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List of countries from which arrivals will need a negative PCR test to enter Spain

Those travelling from EU and other states with high Covid-19 rates will have to show evidence that they are negative for Covid-19 up to three days prior

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12 November 2020 12:12 PM

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ACN | Barcelona

Spain will begin requiring travelers from countries severely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic to present a negative PCR test upon their arrival from November 23.

As announced by health minister Salvador Illa on Wednesday and published by the official gazette BOE on Thursday, in order to be allowed into Spain by sea or air, visitors will have to demonstrate they have tested negative for the virus within 72 hours prior to traveling. 

They will be checked before boarding and can face fines if they fail to provide proof – in this case, they will have to take an antigen test and might be barred from entry if positive.

For EU countries and those within the Schengen area, risk levels will be determined by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

The ECDC publishes a map every week with the current risk status of regions indicated by a traffic light system of green, orange or red – and grey for those with not enough information –, as determined by the 14-day incidence and positivity rates of Covid-19.

The negative PCR test will be mandatory for those travelling from states in red or grey.

Countries outside the EU-EEA will be labelled 'at risk' when the number of cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days is above 150.

The full list of countries affected will be published on https://www.mscbs.gob.es/ and on https://www.spth.gob.es and will be updated every two weeks – every new update will come into force seven days after being published.

As of November 12, the list of countries is as follows:

EU-EEA countries

Austria

Belgium                                                                                 

Bulgaria

Croatia

Cyprus

Czech Republic

Denmark (except for Faroe Islands and Greenland).

Estonia

France

Germany

Greece (except for regions of Kitri, Ionia Nisia, Dytiki Ellada and Sterea Ellada).

Hungary

Iceland

Ireland

Italy

Latvia

Liechtenstein

Lithuania

Luxembourg

Malta

Norway (except for regions of Rogaland, Møre og Romsdal, Nordland, Viken, Innlandet, Vestfold og Telemark, Agder, Vestland, Trøndelag and Troms og Finnmark).

Poland

Portugal (except for the autonomous region of Azores island)

Romania

Slovakia

Slovenia

Sweden

The Netherlands

Countries outside EU-EEA

Albania

Andorra

Argentina

Armenia

Aruba

Bahrain

Belize

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Cape Verde

Colombia

Costa Rica

French Polynesia (Francia)

Georgia

Gibraltar (UK)

Guam

Jordan

Kuwait

Lebanon

Libya

Moldova

Monaco

Montenegro

Morocco

North Macedonia

Palestine

Panama

Puerto Rico

Russia

Saint Martin

San Marino

Serbia

Switzerland

Tunisia

Ukraine

United Arab Emirates

United Kingdom

United States of America

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  • Woman taking a PCR test in Palafrugell, Catalonia, on October 30, 2020 (by Salut)

  • Woman taking a PCR test in Palafrugell, Catalonia, on October 30, 2020 (by Salut)

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