Spain’s Andalusia approves Covid health pass for bars and restaurants

An Andalusian court has approved measures that require a negative Covid-19 test or Covid health passport to enter cafés, bars, restaurants, nightclubs and other hospitality establishments in the southern region from Monday December 20th.

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The Covid health pass for the hospitality sector will be required until January 15th at the very least. Photo: François Lo Presti/AFP

A previous request was rejected as its wording would have meant that workers would need to produce the certificate.

But on Friday afternoon the judges of the Andalusian High Court ultimately concluded that, despite the fact that there are some infringements of fundamental rights, the measure is not implementing anything compulsory because people have the choice between a negative test or vaccination.

Moreover, it is an infringement “so rare”, the other fundamental right it is protecting – the right to life – outweighs anything else and is, therefore, “in accordance with the law” and satisfies the criteria of proportionality, suitability and necessity.

The Covid health pass measure was already applicable to gaining entry to hospitals and care homes in Andalusia.

The measure applies to anyone aged 12 and over in the southern region.

READ ALSO: How to get a Covid-19 health pass for daily affairs in Andalusia

Although controversial in other European countries, the court ruled that the Covid passport “is necessary in order to immediately reduce the rising rate of infections” and because it limits access to people who may have a higher risk of transmission of the disease.

MAP: Which regions in Spain now require a Covid health pass for daily affairs?

The use of the Covid Digital Certificate for daily affairs in Andalusia has been initially approved until January 15th, in a bid not only to slow infections of the new Omicron variant but to try and limit the inevitable surge many medical experts in the region expect following the upcoming Christmas period, when increased travelling and socialising is anticipated.

Covid-19 cases have been skyrocketing across Spain in recent weeks, though both hospitalisations and deaths are nowhere close to the levels seen in the past thanks to Spain’s vaccination rollout.

Medical experts in Madrid estimate that anything between 30 percent and 60 percent of new cases are of the Omicron variant, and in Catalonia new self-isolation measures were introduced on Friday in a bid to try and slow the rising caseload, where it is believed 25 percent of new cases are of omicron. 

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Article by Conor Faulkner.

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Spain lifts Covid-19 checks at French border

Spanish authorities will no longer request proof of Covid-19 vaccination, testing or recovery from people who enter Spain by land from France.

Spain lifts Covid-19 checks at French border

The news was announced in Spain’s official BOE state bulletin on Wednesday, and will come into effect the following day, on Thursday May 19th 2022.

For the past 26 months, Spanish legislation has allowed border officials to be able to require a Covid health pass from anyone over the age of 12 entering Spain from France by car, train or on foot. 

In reality, Spain’s borders with France haven’t always been manned and Covid-19 health checks haven’t been a constant throughout the pandemic as in the case of air travel, for which Spain still has Covid-19 restrictions for travellers arriving from France. 

READ ALSO: When will Spain get rid of all its Covid-19 travel restrictions?

At times when infection rates were high, border checks on both sides were tightened, or as happened during the summer of 2021, there were tough health checks to enter France but not to enter Spain.

According to Spain’s Health Ministry, the decision to scrap health checks at Spain’s land border with France has been reached given the high levels of vaccination and immunisation achieved in both countries, which has led to a significant decrease in serious Covid-19 cases and deaths.

However, the French Embassy in Spain states that all unvaccinated arrivals in France, including those arriving by land, still have to be able to show proof of a negative PCR or antigen test before crossing over into France from Spain, with some exceptions for cross-border workers and urgent matters.

According to Spain’s Foreign Affairs Ministry, there are no Covid certificate requirements at the land border between Spain and Portugal