Compulsory Travel Document if travelling to Spain from July 1st 2020 through COVID 19

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Here I was happily writing about our Patreon link when I find out that from now on, it’s compulsory to fill in a form prior to travelling to Spain by air.

All people traveling to Spain from July 1st 2020 from other countries, regardless of their nationality, age or any other consideration must fill out a FCS form regarding their travel to Spain.

Each form is personal and non-transferable and is for a single trip.

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From July 1st, 2020, if you fly to Spain from any other countries, you must fill out and sign the FCS form associated with your trip. This form must be completed by every single passenger. If the passenger is a minor or a dependent/disabled, the form can be filled in by their parent/guardian or carer who will be responsible for the accuracy of the information.

To create your individual FCS form, fill in all the fields on https://www.spth.gob.es/create

You will receive an e-mail to your email address, with a security code and a link to create the form associated with your trip to get your QR code. You cannot finish the form until 48 hours before you fly.

You will receive the QR code associated with your trip, which you must carry with you on your mobile phone or you can print it on paper to pass the airport sanitary control. You can do this form for somebody else if they don’t have an email address and print it off for them so they can go through the airport control.

You will need to fill in your full name, passport number, flight number, arrival date and email address.

Each person needs their own QR code. If you are travelling with your family you will each need one. If you are a family of four, you will need to fill it in four times with four separate codes. Each linked to each passport.

Once you have completed it correctly, you can sign it (from 48 hours before your arrival in Spain) and obtain your QR code associated with your trip.

To fill out the Public Health Form, you need to have provide:

  1. Identity document number (passport, ID, etc.)
  2. Information about your flight
  3. Information about your stay in Spain
  4. Email address

The form can be started at any time from when you have the full details of your flight, filling in the data you want and saving it to continue later. You can only complete the health questions, and sign the completed form 48 hours before your arrival in Spain. It is not recommended to start this form if you aren’t flying within a month.

Spain announces new form to fill in
This is a screenshot of the form which you need to fill in

Regarding the address of stay, only the city and the autonomous community are mandatory. Therefore, by filling in these two details, the QR code can be obtained.

It is essential that you fill in this form and keep a digital copy or print it out before travelling to Spain. You must not travel if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in contact with a positive case of COVID19 in the past 14 days.

It would also be a good idea to fill in the passenger locator form should you require it. The passenger locator form is essential if travelling by ferry or car: https://www.iata.org/contentassets/07a397c1164d45e794c22949c75a95ac/public-health-passenger-locator-form.pdf

Ryanair have shared this to their website with the same link I have of where to fill the health form in. You will also fill in another form at arrivals according to this screenshot.

What yOU need to do before flying to Spain

This has been announced today and will take effect from now, so do make sure you fill in the form and get the QR to your phone. There seems to be a big influx of the use of QR’s including menus so familiarise yourself with how to use them prior. They are what the airport scan if you’ve ever used a digital boarding pass.

What happens if I’m getting an error message on my QR or any other problems completing?

Don’t worry! These things have teething problems. If things don’t go right and you’re not able to complete the form then you will be given a form to complete at customs. Having the QR code speeds the process up and ensures that everyone can carry on through just scanning. If there are problems, you will be able to sort them out at arrivals.

Hope this helps,

L x

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130 thoughts on “Compulsory Travel Document if travelling to Spain from July 1st 2020 through COVID 19

    1. Thanks for the info to gain entry to Spain, how does this work if you travel to Santander Spain from UK by ferry? Can’t find any info anywhere! Can you help? Thank you 😀

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      1. You don’t need this form for the ferries or car this is only by land. I would recommend filling in a passenger locator form about your onward journey and contacting your ferry to ask if there’s anything you’ll be provided to show

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      1. Then do it online and use your email address or a relatives email address and get them to print it off for you. Failing that, they are handing out paper ones at arrivals at the moment for those who don’t have it completed.

