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Current

The spread of COVID-19 continues to lead to restrictions in international air and travel traffic and impairment of public life.

Before unnecessary, tourist trips to the Autonomous Communities of Andalusia, Aragon, Cantabria, Castile-Léon, Castile-La Mancha, Catalonia, Madrid, Navarra, La Rioja, the Basque Country, the Melilla exclave and the autonomous communities of Asturias and Extremadura up to and including May 22, 2021 is currently being warned.
Unnecessary tourist trips to the communities of Galicia, Valencia, Murcia, the Balearic Islands, the Canary Islands, the exclave of Ceuta and, with effect from 23 May 2021, also to the autonomous communities of Asturias and Extremadura are still not recommended. 

Epidemiological situation

Spain is severely affected by COVID-19, and the infection rate varies from region to region. The autonomous communities of Andalusia, Aragon, Cantabria, Castile-La Mancha, Castile-Léon, Catalonia, Madrid, Navarra, La Rioja, the Basque Country and the Melilla exclave are still classified as risk areas.

The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) provides current and detailed figures.

entry

Entry into Spain from all EU and Schengen-associated countries is generally possible.

For all travelers from the age of six who enter Spain by air or sea and come from a risk country / area, the obligation applies to a negative test result of a molecular biological test (either a PCR test or a so-called TMA test). Test) with you. This obligation also applies to travelers from France who enter Spain by land.

The risk countries, including Germany, are listed in Annex II of the ordinance of November 11, 2020. The test may have been carried out a maximum of 72 hours before entry. The result must be available electronically or on paper in Spanish, English, French or German and contain the following information: name of the traveler, passport or identity card number (this number must be identical to the passport / identity card number used in the electronic entry form), Date of test acceptance, contact details of the laboratory, test procedure used, negative test result.

Transit travelers who do not leave the transit area are exempt from the obligation to have a negative test result.

For some time now, air travelers have had to fill out a health control form on the Spain Travel Health portal that generates a QR code that must be presented upon entry. This can also be done using the free SpTH app. Registration can take place at the earliest 48 hours before the intended entry. In exceptional cases, a paper form can also be filled out.
The airlines are obliged to have the electronic entry form (QR code) presented to them before departure, or alternatively the entry form in paper form together with the negative test result. Incorrect information can be punished with fines.

On entry, there is a regular health check through temperature measurement, evaluation of the entry form by the health authorities and a visual check of the traveler. People with a temperature above 37.5 ° C or other abnormalities can be subjected to a more detailed examination.

For entry from outside the EU, Spain is implementing the EU Council recommendation for the partial lifting of entry bans for third countries for certain countries through the ordinance of the Spanish Ministry of the Interior. Entry from other countries is still subject to restrictions at the EU external borders, but not from Andorra and Gibraltar.

Spanish ports are closed to international cruise ships until further notice.

Transit and onward travel

There are no restrictions on transit.

Travel connections

The flight offer between Germany and Spain is currently limited. Morocco has suspended flight connections to and from Spain until further notice.

The range of public transport in Spain (air, rail, road and ship traffic) is still reduced.

Restrictions in the country

The state of alarm that applies to the whole of Spain ended on May 9, 2021. The autonomous communities can, however, continue to impose night curfews, mobility and other restrictions, as well as limit meetings to a number of people, with the approval of the courts and depending on the infection situation. An overview of the regulations can be found on the website of the Spanish Ministry of Health.

In the Community of Madrid The night curfew was lifted. Mobility restrictions affect some areas in the city of Madrid and individual municipalities. Both indoor and outdoor gatherings are limited in terms of the number of people. It is recommended that meetings in private households be limited to six people. The Comunidad de Madrid offers current and detailed information as well as the corresponding legal bases.

In the Autonomous Community of Catalonia currently applies: The night curfew has been lifted. Meetings of more than six people are still generally prohibited. Certain restrictions in public life, e.g. in the catering trade, still exist. The Catalonian authorities can provide further information in English.

In the Valencian Community currently applies: The nightly curfew applies from midnight to 6 a.m. Catering establishments are allowed to open with restrictions. Meetings are limited in terms of the number of people. Please contact the local authorities for more information.

For Andalusia The entry and exit ban and the night curfew were lifted. The opening times for restaurants and discos have been extended. However, there are still restrictions on the number of people indoors and outdoors, distance rules must be observed. For municipalities with high incidence values, mobility restrictions and other restrictions can still be imposed. The Andalusian regional government provides current and detailed information as well as the corresponding legal bases.

