From 23 November, travellers arriving at airports in Spain from countries classified as ‘Covid-risks’ will have to provide proof of a negative PCR test within 72 hours of travel.
This is a requirement for all travellers arriving from Covid-risk countries, regardless of nationality or place of residence. If proof of a test cannot be provided, travellers will have to undergo antigen tests and will also be liable to fines; the antigen testing in Spanish airports is not an alternative to the need for a PCR test prior to travel.
Testing integral to reviving travel industry
At all Spanish airports, Spain’s exterior health service will be checking PCR documentation. In the event that travellers with a negative test show symptoms such as temperature and visual controls, they will be given a rapid antigen test.
In October, representatives of the global air travel industry argued that a more efficient approach to Covid-19 testing is integral to reviving the global travel industry. Both the Airports Council International World and the International Air Transport Association have been working with the International Civil Aviation Organization’s Council Aviation Recovery Taskforce to continue operations in a way that honours the necessary Covid-19 health and safety requirements.