As travel advisors, it is our responsibility to give you honest travel information. There are numerous factors affecting the current situation and the near future of travel to Spain. Below we try to sum up Spain and Europe’s current situation.
Spain ended its National State of Alarm on May 9th of 2021. This meant that most of the decisions regarding curfews, mobility, capacities and restrictions fell upon the regional governments of each Autonomous Community. In each of the 17 Spanish regions, different measures are being applied. From late spring until autumn of this year, we saw a gradual and constant relaxation and even removal of restrictions. Many Autonomous Communities removed all or almost all Covid restrictions. Football stadiums returned to 100% crowd capacities. There is free mobility throughout the country and entry and departure in Spain is becoming ever more streamlined for vaccinated travellers. Winter has seen a spike in infection rate in Spain due to the new Omicron variant. But at the end of December, hospital ICU’s were not noting strain from serious patient illness. As we move into 2022, the country finds itself in a rather odd balance, with a high infection rate but a low hospital entry rate, with Omicron clearly being a much weaker virus strain.
Spain also recently reduced the Covid quarantine period from ten to seven days. The new seven-day quarantine period applies to both vaccinated and unvaccinated people who test positive for Covid-19 in Spain. Vaccinated close contacts will still be able to avoid going into isolation before getting tested, whereas unvaccinated close contacts will have to abide by the seven-day quarantine period.
Here we summarise the vaccination situation at the beginning of January:
Doses administered: 84,000,000
Population vaccinated with 2 doses: 38,000,000 (around 80%)
Population that has received the third booster dose: 13,500,000 (around 30%)
From December 15th, Spain began to vaccinate children from between 5 and 11 years old
Spain and Portugal are two of the leading countries in the world in terms of percentage of population fully vaccinated.
In terms of travelling to Spain, once here you will need to adhere to the restrictions imposed by the Autonomous Community where you have landed. Some regions have applied slightly limited capacities and opening hours of bars, restaurants and shops. Curfews have all but been removed and due to the rapid improvement of incidence numbers, most restrictions are being gradually eased.
Since June 7, Spain has allowed entry for Americans and other travellers from all over the world who have undergone the vaccination process using one of the vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). This does not apply to children under the age of twelve.
Travellers will be required to fill out a Travel Health Form and prove via a valid vaccination certificate that they have received all the required vaccine doses at least 14 days before entering Spain. We highly recommend visiting the Spanish Travel Safe wesbite which is regularly updated and gives very clear and succinct information.
Travellers from countries that are part of the Coronavirus safe countries’ list will be allowed entry without even having to submit a negative test result. Japan, Australia, and New Zealand are some of the countries included on the list.
We want you to be able to get maximum enjoyment from your trip to Spain together with peace of mind. We are meticulously following government protocols and going above and beyond to implement further measures to ensure you are well looked after and protected in the future when you are our guest.
We have already begun to welcome back overseas travellers and so far their holidays have been enjoyable and uneventful! If you’re fully vaccinated and looking to come to Spain in the coming months, please do get in touch with us and it would be our pleasure to plan a holiday for you!
Please read below to find out more:
What is Spain doing?
The Ministry of Tourism, in collaboration with the ICTE (responsible for creating, monitoring and awarding the renowned “Q for Quality” certificates to tourism companies throughout the country) have created anti-Covid protocols which have been approved by the Spanish Ministry of Health and are being recommended throughout the Spanish travel industry.
Companies that decide to comply with all of these protocols are awarded the “Responsible Tourism” stamp.
Many Autonomous Communities have also created their own recommendations to further complement the anti-Covid protocol approved by the Minsitry of health. Eg: Andalucia Segura
Seville, Barcelona and the country of Portugal have obtained the #SafeTravels seal of approval from the World Travel & Toursim Council (WTTC).
Aside from the recent obligation to present a negative PCR test result, our airports are also applying a 3-step security procedure for new arrivals:
1) Fill out a responsible declaration including recent health information and details about their holiday to Spain
2) Have their temperature taken
3) Pass a “visual” test to check they show no symptoms
What is Tailormade Andalucia doing?
We are complying with and implementing all anti-Covid protocols recommended by the ICTE
There are numerous tourist boards, organisms and committees worldwide creating safety protocols. If a company complies with these protocols, they are awarded a badge logo to display on their website. We don’t believe it is necessary or correct to simply accumulate badges. But we do feel it is very important to study all of the measures offered by these different official bodies and select the safety protocols that we believe will best protect our travellers. We have chosen to follow national and regional recommendations, as we believe that by being designed for specifically Spain, they take into consideration factors at a local level. We have been awarded the following badge:
The Spanish Ministry of Tourism: “Responsible Tourism”
We are in contact with our partners (hotels, transport companies, guides, experiences and activities) to ensure they are also complying with anti-Covid protocols
We have assigned a health security manager within our team. This figure will oversee our protocols and contingency plans and will be a point of contact for travellers for all Covid queries.
We have re-designed our incident and emergency procedures and we’re adapting a contingency plan in the event one of our clients or guides/suppliers displays Covid-19 symptoms.