Travellers to Spain will require a negative COVID PCR test

Travellers to Spain will require a negative PCR test no more than 72 hours old to travel to Spain via air or sea. The measure comes into effect on November 23rd 2020 and will affect residents from most European Union states.

Hopeful holiday makers were left feeling deflated about future travel plans when Spain announced their new measures this week regarding a PCR test. Spain will demand to see a negative PCR test no more than 72 hours before entering the country as of November 23rd 2020. There is no time scale for this new measure, there is no planned expiry date.

Travellers coming from high coronavirus risk zones, which includes most of the European Union, will need to present their Negative Test of no more than 72 hours old to pass through customs. Those without proof of negative testing will be subject to fines and will be required to take a rapid test at the airport or port.

The measure will come into effect on November 23, the Health Minister, Salvador Illa had considered implementing a 14 day quarantine on arrival to Spain, however, decided to opt for a negative PCR test instead to try and maintain some level of tourism and visitors coming to Spain.

A negative PCR test will only be required of those travelling by air or sea, it will not be required for those arriving by land.

For the EU countries, which includes Great Britain, the Spanish authorities will be following the European Centre for Disease Control (ECDC), risk level map, which is based on EU recommendations. For countries outside of the EU, the reference will be the 14 day cumulative coronavirus incidences for every 100,000 inhabitants. Countries which have a figure of over 150 will be asked to present the PCR test.

The government released a list of more than 65 countries in the Gazette, which included United States, United Kingdom, Germany, The Netherlands, Ireland, France, Belgium, Italy and Switzerland. For the full list of countries and territories please scroll down to the bottom of the page.

The list will be reviewed every 15 days.

Starting November 23, passengers filling out their compulsory QR code will notice an additional question which asks if they have taken the PCR test and have received a negative notification. Authorities will sporadically request to see the official document, written in only Spanish or English, and may be presented in paper or electronic form. The compulsory health document is still required for travel to Spain.

This measure is different in the Canary Islands where you only need to present the PCR negative test if you’re staying at a tourist accommodation or hotel. In mainland Spain, you present it at the border but will not be required to show it at accommodation, whereas in the canaries you don’t need to show it at the borders, but do need it to stay in accommodation. Therefore, those who are travelling to the canaries and have their own place or are staying with friends will not need the test.

List of Countries and Territories who need a PCR test

In the EU/EEA

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark (except the Faroe islands and Greenland)
  • Estonia
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece (except the regions of Kitri, Ionia, Nisia, Dytiki Ellada and Sterea Ellada)
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • The Netherlands
  • Norway (except the regions of Rogaland, Møre og Romsdal, Nordland, Viken, Innlandet, Vestfold og Telemark, Agder, Vestland, Trøndelag and Troms og Finnmark)
  • Poland
  • Portugal (except the Azores)
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Sweden
  • United Kingdom

Outside the EU/EEA

  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Aruba
  • Bahrain
  • Belize
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Cape Verde
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • French Polynesia
  • Georgia
  • Gibraltar
  • Guam
  • Jordan
  • Kuwait
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Montenegro
  • Morocco
  • North Macedonia
  • Palestine
  • Panama
  • Puerto Rico
  • Russian federation
  • San Marino
  • Saint Martin
  • Serbia
  • Switzerland
  • Tunisia
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United States of America

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