Spain’s Prime Minister had offered to welcome all vaccinated tourists regardless of their country of origin from June 7th, but a new state bulletin extending the ban on non-essential travel from outside the EU is calling into question this statement.
On Saturday, May 29th, the Spanish government announced it will extend the ban on non-essential travel from outside the EU and the Schengen Area until June 30th, 2021.
The non-EU countries that this does not apply to are Australia, Israel, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Hong Kong, Macao, China, and the recently included United Kingdom and Japan.
However, the June 30th, 2021 date is contrary to the one recently announced by Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez only ten days ago.
“From June 7th, all vaccinated people and their families will be welcome in our country, Spain, regardless of their country of origin,” Sánchez said at an international tourism fair in Madrid on May 21st.
Published in Spain’s BOE state bulletin, the official message from Spain’s Interior Ministry makes no mention of exceptions for vaccinated travellers from outside the EU.
Exceptions only apply to nationals and residents of the EU, Schengen Associated States, Andorra, Monaco, The Vatican, or San Marino, holders of a long-term visa issued by a Member State or Schengen Associated State, health professionals, transport workers, diplomatic/consular staff and international organizations, military and civil protection personnel, students and people with documented force majeure reasons.
The lists of third countries where non-essential travel to Spain is allowed and not allowed are based on the Schengen Borders Code and the EU’s common “Traffic Lights” mapping for global risk areas.
When the Spanish embassy in Santiago de Chile tweeted the news, numerous people complained about how confusing the information being given was, as they had assumed that June 7th was the official opening date for vaccinated non-EU travellers.
Spain is also due to launch its ‘Covid passport’ in June to work in tandem with the EU’s Green Digital Certificate, but it remains unclear if either of these will be made available for travel to Spain from outside the bloc from June 7th, June 30th or another date.
Published the local es 01 June 2021