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      1. The passenger locator should only be if you’re not travelling by plane where you can do the QR. But some people are filling it in too just in case. It’s completely up to you. If there’s anything missing they are giving it at arrivals but it causes delays

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    2. Thanks, wish they would make things easier, I can’t complete the form asking me which city I live in and my seat number, I don’t live in a city and I haven’t got a seat number, hope I don’t get refused I’m going on Monday

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      1. I do believe that’s partly through lack of cultural awareness and language barriers, if you put your county it still works. You should have a seat number because this for sitting on a plane, so when you’ve checked in your airline will provide you with your seat number. In any sense, you won’t get refused you’ll just be held back to complete a paper version of this form

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  1. Hi
    Does this form still have to be completed if you are driving to Spain using EUROTUNNEL
    As it only has flight number all you get with eurotunnel is a booking reference
    Also I have printed off the French health declaration

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    1. Hi arrived in Spain yesterday drove out by euro tunnel
      Made sure had all forms which we thought we needed
      And didn’t ask for anything at french control at tunnel then get to french/Spanish border and again nothing not a sole there
      So form I think are only for flyers
      Just thought I let you know but all ways handy to have at the ready 😃

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      1. Hi, I said this was only for flyers as drivers aren’t being asked anything. You will need to fill a form in to return to the U.K. though and on it you have to fill that you travelled by eurotunnel. But in this post I specifically say it’s for flyers.

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    1. I have a slightly higher body temperature, but it would depend on how high your temp is and if there are any further symptoms beyond temperature. There are external factors taken into account which is why the Covid form is essential

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  2. Hi lauren, I eventually managed to fill in the form online up to the part that then says can only be completed 48 hrs before but i thought you could print off the form and fill it all in and then take it with you but did not see anywhere that I could do that, does it then mean it can be printed off once the final part is filled in then it can be printed off to take with you. Any help on this would be great thanks x

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    1. Yes so like your boarding pass on plane you will receive another email with health questions 48 hours before departure which is when you will answer them and then receive your actual QR code and have the opportunity to print it off x

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      1. Hi Lauren I’m just trying to retrieve a partially completed form as I fly in less than 48 hours I have the FCS Code and obviously my passport number but it is asking for a Form Identifier Number? Any idea what this is?

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      2. Hi thanks for your reply I actually figured it out last night eventually! It turned out to be a very long combination of letters and numbers that come in the form of a link but doesn’t allow you to click onto and open. So I manually typed out the numbers/letters into the box asking for the form identifier and it worked! Thanks again 😎

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  3. Hi there, this is a great site! Help please, I’m filling in the form and when it gts to permanent address, i’m putting in my Uk address, then press save and continue and nothing happens. So do I need to put in the Spanish address where I’m staying?
    It’s a bit confusing.

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    1. My understanding is you need to provide where you are staying in Spain. It could be that the site is having delays due to massive traffic. Have you received an email from them after doing the first step? You can’t finish the process until 48 hours before you fly

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      1. Hi I’m travelling on le shuttle to France and then on to Spain by car how do I get a passenger locator form as I can not get. QR code because I’m not flying to Spain

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      2. Hi I’ve just managed to download the form !Thank you very much for the info much appreciated 👌

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  4. Hi,

    We’re flying tomorrow at 6am – we didn’t get full confirmation until last night. When trying to fill in the form and pop the Spanish address we’re staying at it just says ‘form cant be edited’ and wont go any further. Is this because its less than 48 hours?

    Sorry if you’re not sure? We just don’t know what to do if we can’t complete the document and get the QR code?

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    1. Don’t worry. If it isn’t completed correctly they will give you another one to fill in at customs. Keep trying today but don’t stress yourself out, they’re being very helpful at customs and understanding that these things have teething problems x

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  5. HI Lauren, hope you can help we started completing the form and entered our flight details etc but it wont let you save and continue we fly in 12 days to Benidorm so starting to panic will they allow us to enter if we dont have this code when we land??

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    1. Don’t panic 😊 it can’t be completed properly until 48 hours before you fly so no pressure at the moment. If it doesn’t let you complete it, still don’t panic! They will allow you in it will just take you longer at Alicante airport where you’ll fill out a paper version. Xx

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      1. Thanks Lauren, videos are amazing and you are both a wealth of knowledge and Rio looks so cuddly x

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  6. Hi Laren – thanks for this. My Wife and I will be driving from the UK to our rented apartment in Estepona. Do we need individual QR codes or just complete the Passenger Locator Form? Thank you.

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  7. Thank you for this information! We’re due to fly on August 4th but haven’t had final, revised details from Jet2 yet! They said our flight is still on but probably a different time, so I can’t even begin to start filling in the form! In fact when I click on the link it keeps saying it’s not secure, so I’m not confident about opening it!!! You are most helpful!!

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  8. thank you so much – I have been trying to find details about what I need to do if going by ferry to Spain from UK. So all I need to do is fill in the passenger locator form?

