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The Spanish Government has passed a resolution, published in the State Official Gazette BOE-A-2020-6927, which details the necessary health checks and documentation required to enter the country by air or sea, new entry controls that will remain in place until the COVID-19 health crisis is declared over. From now, all passengers arriving at airports and sea ports must undergo a health check which may include temperature measurements and documented health declarations as well as a visual assessment of the passenger's condition.

The Resolution states that  a public health form must be completed before the passenger starts their journey to Spain. The form can be filled out online at the Government's SpTH Spain Travel Health webpage or on the free App available on Android and Apple devices which can be downloaded from the appropriate online App stores. Once the form has been completed, the passenger will be provided with a unique QR code which must be displayed to the authorised reader in the Arrivals terminal at the destination. The form is personal and non-transferable and valid for just one journey into Spain and can only be filled out within 48 hours before arrival in the country.

Arrival terminals will also have thermo-graphic cameras and other non-contact devices to measure the body temperature of all arrivals to identify any passengers with a fever. The Resolution has set a limit of 37.5°c or above and any passenger whose temperature is above that detection limit will be required to carry out further health assessments, including clinical and epidemiological evaluation, to determine if there is a risk to public health and if this proves to be the case, the passenger will be referred to a health centre. The Resolution confirms that all personal data or images captured by the thermal imaging cameras will not be stored and passenger privacy is guaranteed.

People cannot travel to Spain if they are showing symptoms of COVID-19 infection (fever, cough, breathing difficulty), have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the 14 days prior to the travel date, or have been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the two weeks prior to travel.

Whilst in Spain, visitors should abide by the necessary health protocols established for those living here which include observing minimum social distancing of 1.5 metres with third parties, washing hands frequently and thoroughly, avoiding touching the eyes, nose and mouth, covering the mouth and nose with a bent elbow when coughing or sneezing, and wearing an effective face mask in public areas, both open and closed, where social distancing cannot be maintained. The health authorities also recommend avoiding visits to places where there is a chance of overcrowding. If any visitor feels unwell, they must alert the authorities immediately through the 112 emergency number.

Spain's airport authority AENA confirmed that 1,482 flights were scheduled for Wednesday 1st July, a sharp drop from some 6,500 flights scheduled for the same day in 2019. The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) maintains the advisory for British nationals to avoid all but essential international travel.

Click here to read the full text of the Resolution.

Source: BOE-A-2020-6927
Date: Thursday 2nd July 2020





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