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Spain holidays: FCDO travel advice update – travellers must have a negative covid test

Spain holidays have faced a real rollercoaster this year amid the coronavirus pandemic. The country has been off the UK’s travel corridor list for some time, although the Spanish archipelago of the Canary Islands is deemed ‘safe’. Now, Spain itself is introducing tough new rules.

“However, from November 23, all passengers (including children) travelling to Spanish airports and ports from ‘risk’ countries (as determined by the European Centre for Disease Prevention & Control) will be required to present a negative PCR (swab) test taken within no more than 72 hours prior to arrival, in order to enter the country.

“The UK is currently on the ‘risk’ countries list and passengers arriving from the UK are therefore subject to this requirement.

“This requirement applies to all passengers arriving in Spain by air or sea, regardless of your residency status in Spain and the length of time you intend on staying.

“Property owners in Spain are subject to this requirement.”

Travellers will need to stay on top of the admin required to head to Spain, with a fair bit of paperwork also needed.

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“If you are travelling by air or sea to Spain, you must declare on the mandatory ‘Health Control Form’ listed below, that you have undertaken a PCR (swab) test within 72 hours of arrival, have tested negative for COVID-19, and can show on request evidence certifying your results,” said the FCDO.

“The document you provide must be the original, be written in Spanish or English, may be submitted in paper or electronic format.”

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