In a statement released today, children under six years old are now exempt from providing a negative PCR or TMA Test.
It seems that everyday we are to learn another acronym to keep up with the COVID times and today we’re learning another. A TMA test is a new test available on the market and is short for Transcription-Mediated Amplification.
Arguing that this test is cheaper, quicker yet just as reliable as a PCR test, Spanish authorities have passed legislation that travellers can provide either a PCR test or a TMA test no longer than 72 hours before arriving to Spain.
A TMA test has been developed by the Spanish-based multinational Grifols and is used to detect the presence of the coronavirus in the individual. We are told that individuals will not notice the difference between a PCR and a TMA as the process is the same.
The sample is taken in the same way, using a swab in the nose. The idea of both techniques is the same. The difference, for those who like to know the details, is that what PCR does is, in general terms, is convert the viral RNA into DNA and count it from there, whereas the TMA skips that step and multiplies the RNA. This is how it’s quicker.
The difference in time taken can be about two hours less in the process (in ideal conditions, a PCR can be completed in four), and a cost savings (the PCR costs over 100 euros whereas the TMA will be less than 100 euros.
According to specialists, the TMA will become available to various countries and will be cheaper to access in hopes to boost tourism.
A major positive on the news front side is the removal of children under 6 years old requiring a negative covid test. Most countries do not require minors to provide a negative test, so removing this is a huge positive.
The changes also say that the negative tests can now be produced in English, Spanish, French or German. If a test cannot be obtained in these languages then the supporting document must be accompanied by a translation into Spanish made by an official body.
The current controls that are already in place at the entry points for international passengers will continue, such as temperature control and visual control. Passengers are still required to complete a compulsory QR code before arriving to Spain.
The Official State Gazette (BOE) will publish the resolution tomorrow, once it has been officially published the modifications will come into immediate effect.