Spain tightened the requirements for the entry of Argentine travelers

Several tourists walk through terminal 4 of the Adolfo Suárez Madrid Barajas airport. EFE/Fernando Villar/File

From this Monday, Spain toughened entry requirements for Argentine travelers. It was as a result of the European Union’s decision to remove Argentina from the list of safe countries after the escalation in the number of Covid-19 cases.

Hereinafter, those who want to travel there must comply with someone of the three requirements defined by the Spanish Ministry of Health, namely:

A. Submit a vaccination certificate. The same must have been issued by the competent authorities of the country of origin, and must certify that the traveler has received the complete vaccination schedule of any of the inoculants recognized by the European Medicines Agency (EMA, for its acronym in English) or by the World Health Organization (WHO). It is very important to clarify that the Russian Sputnik-V vaccine is not recognized by these entities. The doses must have been applied a minimum of 14 days before the trip.

B. Submit a diagnosis certificate. This means that the traveler can, to enter Spain, present a negative result PCR test carried out within 72 hours prior to the trip, or an antigen detection test carried out 48 hours before boarding.

C. Submit a recovery certificate. Argentine travelers can also prove that they have had the Covid-19 disease, as long as a minimum of 11 days have passed since they received the first positive swab.

Children under 12 years of age are exempt from submitting any of the three certifications defined above, but, like all travelers, they must complete the Sanitary Control Form and obtain an individualized QR code that will be used to circulate in Spain without problems.

Spain tightens entry requirements for travelers from Argentina.  EFE / Fernando Villar
Spain tightens entry requirements for travelers from Argentina. EFE / Fernando Villar

Before this latest provision of the Spanish Ministry of Health, which acted in response to the recommendation of the European Union to remove Argentina from the list of safe countries, Argentine travelers could enter that country without the need to present any certificate. You simply had to fill out the control form so that the Spanish authorities could monitor the foreigners who had entered their territory.

Do not be confused, for now Argentines are still able to travel -they said to Infobae sources from the Embassy of Spain in Argentina- what has changed is that now you have to justify that trip with one of the three certificates (vaccination, diagnosis or recovery)”.

But nevertheless, this latest provision of the Spanish health authority could only be the first step. “What we are waiting for, and that could change the situation quite a bit, is what the Spanish Ministry of the Interior can define -the Embassy sources detailed-, for now they have not said anything about Argentina, but we are aware that they can return to the same situation that existed before November 1”.

At that time, only Argentine travelers who were vaccinated with one of the inoculants recognized by the EMA and the WHO were allowed to enter.These are those produced by BioNTech and Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson/Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Sinopharm, Sinovac, Bharat, Sanofi-GSK, Novavax and Valvena laboratories. “This can bring problems again for those who are inoculated with the Sputnik-VEmbassy sources said, recalling the problems that some Argentines had in the past.

At the moment, trips to Spain are still possible, but now you have to present one of the three certificates defined above. From the Embassy of that country in Argentina they are waiting to know if the tightening of entry conditions will end here, or if the Ministry of the Interior further deepens the requirements, and returns to a situation of restrictions like the one experienced during 2020 and a good part of 2021.


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