DEMAND FOR ACTIVE INFECTION DIAGNOSTIC TESTING (AIDT) FOR COVID-19 FOR TRAVELLERS FROM HIGH-RISK COUNTRIES WITH SPAIN AS THEIR DESTINATION
From 23 November 2020, all passengers arriving in Spain by air or by sea must undergo a health inspection before entering the country. This inspection may include taking temperatures, inspecting documents, and a visual inspection of the passenger’s state of health* (see exceptions for travellers with accommodation in the Canary Islands). Furthermore, those coming from a high-risk country/area with regard to the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, must present a certificate of a NEGATIVE PCR test (COVID-19 RT-PCR), administered 72 hours before their trip. The list of at-risk countries or areas will be updated every 15 days on the Spain Travel Health (SpTH) website www.spth.gob.es
Any change in the affected territories shall be effective after 7 days of publication.
The pre-entry health inspection will consist of the following steps and will take place at the first Spanish port or airport to which the passenger arrives, when it is his/her final destination:
1. Temperature taking: this will be done by contactless thermometers or thermographic cameras. In the case of passengers on an international trip arriving at a Spanish port, the shipping company will take their temperature before arrival, under the supervision of the Foreign Health Department.
In addition, passengers must undergo an AIDT when their temperature and any visual or documentary inspections make it suspected that they could be carrying COVID-19. Alternatively, passengers may be required to undergo an RT-PCR COVID-19 test within 48 hours of arrival. The result of that test must then be sent to the Foreign Health Department by the means requested for such purpose.
2. Document inspection: all passengers departing from any airport or port located outside Spain must complete a public health form called “Health Control Form”, the content of which differs, according to whether the passenger is travelling by plane or by sea. If the passenger arrives by plane, he/she must fill in this form via the website https://www.spth.gob.es/ or by using the free SPAIN TRAVEL HEALTH-SpTH app (available for Android and iOS).
3. Evidence of a negative PCR test for passengers coming from high-risk countries and areas: Upon arrival in Spain, if passengers arriving from high-risk countries or areas, who are undergoing a documentary health inspection, do not give sufficient evidence of having tested negative for SARS-CoV-2 through a PCR administered within 72 hours of arrival, they must undergo the Active Infection Diagnostic Test (AIDT) established by the Foreign Health Department. Until their use is officially harmonised in the European Union, other diagnostic tests like the rapid antibody test, rapid antigen tests and high performance serology tests (ELISA, CLIA, ECLIA) are not permitted.
Passengers must undergo a health evaluation when their temperature reading is higher than 37.5ºC, as must those suspected of carrying COVID-19 or another transmittable sickness, following a visual inspection or when the information they have included on the Health Control Form indicates the presence of symptoms of COVID-19 or close contact with someone who has it. This health evaluation includes a review of the person’s clinical and epidemiological status and an Active Infection Diagnostic Test (AIDT), if necessary.
If the health evaluation confirms the suspicion that the passenger could present a risk to public health, in the case of close contact with COVID-19, or if a positive result is obtained after administering an AIDT for SARS-CoV-2 upon arrival, the health alert protocols established in coordination with the health authorities of the specific autonomous communities shall be activated. For this purpose, the health authority may ask for the collaboration of other administrative bodies, public officials or other institutions.
The cost of any AIDT carried out at the point of entry when the health inspections detect a suspicion of COVID-19 will be assumed by the Spanish State.
However, when this is due to the passenger’s not having an AIDT, as established in the regulation, this means non-compliance with the regulations, and the provisions of Title VI of Law 33/2011, of 4 October, on Public Health, which refer to violations and sanctions, shall apply.
SPECIFIC REGULATIONS REGARDING THE CANARY ISLANDS
Notwithstanding the above, in accordance with the directives from the Canary Island Government, for all stays from 14 November 2020, travellers coming from countries/areas that are not high risk or from other regions of Spain must show an antigen and/or PCR test upon arrival at the hotel for themselves and everyone in their party (over 6 years old), administered up to 72 hours prior to arrival and approved by the health authorities. It may be presented in digital or paper form, and the following must be stated: date and time of the test, the identity of the physical person taking the test, the authorised centre responsible for its verification and its type, as well as the negative result. If you have not taken the diagnostic test, the hotel will inform you of the nearest authorised centre where you can be tested.
Canary Island residents must certify their health status and declare, under their responsibility, that they have not left the Canary Islands in the 15 days prior to arrival at the establishment and that they have not experienced symptoms compatible with COVID-19 during that period.
This certificate will not be required of non-residents who certify, through their travel documentation, that they have been in the territory of the Canary Islands in the 15 days prior to the date of access to this tourist accommodation and who declare that they have not experienced symptoms compatible with COVID-19 during that period.
INFORMATION ON THE RESTRICTION OF MOVEMENT AT THE DESTINATION
Due to the changing situation in the competent authorities’ application of restrictions of movement, we recommend that before travelling, you contact the hotel to ask them about changes to the measures taken by the regional or local authorities.
All of our hotels have detailed and fully updated information.