Government relaxes health requirements for entry to Spain for people between 12 and 17 years of age from outside the EU

The Spanish Government has modified the health requirements for entry into Spain for persons over 12 and under 18 years of age from countries outside the European Union or the Schengen area, where access to the SARS-CoV-2 vaccine for this age group is difficult or not yet possible.

As of 00:00 hours on 14 February, travellers between the ages of 12 and 17 from these countries who are not in possession of a valid vaccination certificate will be able to present a NAAT molecular nucleic acid amplification test (RT-PCR or similar) for SARS-CoV-2 with a negative result, carried out 72 hours before their arrival in our country.

The Ministries of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, Industry, Trade and Tourism, and Health have participated in this Order, which was signed by the Minister of the Interior.

Likewise, minors under 12 years of age, travelling with an adult, will not be subject to any type of health requirement, as was the case until now.

This measure is also in line with the proposal to amend Recommendation (EU) 2020/912 on the temporary restriction of non-essential travel to the EU, which is currently under review.

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