American travelers do not need to be vaccinated to visit Spain this summer.
These diminished restrictions were announced on Friday by the Tourist Office of Spain (via Travel Pulse), and took effect immediately. The only caveat is that travelers must enter Spain directly, without visiting another country first. Layovers are an exception to that rule, provided travelers do not leave the airport.
Now that vaccination is no longer mandatory, the lone requirement for U.S. travelers is that they fill out an official health questionnaire prior to their departure. The questionnaire can be found and completed at spth.gob.es. Upon completion of the questionnaire, travelers will receive a QR code that must be presented to officials upon arrival to Spain.
Spain opened its borders to fully vaccinated travelers from an extensive list of countries June 7. Ahead of that reopening, the country’s Minister of Health, Carolina Darias, assured it is “safe destination.
“We are in a position to soon recover our world tourism leadership,” Darias added. “The excellent vaccination data place us closer every day to the return to normality.”
According to CTV News, the Spanish government aims to welcome 14.5 million to 15.5 million visitors between July and September of this year. If that figure is reached, it will be about 40 percent of the amount of visitors for the same period in 2019, before the pandemic took hold, but more than double the amount for 2020, when only visitors from the European Union were allowed to visit Spain.
In 2019, before the pandemic, tourism accounted for a significant 12 percent of Spain’s GDP, so the country’s eagerness to revive its tourism industry is understandable.