Sanitary controls for all passengers arriving in Spain

16 Nov, 2020

Dear friends, co-workers and clients,

Hereby we inform you about a new resolution published in the “Boletín Oficial del Estado” on November 12th 2020 concerning the sanitary controls for all passengers arriving in Spain

All passengers arriving in Spain by plane or by boat must undergo a health check before entering the country. These controls may include taking a temperature, a documentary check and a visual check on the passenger’s condition.

All passengers must undergo a temperature control, which will be carried out routinely in order to identify passengers with a fever. A temperature of 37.5 ºC or higher is established as the detection limit.

As far as documentary control is concerned, all passengers departing from any airport or port located outside Spain must fill out a public health form called “Health Control Form” before departure, through the website www.spth.gob.es or the Spain Travel Health-SpTH application. 

All passengers coming from a country or area of risk listed in Annex II who intend to enter Spain, must have an Active Infection Diagnostic Test (hereinafter PDIA) for SARS-CoV-2 with a negative result, performed within seventy-two hours prior to arrival in Spain:

  • Passengers may be asked at any time to provide proof of the result of the PDIA.

  • The accreditation document must be the original, written in Spanish and/or English and may be presented in paper or electronic format.

  • The document must contain at least the following information: name of the traveller, passport number or national identity card number (which must coincide with the one used in the Health Control Form), date of the test, identification and contact details of the centre performing the analysis, technique used and negative test result.

  • The PDIA for SARS-CoV-2 admitted is the PCR (COVID-19 RT-PCR). Until its harmonized use is accepted in the European Union, other diagnostic tests such as rapid antibody tests, rapid antigen detection tests or high throughput serologies (ELISA, CLIA, ECLIA) will not be accepted.

  • The list of countries or areas at risk set out in Annex II, as well as the criteria employees for its definition, will be reviewed every fifteen days and its update will be published on the website of the Ministry of Health: https://www.mscbs.gob.es and on the SpTH website: https://www.spth.gob.e

This resolution will take effect from November 23rd until the Government declares the end of the health crisis situation caused by the COVID-19.

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