Portugal and Spain confirm travel rules for this summer and they're very different from … – Irish Mirror

Portugal and Spain have confirmed their travel requirements that all tourists entering the countries must abide by this summer.

Although many of the past two years of Covid restrictions are no longer in place, visitors are still expected to follow some strict rules.

Passengers have been advised to check the Covid measures in place in the country they wish to travel to before booking and flying to prevent being refused entry on arrival.

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Here is a closer look at the travel rules in place in Spain and Portugal currently that are likely to remain throughout summer.



Crowded beach on a hot summer day
Crowded beach on a hot summer day

Spain

Unlike Ireland, if you are travelling to Spain by air, regardless of the country of origin of the trip, you must have one of the following documents:

  • An EU Digital Covid Certificate or a negative certificate
  • A negative Covid test
  • A certificate of recovery from Covid within the past six months.

If you do not have an EU Digital Covid Cert or equivalent, you must complete a health control form before your departure.

You can do this through the https://www.spth.gob.es/ website or the Spain Travel Health app.

Once this has been completed, you will obtain a QR code that you will have to present both at the time of boarding and upon arrival in Spain.

The same applies if you are travelling by sea.

Portugal

Despite entrants to Ireland no longer being required to provide proof of vaccination, all passengers travelling to Portugal will need to fill out a Passenger Locator Card before departure, and all tourists arriving into Portugal must present one of the following:

  • European Digital Covid Certificate – valid proof of full vaccination
  • at least 14 days and no more than 270 days prior to travel.

However, no time limits apply where passengers can present a European Digital Covid Cert or equivalent valid proof of having received a booster vaccine dose.

  • A certificate of recovery from Covid within the past six months.
  • Valid proof of a negative test result for COVID-19.

If you choose to get a PCR test, it must be taken within 72 hours of departure.

Rapid Antigen tests must be taken within 24 hours of departure, and only Rapid Antigen Tests that are on the list agreed upon by the European Union Health Committee are allowed. Self-administered home antigen tests will not be accepted.

Children under the age of 12 are exempt from all of the above requirements.

Portugal will also no longer require most people to wear face masks, as Covid-19 infections and deaths continue to decline.

The use of face masks will only be necessary in places where people are vulnerable, such as hospitals, and on public transportation, Heath Minister Marta Temido said in a televised press conference after a cabinet meeting on Thursday.

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