International travel to return 'towards end of year' says expert
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Spain holidays have faced a wild rollercoaster ride over the course of the past year. Spanish and British travel rules have chopped and changed repeatedly during the Covid pandemic making it hard to keep up. Today Spain revealed it is extending its travel ban on Britons.
The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) shared the latest travel advice.
“On December 22, 2020, Spain introduced travel restrictions on passenger travel from the UK by air and sea,” the authority detailed.
“These measures have been extended until 6pm (GMT+1) on March 2, 2021 (5pm / GMT in the Canary Islands), with the exception of Spanish nationals and those legally resident in Spain.”
Transit through Spain is still possible at this time but a negative Covid test is needed.
“International transit through Spanish airports by passengers on flights departing from the UK is permitted on presentation of a negative PCR, TNA or LAMP test taken within no more than 72 hours prior to arrival into Spain. See Transiting Spain,” the FCDO explained.
Spain has a very strict stance on coronavirus testing for those entering the country.
The FCDO clarifies: “All passengers (excluding children under the age of 6 years old) 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.
“From December 10, 2020, a TMA (Transcription-Mediated Amplification) swab test or a LAMP (Loop-Mediated Isothermal Amplification) test are also accepted by Spanish authorities, again taken within no more than 72 hours prior to arrival.
“While TMA and LAMP tests are not currently widely available in the UK, you should refer to testing facilities directly for specific information on the types of tests available to you, prior to booking an appointment.
“The UK is currently on the ‘risk’ countries list and passengers arriving from the UK are therefore subject to this requirement.”
Living in Spain does not make you exempt from this rule.
“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,” said the FCDO.
“Property owners in Spain are subject to this requirement.”
Anyone who does travel to Spain must fill out a Health Control Form.
“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, TMA or LAMP test within no more than 72 hours prior to arrival, have tested negative for COVID-19, and can show on request evidence certifying your results,” said the Foreign Office.
“The document you provide must be the original, be written in Spanish or English, may be submitted in paper or electronic format.”
The Health Control Form must contain the following information:
– name of passenger
– passport number or ID card number (the number provided must match the one provided on the Health Control Form)
– test date
– name and contact details of the testing centre
– testing method applied (ie PCR)
– test results
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