UK on list of high-risk countries from which travellers to Spain will require a PCR test

From 23 November, proof of taking a test will be needed.
From 23 November, proof of taking a test will be needed. / EFE (file photo)
  • From 23 November, those coming by air or sea from countries with a high incidence of coronavirus will have to be able to prove a negative test result from within 72 hours of their arrival

From 23 November, the Spanish government will require all people arriving by air or sea from high-risk countries to demonstrate that they have completed a negative Covid-19 PCR test in the 72 hours prior to their entry into the country. This includes both tourists and residents.

On Thursday, the list of countries to be included was published by the government, although this can be reviewed every two weeks, depending on case rates. Almost all the European Union is on the list as well as over 30 places outside the EU, including the UK along with Gibraltar. Land borders are not so far affected by the testing rule.

The government’s threshold to add a country outside the EU to its list is 150 positive tests per 100,000 in the last 14 days.

Travel agencies, tour operators, air and sea transport companies and any other agent selling tickets will be obliged from 23 November onwards to inform their customers of the need to have a negative PCR in order to make their trip.

In addition to carrying their test results, passengers will still have their temperatures checked at airports and ports on arrival, as in the last few months, and may be asked to take another PCR test if officials suspect they are unwell.

Existing form adapted

The government’s existing health form that travellers have been asked to complete online during the pandemic so far will be adapted to include questions on their PCR test. This is available to fill in before arrival online or by downloading the Spain Travel Health-SpTH app, said the government.

As before, a QR code created by the form should be shown on landing, or a paper form can be completed on arrival in exceptional circumstances.

All passengers must also carry separate proof of their PCR test, carried out in the previous 72 hours, in either English or Spanish and on paper or digital format. Other sorts of test, such as the quick tests or antibody tests will not be accepted.

According to the government order published on Thursday, the test result document should contain at least the following information:passenger’s name; passport number or national ID cardnumber that matches the number given by the passenger on the Spanish government’s health form; date of the test; full details of the centre that carried out the test; method used for testing; and confirmation of a negative result.