Country: Spain or España conjures beautifully diverse images of picturesque mountains, plains, cliffs, and coastlines. Officially called the Kingdom of Spain, visitors can indulge in the arts, architecture, and culinary delights of this European Union member state located on the Iberian Peninsula in southwestern Europe. Spain is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, as well as Gibraltar, Portugal, France, Andorra, and the Bay of Biscay.
The capital city of Madrid is also the country’s largest city. The official language is Spanish, but Basque, Catalan, Galician, and Occitan are regionally recognized languages. The Kingdom of Spain is home to 46.7 million people.
To access emergency services: Dial 112
Currency: Euro (EUR)
Recommended immunizations and vaccines for travelers: Before traveling to Spain, ask your doctor what vaccines are recommended. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are excellent resources as well.
Insurance: Find out in advance if your insurance plan will make payments directly to providers or reimburse you later for overseas health expenditures.
It is also worth ensuring your travel insurance will cover ambulances or transport either home or to more advanced medical facilities, if needed. Not all insurance covers emergency medical evacu¬ation home or to a hospital in a major city, which may be the only way to receive medical attention in a serious emergency.
Source: International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers.
What to expect in a Spanish hospital: Good quality medical care is readily available in Spain. Emergency care is offered at both hospitals and health centers. Hospital care is less expensive than other parts of Europe, but both hospitals and doctors expect payment in cash when services are provided.
English-speaking physicians and medical personnel are often available in larger cities or tourist areas. When needed, interpreters and translators can be used.
Contact your embassy/consulate: When in doubt, your country’s embassy is a good resource to turn to for medical assistance guidance.
JCI-accredited hospitals/clinics in Spain: To read about specific facilities which are JCI-accredited, visit the Hospital Search section.
Spain-specific helpful health resources:
Travel health notices: Visit the CDC or WHO for up-to-date travel notices.