Friday, November 27

Airports, ready to demand PCR and antigen testing

An image of the El Prat Airport.

An image of the El Prat Airport.

The Spanish airports prepare to demand from this Monday a negative PCR test carried out in the 72 hours prior to arrival in the country to passengers who come from countries considered at risk, and to perform antigen tests on those who do not have it, who are exposed to a sanction.

Spain will ask travelers from countries or areas of risk from this Monday (this list is updated every fifteen days on the websites and, regardless of their nationality or place of residence, a negative PCR done in the 72 hours prior to arrival in Spain to enter our country.

These measures are in addition to the controls that to contain the coronavirus pandemic are currently being carried out on all international passengers at the points of entry, in such a way that temperature control, visual control and documentary control are maintained (the health control form), according to the regulations established by the Ministry of Health.

The airports will also continue to remember by public address and with illuminated signs the need to wear a mask and to comply with the hygienic measures required by the health authorities.

Starting tomorrow, passengers arriving at the airports have to go to the control windows, where there are signs with the legend “foreing health authority” and where members of the Foreign Health Department will be in charge of receiving the PCR they bring. .

In the event that travelers do not carry the PCR with them, for which they may be penalized, they will have to take the antigen test at the airports themselves, where they will obtain the test result within approximately one hour.

Waiting areas are enabled

To do this, waiting areas have been set up, one for before taking the test and another to wait for the result; a series of rooms in which the medical personnel will carry out the tests and another isolation space for people who can give a positive result in this antigen test.

Further, a new secondary checkpoint has been set up Therefore, if there is any type of documentation to be completed, it can be done there with the help of specialized personnel.

Airports already had an implanted device for health controls, which will now be expanded to carry out all these procedures and tests, if necessary.

If the passenger tests negative in the antigen test, they will be able to continue their trip normally, and if it tests positive, the health alert protocols will be activated established in coordination with the autonomous communities, in order to be referred to a health center.

Health checks upon arrival in Spain are mandatory, so refusing to do so entails the application of the corresponding sanction.

Sanitary control form

As another novelty, the health control form, which all travelers must complete before entering Spain, will now include a question about whether they have a negative PCR performed within 72 hours prior to arrival in our country. The document must be original, written in Spanish or English and in paper or electronic format.

In the event that the form could not be completed electronically, through the generated QR code Through the website or the Spain Travel Health-SpTH application, it may be presented in paper format before boarding, in which case it will have to be accompanied by the original document certifying the performance of the diagnostic test .

Passengers who show their negative PCR may leave the airport unless the temperature or documentary controls detect any symptoms or suspicion of COVID-19, in which case they will have to undergo a rapid antigen test at the same airports.

The significant drop in traffic at airports Due to COVID and the fact that passengers are usually very well informed of the requirements they need before traveling, it is anticipated that all operations can be carried out quite normally.

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