    Many thanks you have been so helpful

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  9. Hi, I’m driving to Spain later this week. I can see from your helpful messages that I only need to complete the passenger locator form and although it says you’ve posted the link I can’t find it. Could I trouble you to do it again please? Presume I need a form for every passenger in the car? Thanks Kelly

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  10. Thanks for this site. My wife is has Spanish residency but has been stuck in Vietnam since March. She has flight to Madrid today through Bangkok and Paris. She filled out the form on line and got confirmation that she is registered but it won’t let her fill in the travel history. It keeps saying that you have to wait until 48 hours before but her flight is today from Vietnam and tomorrow morning from Paris to Madrid. Have you heard of this problem and do you think that they will let her in without the QR code or at least have a chance to explain it at the health control in Madrid? Thank you.

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    1. Oh no! Sorry to hear! She won’t have a problem, at the arrivals they will allow her to fill it in it just means she will have longer in the airport sorting it out. There are people have various problems and they’re all being resolved at the airport for those who are having troubles. They are giving a paper form to those who are unable to complete it properly!

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  11. Hi, If I work in a minor injuries unit I will have to complete the “been to a hospital” part of the form. But I haven’t had contact with a covid patient (they go elsewhere in the hospital) and haven’t had symptoms. Will this stop me from travelling?

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  12. Hi I’ve been in lockdown in the uk for 4 months and returning to my Spanish home 26th July, I’m a Spanish resident and have my padron certificate, ibi Bill etc but not my residencia (A4 green paper). Do I still need to complete this form? Thanks for advice 😄

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      1. Thank you.. I’m flying with BA and had no idea about the form until a friend in Spain mentioned it! This is a great blog site, very informative 👍

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  13. Hi which address should I put in whe it asks for a permanent address? I tried to put in my Uk address but it won’t accept it. 😩

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  14. Quick question
    I planing to og to Palma de Marloca, and this is not listen on the form, any idea what to give in here…?

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  15. Hi, I’m arriving at the airport for an independent layover, with a different airline, would I still need to fill out the form?

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  16. Hi, thank you for all the info re the Health Form … i travel to Alicante from London in 48hrs time! I’ve tried the health form link on both the UK and Spanish government websites plus your link on your site but do the same… they won’t load the form they go straight to a warning alert that states its an unprotected site acting as maybe another site and won’t go past that!! Any advice or suggestions of help would be much appreciated thank you kindly

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  17. Hi, I just received an email with the form identifyer and the security code. However when I fill it in, next to my ID number, I get the message that the form cannot be retrieved. I will fly within 48 hours, on sunday at 13:45. What do I need to do to make it work?

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  18. Hi Lauren. Hoping you can help! My son is travelling to Spain this Sunday, he’s 16 and travelling alone to go and stay with my aunt. In Spain, is 16 classed as a dependent or not? So do I need to complete and sign his form or does he do it on his phone himself. There’s no guidance anywhere, spent 4 hours trying to find out. The airline Jet2.com didn’t tell me anything about this at any time!

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  19. Hi thank you so much for your help!
    Please could you confirm if this form or something similar needs to be filled in when departing from Malaga also?

    Thanks

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    1. Arriving to Malaga yes. Departing Malaga you’ll need to fill in a form for the country you’re landing at. There’s a form on the U.K. government page if you’re landing back in the U.K. (you still have to fill it in if you’re a U.K. resident)

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  20. hi i’ve filled in forms for myself my partner and son, we have had QR codes for myself and partner but not my son we have tried everything keeps coming up as the form cannot be created, we are due to fly out 6.40 in the morning.. any help please x

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  21. Hello! Thanks for this.

    I accidentally put my seat number down as 4d instead of 5d…do you think this will cause a problem?

    Thank you
    Becca

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  22. I filled up the formular, im flying tomorrow but they failed to send me the QR code and I cannot contact them.
    What should I do? I wrote them several times today and nobody replied.

    Thank you.

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      1. Hi I filled out 2 forms one for me one for other half we fly out Monday so I know it not 38 hours but went to look at the form again went through my email from them out in my pass port number and my security code but said can’t retrieve information is this because it not 48 hours as of yet

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  23. Hi I filled out 2 forms one for me one for other half we fly out Monday so I know it not 38 hours but went to look at the form again went through my email from them out in my pass port number and my security code but said can’t retrieve information is this because it not 48 hours as of yet

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  24. Hi, I’m travelling on Oct 13 but will arrive on Oct 14. I mistakenly put in my arrival date Oct 13. Can I still edit it? Or Can I register again to have the correct arrival date? Will this affect my entry in Spain?

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