Spain removes health control form requirement for non-EU visitors
Published on: 20 September 2022

The Government of Spain has decided to lift the health control form requirement that applied to international travelers.

On Tuesday, 20 September 2022, the Ministry of Health shut down the Spanish Travel Health (SpTH) website and mobile applications, which were used to complete the health control form. Travelers were required to do this before traveling to Spain.

Launched in July 2022, Spain’s health control form included information about the traveler’s COVID-19 vaccination status. It also served to certificate a previous COVID-19 infection and/or recent COVID-19 test results. The health control form generated a QR code that was scanned by authorities upon arrival in Spain.

People from countries in the Schengen Area and the European Union had the EU Digital COVID Certificate to provide this information at the Spanish airport of arrival, but people outside the Schengen Area and the European Union could not apply for the EU Digital COVID Certificate and were limited to certificates issued in countries approved by the European Union.

However, they were not many. According to the official website of the European Union, only 48 non-EU countries and territories have joined the EU Digital COVID Certificate system. This means that only COVID-19 certificates from 48 countries were equivalent to the EU Digital COVID Certificate in terms of validity. Nationals of all the other countries in the world had to fill in the health control form required by the Ministry of Health of Spain.

Now, international travelers will no longer be required to show the SpTH health control form, independently of where they are from. Still, the Ministry of Health of Spain discourages people to travel to Spain if they have any symptoms compatible with an active COVID-19 infection.

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