Negative PCR tests required to enter Spain from Monday
Travellers will have to acquire a Covid-19 test before travel
As of Monday, November 23, anybody entering Spain via air or sea travel from high-risk countries must provide a negative PCR test to enter the country.
The test must be acquired in the country of origin and be taken no more than 72 hours before travelling.
The measure will require all arrivals to present an original document, either digital (through the Spain Travel Health App) or paper, in Spanish or English proving the negative result of their test.
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 will publish a map every week with the current risk status of regions indicated by a traffic light system of green, orange or red, as determined by the 14-day incidence and positivity rates of Covid-19.
As confirmed by Spanish health minister Salvador Illa, arrivals to ports and airports in Spain from countries in the orange category will not have to provide evidence of a negative PCR test.
The EU has published recommendations on a coordinated approach to the restriction of free movement in response to the pandemic, but each member state can decide on what exact measures to apply to the countries in each of the various risk categories.
Airlines and ferry companies when be asked to double-check that PCR tests have been performed before boarding. Existing controls such as temperature checks, paperwork and visual observation will continue as before. If anything unusual is noted, an antigen test will be performed.
Travellers could face a potential fine if they cannot present a valid PCR test certificate, or, in the case of coming from a third country, denied entry to Spain if they fail an antigen test.
People arriving from the rest of the world 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.
Here's the latest list of countries (working from January 11 to January 24):
Denmark (except for Greenland and Faroe Islands)
France (except for Brittany and the islands of Corsica, Guadeloupe, Martinique, and Réunion)
Greece (except for Attica, Dytiki Ellada, Peloponnese, Sterea Ellada, Voreio Aigao, Epirus, Ionian Islands, Crete, and Notio Aigaio)
Norway (except for Agder, Innlandet, Møre og Romsdal, Nordland,
Rogaland, Trøndelag, Troms og Finnmark, Vestfold og Telemark and Vestland)
Portugal (except for The Azores)
Non EU-EEA countries
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Gibraltar (United Kingdom)
Isle of Man (United Kingdom)
Jersey (United Kingdom)
Saint Martin (The Netherlands)
Turks and Caicos
United Arab Emirates
United States of America
United States Virgin Islands