What rules does Spain have when you have a corona vaccination?

Population till date: 46,765,094

Population to be vaccinated: 2.5 million  at the beginning now targeted to 2/3rd of the population

What vaccines: Pfizer, BioNTech, Moderna & Johnson & Johnson( self-produced)

% of the population already vaccinated: 676,000.

Inbound travelers vaccination proof: Yes, Required

  • Possible addition in the passport, to be determined.

Outbound travelers vaccination proof: Yes, Required

  • Possible addition in the passport, to be determined.

Inbound travelers quarantine: No

Outbound travelers quarantine Yes, for 7 days.

Lockdown status: National curfew from 11 pm to 6 am till 9 May 2021

Quarantine accommodation: State-approved Quarantine Hotels

Roll out a corona Covid-19 vaccination program Spain

Following the footprints of the European Commission and under the direction of ‘Agency for Medicines and Healthcare Products (AEMPS)’, Spain’s ‘Voluntary’ Vaccination Strategy is divided into three phases (further categorized into 18 groups of the population). During the period January to September 2021 the country is targeted to accomplish the first phase with a target of 2.5 million people to be vaccinated. The first slot is focused on people with a medical background, vital care workers & people with serious disabilities. The country is determined to set 13,000 locations across Spain for Coronavirus vaccinations [2].

‘The effort that the world’s scientific community is making to achieve a safe and effective vaccine is unparalleled by any other before,’ the strategy document states. ‘Citizens should be aware that the vaccines that will eventually be used in the EU against Covid-19 will have the same levels of safety as any of those commonly used.’

Likewise, 2nd & 3rd phase is scheduled from April to June 2021 & July to September respectively.

People to be considered in 2n & 3rd phase:

  • Citizens aged over 64 (approximately nine million people)
  • People with underlying conditions (eg, obesity, diabetes) and particularly vulnerable to Covid-19
  • Those working or living in confined spaces or communities
  • Vulnerable groups for socio-economic reasons
  • Those employed in essential services
  • Teachers and other education staff
  • Children
  • Citizens living in areas with high incidence rates
  • Pregnant women or breastfeeding mothers
  • Those already immune who have had Covid-19
  • Teenagers, young adults, and other adults not included in the above categories

 

Vaccine Update

Up to Monday 25 January, Spain has stocked up 1,346,100 doses of Covid-19 vaccines (1,310,400 by Pfizer-BioNTech, and 35,700 by Moderna), of which a total of 1,237,593 jabs have been administered.

Popularly known for its easy-going culture, crystal clear azure sea, and stunning scenery – Spain is currently witnessing skyrocketing cases of coronavirus infection, stretching hospitals to breaking point. With a count of 2,697,294 active cases and over 56,208 deaths, Spain is jumping to the third wave of coronavirus at present. The country has declared a new nationwide ‘state of alarm’ (nighttime mobility restrictions/night curfew) with stricter restrictions in Madrid, Aragón, and Castilla y León to combat the spiral of strain from Sunday 25 October 2020 till 9 May 2021 officially [1].

“People should not “let their guard down” – Salvador Illa, Minister of Health said on Sunday

According to the Health Ministry, the infection rate has nearly tripled in the last month with a reported 35,878 new infections last Wednesday i.e. the highest single-day surge since the pandemic began.

Spain confirmed its first case of coronavirus on 31 January 2020, when a German tourist found positive for SARS-CoV-2 in La Gomera. However, the community transmission was recorded in mid-Feb.

Impact of Corona Pandemic on Tourism and the Travel industry

With a big share of 12% to GDP (equivalent to 178 billion euros in 2018) and 13.5% of employment (around 2.9 million jobs), Tourism comes as a prime cornerstone in the Spanish economy.

Due to the corona crisis, the tourism sector in Spain is under fire with a 75 percent decrease in the revenues while a drop of 20 million in the number of international visitors as per El Pais studies.

The expected revenue loss can jump to 62.4 billion euros in upcoming months if the emergency situation continues to persist at the same pace.

resistance to the virus but also the recovery and maintenance of Spain’s leadership in terms of tourism competitiveness.” – Reyes Maroto- Minister of Industry, Trade, and Tourism of the Sánchez government

However, the country is trying hard to regain its dominance with tight travel bubble programs in the coming future. Spain’s President of the Tourism Board Juan Molas has recently expressed introducing a ‘Vaccination Certificate’ to help support its vital sector get back to the pre-pandemic situation.

