Spain is now the safest destination in the EU: here’s what you need to know before you go

The latest map update from the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) showed Spain is currently the safest European Union destination for travel amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Based on figures released by ECDC, the majority of Spanish territory is colored green, making the country a safe destination for those who wish to visit during the autumn and winter holidays, reports SchengenVisaInfo .com.

Currently, all of the following regions in Spain are on the green list:

  • Galicia
  • Asturias
  • Cantabria
  • Pays Basque
  • La Rioja
  • Castile and Leon
  • Extremadura
  • Andalusia

Such categorization was made because all of the aforementioned regions identified less than 50 cases of COVID-19 infection per 100,000 population in the past two weeks and had a test positive rate of no more than four percent.

As for the other regions, they are all placed on the orange list because they have recorded a slightly higher number of cases of Coronavirus infection. Nevertheless, they still remain safe for travel.

Considering the fact that almost all of Spain has managed to maintain low infection rates, travel to and from the country is not discouraged, especially for those who have already been vaccinated or recovered from the virus.

However, it is strongly advised that everyone check the country’s entry rules before planning a trip to avoid any inconvenience.

Spain has its own categorization of countries based on their risk, which is updated weekly. Currently, the majority of EU countries / regions are on the Spanish high risk list, including Germany, Austria, Belgium, Greece, Cyprus, Croatia, Slovenia, Estonia, Finland, Ireland, Iceland, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Denmark, among others.

In last week’s update, Spanish authorities announced that entry rules had been tightened for Greece, Denmark, Czechia, Liechtenstein and several other regions in the EU.

Under Spain’s current rules, travelers reaching the country are required to present a valid EU COVID-19 digital passport or other equivalent document.

Specifically, they must present a vaccination certificate indicating that the holder has been immunized with one of the vaccines recognized by Spain for travel or a recovery certificate indicating that the holder has recovered from the virus within the last six month.

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Those who are unable to present a certificate of vaccination or recovery may provide a negative result of the recently performed COVID-19 test in order to be allowed to enter the country.

With the exception of the requirements mentioned above, travelers are also required to complete a health check form, which can be completed and signed electronically.

Previously, the Spanish Airlines Association revealed that the country plans to record an increased number of flights in the coming months. The numbers are expected to exceed the number of thefts recorded during the same period in 2019.