Can I travel to Spain?

Travelling to Spain in time of Covid 19: our student’s guide

Lately, everybody is asking this question. Can I travel to Spain? Can I study abroad in Spain during Covid-19? If so, under what conditions?
Therefore, we have prepared for you a small summary of the current situation, with some predictions for the months to come. 

The vaccination campaign in Spain is on the roll. According to the Government of Spain website, more than 20% of all Spanish people have already received a first dose of the vaccine. Moreover, the government has reiterated its commitment to attain an immunization rate of 70% by the end of August 2021. Consequently, Spain should reach herd immunity by the end of the summer.

In addition, the European Union is working very hard on putting together a common vaccine passport system. This measure will considerably ease travel inside the European Union.

Lastly, the US Government and the European Union are negotiating to reach a similar agreement.  

As of today, Spain has reopened its borders to most of travelers from the European Union and Schengen countries. However, the entrance of travelers from outside the EU is still strongly limited.  

Nevertheless, the good news is that students are allowed to travel to Spain! According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Spain, students need a letter of acceptance certifying studies at the school in question. They also need to provide evidence of having medical insurance during their study abroad program in Spain.

In all cases, students must show a negative PCR test result within 72 hours prior to arrival and complete a health control form. As of today, quarantine is not compulsory for travelers, except for some countries such as Brazil, South Africa, Colombia, or Peru.

This means that our European, Canadian and US students can absolutely travel to Spain if they participate in one of our study abroad programs, without the need to quarantine!*

With the rising rhythm of the vaccination campaign, the authorities should ease the restrictions in the months to come.

As of today, travel is restricted between Spanish regions, provinces, and sometimes municipalities. However, the end of the state of emergency is scheduled to take place on the 9th of May, 2021. As a result, the Government of Spain and the regions should lift the restrictions little by little. At Centro MundoLengua, we are confident that we can soon organize excursions and tours in Andalucia (from summer onwards) and in all of Spain (from fall onwards).

As of today, most people lead “near-normal lives”. Even though wearing a face mask is mandatory and should remain so in the months to come, life has more or less returned to normal: most of the museums, tapas bars, cinemas, and famous landscapes are open. The lively atmosphere would surprise you!

Of course, some restrictions are still in place regarding opening times, social distancing measures, or the maximum number of people who can meet or sit at the same table. A curfew is also in place in most of the regions. However, these restrictions should be lifted little by little as Spain reaches herd immunity. 

Most airlines have already started to resume their flights, and those who haven’t yet should do so by fall 2021. A few weeks ago, American Airlines resumed their flights to Madrid and Barcelona. In Europe, airlines such as Ryanair announced that they plan to resume most of  their flights to Spain by the summer.

As the President of Ryanair brilliantly said, ‘the vaccines are coming – people are going on holidays again’.

Spain and the city of Sevilla have been among the first destinations to obtain the Safe Travels stamp from the World Travel & Tourism Council. They have adopted many protocols. You may consult them on Spain’s official tourism website.

In addition, the Centro MundoLengua team has put in place many protocols to make sure our students are safe at all times. 

Are you a student interested in studying abroad in Spain in the months to come? Or are you a chaperone teacher interested in organizing a middle / high school tour in Spain in Fall 2021, Spring 2022, or Summer 2022? Do you have any doubts or concerns regarding the Covid situation in Spain? Please do not hesitate to get in touch. We will be very happy to help you plan your study abroad adventure  with us!

*This article was written on April 28, 2021. Situation is subject to change.

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