Currently only German vacationers from the federal states of Hamburg, Berlin, North Rhine-Westphalia, Saarland and Schleswig-Holstein are affected, since Monday, August 23, all of Germany has been a risk area for the Spanish authorities. This also affects vacationers from Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg, Bremen, Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Lower Saxony, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Schleswig-Holstein and Thuringia.
Spain declares the whole of Germany a risk area – What vacationers need to know now
All holidaymakers aged 12 and over traveling from Germany to Spain are required to test and provide evidence from Monday without exception. Travelers in Spain must submit a negative rapid antigen test, a PCR test or their proof of vaccination and recovery to the Spanish authorities and inspectors.
What do vacationers need to know?
When vacationers are not vaccinated:
Unvaccinated travelers should be aware that not all rapid antigen tests will be accepted.
The QR code required for the European health certificate must be printed on the documents. At the same time, the contact details of the laboratory, the test procedure, the test date, the name of the person tested and the address must be listed.
When vacationers are vaccinated:
Vaccinated persons must carry their vaccination documents with them both digitally and in paper form. The yellow vaccination card is sufficient if it shows that the vaccination has been completed. Spain accepts cross vaccinations and also the vaccines from Astrazeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Biontech / Pfizer and Moderna.
When vacationers have recovered:
Those who have recovered must present a positive PCR test carried out by a laboratory at least eleven days ago. The document is then valid for 180 days. Positive proofs that were created in January or the beginning of February are therefore invalid.
CovPass apps for Android & iOS are available here:
The rule applies to all German vacationers
The regulation applies to holidaymakers who enter Spain by plane or via the highways and country roads. Spanish authorities are requested to stop and randomly check motorists, motorhomes and motorcyclists with license plates from Germany.
Where else do holidaymakers have to submit tests and evidence upon departure?
German travelers sometimes have to present evidence or tests when they go on vacation. Many countries carry out their own classifications, thereby tightening the entry requirements.
A test requirement for children and adults applies, for example, to Bulgaria, some border areas in Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Ireland, Iceland, Croatia (flight only), Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia (only Flight), Slovenia, Spain (five federal states), Hungary and Cyprus.
Travelers can check the exact rules via the European Union’s official Re: Open app. The app can be downloaded here.