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Spain Imposes Mandatory Testing Requirement Against Arrivals From High-Risk Countries

Spanish authorities have announced that strict entry rules will now apply to all people entering the country after staying in one of the regions affected by the newly discovered COVID-19 Omicron variant.

According to the latest update of the entry rules, all people entering Spain from one of the countries currently on the list of high-risk countries must submit a negative PCR test result, which must be taken within 72 hours before arrival, and Spain. Travel health form.

The requirement to submit a negative test result upon arrival in Spain from high-risk countries applies to everyone, including those who have been fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19, reports.

Spain’s high-risk list currently includes the following countries:

Botswana Eswatini Lesotho Mozambique Namibia South Africa Zimbabwe

“If you come from a country with a high risk of passing health controls when you arrive in Spain, you will have to present your QR code along with a SARS-CoV-2 diagnosis, regardless of whether you have a vaccination or a recovery test certificate, with a negative result, highlighted by the Spanish authorities.

This means that only travelers who have been fully vaccinated and recovered and who also have a negative PCR test taken recently can enter Spain. Those who cannot submit the required documents will be refused entry.

At the same time, similar to last week’s update of the list of countries affected by the coronavirus, the Spanish authorities again announced that 29 EU/Schengen area countries remain part of the list of countries that continue to record cases.

Spain’s risk list currently includes Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, and the Netherlands Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Sweden.

All travelers from the above-mentioned countries must provide proof of vaccination with one of the vaccines recognized by Spain for travel. Certificates proving that the bearer has recovered from COVID-19 are also accepted.

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On the other hand, travelers from the EU/Schengen area who do not hold either document must submit a negative test result in order to be allowed to enter Spain.

In addition to the above changes, Spain has also removed Jordan from the list of safe third countries, which means that arrivals from the latter now need to follow additional entry rules when arriving in Spain.

Previously, the Spanish authorities announced that the British were now subject to stricter entry rules. UK nationals are now only allowed to enter Spain if they hold a valid vaccination or recovery certificate, meaning negative COVID-19 tests are no longer accepted.

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