With India being one of the most severely hit countries by the COVID-19 pandemic and registering record numbers of infection cases and deaths, the majority of EU Member States decided to keep in place an entry ban against arrivals from the country.
However, on August 6, SchengenVisaInfo.com reported that Spain had decided to welcome travellers from India. In addition, back then, the Spanish authorities also announced that the consular offices for visa applications, which had been temporarily closed due to the Coronavirus pandemic, had reopened.
Consequently, this means that Indian nationals who hold a valid long-stay visa, health professionals, students, highly qualified workers, persons travelling for essential family-related reasons, diplomatic and consular personnel, transport personnel, and persons who prove that they are travelling for absolutely necessary reasons are permitted to enter Spain.
Still, the Spanish authorities have announced that arrivals from India are permitted entry only if the travellers prove that they have been fully vaccinated, with certain exceptions that can be found below in the text.
Entry Requirements for Vaccinated Indian Nationals
Based on the information provided by the Spanish official tourism website, Travel Safe, in order for the Indian nationals to be eligible to enter the country, they should prove that they have been fully vaccinated with one of the vaccine doses that Spain recognises.
Consequently, Indians must hold a vaccination certificate that indicates that they have completed the vaccination process with one of the jabs listed below:
- Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty, tozinameran, BNT162b2)
- Moderna (mRNA-1273)
- AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD (ChAdOx1-S, Vaxzevria, AZD1222)
- Janssen/Johnson & Johnson (Ad26.COV2.S)
- Sinopharm (BBIBP-CorV, Sinopharm-Wuhan)
- Sinovac (CoronaVac, PiCoVacc)
- Covishield (Serum Institute of India)
Indian travellers should note that while the Covishield vaccine is accepted as valid proof of immunity, the Covaxin one is not accepted.
Except for adult travellers, it has been emphasised that children over the age of 12 need to be vaccinated as well in order to be permitted entry.
“Children over 12 years and under 18 years of age need to be vaccinated. They cannot enter with a diagnostic or recovery certificate unless they enter into Spain under exceptional cases,” the statement of Spain’s official tourism website reads.
In addition, it has been emphasised that the vaccination certificate should indicate that 14 days have passed since the last vaccine dose has been received, as well as should include all of the following information:
- Name and surname of the holder
- Vaccination date(s), indicating when the last dose was administered
- Type of the vaccine that has been administered
- Number of the vaccine doses that have been administered
- Issuing country
- Name of the issuing body; responsible health authorities
“In any case, the certificate must be written in Spanish, English, French, or German. If it is not possible to obtain it in these languages, the supporting document must be accompanied by a translation into Spanish carried out by an official body,” Travel Safe highlighted.
Who Does Not Need to Present a Vaccination Certificate?
Even though the Spanish authorities require that everyone holds proof of vaccination, they have revealed that travellers who enter Spain under exceptional cases can travel to the country without being immunised against the COVID-19 disease.
However, they still need to hold one of the following two documents:
- A negative PCR test result that has been taken within 72 hours before arrival or a rapid antigen test results not older than 48 hours
- A recovery certificate which must not be older than 180 days from the date the sample was taken
In order for the two documents mentioned above to be recognised, they need to be provided in Spanish, English, French, or German, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
Other Rules for Indians Who Are Permitted to Enter Spain
Except for all the requirements mentioned above, travellers from India are required to complete and sign a Health Control form before their trip. The form can be accessed and signed through the Spain Travel Health Portal or through mobile app devices.
After completing the form, a QR code will be generated, which then should be shown to the health authorities upon arrival in Spain. Travellers should keep in mind that a paper format can’t be used; only the digital format is recognised.
Additionally, all passengers arriving in Spain are required to undergo a health check at the first entry point. This control includes temperature measurement, documentation check, and visual control on passengers’ overall health state.
“Travellers may be subject to denial of entry for public health reasons if, after verification by the correspondent health authorities, the traveller does not comply with the COVID-19 health control requirements established by the Ministry of Health,” the authorities highlighted.
Health Insurance – A Must for Indian Nationals Travelling to Spain
All Indian travellers are strongly advised to purchase an extensive health insurance package when travelling to Spain or any other EU country.
Such a purchase assures travellers that in case their trip gets unexpectedly cancelled due to the COVID-19 situation, most of their money will be saved. At the same time, insured travellers who encounter medical difficulties during their trip, or even accidents, are enabled to receive health care without the need of paying tens of money.
Current COVID-19 Situation & Vaccination Rate in Spain
According to the most recent data provided by the World Health Organization (WHO), as of September 11, Spain has detected a total of 4,903,021 COVID-19 infection cases. Only during the last 24 hours, the country has reported 2,025 new cases.
Apart from that, since the beginning of the pandemic, 85,218 persons have died in Spain due to health complications related to the virus. In addition, six new deaths were reported in the last 24 hours.
As for the vaccination rate, based on the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) figures, 89.2 per cent of the Spanish population has received a single dose of the vaccine, whereas 80.8 per cent have been fully vaccinated.