COVID FAQ

Updated on december 29th

SPAIN

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) 

1. Can Americans travel to Spain?  

Spain lifts its health controls at entry points for travelers from countries outside the European Union or Schengen partners.

Even if there are no health controls, travelers from outside the European Union are still required to travel with one of the 3 certificates:

U.S. citizens can travel from the United States to Spain if they show that they are vaccinated against COVID-19, or have a recovery certificate, or show a negative diagnostic test result (NAAT or RAT) performed either within 72hours prior to departure to Spain for a NAAT (e.g. – PCR test) or within 24 hours prior to departure to Spain for a RAT (e.g. – rapid antigen test).

Minors up to 12 years of age do not have to show proof of vaccination, a recovery certificate, or a negative COVID test.

 

Please read the Spanish Ministry of Health’s website for more detailed information. www.sanidad.gob.es/en/profesionales/saludPublica/ccayes/alertasActual/nCov/spth.htm

U.S. citizens who are traveling to Spain from a country that is not the United States should make sure they follow the guidance published by Spanish authorities on their local Spain Embassy website.

Note: as of 20 September, filling in the Spain Travel Health Control Form is no longer necessary.

 

2. What documents are required to travel to Spain? 

All travelers aged 12 and over, regardless of their country of departure, must provide one of the following documents:

  • Proof of full vaccination

Validity: between 14 and 270 days after the last scheduled dose of the primary vaccination series was administered. After 270 days, vaccination certificates must include a booster dose. For people younger than 18, vaccination certificates with a full primary schedule have no expiration date.
Only vaccines 
authorized in the European Union and by the World Health Organization (WHO) are accepted. Certificates with other vaccines will also be considered valid if the last dose was administered with an authorized vaccine.

  • Proof of recovery from COVID-19

Validity: from day 11 after the first positive molecular test and up to 180 days after the sample date. The rapid tests accepted are those approved by the European Commission.
Travelers who provide certificates of recovery different from the EUDCC and from the equivalent documents must also provide the negative test result confirming their recovery from COVID-19.

 

Travelers can provide proof of vaccination, recovery from COVID-19 or a negative test result with one of the following documents, meeting the requirements listed above:

  • An ‘EU Digital COVID Certificate’ (EUDCC) or equivalent documents;
  • Other official certificates in Spanish, English, French or German, meeting the same requirements listed for the EUDCC. In this case, for proof of recovery, travelers must also provide the negative test result confirming their recovery from COVID-19.

 

Children younger than 12 are exempt from the obligation to provide these documents.

 

3. Am I required to quarantine on arrival?  

No

 

4. What are the current restrictions in place? 

General measures in Spain: 

Use of facemasks: 

In Spain, from April 20, 2022, it is not mandatory to wear a mask outdoors or indoors, with some exceptions. You must wear a mask:

1. If you are traveling by plane, train, or bus, as well as on all public passenger transport.

2. If you are traveling on ships or boats in case, it is not possible to maintain 1.5 m, except in cabins, when they are shared by groups of cohabitants.

3. In health centers, services, and establishments such as health care centers, hospitals, or pharmacies/drugstores.

4. In social health care centers, workers, and visitors in shared areas.

5. Can I Travel from Spain to Portugal?? 

No restrictions in place. 

 

6. Is there anything I need to do to travel back to the US?

Beginning June 12, 2022, travelers to the United States, regardless of citizenship, no longer must present a negative COVID-19 test or certificate of recovery before boarding their flight.

ALL non-immigrant, non-U.S. citizen air travelers to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to the United States.

There is no mandatory quarantine period required.

 

PORTUGAL

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) 

1. Can Americans travel to Portugal? 

Beginning July 1, 2022, COVID entry requirements have been lifted. A negative COVID 19 test, certificate of vaccination or a certificate of recovery is no longer required in airports, borders, air, and sea travel.

 

2. What documents are required to travel to Portugal? 

No documents are required 

The law that required filling in the Passenger Locator Form on all flights to Portugal has been revoked, so it is no longer necessary to present it at the time of boarding.

Before traveling, it is important to confirm the entry formalities and procedures with the airline company and the Portuguese border service

 

3. What must be shown on my vaccination or recovery certificate for it to be accepted in Portugal? 

Certificates not needed anymore.