Information on possible restrictions in the other Autonomous Communities on the mainland is published on the websites of the respective regional government.

Special features on the islands

On the Balearic Islands Entries and exits from and to other Autonomous Communities are permitted. The existing test obligation for entries from a risk area from abroad also applies to entries from the other autonomous communities. The Balearic regional government offers up-to-date and detailed information, including information on compulsory testing, as well as the relevant legal basis.

There is a nightly curfew from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. in the entire Balearic Islands. There are restrictions on the opening times of restaurants and shops. The number of people at meetings in both public and private spaces is limited.

Visitors who come from a risk area (including Germany) to the Canaries must show a negative PCR or TMA test result at the airport, see entry.

People who are at least 6 years old and travel to the Canary Islands by air or sea from another part of Spain (e.g. with the car ferries from Cádiz or Huelva) must have a negative corona test result (PCR, TMA or antigen tests are permitted. Quick test), which must not be older than 72 hours upon arrival. In addition, the test result must be sent by email (subject: flight number / ferry and arrival date) before departure.

Regardless of the entry requirements mentioned above, all travelers from the age of six (including those arriving from a non-risk area or from mainland Spain) who want to stay in a tourist accommodation facility (hotel, holiday apartment, holiday home) must go to the reception (again ) show their negative test result,
Each Canary Island is - depending on the prevailing incidence - classified by the regional government in one of the so-called alarm levels 1 to 4. Due to the relatively low incidence values, only levels 1 and 2 are currently used. Depending on the alarm level, there are restrictions on the opening times in restaurants and shops. Maximum limits also apply to the number of people at meetings in public and private spaces. Substantial fines are sometimes levied in the event of violations.

Hygiene rules

Nationwide, it is mandatory to wear a mouth and nose cover in all public places inside and outside of closed rooms as well as on public transport. Violations of the mask requirement are punishable by fines (approx. 100 euros). Children under the age of six and people for whom the mask requirement is contraindicated for health reasons are exempt from the requirement. It is advisable to carry a corresponding certificate with you.

  • Note the detailed information on the health situation based on data from the ECDC, existing restrictions including quarantine and testing requirements for travelers and mobile coronavirus contact tracking and warning apps on Re-open EU.
  • Be sure to observe local hygiene measures and follow the instructions and recommendations of the authorities.

  • When traveling by air, please note the need to submit a pre-entry form on the Spain Travel Health portal.

  • Find out about the current measures in Spain from the Spanish Ministry of Health and the Spanish government as well as from the respective autonomous community.

  • Avoid unnecessary movements in particularly affected areas.

  • When traveling to or from Portugal, please note the travel and safety information for Portugal.

  • If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or come into contact with infected people, contact the responsible local authority.

  • When you return to Germany, note the valid entry restrictions such as registration, proof and, if necessary, quarantine regulations, inquire about the current conditions of carriage at the relevant company or your tour operator, and if you are entering from a risk area, contact the health department of your residence or travel agency Place of residence. Further information is available in our continuously updated info box on COVID-19 / Coronavirus.

security

terrorism

The terrorist attacks on August 17, 2017 in Barcelona and Cambrils were the first Islamist attacks in Spain since 2004. The Spanish Ministry of the Interior has taken security measures in busy places and important infrastructure. Since then, the second highest terror warning level has continued to apply nationwide.

crime

In larger cities, especially in Barcelona and Madrid, as well as in the tourist centers and excursion destinations in the Balearic Islands, along the Mediterranean coast and in the Canary Islands, beware of pickpockets and petty crime. There has recently been an increase in incidents of violence in Barcelona. Burglaries in holiday homes can also be observed.
Due to the high crime rate in tourist centers and the dangers of drug abuse, special emphasis should be placed on professional supervision and supervision when traveling with young people.
During the holiday season, there are frequent attacks on tourists along the Spanish motorways (especially on the A 7 between the French-Spanish border station La Jonquera and Barcelona, ​​but also afterwards). Those affected are informed of alleged or actual damage to the vehicle (e.g. intentionally caused flat tires) by one or two vehicles driving at the same height, often also with a German or another foreign license plate, by horns or by throwing stones "Assistance" is offered.

