Spain Healthcare and Money

By | May 9, 2022

Health care


Vaccination needed receipt required
yellow fever no
cholera no
typhus no
malaria no
Eat Drink no


The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is valid for nationals of EU and EFTA countries. The EHIC regulates care and reimbursement of costs in the event of illness for EU and EFTA citizens. Treatment is provided in public health centers (Centro Sanitario de la Seguridad Social) such as advice centers (consultorio), outpatient clinics (ambulatorio), health centers (centro de salud) and hospitals (hospital). Addresses of the health centers can be obtained from the local provincial office of the Instituto Nacional de la Seguridad Social (INSS). A portion of the cost must be paid for medicines. Dental treatments are chargeable. The EHIC does not include repatriation after a serious illness or an accident abroad. Statutory health insurance companies are not allowed to offer this service. Only private travel insurance companies pay for return transport. It is therefore recommended that you take out health insurance abroad for the duration of your stay, which covers risks that are not covered by statutory health insurance companies. Check findjobdescriptions for more information.

Other risks

The standard vaccinations for children and adults recommended by the Robert Koch Institute (including against tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), mumps, measles, rubella, pneumococci, poliomyelitis and influenza) should be refreshed before the trip if necessary. Nationwide, from April to October, there is a risk of transmission of Lyme disease from ticks, especially in grass, shrubs and undergrowth. Protection is offered by skin-covering clothes and insect repellents. Dengue fever, transmitted by mosquitoes, is isolated in Spain. An effective insect repellent is recommended. Hepatitis A and hepatitis B occur nationwide. A hepatitis A vaccination is generally recommended. Vaccination against hepatitis B should be given during longer stays and close contact with the local population, as well as for children and young people in general. Leishmaniasis occurs mainly on the Mediterranean coast (especially in the provinces of Alicante and Murcia), on the Balearic Islands (Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera) and in the south of the country. Transmission occurs through butterfly mosquitoes. Protection is offered by skin-covering clothes and insect repellents. Epidemic outbreaks of meningococcal meningitis do occur. To protect yourself, you should get vaccinated and avoid large crowds. Children and young people in particular should be vaccinated. According to current recommendations, the vaccination for long-term stays is considered a travel vaccination for certain groups of people (adolescents or schoolchildren, Students). Travelers should clarify the need for vaccination with their doctor, taking into account the recommendations in the country of travel. The viral disease West Nile fever is transmitted by infected mosquitoes and can occur in Spain. Adequate protection against mosquitoes should be provided.

Health certificate

In Spain and all other EU countries, in addition to the digital COVID-19 vaccination card (EU Digital COVID Certificate), proof of the COVID vaccination status with the vaccination card in paper form is also valid. Spain accepts Swiss COVID certificate.



1 euro = 100 cents. Currency code: €, EUR (ISO code). Banknotes come in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 euros, coins in denominations of 1 and 2 euros and 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents.

Credit cards

American Express, Diners Club, Mastercard and Visa are accepted almost everywhere. Details from the issuer of the relevant credit card.


Girocard With the Girocard (formerly EC card) such as the Maestro card, V Pay or Sparcard and PIN number, cash can be withdrawn from ATMs in the national currency throughout Europe. In many European countries it is also possible to pay with a debit card in shops. Cards with the Cirrus, V-Pay or Maestro symbol are accepted throughout Europe. Further information from banks and credit institutes. Attention: Travelers who want to pay with their bank customer card abroad and withdraw money should find out from their bank about the possibility of using their card before starting their journey.

Travelers cheques

Traveller’s checks are no longer available in Germany and Switzerland and hardly any in Austria. Traveller’s checks can be cashed at a few banks and bureaux de change in Spain’s major cities. However, travelers checks are no longer accepted in the Canary Islands.

Bank opening hours

Mon-Fri 08.30-14.00/14.30, Sat 08.30-13.00 (from May to September: closed on Saturdays).

Foreign exchange regulations

For travelers within and from outside the EU, there are no restrictions on the import or export of national and foreign currencies, but there is an obligation to declare funds from an equivalent value of €10,000 (in addition to cash, cash also includes travelers cheques, savings accounts, other currencies, to third parties checks drawn, the true value of precious metals such as gold, silver and platinum (gold coins containing at least 90 percent gold grade, uncoined gold in the form of bars, nuggets or nuggets containing at least 99.5 percent gold grade), precious stones (but not jewelry). )).

Currency Exchange

Money can be exchanged in all bank branches and exchange offices in larger cities. Many hotels and travel agencies also offer this service.


Code Symbol Exchange rates (no guarantee)
EUR 1 EUR = 1.00 €
1 CHF = 1.19 €
1 USD = 0.96 €

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