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Travel to Spain in 2021

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Last updated October 26, 2021

Spain re-opened to tourists from the US on June 7th, 2021

After being closed for a year to Americans, this is a rare opportunity to experience the country renewed and refreshed.

Entry Requirements for US Travelers

If you are traveling from the US, the only requirement is to complete a Passenger Locator Form on the Spain Travel Health website or in the related mobile app.

PCR or Antigen Testing for Returning Home

If you need to get tested for your journey home, whether it is required by the airline or for re-entry into the U.S. we will help you schedule that at the most convenient location possible, at the appropriate time. For re-entry to the US you need to have a negative result from a Covid-19 viral test up to 3 days before departure (not counting the day of departure, so for a flight at 1pm on a Friday, you could board with a negative test that was taken any time on the prior Tuesday or after.) Since May 12 2021, the CDC have approved Antigen tests for travel. Antigen tests are quicker (results in 30 minutes, not 24 hours) and cheaper (around 1/3 the price or less) than PCR tests and often more readily available. If you are flying direct back to the US, the only test you’ll need is an Antigen test. If you are transferring in another country on the way back to the US other requirements may apply. We advise to check with the airline in this case.

Spain is also open to vaccinated Canadians

If you are fully vaccinated at least two weeks prior to arriving to Spain, with any of the vaccines approved for use in Canada, then you can enter Spain as a tourist.

General COVID-19 measures to be aware of

  • maintain physical distance
  • maintain hand hygiene and disinfection (we will provide a personal bottle of hand sanitiser to you upon arrival)
  • wearing protective masks is mandatory in all indoor spaces, and in outdoor spaces, even when maintaining social distance (we will provide one disposable mask per day of your vacation)

Curfews and Movement Restrictions

There is no curfew in place.

Restrictions are set Regionally

In Spain, each region, and in some cases, municipalities, have different rules, so we will try and give a general picture of the measures in place. If you have a trip booked with us to several destinations we will make sure you’re aware of the rules as you travel. The Travel Safe Spain website has full details all regional restrictions.

Bars & Restaurants

Bars and restaurants are serving customers indoors and outdoors throughout the country, but in some regions there are restrictions on indoor capacity and number of people seated at each table (usually at least 6 is OK).


Cultural sites and museums are working normally, some with limited number of visitors. If you are interested in any specific sites, please let your local JayWay contact know and they will confirm the current situation a few days in advance, and help with making reservations if advised. 

Shops and Beauty Services

All shops and beauty services are open with regular working hours. Shops have limitations on number of visitors depending on their size. As for beauty services (hairdressers, nail appointments, etc.) appointments must be made.

Public Transport

Wearing protective masks is mandatory throughout the country in public transportation.

Estimate for the Next Change in Measures

Due to the regional nature of Spain’s restrictions, the situation changes very frequently.

Useful Links

US Embassy in Spain’s Covid-19 Info Page
Spain Travel Health Passenger Locator Form
Travel Safe Spain for regional restrictions
Announcement by Spain’s Tourism Ministry of Reopening (PDF)

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