As you well know, the borders of the European Union have been closed since March 2020, when the coronavirus disease was considered a pandemic. Since that date, only people who had legal residence and national citizens have been able to come to Europe, and more specifically to Spain.
On July 1, the European Union opened its borders, but only to a specific 15 countries.
For this reason, the European Union has drawn up a list of countries that it considers “safe” which allows the entry without limitation of the citizens of these countries into the EU. This list will be updated each month.
LIST OF COUNTRIES THAT CAN TRAVEL TO THE EU
Among the countries that will be allowed to enter the European Union are:
- New Zealand
- South Korea
- China (subject to confirmation of reciprocity)
On the contrary to this, the list of countries whose nationals will have to obtain a prior authorization to travel to the European Union are: USA, the entire Latin American continent (with the exception of Uruguay) and countries such as Russia or Turkey.
The preparation of this “list” whose nationals can travel freely to Europe is based on sanitary and epidemiological criteria and the evolution of each of the countries in this sanitary crisis. Therefore, the number of infections per 100,000 inhabitants during the last two weeks and the trend of new cases are taken into account, in order to avoid outbreaks and bring imported cases to the European Union.
Permanent residency is obtained after 5 years of Spanish Residency through Self-Empoyed Residency or Non-Lucrative Residency or Residency through Investment. This followed by 5 years as a permanent resident and means you can then obtain Spanish Citizenship with a Spanish Passport.