Spain: Travel Health Information

Known for its lively culture, architecture, and beaches, Spain is a popular destination for travellers. Popular sights include the Sagrada Familia Basilica and the beaches and hillside of San Sebastián.


The standards for patient care and medical services in Spain may differ from your home country. Spain has a publicly funded healthcare system and a small private sector. Healthcare meets international standards and doctors and nurses are well trained. Quality care is generally accessible throughout the country, but reports of long wait times are common.

In the event of a medical emergency, contact your travel health insurance company immediately. Hospitals in Spain typically require upfront payment, regardless if you have travel health insurance. Ensure that you have accessible funds to cover upfront fees and adequate travel health insurance. Before you depart, check with your insurer about the extent of their coverage in Spain.

Pharmacies are widely available. Prescriptions for medications must be obtained from a local doctor or a doctor from another EU country. Pharmacists in Spain are trained and licensed.

If you are travelling with medication, check with Spain’s embassy, consulate, or Ministry of Health for details on medication allowances and restrictions. If your medication is a psychotropic or narcotic, you can review Spain’s regulations on the International Narcotics Control Board. Note that these sources may provide incomplete or out-of-date information.

Road safety

Roads in Spain are well maintained. The number of injuries and deaths related to road accidents is lower than the EU average. Seat belts must be worn by all passengers in vehicles at all times. Helmets are mandatory for motorcycle drivers and passengers, and children under 12 are not permitted to ride as passengers on motorcycles. Bicycle helmets are not obligatory for cyclists over the age of 16, but should be worn for your safety.

Travelling to Spain?

Before you go, check the list of vaccines and relevant health risks for Spain. For personalized advice, check out our Travel Health Planner to get health information that’s tailored to all the destinations on your itinerary:

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Spain At A Glance

Capital: Madrid

Population: 46.57 million

Official language: Spanish

Time zone: Central European Time (CET), Central European Summer Time (CEST)

Emergency #: 061, 112

Vaccinations required: No

Risk of malaria: No

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