Spain to require negative PCR at land border with France from March 30. Covid-19 Test Service Launched at Malaga, Sevilla and Madrid Airports
Advice. Spain is to require a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours for anyone crossing the land border from France. The measure, which takes effect on March 30 and affects anyone aged 7 and over, comes as Spain ramps up Covid restrictions in the hope it can avoid a surge in cases over Holy Week, which begins this weekend.
It is the first time such a requirement has been imposed by Spain on those crossing the land border. Those arriving from France—as well as other «high-risk» countries—by boat or plane have had to show proof of a negative PCR to enter Spain since November 23, 2020.They must have a PCR test (RT-PCR), a TMA test or another type of diagnostic test for SARS-CoV-2 based on equivalent molecular techniques, with a negative result, carried out in the 72 hours prior to arrival,Only those working in transportation and cross-border workers will be exempt, along with those who live in the border zone as long as they remain within a 30-kilometre radius of their home.
Málaga, Sevilla and Madrid airports have launched a Covid-19 test service at its departure terminals in which travellers and crew members can undergo PCR and rapid antigen tests before taking their flights.
The airports’ operator, Aena, hopes that the initiative will benefit outgoing passengers who need proof of a negative test result before travelling or allow them to avoid quarantining after arrival.
International travellers can have their sample collected and get their test results on the same day. When taking a Rapid Antigen Test or a Rapid Antibody Test, results will be available in 15-20 minutes, while PCR test results will be sent within 12 hours.Individuals will have to have their boarding passes with them to access the service. The testing area will be complete with a waiting zone, and the process will be carried out with passenger privacy in mind. The relevant regional health authorities will be informed in the case of a positive test result.