Spain is preparing to introduce new rules requiring arrivals from "high-risk" countries, which currently includes the UK, to produce evidence of a negative coronavirus test taken in the 72 hours prior to arrival.
The country’s ministry of health confirmed the new measures on Wednesday (11 November), which will come into force on 23 November.
A negative PCR test will be compulsory for all arrivals from countries deemed high-risk by the European Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, which currently extends to every European territory – with the exceptions of Finland and Norway.
It is unclear at this stage whether Spain’s national ruling will supersede plans for the Canary Islands to require arrivals from Saturday (14 November) to provide evidence of a negative pre-travel Covid test.
Starting 23 November, passengers arriving in Spain may be asked to show their test result; the confirmatory document should be an original, written in Spanish or English, and can be shown in physical or electronic form.
Passengers could also be subject to additional health checks on arrival, such as temperature checks or a visual inspection for Covid symptoms.
Spain’s health ministry said the regime met EU guidance to standardise border procedures between member states with respect to controlling the spread of Covid-19.
"Travel agencies, tour operators and air or maritime transport companies and any other agent that markets tickets must inform passengers of the obligation to have a PCR with a negative result in order to travel," said the ministry in a statement.