Now is your opportunity to visit Madrid with less groups.
In the event that you’ve been longing for tapas-jumping in Madrid, seeing Barcelona’s Gaudí magnum opuses, and walking the white-sand sea shores of Costa del Sol, the stand by is finished. As of June 28, Spain completely resumed to U.S. explorers—with no antibody, testing or isolate required.
It’s invite news for a country that is exceptionally reliant upon the travel industry, which represents $200 billion, or 14.3 percent of the public GDP, as per counseling firm McKinsey and Company. With curfews finished, feasting and nightlife limitations facilitated, and historical centers and famous attractions to a great extent resumed, Spain is continuously getting back to regularity.
Is Spain open to U.S. tourists?
Yes—After initially opening to vaccinated U.S. travelers on June 7, Spain placed the United States on its list of countries exempted from travel restrictions on June 28. Spain is now open to all Americans, whether or not they are vaccinated.
Travel restrictions and requirements for travel to Spain
Being on the exempted countries list means that U.S. travelers to Spain do not need to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result and do not need to quarantine.
At press time, the only requirement for U.S. travelers entering Spain is that they must fill out a health questionnaire prior to boarding their flight to Spain; their corresponding QR code will need to be shown upon boarding and on arrival. That’s it.
What it’s like to travel to Spain right now
When Spain’s nationwide state of alarm ended on May 9, following one of the world’s toughest lockdowns and nearly 15 months of ever-changing curfews and restrictions, it was a welcome relief. Finally, Spanish residents were able to travel within their own country, enjoy an evening meal at a restaurant, and gather freely with people outside their social bubble.
The loss of tourism (both domestic and international) due to the pandemic was a huge blow to the Spanish economy. Fewer than 20 million foreign visitors came to Spain in 2020, compared to 83.5 million in 2019, and tourism revenues fell more than 75 percent.
So, what can visitors expect to see and do in Spain?
Museums, concert halls, cinemas, and major attractions have largely reopened across the country, but capacity and hours may still be limited, so visitors should be prepared to book timed tickets at the most popular sites.
Requirements for returning to the United States
All international arrivals to the United States—including returning U.S. citizens—must provide proof of a laboratory-generated negative COVID-19 test, and the result must be procured no more than 72 hours prior to departure to the U.S. The test must be either a viral antigen test or a nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT), such as a polymerase chain (PCR) test. There is currently no exception for those who have been vaccinated for COVID-19.