A new world is opening up after the pandemic is slowly moving away from our lives. In this scenario in which we are not over with the virus but we have more freedom to move, tourism is becoming more affluent. Of course, to talk about tourism in Europe is to talk about Spain.
So, read on as we tell you everything you need to know about the COVID certificate that will grant you a one-way ticket to this paradise. Don’t let COVID ruin your upcoming holidays, follow our tips, and be ready to have the time of your life in Spain.
What is the COVID Certificate?
The COVID certificate is digital proof that a person has either, received COVID-19 vaccination, tested negatively for the virus, or recovered from it recently. In other words, the COVID certificate is a virtual document that states that you don’t have the disease. Won’t be hospitalized if you get it, or have the antibodies because it’s been in your system.
This virtual proof is what countries receiving you need to make sure you’re not going to collapse their health system. Moreover, you are also letting them know that you’re not a hazard for the population of the receiving country.
What Countries Need this Certificate?
Speaking of countries, what are the countries that need this certificate? Well, this initiative affects the entire European Union. Thus, if you travel from another EU country to Spain, it will make transit easier and faster. Also, people traveling from countries or areas considered a COVID-19 risk will have a much easier time moving around with their COVID certificate.
The requirements needed to enter Spain with an EU COVID Digital Certificate are the following:
- Vaccination – People with a complete course of vaccines authorized by the EMA or the WHO who had the last dose at least 14 days before traveling can get an EU COVID Digital Certificate.
- Diagnostic Test – Having a negative result in a NAAT test (it can be a PCR, LAMP, or TMA) within the 72 hours before traveling to Spain can get the EU COVID Digital Certificate. In the same vein, those getting an antigen test carried out 48 hours prior to travel can obtain the same certificate.
- Recovery Certificate – After at least 11 days have gone by from the day you had your positive NAAT test until 6 months after that date you are eligible for the EU COVID Digital Certificate.
- Children – All children under 12 years of age can move freely through the EU, including Spain, without a certificate. Parents accompanying them need to follow the above criteria, though.
What’s the Fee?
This certificate does not require any fees; you can get it for free in any country in the EU. It is not physical proof but a digital paper that will be in your country’s language as well as English. Moreover, each certificate will have a unique QR code as proof of authenticity.
Where do I Apply?
Applying for the certificate is very simple. You just need to enter the Spanish Ministry of Health website and fill out all the required information to get it automatically. Furthermore, you’ll see that it is divided by regions to make the process easier and faster.
The COVID pandemic is slowly allowing humans to regain all the freedom it took away. In this complex scenario, having an EU COVID Digital Certificate is paramount to enjoying your upcoming vacations in paradise. All the splendor of Spain’s most beautiful landscapes is waiting for you and your loved ones; get your certificate today!