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COVID-19: Control Measures

(Status as at 9 May 2021)

The Principality of Monaco does not fall within the "red zones". However, there are certain measures which must be observed by nationals wishing to come to Spain or visit the Principality.

State of emergency in Spain ends on 9 May 2021

The third COVID-19 state of emergency came to an end in Spain on 9 May 2021.

However, each autonomous community may apply the restrictions that it deems necessary in line with developments in the health situation.

Measures in the Community of Madrid from 9 May 2021:

  • The curfew has been lifted
  • Commercial establishments are open and professional services can be provided between 6 am and 11 pm at the latest, with the exception of essential services on which there are no time restrictions. Capacity is limited to 75%
  • Recommendation: gatherings of groups of people for any activity (family, social or fun) on the streets or in public spaces should be limited to a maximum of six people, unless they live in the same household
  • Recommendation: social, family or fun gatherings in homes and private spaces should be limited to those within the same household or bubble. Mask wearing remains mandatory with no change to the rules
  • Hotels and restaurants must close by midnight at the latest and may not admit new guests after 11 pm
  • The ban on eating or drinking in bar areas and the limit of four guests per table indoors and six outdoors are both still in place. Capacity: 50% indoors and 75% outdoors. Masks must be worn except while actually consuming food or drink
  • Cinemas, theatres and auditoriums may stay open until midnight. Mandatory seat bookings, the 75% capacity limit and the requirement to leave a seat free between groups who have booked together all continue to apply
  • In places of worship, capacity is generally limited to 50%. For funerals and wakes, up to 50 people may attend outdoors and 25 in enclosed spaces
  • Museums and monuments must stick to a capacity of 75% with group tours limited to a maximum of 10 people each. The maximum occupancy for libraries will be 75% capacity
  • Academies, driving schools and educational establishments may welcome up to 75% of their students
  • Sports facilities and gyms can open between 6 am and 11 pm, but are limited to 50% capacity
  • Children’s play areas (ball pits and similar facilities) can operate at up to 40% capacity; amusement parks, zoos, aquariums and recreation centres can operate at up to 60% capacity; trade fairs, conventions, meetings and homeowner committee meetings can operate at up to 75% capacity; and gambling facilities, casinos and racetracks can operate at 50% capacity and must close by midnight


Measures to control access to the territory for Monegasque nationals and residents who wish to visit Spain

This resolution takes effect on 7 June 2021 and remains in place until the Spanish Government declares the end of the health crisis caused by COVID-19.

1. Health control form

Prior to their departure, all passengers arriving in Spain by air or sea, including those in transit to other countries, must complete a health control form via the website www.spth.gob.es or the Spain Travel Health (SpTH) app, available on Android and iOS.

Once the health control form has been completed, SpTH will generate a personalised QR code that the traveller will need to show to travel companies before boarding and during health checks at the point of entry to Spain.


2. Health checks

All passengers arriving in Spain as their final destination will be subject to a health check at their first point of entry. As a minimum, this will include a temperature check, a document check and a visual assessment of the passenger’s condition.

As a general rule, passengers arriving in Spain who are transiting to another country will be exempt from the health checks during the process of transferring to a different mode of international transport within the same port or airport. Nonetheless, when such passengers go through a health checkpoint at the airport, they may be asked to show the specific TRANSIT QR code for transit passengers generated by SpTH.


3. Temperature check

Passengers arriving in Spain will be subject to a temperature check. Checks will be carried out routinely to identify travellers with a fever. The detection limit is set at a temperature equal to or higher than 37.5°C.

Temperatures will be taken using contactless thermometers or thermal imaging cameras. Personal data and the images taken by thermal imaging cameras will not be retained, as passenger privacy must be guaranteed at all times.


4. Document check

The document check is carried out on the basis of information supplied by passengers in the SpTH health control form. As a result of this, any necessary measures may be taken, if required. These are described below.

Passengers arriving from a risk zone or country must provide information and documents demonstrating compliance with the entry requirements set out in point 5.


