Traveling to Spain during the COVID Pandemic

Traveling to Spain during the COVID Pandemic

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We spent 6 weeks in Spain with our kids (ages 4 and 1). We visited Barcelona, LLoret de Mar, Cadaques and spent 1 month on the island of Menorca. We worked remotely and explored all of the great beaches and hiking trails, and ate our weight in tapas.

How did you enter the country?
Air
Any difficulties with your vaccination card when entering the destination?
We had no issues. Us adults were vaccinated and followed the guidelines from the Spanish health department to fill out a passenger locator form and provide our vaccination cards to the airline upon check in.
Did your children need to be vaccinated before arriving? If so, which ages? Also, did they need to wear a mask?
No, not at the time of our trip. The rules for entry were to provide proof of vaccination, proof of recovery from COVID, or negative test. At the time of our trip, the vaccine was not available for kids under 12 and kids under 6 were exempt from any testing requirements. So, our kids didn't need to take a test either.
Was your COVID test result accepted?
We didn't need to provide a test for entry into Spain since we were vaccinated. The kids were exempt from testing based on their age.
Did the local government ask for travel or health insurance when you arrived?
No, specific travel insurance was not required. But, because we were traveling through Europe for a long period we did purchase our own international supplemental insurance package.
Did you experience any challenges with customs, immigration, or the health authorities related to COVID?
No, we just followed all the instructions from the Spanish health department about COVID entry requirements. We filled out a passenger locator form (PLF) that detailed our travel plans within Spain and attested to not recently being in contact with any positive cases of COVID. The PLF provided us a QR code that we presented to anyone that asked upon arrival.
Were you selected for a random health check? If so, what was involved and how did it go?
No, we were not selected for a random health check.
If needed, were COVID tests easy to find and book at your destination?
We actually never had to take a COVID test at a local facility in Spain. We had brought along with us some telehealth self-test kits that were accepted for re-entry to the United States.
Did you have any difficulties with testing or receiving your results on time?
We didn't have any issues. We took a self test administered via a telehealth appointment and received our results within 15 minutes.
Was this destination abnormally crowded or empty?
We felt that Spain was relatively empty. However, we did visit during a shoulder season as summer had finished. We found most other tourists we encountered were from Europe, especially the United Kingdom and Germany.
Did you have to show proof of vaccination on location? For example, when entering restaurants, shops, events, etc.?
No, at the time of our trip we never had to show vaccination status for restaurants, shops, etc.
Were you required to wear a mask inside restaurants, event spaces, or public transportation? If you were able to choose, did you feel comfortable wearing or not wearing a mask?
Masks were required at indoor public spaces like public transit, grocery stores, shops and when moving about restaurants. However, once seated at restaurants, we could remove our mask. Also, due to so many open air and outdoor setting restaurants, beach cafes, etc, the enforcement was relatively lax. Public transit, shops, and grocery stores were much more strict.
Did the destination adapt physical distancing in day-to-day situations?
It appeared that most restaurants attempted to separate tables more than normal, and there were capacity limits being enforced at places like shops and grocery stores.
Did restaurants, businesses, and public services take COVID-related sanitary precautions that you noticed?
Yes, we felt that most businesses took it quite seriously. Outside of many restaurants and grocery stores there were hand sanitizing stations and often times there was someone at the door monitoring for masks and/or capacity limits.
Were most attractions open? Were you able to visit the ones you wanted to attend?
Yes, all attractions that we wanted to experience were open, perhaps with slightly altered hours.
Were there any surprising or unexpected COVID policies on your trip?
Not really, it was overall a very smooth trip to Spain.
Anything else you think fellow travelers should know?
Spain is one of our favorite countries and we highly recommend it to anyone that likes warm weather, amazing beaches, delicious food and friendly people. It's extremely family-friendly and relatively inexpensive, especially compared to some other European countries. We felt very safe traveling throughout Spain from a COVID perspective as it was taken seriously in Spain and we had plenty of opportunities to spend time outdoors. We highly recommend visiting Menorca. It was our first time visiting and we spent a whole month exploring the towns (Ciutadella, Mahon) and all of the beautiful beach coves.
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