  • Keep money, ID, driver's license, flight tickets and other important documents safe (e.g. in the hotel safe).
  • Prefer cashless payments and only take the cash you need for the day and no unnecessary valuables.
  • Be particularly vigilant in large crowds such as at airports (also in the security area), train stations, in the subway, on the bus and watch out for your valuables.
  • Familiarize yourself with safety advisories from the Spanish Police and, when visiting Barcelona, ​​the city's safety tips and rules of conduct.
  • Under no circumstances should you stop on the hard shoulder, but continue to the next gas station or busy rest area. Call the emergency number 112 and describe the incident.
  • When going to the nearest petrol station, rest stop or parking lot, do not leave any visible (valuable) objects in the vehicle and lock the vehicle - even if there are two of you.
  • In the event of a breakdown, make sure that the tow truck you have called for assistance bears the “Autopistas” symbol or the symbol of the breakdown service you have requested.
  • Be skeptical about unfamiliar e-mails, notifications of prizes, offers and requests for help from alleged acquaintances, do not share any data about yourself, but make sure yourself if necessary or contact the police.

Nature and climate

Bush and forest fires

On the coast there is a Mediterranean or Atlantic climate, in the interior mostly highland climate with dry, cold winters and hot summers.

Especially in the summer months, on the mainland and on the islands, bush and forest fires, some of which are larger, occur again and again. Impairment of the infrastructure in tourist areas must be expected in these cases.

Floods and storms

At the end of summer, in many parts of the country there are frequent torrential rains that the soil that has dried out in summer cannot absorb. The “ramblas” (span: river bed) that can be found everywhere on the coast can then develop into raging rivers in a very short time.

In the Mediterranean Sea there can be occasional severe autumn and winter storms up to so-called medicanes.

Earthquakes and volcanoes

The Canary Islands are volcanic islands, the Pico de Teide on Tenerife is one of the largest island volcanoes in the world. In addition to the Canary Islands, the Pyrenees and the south of Spain are also in a seismically active zone, which is why lighter earthquakes can occur in these regions.

Travel info

Infrastructure / traffic

Traffic routes may be affected due to measures related to COVID-19 containment.

There is a domestic flight network, ferry services to the islands, railways with well-developed high-speed connections and bus connections. Disabilities in local and long-distance public transport (by air, sea and land) must be expected in the event of strikes.

With the exception of urban motorways in larger cities, a toll is levied on all motorways and many expressways marked “AP” for autopistas, depending on the distance traveled and the vehicle category. At toll stations, you can pay in cash or with a credit card, but not with a bank card. In certain lanes marked with “Telepeaje”, “VIA-T” or “T”, the toll can also be paid automatically with the VIA-T Box, thus avoiding waiting times at toll stations.

In Spanish cities, a speed limit applies depending on the number of lanes: on roads with one lane in each direction, a speed limit of 30 km / h applies, on roads with a single lane for both directions without lane markings and without a sidewalk, it is only 20 km / h. A speed limit of 50 km / h still applies in urban areas only on roads with two or more lanes in each direction. Further information is available from the Spanish Motor Vehicle Administration.

In the capital Madrid and in Barcelona there are environmental zones with temporary and weather-dependent driving bans that must be observed.

In Madrid, there is also a permanent driving ban zone in a core area of ​​the city center. This is marked with red lines and corresponding signs and may only be driven on by vehicles with the Spanish environmental badge “0” or “Eco”. This sticker is not available to foreign travelers. You should therefore refrain from driving your own vehicle to downtown Madrid.

In Barcelona, ​​vehicles without an environmental badge are no longer allowed to enter the environmental zone (ZBE) on working days from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. The regulation also applies to vehicles with foreign license plates.These can be registered for a fee, provided they meet the requirements for an environmental badge. If necessary, special permits for one day (max. 10 per year) can be applied for. A vehicle must be registered in advance; the processing time can take 15 working days.

In Formentera, the number of vehicles with internal combustion engines will be limited from July 1st to August 31st. Visitors with a vehicle or motorcycle then need a permit that is subject to a fee and can be requested from the Consell Insular de Formentera.

At intersections there are often additional traffic lights in front of zebra crossings, which require a second stop.
The alcohol limit is 0.5, for novice drivers in the first two years and professional drivers 0.3.
Yellow markings on the edge of the road mean that parking is absolutely prohibited, blue markings mean that a fee is required, green markings are for residents or with a parking ticket.

In winter and spring, traffic in northern and central Spain may be blocked by snowfall and flooding. Rental cars usually only have summer tires.

The following border crossing points between France and Spain are closed indefinitely in Guipuzcoa in the Basque Country and in Navarre:
The footbridge between Irun and Hendaye, the sea route between Hondarribia and Hendaye and the border crossing points in Lizuniaga, Lizarreta, Sara por Berruet, Izpegi, Alduide and Iturzaeta.