5. Risk countries and entry conditions. Certificates

Passengers from countries or zones deemed to be a risk on the basis of an assessment of their epidemiological situation at any given time must meet one of the following health conditions:

  • Certificate confirming that holder has been vaccinated against COVID-19
    (vaccination certificate)
  • Certificate indicating the result of a diagnostic test for active COVID-19 infection taken by the holder
    (test certificate)
  • Certificate confirming that the holder has recovered following COVID-19 infection
    (recovery certificate)


The list of risk countries or zones and the criteria for inclusion on this list are published on the Ministry of Health website: www.mscbs.gob.es and on the SpTH website: www.spth.gob.es . As a general rule, lists are revised every seven days.

Certificates must be in English, Spanish, French or German. If it is not possible to obtain a certificate in one of these languages, the supporting document must be accompanied by a translation into Spanish produced by an official body.

When filling in the SpTH health control form, passengers who do not provide an EU Digital COVID Certificate, as detailed in point 9 of this resolution, must enter the details from the certificates described in points 6, 7 and 8. Once this information has been validated, SpTH will generate a DOCUMENTAL CONTROL QR code.

Travel companies are limited to checking that the traveller can show the relevant certificate and that it matches their identity. They do not, under any circumstances, have access to the health information contained in the certificate. Travellers may also be required to present their certificate during the health check on arrival in Spain.

Passengers from countries and zones that are not on the list of risk countries are not required to certify their compliance with health requirements, but they do need to complete the SpTH health control form and obtain a FAST CONTROL QR code, which enables them to complete the health check on arrival in Spain more quickly.


6. Vaccination certificate

Vaccination certificates issued by the competent authorities in the country of origin from the fourteenth day after the date on which the last dose of the full vaccination regime was administered are accepted as valid. Accepted vaccines are those which have been authorised by the European Medicines Agency or those which have completed the WHO emergency use process.

Vaccination certificate must contain at least the following information:

  • Full name of the holder
  • Vaccination date, including the date of the last dose administered
  • Type of vaccine administered
  • Number of doses administered/full regime
  • Country of issue
  • Identity of the body issuing the vaccination certificate


7. Test certificates

Certificates indicating a negative result from a diagnostic test for active COVID-19 issued within 48 hours prior to arrival in Spain will be accepted as valid.

The following diagnostic tests for infection with SARS-CoV-2 are accepted:

  • Nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs), used to detect the presence of SARS-CoV-2 ribonucleic acid (RNA)
  • Antigen tests included on the common list of COVID-19 rapid antigen tests published by the European Commission


The diagnostic test certificate must contain at least the following information:

  • Full name of the holder
  • Date sample taken
  • Type of test carried out
  • Issuing country


8. Recovery certificate

Recovery certificates issued by the relevant authority or by a medical service at least 11 days after the first positive diagnostic NAAT are accepted as valid. Certificates are valid until 180 days after the date on which the sample was taken.

The recovery certificate must contain at least the following information:

  • Full name of the holder
  • Date samples taken for first positive diagnostic test for SARS-CoV-2
  • Type of NAAT carried out
  • Issuing country


9. EU Digital COVID Certificate

With the entry into force of European regulations on a framework for the issue, verification and acceptance of interoperable vaccination, test and recovery certificates to facilitate free movement during the COVID-19 pandemic, a FAST CONTROL QR code will be generated for passengers from risk countries or zones who are using an EU Digital COVID Certificate, in any form (vaccination, diagnosis or recovery), during the process of filling in the health control form and following automatic validation by SpTH. This means that travellers need only show their EU Digital COVID Certificate during the boarding process and health checks on arrival.

To this end, when the European regulations on EU Digital COVID Certificates comes into effect, travellers who present a certificate issued by an EU member state will be able to use the EU Digital COVID Certificate.


10. International cruise passengers

Passenger cruise ships on international voyages sailing in territorial waters with a view to entering Spanish ports open to international navigation must satisfy the conditions set out in the document “Health measures for the re-establishment of international cruises” drafted by the Ministry of Health and available on its website: www.mscbs.gob.es

Information about passengers on cruise ships will be collected using the EU Digital Passenger Locator Form (dPLF) developed by the European Union’s Joint Action on Preparedness and Action at Points of Entry (HEALTHY GATEWAYS). This is available at www.healthygateways.eu . These passengers should not therefore use the SpTH health control form.


