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Spain Will Demand Negative COVID-19 Test for Travelers Arriving from High-Risk Nations

Spain’s Health Ministry Salvador Illa announced during a Thursday morning press conference that the country’s authorities will demand from November 23rd a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours for air travelers arriving from nations with a high risk of contracting the virus.

Spain’s Health Ministry Salvador Illa announced during a Thursday morning press conference that the country’s authorities will demand from November 23rd a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours for air travelers arriving from nations with a high risk of contracting the virus.

Countries of the European bloc above that level of incidence, or those with more than 50 cases per 100,000 and with over 4 percent of all tests giving positive results, will also be affected by the test rule.

“We will ask the airlines to collaborate and check for travelers’ PCR (swab) tests before boarding,” Illa said, adding that Spain had no plans to impose mandatory quarantine for foreign arrivals and pointing out there will be no testing at Spain’s land borders.

One of Europe’s main COVID-19 hotspots with 1,417,709 cases and 40,105 deaths, Spain had increasingly become an exception in the region for its policy of not asking travelers to show a negative swab test on arrival.

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