 

5. What type of tests are required to enter Portugal? 

No tests are required.

 

6. Are there additional screening procedures in place at the airport on arrival?

Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes (Airport temperature scans and random screenings)

 

7. Can I travel to Portugal from Spain or any other European Country? 

As of July 1, 2022, passengers entering national territory (including Azores and Madeira) are no longer required to present proof of carrying out a test to screen for SARS-CoV-2 infection with a negative result or to present a COVID-EU digital certificate or vaccination or recovery certificate issued by third countries, accepted, or recognized in Portugal.

Measures in force may be reviewed in accordance with the evolution of the pandemic.

 

8. Am I required to quarantine on arrival?  

Under the State of Alert, the Portuguese Government can impose mandatory quarantine for individuals who test positive for COVID-19 and individuals deemed by health officials to require special medical observation. The U.S. Embassy Lisbon will be unable to help travelers avoid quarantines, and U.S. citizens should expect increased cost and time on their travel.

 

9. What are the current restrictions in place? 

RULES IN MAINLAND PORTUGAL

Mandatory mask in:

– Health facilities and services.

Use of a mask recommended by the DGS (Portuguese Directorate-General for Health), by anyone over the age of 10, in:

– Closed environments and people gatherings.

– Public and passenger transport, including air transport, taxis and similar transport (TVDE);

– Pharmacies.

– In confirmed cases of COVID-19, in all circumstances, whenever the person is out of the isolation place until the 10th day after the date of onset of symptoms or positive test.

General behavior guidelines

– Social distancing.

– Frequent hand washing.

– Respiratory etiquette.

RULES IN MADEIRA

The use of a mask is mandatory, for persons from the age of 6:

– Health facilities and services, including pharmacies.

– In confirmed cases of COVID-19, in all circumstances, whenever the person is out of the isolation place, until the 10th day after the onset of symptoms or a positive test result.

 

10. What are the specific requirements for traveling to the Azores? 

Passengers arriving to the Azores on domestic (national) flights no longer must show proof of vaccination nor proof of a negative test. There is no longer health control at airports in the Azores for national flights.

For international flights, the Azores now follows the same policy as mainland Portugal.

All passengers traveling to the Azores do not have public health control measures on entry.

What are the specific requirements for traveling to Madeira? 

There are no restrictions on the entry of travelers at airports, ports, and marinas. For more information, visit visitmadeira.pt

The use of a mask is mandatory for persons 6):

  • Health facilities and services, including pharmacies
  • In confirmed cases of COVID-19, in all circumstances, whenever the person is out of the isolation place, until the 10th day after the onset of symptoms or a positive test result.

 

11. Is there anything I need to do to travel back to the US? 

Beginning June 12, 2022, travelers to the United States, regardless of citizenship, no longer must present a negative COVID-19 test or certificate of recovery before boarding their flight.

ALL non-immigrant, non-U.S. citizen air travelers to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to the United States.

 

 

TRAVELING TO FRANCE

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) 

 

1. Can Americans travel to France? 

Accordingly, the rules previously applied to travelers to France no longer apply effective from 1 August 2022:

  • Travelers are now exempt from any formalities prior to entry into France, be it in mainland France or overseas, and no longer required to present a health pass, regardless of the country or place of departure.
  • Justification of travel (the “compelling reason”) is no longer required.
  • Travelers are no longer required to present a sworn statement of non-contamination and an undertaking to undergo an antigen test or screening upon arrival in the country.

The same applies to travel between mainland France and each of the overseas territories. Similarly, the French authorities no longer require any justification for outgoing travel from France, be it from mainland France or overseas, or any exit clearance to travel to another country.

However, foreign countries may continue to apply specific entry measures and formalities.

For information on the health rules for entry into another country, travelers are invited to consult the “travel advisory” section of the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs website.

Lastly, the law allows the Government until 31 January 2023 to trigger “emergency brake” measures for a period not exceeding two months, acting on advice from the National Authority for Health, should a new COVID-19 variant appear and circulate that is likely to pose a serious health threat or, in the specific case of overseas territories, where there is a risk of saturation of the health system.

