Spain Requires Negative PCR Covid Test From High Risk Arrivals Effectively November 23, 2020

Today, Spain has confirmed new requirements for arrivals from EU/Schengen/EEA and third countries as of November 23, 2020.

Passengers arriving by air or sea from high-risk countries and areas need to present a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken not more than 72 hours before departure. This does not apply for arrivals through land borders.

Spain follows the European Center for Disease Control (ECDC) recommendations. The test is required for arrivals from countries/areas designates as high risk that currently includes all EU/EEA countries except parts of Norway and Finland.

The EU recommended a month ago that member states should have coordinated and predictable plan in place for intra-bloc travel based on the ECDC suggestions and risk assessments.

Passengers must complete an electronic form (access here) before traveling to Spain and need to indicate if they come from the areas where the test is required that they have received a confirmation of a negative Covid-19 PCR test.

You may be asked to show the test results in paper or electronic format at the arrivals health check, and they can be either in Spanish or English.

Here’s the official announcement from the Spanish government:

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I entered Spain by air in September and filled out the electronic form that nobody at the departure airport checked.

There was, however, an inspection on the arrivals hall in Barcelona that the form had been filled. I  guess they have a similar arrangement when these negative test results are required on November 23, 2020.

The Covid-19 infection rates are high in most parts of Europe right now (second wave), and many countries/regions/cities have travel restrictions and lockdowns in place to bring the infection numbers down. Not the right time for intra-bloc leisure travel.