While the number of new coronavirus cases in Spain’s fifth wave had been on a downward trend since July 28, I've been waiting until there was a drop in new coronavirus hospitalisations as a sign that things are trending in the right direction to restart this thread.
We've seen this pattern throughout the pandemic: first cases fall, then hospitalization, followed by intensive care unit (ICU) admissions and finally the number of fatalities. These last two statistics are, however, continuing to rise, which signals that there may be a few more weeks before the fifth wave is totally over in Spain. You can read more here - https://english.elpais.com/society/2021-08-10/spain-records-drop-in-hospital-admissions-as-coronavirus-cases-fall.html
Vaccinations: Spain has reached 70% fully vaccinated population.
Entry requirements: As of September 6, Spain now requires travelers coming from the US to be fully vaccinated if they wish to travel to Spain for tourism or leisure. US travelers must present a certificate of vaccination with one of the vaccines approved by the Spanish authorities and fill out a Health Control Form beforehand - https://www.spth.gob.es/
Covid restrictions: Due to the devolved nature of the pandemic response in Spain, there is a patchwork of Covid restrictions amongst the various regions, mostly night curfews, have stayed in place thus far. Spain is in its fifth wave of the pandemic but according to El País. As of August 30, the wave is peaking and the country has reported a downward trend in infection rates and hospitalizations in the last two weeks, which has resulted in many restrictions, like night time curfews being lifted.
Masks are no longer legally required outdoors, provided people can keep 1.5 meters (5 feet) apart. But it's a good idea to always take a mask with you as they're still required in crowded outdoor spaces, on public transport and in taxis, and in indoor spaces such as restaurants, airports, supermarkets, shops and museums.
Across Spain, restaurants, cinemas, theaters, cultural attractions and museums are open with capacity limits. Amusement and water parks are open with enhanced health and safety protocols. Beaches are open with social distancing guidelines in place and in some tourist resorts a curfew applies, such as Mallorca, where beaches are closed from 9pm until 6am.
COVID-19 testing in Spain: Many countries, including the US, require passengers to present a negative COVID-19 test result before boarding their flight home from an international trip. Antigen tests cost about €30, while PCR tests cost about €120 from a private medical facility. You can see a partial list of testing locations here: https://es.usembassy.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/260/COVID19_Testing_Labs_Spain_January_2021.pdf
Covid health pass: Nationally there are no plans to enact a "pass sanitaire" type covid health pass to access bars and restaurants in Spain. It is up to the individual regions to decide, the only region who has done so thus far is Galicia, which requires a Covid health pass or proof of vaccination to access bars and restaurants. (UPDATE: Covid health pass no longer required in Galicia as of Aug 12)
Disclaimer: Current travel rules and restrictions can rapidly change. The decision to travel is ultimately your responsibility. Please keep personal rantings and ravings to yourselves, the rules are the rules, complaining will only serve to get this topic shut down again.
Please feel free to post personal experiences here about recent travels to Spain during this pandemic transition phase and what your experiences have been. I will try to update this topic as new info comes in.
(UPDATED September 7, 2021)