 

The latest total figures per region up to Monday 25 January are as follows:

 

REGION Received Jabs %
Andalusia 251,420 226,309 90.00%
Aragón 42,465 42,539 100.20%
Asturias 45,395 43,926 96.80%
Balearic Islands 23,190 22,083 95.20%
Basque Country 57,380 46,124 80.40%
Canary Islands 47,485 50,110 105.50%
Cantabria 21,125 20,463 96.90%
Castilla y León 95,815 94,057 98.20%
Castilla La Mancha 63,575 61,388 96.60%
Catalonia 217,020 184,778 85.10%
Extremadura 40,275 33,125 82.20%
Galicia 68,605 66,873 97.50%
La Rioja 11,965 9,166 76.60%
Madrid 176,615 165,514 93.70%
Murcia 46,385 46,444 100.10%
Navarra 21,125 17,053 80.70%
Valencia Region 111,900 104,449 93.30%
Ceuta 2,180 1,692 77.60%
Melilla 2,180 1,500 68.80%
TOTALS 1,346,100 1,237,593 91.90%

Table Saurce: https://www.spainenglish.com/2021/01/25/covid-19-vaccinations-in-spain/

 

Administered vaccine

 

Spain is hooked up with five pharmaceutical companies to stock up its vaccines requirements:

 

  • AstraZeneca/Oxford,
  • Sanofi-GSK,
  • Johnson & Johnson/Janssen,
  • Pfizer/BioNTech
  • Caravan.

 

Negotiations are also in the race with Moderna and Novavax.

 

 

Who has to submit an Active Infection Diagnostic Test (AIDT)?

 

In order to track visitors with travel history of risk area, Spain is asking visitors to showcase certificate with a NEGATIVE AIDT result (RT-PCR or other molecular techniques for detecting viral RNA with equivalent reliability, such as TMA, RT-LAMP) As of November 23rd, 2020 that must be processed in the 72h before arrival [3].

 

Who can visit Spain

 

Spain has imposed some tightened rules and regulations for in & out policies to control the spiral of virus effectively. As an effect, travelers from the European Union, New Zealand, Australia, South Korea, China, Japan, Thailand, Rwanda, Singapore, and Uruguay are all welcomed to enter Spain without having to undergo quarantine [4].

 

However, people arriving from the UK regions with red or orange area travel history are restricted until February 2, 2021. Note: Spanish nationals and legal residents of Spain are exempted from this rule.

 

Who is not allowed?

 

Except for the countries mentioned above, travelers from other countries are not permitted to enter, however, special permission is granted for essential travel.

 

What are the restrictions?

 

Since the case rates remain high as of the latest showcase on 19 Jan, the country is practicing strict regulation to fight the outbreak.

 

The current prerequisites set for travelers are as follows:

 

  • As per the European Center for Disease Control (ECDC), all passengers are required to produce a QR code on arrival in the country.
  • In order to generate the code, visitors must go through a Health Control Form (HCF), which can be completed via the Spain Travel Health website or app.
  • Apart from this, visitors must undertake a PCR test within 72 hours of arrival and valid proof of a negative result on entry.
  • Health assessments on the terminal (temperature check and visual examination)

 

Other than this, people arriving at the Canary Islands, despite their origin, require to undergo an Antigen test (within 72 hours of departure) in order to check into their accommodation.

 

Proof of vaccination

 

The CDC and WHO has aligned a series of vaccinations travelers must go through for Spain, that covers []:

 

  • Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria & pertussis)
  • Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B
  • Typhoid
  • Cholera
  • Yellow fever
  • Japanese encephalitis
  • Rabies
  • Meningitis
  • Polio
  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Rubella (MMR)
  • Chickenpox
  • Shingles
  • Pneumonia
  • Influenza

 

Final Word

 

Spain has fallen under the list of the countries hit hardest by the strain. The country is at its downfall in every other way due to skyrocketing cases. However, with strict restrictions, Spain is allowing people to step into its boundaries. This write up introduces all prerequisites for secure & enjoyable travel to Spain.

 

Ref:

[1]https://www.aa.com.tr/en/europe/spain-starts-moderna-vaccines-amid-skyrocketing-cases/2110446

[2]https://www.spainenglish.com/2021/01/25/covid-19-vaccinations-in-spain/

[3]https://www.spth.gob.es/

[4]https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/spain-travel-covid-19/index.html