From November 1st to March 31st, access to the “Napoleon Route” of the Camino de Santiago Francés from the French town of Jean-Pied-de-Port to Orreaga / Roncesvalles in Navarra, Spain is prohibited due to weather conditions and for safety reasons. Violations are punished with heavy fines. The alternative route via Lucaide / Valcarlos to Orreaga / Roncesvalles is not affected. Turismo Navarra offers more information in German.

Driver's license

The German driving license is sufficient.

LGBTIQ

There are no indications of any particular difficulties; acceptance is particularly good in large cities.

Legal specifics

Possession of even small quantities of drugs can lead to arrest, possession of large quantities to prosecution and conviction to prison terms.

In some cities and towns, alcohol consumption in public has been banned and violating it can result in immediate fines. At the beginning of 2020, the regional government of the Balearic Islands issued far-reaching regulations to combat alcohol abuse for the tourist centers of the Balearic Islands (Playa de Palma, Arenal, Magaluf / Mallorca and San Antoni / Ibiza) and reinforced them with severe penalties. This includes, for example, the restriction of the all-inclusive offer for alcoholic beverages in hotels and the ban on travel offers that promote alcohol consumption. In addition, balcony climbing and jumping, which was practiced in some centers, was banned.

Money / credit cards

The means of payment is the euro. Withdrawing cash from ATMs and paying with credit cards are possible everywhere.

Entry and customs

Entry and transit regulations may currently differ due to measures to contain COVID-19, see Current.

Entry and import regulations for German citizens can change at short notice without notifying the Foreign Office beforehand. You can only obtain legally binding information and / or information that goes beyond this information on the entry and customs regulations for importing goods directly from the representatives of your destination country.
You can find the customs regulations for Germany on the website of the German customs and via the “Customs and Travel” app or you can inquire about them by telephone.

Travel documents

Entry is possible for German citizens with the following documents:

  • Passport: Yes
  • Temporary passport: Yes
  • Identity card: Yes
  • Provisional identity card: Yes, must be valid
  • Children's passport: Yes

Comments / minimum remaining validity:
Spain is a party to the European Convention on the Regulation of Passenger Traffic between the member states of the Council of Europe of December 13, 1957. Travel documents other than the temporary identity card may not have expired for more than one year.

Air travel to and from Germany can only be undertaken with a valid travel document or, in the event of its loss, with a passport replacement document issued by the German consular representations in Spain, see information on this from the German representations in Spain.

For trips on cruise ships, the organizers announce the mandatory identification requirements.

  • If necessary, please inquire with your airline or your tour operator before you start your journey

Minors

There are no known special regulations for the entry of minors.
Since the beginning of September 2019, however, Spanish minors and thus also German-Spanish dual nationals who are not accompanied by a custodian have required an exit permit to leave the country. According to the Ministerio del Interior, German citizens who do not also have Spanish citizenship are not affected by this.

Import regulations

The import and export of goods is subject to the provisions of the European Union. The principle of no physical checks does not exclude random checks in the context of police surveillance of borders and police controls of cross-border traffic.

Ceuta and Melilla are not part of the EU customs territory. The Canary Islands are not part of the EU tax area for excise and VAT. For this reason, the import of goods from these areas into Germany is subject to customs restrictions on imports from non-EU countries.

Pets

For trips with certain pets (dogs, cats, ferrets) to countries of the European Union with the exception of Ireland, Great Britain, Malta and Finland, where different regulations apply, an EU pet passport is required. He serves among other things. as proof that the animal has been vaccinated against rabies.
The Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture offers a sample ID as well as further information.

health

Current

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the disease COVID-19, which is triggered by the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, a pandemic.

West Nile fever has been occurring more frequently in the province of Seville since August 13, see paragraph West Nile fever. The transmission season for West Nile fever runs from June to November.

measles

In January 2019, WHO declared delaying or skipping vaccinations as a threat to global health. In particular, the lack of vaccination against measles poses a high risk when the number of cases increases internationally.

  • As part of your travel preparations, check your and your children's vaccination protection against measles and have this supplemented if necessary.

Vaccination protection

No compulsory vaccinations are required to enter Spain.

  • Make sure that you and your children have the standard vaccinations according to the vaccination calendar of the Robert Koch Institute up to date.
  • A hepatitis A vaccination is recommended as a travel vaccination.
  • Please note the instructions for use and help for the indication in the travel vaccination recommendations leaflet.
  • The DTG offers up-to-date, detailed travel vaccination recommendations for specialist groups.

Dengue fever