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Travellers from third countries who in the last 180 days have been infected from COVID-19, and have recovered from it, can now enter Spain.
The move has been announced by the Spanish government, which has published the changes to the Spanish COVID-19 regulations on travel to the country in the Official State Gazette (BOE) on Saturday, February 26.
Recovery certificate: a certificate issued by the competent authority or a medical service at least 11 days after the first positive NAAT or rapid antigen test is accepted as valid. The validity of the certificate shall end 180 days after the date of sampling,” the official Spain Travel Health website now explains regarding accepted recovery certificates for entry amid COVID-19.
The certificates have now also been listed by the Spanish Ministry of Health as acceptable proof for entry into the country, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
Previously, only travellers from third countries who are vaccinated with one of the vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the World Health Organization (WHO) were permitted to enter.
Since February 1, vaccination certificates for entry into Spain have been valid for only a period of 270 days from the date of the administration of the last dose. Those whose vaccination is older must have received a booster dose in order to be permitted to enter Spain as vaccinated persons.
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On the other hand, since Monday, February 14, travel to Spain has also become easier for travellers from third countries aged 12 to 17, as the Spanish authorities dropped the obligation to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination for travellers under 18 in order to enter the country.
The requirement had created difficulties for many families planning to travel to Spain in January and February, and in particular for British families who were planning to spend their spring holidays there. However, the rule was removed after several British, Spanish, and other international media outlets reported on the matter.
Last Friday, SchengenVisaInfo.com reported that the Spanish authorities had extended the current entry rules that apply to 29 European Union/European Economic Area countries for another week. According to the rules, travellers from the EU and Schengen Area can enter Spain if they present proof of COVID-19 vaccination, proof of recovery from COVID-19, or negative results of a COVID-19 test taken pre-departure.
As a result, the current restrictions on travellers from the EU and non-EU countries are the same, except that travellers from third countries cannot enter on the basis of a negative COVID-19 test result.

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