The latest update of maps by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) has shown that Spain is currently the safest European Union destination to travel to amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Based on the figures that have been published by ECDC, the majority of Spain’s territory is coloured green, which makes the country a safe destination for those who want to travel there during the autumn and winter breaks, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
Currently, all of the following regions of Spain are placed on the green list:
- Basque Country
- The Rioja
- Castile and Leon
Such categorisation has been made since all of the above-mentioned regions have identified less than 50 COVID-19 infection cases per 100,000 inhabitants during the last couple of weeks and have had a test positivity rate of not more than four per cent.
As for the other regions, they are all placed on the orange list since they have registered slightly higher numbers of Coronavirus infection cases. Nonetheless, they still remain safe for travel.
Taking into account that almost the whole territory of Spain has managed to keep low infection rates, travel to and from the country is not discouraged, especially for those who have already been vaccinated or recovered from the virus.
However, it is highly advised that everyone checks the country’s entry rules before planning a trip in order to avoid any inconvenience.
Spain has its own categorisation of countries based on their risk, which is updated every week. Currently, the majority of EU countries/regions are part of Spain’s high-risk list, including Germany, Austria, Belgium, Greece, Cyprus, Croatia, Slovenia, Estonia, Finland, Ireland, Iceland, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and Denmark, among others.
In last week’s update, the Spanish authorities announced that the entry rules have been tightened for Greece, Denmark, Czechia, Liechtenstein, and several other EU regions.
In line with the current rules that Spain has, travellers who reach the country are required to present a valid EU Digital COVID-19 Pass or another equivalent document.
More precisely, they need to show a vaccination certificate indicating that the holder has been immunised with one of the vaccines that Spain recognises for travel or a recovery certificate indicating that the holder has recovered from the virus during the last six months.
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Those who are unable to present a vaccination or recovery certificate can provide a negative COVID-19 test result taken recently in order to be permitted entry to the country.
Except for the requirements mentioned above, travellers are also required to fill in a Health Control Form, which can be completed and signed electronically.
Previously, Spain’s Association of Airlines revealed that the country expects to register increased numbers of flights during the upcoming months. The figures are anticipated to surpass the number of flights registered during the same period in 2019.