Americans Can Start Visiting Spain Today
Spain's borders are officially reopened to vaccinated travelers, including Americans and other travelers from outside the European Union, as of June 7.
Along with their proof of vaccination, Americans traveling to Spain will also need to take a COVID-19 PCR or antigen test within 48 hours of their trip. Travelers, who tested positive for COVID-19 within 90 days of their trip will need to provide documentation from a licensed health care provider proving they have recovered.
Travelers can also download the country's Spain Travel Health Portal app that's complete with a QR code that will hold a visitor's information to keep all documents in one place.
In April, Spain announced that it expected to reopen to U.S. travelers in June and had begun a pilot program to test out its vaccine passports.
The country is counting on the reboot of its international tourism to lead its economic growth after a pandemic slump. Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said the government expects its international tourism levels to reach 70% of their pre-pandemic levels by the end of the year, according to Reuters. This summer, the country expects to see anywhere from 30 to 40 percent of its pre-pandemic visitation levels.
The pandemic caused an 80 percent drop in foreign tourism numbers in 2020, Reuters noted.
As Spain reopens, the EU is also launching a Digital COVID Certificate that may soon be available to Americans for use. Vaccines that have been approved by the European Medicines Agency for travelers include Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, and Johnson & Johnson.