It is already mandatory to be vaccinated to enter Spain as a tourist: authorized laboratories and everything travelers need to know

Passenger planes of the Spanish airline Iberia parked on the runway of the Adolfo Suárez Barajas airport in Madrid (REUTERS / Sergio Pérez)

From today the new controls are in force to enter Spain. Is that the European country, a destination chosen for tourism or work by thousands of Argentines, relaxed border restrictions due to the pandemic and now allows the entry of tourists from next Monday, June 7.

That yes, it is an income with conditions. The first, that travelers arriving in the country have completed the vaccination cycle, with two doses in almost all existing vaccines, at least fourteen days before their trip. But it can’t be just any vaccineThose who travel must be immunized with one of the developments authorized by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) or by the World Health Organization. Thus, the lista se reduce a Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Sinopharm y Sinovac.

“Today the regulations that establish new requirements for entering Spain in the context of the situation generated by Covid-19 come into force”

The vaccinated Sputnik V, the most used locally at the moment, will not be able to enter until further notice. The same, for example, those inoculated with Covaxin, the Indian vaccine that the government of the province of Buenos Aires announced last week that they are in the process of acquiring 10 million doses.

“Today the regulations that establish new requirements for entering Spain in the context of the situation generated by Covid-19 come into force,” the Spanish embassy in Buenos Aires warned through an official statement.

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There it is explained that entry to that country is still restricted to a series of exceptional cases that require a specific authorization, which is granted by the competent authority in border matters and which is processed before the Spanish consulates.

The President of the Spanish Government, Pedro Sánchez (EFE / Kiko Huesca)
The President of the Spanish Government, Pedro Sánchez (EFE / Kiko Huesca)

According to the details, authorized passengers from countries or risk areas, “Among which is currently Argentina”, it is clarified, they will be required to certify some of the following health requirements:

a – “Certificate of vaccination confirming that the holder has received a vaccine against COVID19. Vaccination certificates issued by the competent authorities of the country of origin will be accepted as valid from 14 days after the date of administration of the last dose of the complete vaccination regimen. The accepted vaccines are those produced by Pfizer-Biontech, Moderna, Astra-Zeneca, Jansen / Johnson & Johnson, Sinovac and Sinopharm, which are those that, at the moment, are authorized by the European Medicines Agency or are included in the list of World Health Organization emergency use”.

b – “Certificate of diagnosis that indicates the result of a Diagnostic Test of Active Infection of COVID-19 that the holder has carried out. Certificates of diagnostic test of active COVID-19 infection with a negative result issued in the forty-eight hours prior to arrival in Spain will be accepted as valid “.

It is also clarified that the diagnostic tests of infection for SARS-CoV-2 admitted will be the following:

– Molecular nucleic acid amplification tests (NAAT), used to detect the presence of SARS-CoV-2 ribonucleic acid (RNA);

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– The antigen detection tests included in the common list of rapid antigen detection tests for COVID-19, published by the European Commission based on Council Recommendation 2021 / C 24/01 ″.

c – “Certificate of recovery confirming that the holder has recovered from COVID-19. Those issued by the competent authority or by a medical service at least 11 days after the first NAAT diagnostic test with a positive result will be accepted as valid. The validity of the certificate will end 180 days from the date the sample is taken ”.

Finally, the health requirements that must be met by those entering Spain are listed:

a – Have received any of the vaccines admitted in the terms indicated above.

b – Have completed the vaccination cycle and have passed at least 14 days from the date of administration of the last dose.

c – Present a vaccination certificate in the terms indicated above.

“In all cases, both for exceptional travelers and tourists, passengers arriving in Spain by air or sea, including those who come in transit to other countries, must complete a Control Form before entering Spain Sanitario (FCS), through the website www.spth.gob.es or the Spain Travel Health-SpTH application. After completing the Health Control Form, an individualized QR code will be generated that the traveler must present to the transport companies before boarding, as well as at the health controls at the point of entry into Spain ”, it is specified.

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