Galicia was the first autonomous community that proposed to require the vaccination certificate, later known as the “COVID passport”, in order to access the hospitality industry. It was in August, when we had not even reached the initial target of 70% of the full-course vaccinated Spanish population.
After some legal obstacles, this measure fell into disuse, until in November, seeing the spikes in cases (with mitigated effects thanks to vaccines), Galicia reintroduced it, extending it to other environments such as hospitals and other places of leisure and social gathering such as points with special risk of contagion. And now, Facing the weeks of Christmas, more and more communities have been joining this measure. Although not all. Eleven autonomies are already requesting this certificate for access to the hospitality industry, five are not going to do it, and one, Asturias, has not taken the step but has not ruled it out yet.
All this in a context marked by the rebound in cases and those over 60 years old receiving the third dose, Health deciding whether those over 40 also start receiving this booster dose, and children between 5 and 11 years old starting with their pattern as of December 15 after staying out in the campaign that was from January to September.
Hospitality, nightlife, gyms, hospitals …
This is the complete list of the Spanish autonomies and the obligation to show the COVID passport depending on the type of establishment you want to access. The division between those who want it and those who do not remain, curiously, almost traced to the division between coastal or central autonomies.
- Andalusia. Mandatory in hospitals and residences, both in visits and in access to emergencies and consultations. The extension to hospitality and nightlife requested.
- Aragon. Mandatory in gyms, nightlife, hotels and restaurants, residences, celebrations and large events. A negative PCR of the last 72 hours, or an antigen test of the last 48 hours, is also useful to access establishments with capacity for 50 people or more.
- Principality of Asturias. It is not necessary at the moment, but it is still being studied for the future.
- Balearic Islands. Mandatory in residences, nightlife and restaurants with capacity for 50 people or more. A negative COVID test or certifying that you have passed the disease also works.
- Canary Islands. Mandatory under restoration as long as the island in question is on alert level 2.
- Castile and Leon. Not requested.
- Castilla la Mancha. Not requested.
- Catalonia. Mandatory in gyms, residences and restaurants.
- Valencian Community. Mandatory in residences, hospitals, restaurants and nightlife with capacity for more than 50 people. The possibility of expanding it to more places is under study.
- Estremadura. Not requested.
- Galicia. Mandatory in hospitals (both as a visit as a companion of a patient), nightlife and shelters with full occupancy. Also in cafes, but only from 9:00 p.m. The possibility of expanding it to cinemas, large indoor events, and gyms is being studied.
- Madrid’s community. Not requested.
- Murcia region. Mandatory in nightlife establishments that do not have capacity restrictions.
- Foral Community of Navarra. Mandatory in nightlife and restaurants. A possible extension to other areas, such as residential, is under study.
- Basque Country. Mandatory in closed leisure rooms and cultural shows, gyms and sports centers, hotels, residences, hospitals, and prisons.
- The Rioja. Not requested.
- Ceuta. Not requested.
- Melilla. Not requested.
How to apply for the COVID passport
The COVID passport, also called the COVID Digital Certificate, can be downloaded in PDF following a few simple steps from the website of the Ministry of Health after identifying yourself. This allows to achieve a PDF document that can be printed or carried on mobile.
However, it is also possible to download it directly to the wallet of our mobile phone by following some alternative steps. Its validity is exactly the same, only that instead of reaching our smartphone as a single file, it integrates in Apple Wallet, Google Pay, Samsung Pay or any other platform that our mobile uses, along with debit cards, tickets, etc., which is much more convenient.