatory inside means of transport (aeroplanes, trains, buses etc.) and a responsible use is recommended inside closed public spaces where there are people in transit or staying for a prolonged amount of time.

What is the safety distance I should keep from other passengers?

You must keep a distance of at least 1.5 metres.

Airport services

Are all airport services available?

Almost all the shops and restaurant areas are open, but we ask for your understanding in this exceptional situation as it may be that not all the services you usually use are available. You can find the services available at each airport on our website www.aena.es.

Can I pay in cash at the airport’s shops and restaurants?

There is no general rule. It depends on the rules and customs of each establishment.

Passenger rights

Can I be denied access to the airport or boarding?

The airline, health authority or the state security forces and bodies may be denied access to the airport or boarding if you do not comply with safety regulations.

What rights do I have as a passenger in the current situation?

You can view your rights on the Spanish Aviation Safety and Security Agency (AESA) website: https://www.seguridadaerea.gob.es. You can also call the AESA’s call centre on +34 91 396 82 10 from Monday to Friday from 8.30 am to 2.30 pm.

In cases of cancellation, delay or denied boarding, the following interpretations are specified:

Right to refund or alternative transport

When a flight is cancelled, the airline must offer you the choice of one of the three options: 

  • Refund.
  • Alternative transport as soon as possible.
  • Alternative transport on another date that suits you.

In the case of round-trip flights purchased on the same reservation, if the outward flight is cancelled and the passenger chooses a refund, the refund will also be given for the return flight. If they have been purchased on different reservations, only the price of the cancelled journey will be refunded.

Right to care (food, drink, accommodation, etc.)

If you are affected by the cancellation of the flight, the airline should give you sufficient food and drink for the time you have to wait as well as accommodation and transport between the accommodation and the airport if you need to stay one or more nights.

Note: the airline no longer has this obligation if you choose a refund or alternative transport on another date that suits you. Hence you only retain this right while you are waiting to be taken to your final destination.

Right to compensation

If a flight is cancelled due to extraordinary circumstances which could not have been avoided by the airline, it is not required to pay compensation.

In this case, any flights cancelled as a result of bans or restrictions issued by the authorities, flights cancelled because they are expected to be empty, or flights cancelled in order to protect the health of the crew are considered to be extraordinary circumstances. This also applies to return flights.

The above is not a complete list of possible cases and there may be other circumstances related to the current situation which might also be considered as extraordinary.

My airline doesn’t respond to my complaints. What can I do?

If your airline does not respond to your complaint or you are not happy with its response, you can:

  • Make a complaint to the Spanish Aviation Safety and Security Agency (AESA): https://www.seguridadaerea.gob.es.
  • File a personal claim in court if you believe that your rights have been breached.

In view of the different situations which may arise and in order to be able to answer all your questions, the Spanish Aviation Safety and Security Agency has stepped up its call centre service to assist you on +34 91 396 82 10 from Monday to Friday from 8.30 am to 2.30 pm.

Who is responsible for ensuring that Ministry of Health regulations on protection and distance between passengers are followed?

In Spanish airports, Aena is responsible. Inside the planes it is the airline.

Who is responsible for the protection of my health data?

The health data gathered in the health checks is exclusively owned by the Ministry of Health. For more information, please refer to Royal Decree Act 21/2020 of 9 June (first additional provision): https://boe.es/boe/dias/2020/06/10/.

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