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Negative PCR test to enter Spain from 23 November – if from high risk country

BayRadio | November 11, 2020
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International passengers from ‘high-risk’ countries will need a negative PCR test for coronavirus before entering Spain from 23rd November.

Travellers from ‘high-risk’ countries will need a negative PCR test to enter Spain from 23rd November.

High-risk EU countries include any with an accumulated incidence above 50 coronavirus cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

High-risk would currently include the UK (437), France (887), Portugal (572), the Netherlands (594) and Germany (270).

Health Minister Salvador Illa made the announcement this evening (see below video) following a reunion of the Consejo Interterritorial de Salud – the emergency council unites Spain’s 17 autonomous presidents with the central government.


The Formulario de Control international passengers need to fill out on entering Spain will ask whether a passenger has a negative PCR test result – according to a government press release. (Read here.)

Passengers will pass visual and temperature controls as normal, and at ‘any moment’ could be asked to produce a negative result.

The PCR result for COVID-19 must dated within 72 hours before entering Spain.

Results must be original, can be in English or Spanish, and must be presented on paper or electronically, if applicable.

A QR code can be obtained via or the app Spain Travel Health-SpTH – this means the paper copy can be registered before departure.

The government press release also says non-EU countries will be considered high risk with an accumulated incidence above 100 cases per 100,000, based on figures from the European Centre for Disease Control and Prevention.


The measures will be published tomorrow in the BOE.

‘High-risk’ is based upon EU resolutions made on 13th October – these determine 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants as a benchmark, among other criteria. Read the document here.

Illa also told reporters this evening that passengers would be fined and tested on-site if failing to present a test:

“An antigen test could be carried out in Spain with a corresponding sanction if it is noticed that the results passengers provide do not correspond to their situation.”

Written by BayRadio

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