Last updated September 15, 2021
Spain is famous for its sunny beaches, delicious food and fascinating architecture. The Mediterranean climate makes Spain a popular vacation spot for many Europeans and other visitors. Some of Europe's most exciting festivals and influential churches can be found in this beautiful country. With vibrant cities such as Barcelona or Madrid, or smaller towns around the perimeter of the country, Spain has something to offer anyone. If you're looking to travel to Spain, here are some tips on traveling and on travel health insurance for Spain.
Is Travel Insurance Mandatory for Spain?
No. Spain travel insurance isn't mandatory for visitors who are traveling to the country for a short stay (less than 90 days). However, Spain travel health insurance is highly recommended. Though it's not required, travelers often opt for at least trip insurance, and purchasing travel medical insurance is a smart move to ensure peace of mind. If you're planning on staying in Spain longer, you'll generally be obtaining a Schengen visa, and travel insurance is a requirement in order to receive the visa.
COVID-19 in Spain
Although Spain opened its borders to all vaccinated travelers, the CDC listed it at a Level 4 category on August 3, meaning that the COVID-19 level is very high. It's suggested that travelers postpone any travel to Spain at this moment. If you're going to enter the country, you must carry a WHO or EMA vaccine certification. Vaccinated visitors may be accompanied by unvaccinated minors and must fill out an online travel form for a QR code. Here are some other Covid safety precautions to take.
Effective September 6, 2021, unvaccinated travelers from the U.S. aren’t permitted to enter the country. U.S. travelers who have been fully vaccinated can enter, but they must produce proof of Covid vaccination. Upon arrival in Spain, U.S. travelers must show a QR code generated through the Spain Travel Health portal.
Health & Safety Tips
If you are taking public transportation, be sure to keep your purse, backpack or bag closed and in your hands at all times. If you are wearing a backpack, take it off and hold it in front of you to avoid bumping other passengers and not being aware if someone attempts to open your bag. Phones, wallets and cameras are particularly at risk of being stolen.
Stick to areas with lots of people and avoid deserted alleys and streets, particularly in Barcelona and Madrid. Also, never leave valuables unattended in public or on a beach.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) recommend the following vaccinations for Spain: COVID-19, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, meningitis, polio, MMR (measles, mumps and rubella), Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), chickenpox, shingles, pneumonia and influenza. Rabies is also recommended if you're likely to come into contact with wild animals or plan to explore any caves.
Visas and Documentation
If you are planning on visiting Spain (or any country in the Schengen area) for 90 days or less for holiday or leisure, you can either enter with just your passport or with a Schengen Visa, depending on your home country. Most countries in North and South America, including Canada, Mexico and the United States, can enter the Schengen area without a visa. Citizens of most African and Asian countries, however, will need this visa and are required to carry travel medical insurance for the duration of their stay. For more information and to see if you need a visa for your trip to Europe, check the Schengen Visa's official site.
To receive a Schengen Visa, you must prove that you have travel insurance that includes medical coverage and emergency evacuation. You may need additional documentation if you plan to work or study while in the Schengen region.