Spain allows the entry of flights from Brazil for Brazilians with a European Union citizenship and other specific conditions

From the 3rd of August 2021, Spain will have new entry conditions for its territory, authorizing the entry of Brazilians who have a European dual-citizenship.  In addition to these cases, travelers from Brazil who meet the categories below (upon presentation of supporting documents at the time of admission at the border), will also be allowed entry:

  • Spanish or European Union citizens residing in Brazil or who have been on Brazilian soil for more than 14 days;
  • Ordinary residents of Spain or other countries of the European Union or the European Economic Area who are on Brazilian soil and wish to return to their country of residence;
  • Spouses of Spanish or European Union citizens (or common-law married);
  • Children under the age of 21 of Spanish or European Union citizens;
  • Holders of long-stay visas issued by a State of the European Union in transit through Brazil;
  • Properly accredited air and sea transport employees (crew on board in the exercise of their functions).

In addition, this softening reaches some other categories that must, however, request admission authorization from the Spanish Consulate in Brazil, at least 5 days before the intended date of embarkation. Are they:

  • Children under the age of 21 of Spanish or European Union citizens;
  • Dependant parents of Spanish or European Union citizens;
  • Officials of the diplomatic and consular corps, of international, military, civil protection organizations and members of humanitarian organizations, in the exercise of their functions;
  • Persons who provide documentary evidence for reasons of force majeure or necessity, or whose entry may be allowed for humanitarian reasons.

What must be done before embarking for Spain?

  1. Ensure that you are in possession of all documents proving compliance with the above categories or authorization from the Consulate of Spain in Brazil for boarding;
  2. Present your COVID-19 vaccination certificate (complete immunization).  All vaccines being administered in Brazil will be accepted for entry into Spain (Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Janssen and Coronavac).  The final dose (or only Janssen dose) must be taken at least 14 days before embarking. 
  3. A negative COVID 19 test, taken within 72 hours of embarking (PCR or other NAAT test or an antigen test with at least  ≥ 90% sensitivity and ≥ 97% specificity). 

Importantly, even with proof of complete immunization and a negative COVID-19 test, those admitted to Spain must comply with a quarantine period of 10 days after entry, which may be in the hotel they are staying, for example. The quarantine time may be reduced if on the 7th day a new test for COVID-19 is negative. Only the crew on board is exempt from this quarantine, if they are carrying out their duties.

The flexibilization conditions above are subject to periodic reassessment and may change according to the health situation in Brazil and Spain resulting from the pandemic.

Source: Embaixada da Espanha no Brasil

Written by Ana Gabriela Francelli, Immigration Manager at Drummond Advisors

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