COVID-19 Testing Required to Enter Spain

28 June 2021

You need to submit a negative PCR test if you travel to Spain. - Ministry of Health, Spain

What’s New #

If you do not have a valid test result that is within 72 hours of landing in Palma, you will be required to take an antigen test and subject to a €6000 fine.

Note: The following is information from the Health Ministry of Spain website

As of November 23, 2020, all passengers arriving from a country or area of high risk to COVID-19, must present a certificate with a negative result (RT-PCR) for a test taken no longer than 72 hours prior to arrival. Germany is now requiring tests to be less than 48 hrs from time you land in Germany.

This certificate must be an original, written in Spanish and/or English and may be presented in electronic format. According to the Health Ministry, the document must contain the following details:

  • Name of traveler
  • Passport or ID number (must be same number that appears on PCR certificate)
  • Date of test
  • Identification of the testing center
  • Technique used or test type
  • Negative test result

Acceptable Tests from UK to Spain #

Transcription Mediated Amplification (TMA) tests detect current infections and are based on equivalent molecular techniques, such as Reverse Transcriptase Loop-Mediated Isothermal Amplification (RT-LAMP).

LAMP tests are faster and less expensive but only available at several British airports: Manchester, East Midlands and Stansted. Heathrow offers LAMP tests with results given within 1.5 hours. The antigen test is NOT acceptable for arrival because it can pick up past infections and the goal is to track current infections.

TMA and LAMP tests are usually less expensive at usually less than €100.

If Flying Out to Countries Requiring PCR or Antigen Test #

Regulations are changing constantly due to mutations and increases/decreased in infection rates. Before you fly, make sure to check your destination to make sure about the specific requirements for your circumstances. While we can not recommend a laboratory or facility that provides certified tests for travel, Iberia has an agreement with Quirónprevención to perform tests at discounted prices. You must fly on Iberia to receive this discount. Click the link below to access their portal.

Iberia PCR Quirónprevención

Other Test Sites

If you find alternative testing options and prices are reasonable, please let us know at [email protected] We will share that information with others.

Reminder: If traveling to the U.K., an antigen test is sufficient and less expensive with the results in an hour or so. (as of this writing)

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Who has to fill out these forms? #

"All people entering Spain from other countries, regardless of their nationality, age or any other consideration.

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

From July 1st, 2020, if you fly to Spain from other countries, it is mandatory to fill out and sign the FCS form associated with your trip, regardless of your nationality, age or any other consideration, in compliance with the provisions of the Royal Decree-Law 23/2020, of June 23 and the Resolution of July 24, 2020, of the General Directorate of Public Health, Quality and Innovation, all passengers originating from any airport located outside of Spanish territory must complete this form. This form must be completed by each of the passengers who will be responsible for ensuring that the information provided is true and accurate. In the event that the passenger is a minor or a dependent/disabled person, the form can be filled in by their tutor, who will be responsible for the veracity of the information provided."

What do I have to bring with me to pass sanitary controls at the airport? #

Before traveling to Spain, make sure you have signed the form, on the web here>> Link to Forms. With this you will get the Health QR Code that you will have to show (paper or mobile) at the airport health control to be able to continue your trip.

If you sign the form from the app that you download from the Spain Government website, it will appear in the 'My Travel' section, in addition to receiving an email that you can print.

IMPORTANT: Spanish Government has declared as mandatory to fill in a health form before traveling to Spain, and use the QR code linked to this form to travel to Spain, and show it when you arrive at any Spanish airport. With this app:

  • Fill in your health form
  • Get your QR code, 48 hours before your date of arrival to Spain
  • Manage your QR & show it when you arrive at the airport control

Everybody traveling to Spain, from any country, has to fill in the form and get the QR. Each form is personal and non-transferable, and it is valid ONLY for the linked trip. To download the app, search for SpTH Aena Aeropuertos S.A. on Google Playstore or Apple App Store.

Access information on health measures related to the COVID-19 epidemic here #

Spanish: www.mscbs.gob.es/profesionales/saludPublica/ccayes/alertasActual/nCov-China/home.htm

Other languages: www.mscbs.gob.es/profesionales/saludPublica/ccayes/alertasActual/nCov-China/ciudadania/otrosIdiomas.htm

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Current COVID-19 Dashboard #

This Dashboard shows the confirmed cases based on PCR tests. You can see the Balearic Islands and enlarge the image to zoom in on your desired location. Palma is hardest hit because the international airport is in Palma. This is the most populous city in the Balearics with the major hospitals treating COVID-19 patients.

Direct Link to Dashboard

Other Helpful Links #

To see the latest COVID statistics in order to access travel restrictions, go to European Center for Disease Control and Prevention

To learn more, go to Spain Public Health Government Website. Remember to select your language to translate the page on the upper right of the homepage.

Spain's Official Tourism Site has useful information. For all aspects of travel - before, during and after, click here >> Travel Safely to Spain

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Conclusion #

We all want to return to Mallorca. A recent poll by the “Daily Bulletin” showed that 80% of the respondents stated they plan to return to the Balearics by Summer 2021. The only way this happens is if we all comply with testing, tracing and sanitization.

With a projected 30,000 small businesses to close in the Balearics by the end of 2020, we need everyone to comply so that we can save the economy and our way of life.

Stay safe. #Wearamask #Socialdistance

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Sources #

https://qap.ecdc.europa.eu/public/extensions/COVID-19/COVID-19.html#global-overview-tab

https://english.elpais.com/spanish_news/2020-11-12/spain-will-require-negative-pcr-test-from-travelers-coming-from-over-60-countries.html

https://www.mscbs.gob.es/en/home.htm

28 June, 2021

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