 

2. What documents are required to travel to France from the United States? 

Travel documents needed if you are vaccinated: 

  • Proof of vaccination:

It will only be valid if it proves that you are fully vaccinated, i.e.:

  • Fourteen days after the second shot for two-shot vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca (Vaxevria and Covishield).
  • Four weeks after the shot for one-shot vaccines (Johnson & Johnson).
  • Seven days after the shot for vaccines administered to people who have already had COVID-19 (only one dose is necessary).

HEALTH PASS / VACCINE PASS: As of March 14, proof of vaccination is no longer required to enter venues in France, except for hospitals and nursing homes. This change does not affect vaccine requirements regarding travel to France.    

  • Negative COVID TEST: On February 12, France’s entry rules changed. Fully vaccinated travelers coming from any green or orange nation, including the United States (as well as minor children under 12) no longer require a covid test to enter France, and may enter with proof of vaccination and a sworn statement they do not have symptoms of COVID-19 nor contact with someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19.  As of February 1, French authorities require a traveler aged 18 and over to receive a booster dose of an mRNA vaccine no later than 9 months after the second dose (the single dose for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine) to be considered “fully vaccinated” for entry into France.  Note: People wo received their booster more than nine months after their second dose may still enter, so long as one week has passed after they received their booster shot.

 

 

TRAVELING TO MOROCCO

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) 

The Government of Morocco has put into place a “Health State of Emergency.”  If you are exhibiting signs or symptoms of COVID-19, or to find a testing site, please contact the Moroccan Ministry of Health’s hotline at +212 (0)8-01-00-47-47.  Assistance is available in English, French or Arabic. 

The Kingdom of Morocco has reopened its sea and air borders and travelers, under certain conditions, can access Moroccan territory if they have a valid vaccination passport or a negative PCR test.

Travelers wishing to travel to Morocco, by any means, must present a health form, to be downloaded online before boarding, duly completed. It is also distributed on board the airport or ship.

Following the decision of the Moroccan authorities, the health restrictions (PCR or Vaccinal Pass) at the entrance to Moroccan territory are lifted. Only the health form must be presented duly completed.

 

1. Can Americans travel to Morocco? 

Before traveling, check with airlines and review information on COVID vaccine and testing requirements in transit and destination countries. 

If vaccinated in the United States, we recommend U.S. citizens carry their white CDC card as proof of vaccination. Additionally, U.S. citizens vaccinated in the United States may be able to access the Vaccination Administration Management System (VAMS) within the United States to obtain a QR code. At this time, we cannot be certain what proof will be accepted by individual establishments.

 

2. What documents are required to travel to Morocco from the United States? 

Moroccan authorities lifted COVID-related travel restrictions on September 30, 2022. Passengers must only complete the Public Health Passenger Form and present it upon arrival.

Travelers wishing to travel to Morocco, by any means, must present a health form, to be downloaded online before boarding, duly completed. It is also distributed at the airport or the port.

 

3. Are there additional screening procedures in place at the airport on arrival? 

No.

 

4. Am I required to quarantine on arrival? 

No.

 

5. Are masks required in Morocco? 

To enjoy fully your stay in Morocco, it is recommended to wear a mask.

 

6. Is there anything I need to do to travel back to the US? 

Beginning June 12, 2022, travelers to the United States, regardless of citizenship, no longer must present a negative COVID-19 test or certificate of recovery before boarding their flight.

ALL non-immigrant, non-U.S. citizen air travelers to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to the United States.

 

7. Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Morocco?  

Yes.  The cost for the test is typically around 700 Dirhams. Results can be provided electronically and are usually available within 24 hours.

To find a COVID-19 testing lab near you, contact the Moroccan Ministry of Health’s hotline at +212 (0)8-01-00-47-47. Assistance is available in English, French or Arabic.

SOURCES: 

https://reopen.europa.eu/en/ 

SPAIN: 

https://es.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/ 

https://travelsafe.spain.info/en/ 

PORTUGAL: 

https://www.visitportugal.com/en/content/covid-19-measures-implemented-portugal 

https://covid19estamoson.gov.pt/# 

FRANCE: 

https://www.interieur.gouv.fr/Actualites/L-actu-du-Ministere/Certificate-of-international-travel#from2 

MOROCCO: 

https://www.visitmorocco.com/en/travel-info/covid-19-travel-safely-to-morocco 

https://www.sante.gov.ma/PublishingImages/2021/protocole/FSP%20avion.pdf

https://ma.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/