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COVID-19 ACTIVE INFECTION DIAGNOSTIC TEST (AIDT) REQUIRED FOR TRAVELERS ARRIVING FROM HIGH-RISK COUNTRIES TO SPAIN

 

 

From November 23, 2020 onward, all passengers arriving to Spain by air or sea will have to undergo a health check before entering the country. These health checks may include taking your temperature, a revision of required documents, and a visual check of the passenger's condition* (See exceptions for travelers with accommodation in the Canary Islands). In addition, those traveling from a high risk country/zone in relation to the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus will have to present a NEGATIVE PCR test result (RT-PCR of COVID-19) which has been carried out within 72 hours prior to their trip. The list of high risk countries or areas will be updated every 15 days on the Spain Travel Health - SpTH website www.spth.gob.es

 

Any changes to the affected territories will be applied 7 days after publication.

 

The health check prior to entry will consist of the following steps and will be carried out at the first Spanish port or airport where the passenger arrives in the country:

 

1. Temperature check: will be carried out by means of non-contact thermometers or thermographic cameras. In the case of those passengers arriving to a Spanish port on an international trip, the cruise line, under the supervision of Foreign Health, will take their temperature before their arrival.

 

Likewise, those passengers who are suspected of suffering from COVID-19 after temperature checks, visual controls, or documentation checks must undergo the AIDT. Alternatively, passengers may be required to undergo a COVID-19 RT-PCR test within 48 hours of arrival, the results of which must be correctly communicated to the Foreign Health Services through the indicated channels.

 

2. Document control: all passengers departing from an airport or port outside of Spain must complete a public health form called the "Health Control Form," whose content differs depending on whether the trip is by air or by sea. In the event that the passenger arrives by air, he/she must fill in this form through the https://www.spth.gob.es/ website or through the free application SPAIN TRAVEL HEALTH - SpTH (available for Android, iOS).

 

3. Negative PCR validation for passengers from high-risk countries and areas: Upon arrival in Spain, and during the health document control, passengers coming from a high-risk country or area must adequately present a PCR for SARS-CoV-2 with a negative result which has been carried out within 72 hours prior to arrival. If unable to do so, they must undergo an Active Infection Diagnostic Test (AIDT) established by the foreign health services. Until their use is accepted within the European Union, other diagnostic tests such as rapid antibody tests, rapid antigen detection tests, or high-performance serology tests (ELISA, CLIA, ECLIA) will not be accepted.

 

Passengers with a temperature above 99.5ºF, and those who are suspected of having COVID-19 or another transmissible pathology after visual checks or after analyzing the information contained in the Health Control Form, which indicates the presence of symptoms or close contacts with COVID-19 patients, must undergo a health assessment. This assessment will include an evaluation of their clinical and epidemiological status, as well as the performance of an Active Infection Diagnostic Test (AIDT), if necessary.

 

If the health assessment confirms that the passenger has a pathology that could pose a risk to public health, if he/she has had close contact with a COVID-19 patient, or if a positive result is obtained after a AIDT for SARS-CoV-2 upon arrival, the health alert protocols, which have been established in coordination with the health authorities of the autonomous communities, will be activated. In this case, the health authorities may request the assistance of other administrative bodies, public officials, or other institutions.

 

The cost of the AIDT carried out at the point of entry in the health control process when a suspicion of COVID-19 is detected will be assumed by the Spanish State.

 

However, when it is due to not having the required AIDT upon entry, it will be considered a breach of the regulations and will be applicable to the provisions of Title VI of Law 33/2011, from October 4, General Public Health, referring to offenses and penalties.

 

SPECIFIC REGULATIONS IN RELATION TO THE CANARY ISLANDS

 

Notwithstanding the above, in accordance with the indications from the Government of the Canary Islands, for trips from November 14, 2020 onward, travelers coming from countries/areas that are not high-risk and from other regions of Spain must present proof of an antigen and/or PCR test and that of all their travel companions (6 years and older) upon arrival to the hotel. This test needs to have been carried out a maximum of 72 hours prior to arrival and approved by the health authorities. It may be submitted digitally or printed, and must state the date and time of the test, the identity of the individual tested, the authorized center responsible for its verification, as well as the negative result. If the diagnostic test is not presented, the hotel will inform you of the nearest authorized center where the test can be carried out.

 

Canary Island residents must prove their residency status, honestly declare that they have not left the Canary Islands in the 15 days prior to their arrival at the establishment, and that they have not presented symptoms of COVID-19 during this period.

 

This certificate will not be required of non-residents who can prove by means of their travel documentation that they have been in the autonomous community of the Canary Islands for the 15 days prior to their arrival at this tourist accommodation, and that during this period they have not had symptoms of COVID-19.

 

INFORMATION ON MOVEMENT RESTRICTIONS AT THE DESTINATION

 

Due to the changing situation in the application of movement restrictions by the relevant authorities, we recommend that you contact the hotel prior to traveling in case there are changes in the measures taken by the regional or local authorities.

 

All of our hotels provide all the updated and detailed information necessary.

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