Spain will require a negative PCR for tourists from risk countries

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Spain will require those international travelers that they arrive in plane O ship from risk countries a Negative PCR in the previous 72 hours upon arrival in the country, as announced on Wednesday Ministry of Health. In the case of the countries of the European Union or associated with Schengen, the risk that is indicated in red on the risk map of the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control of the European Union (EU). With regard to third countries, those that have a cumulative incidence than 150 cases of coronavirus per 100,000 inhabitants in 14 days.

In Europe, at the moment, the only countries not considered risky are Finland, Norway and Greece. Travelers from these countries would not have to provide a PCR test to enter Spain.

“Only the 0,08% of the positive cases of coronavirus in Spain were imported, “said the Minister of Health, Salvador Illa, on Wednesday at a press conference after the Interritorial Council with the autonomous communities, to justify why Spain, however, will not subject travelers to a 14-day quarantine, as other countries do.

This new measure will be published this Thursday in the Official State Gazette (BOE), will enter effective November 23 and, as required by Health, adds to the sanitary controls which are currently carried out to all international passengers at entry points. Thus, temperature control and visual control are maintained. Spain was one of the few countries with the highest incidence of covid-19 that, until now, did not require a PCR test for international travelers entering the territory.

Only 0.08% of covid-19 cases in Spain are imported, according to Minister Illa

As a novelty, the Health Control Form that all passengers must fill out before entering the country, will now collect a question on whether you have a negative PCR performed within 72 hours prior to arrival in Spain. At any time, the passenger may be requested to accredit the test result. The document must be the original, written in Spanish or English and may be submitted in paper or electronic format. Spain will impose a sanction on those who do not meet all these requirements. “We will ask the airlines and ships to collaborate to ensure that travelers have the PCR,” Illa said.

When the form could not be completed telematically, through the QR code generated through the web www.spth.gob.es or the Spain Travel Health-SpTH application, it may be submitted in paper format before boarding. In this case, it must be accompanied by the original document certifying the performance of the diagnostic test.

This new measure complies with the EU Recommendation 2020/1475, which seeks to end the disparity of the sanitary control models implemented by the countries of the European Union.

Interterritorial meeting

After his meeting with the councilors of the autonomous communities, Illa has said that in Spain “a downward stabilization of the epidemic. “” The incidence is in 514.25 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, but it is still very worrying, “he warned. The minister believes that the measures are working, although they must be evaluated within” a minimum of three weeks. ”

In addition, Illa has highlighted that the measures of the different autonomies are based on a “common framework”. According to him, a “very high level of concordance” has been achieved. “Three-quarters of them have perimeter closures, two-thirds have closures inside. 95% of them have a limitation of night mobility and all have limitation of the right of assembly. All have capacity limitation, with different percentages and a third part has decreed the total closure of the hotel business “, he explained.

The minister has also highlighted that in January he may have the preliminary results of some Spanish vaccines against covid-19.

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