11. Exemptions

International transport crews necessary to the execution of transport tasks are exempt from the scope of this resolution.

Passengers under six years of age are exempt from the requirement to present the certificates outlined in point 5. However, they must have a QR code issued after completing the health control form.

Without prejudice to the provisions of point 13 of this resolution, sailors and crews of international means of transport who arrive in Spain as passengers when returning from service on board a ship, returning to their base of operations or in transit to embark or disembark at other bases, are exempt from presenting the certificates set out in point 5 of this resolution, provided they can prove their crew status and show that it is impossible for them to obtain these certificates.


12. Collaboration of airport and port managers and obligations of airlines and shipping companies

Travel agencies, tour operators and carriers, as well as any other agent selling tickets separately or as part of a package, must inform passengers of all the health control measures and the consequences of failure to comply or falsification of information, at the beginning of the process of selling tickets to Spain. They will also give passengers any support they need to complete the health control form.

Travel companies will need to ensure that all passengers embarking for Spain have the personal QR code generated by SpTH in digital or paper format. They will prevent those who do not present the code from embarking.

Passengers who have a DOCUMENTAL CONTROL QR code issued by SpTH but cannot show a certificate of vaccination, test or recovery will also be refused permission to embark.


13. Passengers suspected of having COVID-19

If a passenger suspected of having COVID-19 or another disease liable to pose a public health risk is identified during health checks on arrival, a medical examination to assess the passenger’s epidemiological and clinical factors will be carried out.

In exceptional cases, some passengers may be subject to a diagnostic test for active COVID-19 infection within 48 hours of their arrival. Results must be sent to the external health services by the means indicated for this purpose.

If, following this assessment, it is confirmed or maintained that the passenger is suffering from COVID-19 or another disease liable to pose a public health risk, the established protocols for communication with the health services in Spain’s autonomous communities will be activated to provide guidance and follow-up.


14. Land borders

Anyone aged six years or over from a risk zone or country arriving in Spain by land must hold one of the certificates set out in point 5.

The following are exempt from this requirement:

  • Overland transport workers carrying out their professional activities
  • Cross-border workers
  • Residents of border regions within a radius of 30 km of their homes


15. Criteria for refusal of permission to enter for public order and public health reasons due to the health crisis caused by COVID-19

Any national of a third country may be refused permission to enter for reasons of public order or public health, unless they belong to one of the following categories:

  • Those who are habitually resident in the European Union, Schengen associated countries, Andorra, Monaco, the Vatican or San Marino and are visiting that country, with supporting documentation
  • Holders of long-stay visas issued by an EU member state or a Schengen associated country who are visiting that country
  • Health professionals, including health researchers and health workers who are engaged in or returning to professional activities
  • Transport workers, sailors and air crew required to carry out air transport activities
  • Diplomatic, consular, military and civil protection staff, and employees of international and humanitarian organisations who are carrying out their duties
  • Students pursuing their studies in EU member states and Schengen associated countries who have a long-stay visa or permit, provided that they are visiting the country where they are pursuing their studies and that they enter during the academic year or in the 15 days preceding the academic year. If the destination is Spain and the length of stay is 90 days or less, students will need to prove that their studies are being undertaken in an educational establishment that is accredited in Spain, included in the relevant administrative register, and that they are following a full-time, in-person programme during this time, which will lead to the issue of a diploma or certificate of studies
  • Highly qualified workers whose work is necessary and cannot be postponed or done remotely, including those participating in high-level sporting competitions taking place in Spain. Supporting documentation must be shown
  • People travelling for duly justified essential family reasons
  • People whose presence is justified due to force majeure or necessity, or whose entry is authorised for humanitarian reasons


Any national of a third country may be refused permission to enter for reasons of public health, even if they belong to one of the categories above, following verification by the health authorities, if they do not meet the COVID-19 health check requirements.


Entry control measures applicable to Spanish residents who wish to visit Monaco

Full information regarding entry control measures applicable to Spanish residents wishing to visit Monaco can be found at the following link: covid19.mc/thematiques/transports-et-voyages




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