Negative test required to enter SpainLaurence Lemoine
From the 23rd of November, Spain will require a negative PCR for all passengers entering the country by air or sea from 28 EU countries – such as Germany, France, Italy and Portugal – and 37 third countries, including Morocco and the United Kingdom.
The PCR test must have been carried out within 72 hours prior to entry into the country and is in addition to the health checks normally already carried out on all international passengers at points of entry, such as temperature or visual checks. The test must be carried out in the country of origin regardless of the nationality and usual place of residence of the traveller. This does not apply to travellers in transit who do not remain in Spain.
This measure, which has just been published in the Official State Bulletin (BOE), specifies that the negative test result must be proven by an original document, written in Spanish or English, and may be presented in paper or electronic form. When it is not possible to fill in the form telematically, using the QR code generated by the website, www.spth.gob.es, or the Spain Travel Health-SpTH application, it can be presented in paper form before boarding. In this case, it must be accompanied by the original document proving that the diagnostic test has been carried out within the previous 3 days.
More than 9 months after the start of the pandemic and when it is known that many contaminations have been caused by travellers, the measure, although late, should make it possible to avoid the total closure of borders and reduce clusters in large cities where international transit is more important.