Spain scraps Covid rules for Ukrainian refugees entering the country

Ukrainian refugees will not be subject to Covid rules to  prove they have been vaccinated before entering Spain

The Ministry of Health announced today, Friday, March 18, that Ukrainian refugees entering the country will not be subject to the current Covid rules, and will not have to fill out the ‘Spain Travel Health’ security document to prove that they have been vaccinated against Covid-19.

They will however have to undergo a ‘symptom check’ on arrival by sea or air, and those not already jabbed will be administered the vaccine.

This action was agreed upon and given the green light by the Public Health Commission, within the government’s ‘Guide for action before the arrival of displaced persons from Ukraine’. The decision was made “given the exceptional situation that Ukraine is experiencing”.

“As a special measure, it has been decided that airline companies should allow people to board flights to Spain from conflict zones without the need to present this document”, it confirmed.

The coronavirus injection will be prioritised among both adults and children. During this health check, monitoring of other types of pathologies such as measles and polio will also be conducted, “due to its higher prevalence in Ukraine”, says the Health guide.

Each refugee “will be offered vaccines according to age and risk condition, and in the case of children and adolescents, vaccination against diphtheria, tetanus, polio, whooping cough, and Haemophilus influenzae B“, added the guide. Special attention will be paid to pregnant women, or people in a situation of vulnerability.

Nationals or residents arriving from Ukraine will automatically be granted a residence permit, work permit, and also the right to health or educational assistance. The communities have made 5,500 hospital beds available to the refugees, of which 1,184 are pediatric.

Pedro Sanchez, the President of Spain, is currently in Rome, from where he commented, “Spain is going to welcome those who are necessary”, as reported by


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