Frequently Asked Questions
Which travellers will be required to submit/present a negative AIDT (Active Infection Diagnostic Test)?​ 
​It will be required to all passengers coming from a high-risk country or area (referred to the country/area where their journey started in) with a Spanish port or airport as their final destination, regardless their nationality or usual residence. From 9 June 2021, children under 12 years of age are not subject to the obligation to submit/​​present a negative AIDT (Resolution of 8 June, 2021, of the General Directorate of Public Health) or certificate of vaccination.
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If I am vaccinated against COVID19, do I have to present a AIDT upon my arrival in Spain?
Sinde the 7th of June 2021, new regulations credits the acceptance of vaccination certificates for travellers from the European Union and European Economic Area, as wel as tourists from non-EU countries.

What is an Active Infection Diagnostic Test (AIDT)? 
An AIDT is a diagnostic test performed on an individual to detect the presence of active infection by SARS-CoV-2.

Which AIDT will I be required to submit/present upon arrival in Spain? 
The required SARS-CoV-2 AIDT will be the PCR (COVID-19 RT-PCR) and other molecular viral RNA detection techniques with equivalent reliability for the detection of SARS-CoV-2.  In this regard, Transcription-Mediated Amplification (TMA) and Reverse Transcriptase Loop-Mediated Isothermal Amplification (RT-LAMP) tests are also accepted.
Those negative antigen test included in the common list of the European Commission (
Other diagnostic tests such as rapid serology tests, rapid antigen detection tests or high performance serological tests (ELISA, CLIA, ECLIA) will not be admissible, as long as their harmonized use is not accepted across the European Union.

How long in advance should I have my AIDT done? 
The AIDT should be carried out within 48 hours prior to your arrival in Spain.

I have a persistently positive PCR after having recovered from COVID-19. Can I travel to Spain? 
You can travel to Spain with a persistently positive PCR after having recovered from COVID-19, as long as the medical services consider the disease as resolved. To do this, you must provide the following documents:
The certificate must be issued by the competent authority or a medical service at least 11 days after the first NAATtype diagnostic test (PCR, TMA, LAMP or similar) with a positive result.
The validity of the certificate shall expire 180 days from the date of sampling.
It shall include at least the following information:
  1. Name and surname of the holder
  2. Date of sampling of the first positive diagnostic test for SARS-CoV-2
  3. Type of NAAT test performed
  4. Issuing count​

Which countries or areas are considered high-risk?
The list of high-risk countries and areas will be published every fifteen days on the Ministerio de Sanidad website ( and on the Spain Travel Health website ( Any change in the list of affected territories will become effective from seven days after its publication.
Each published list of high-risk countries or areas will clearly indicate the effective dates.

Must travel agencies, tour operators, air or passenger ship companies or any other agent commercializing tickets solely or as a part of a package tour inform me of the requirement of a negative AIDT test upon arrival in Spain?
Travel agencies, tour operators, air or passenger ship companies or any other agent commercializing tickets solely or as a part of a package tour must inform their passengers, at the beginning of the ticket selling process with destination to Spain, as well as during the process of emission of the boarding pass, about the obligation of submitting/presenting the Health Control Form at the destination port or airport. Likewise, if the country or area of origin is classified as high-risk, they must inform about the obligation of having a negative SARS-Cov-2 AIDT done within 72 hours prior to arrival.

Which accreditation document of the AIDT will I be required to present upon arrival? 
During their journey, passengers must carry along the document that proves that an AIDT with a negative result has been done. The document must be original, written in Spanish, English, French or Deutsch in paper or electronic format, and contain at least name and surname of the passenger, Personal Identity Card or passport number, date of test performance, identification and contact information of the laboratory that performs the test, technique used and a negative test result. The identity document in the Health Control Form must be the same on the AIDT certificate. If it is not possible to obtain it in these languages, the certificate or supporting document must be accompanied by a translation into Spanish, carried out by an official body. 

If I test negative in my AIDT am I exempt from going through the border health controls?
All international travellers must go through health controls at points of entry. In the case of travellers coming from high-risk countries or areas, they also must be in possession of a negative AIDT performed within 72 hours prior to arrival in Spain.

If I come to Spain by road or train must I go through Health Controls or present an AIDT upon arrival? 
All travelers aged 12 years or over who arrive to Spain by land from countries or risk areas, must have one of the certifications contemplated in the current regulations.
The following are exempted from this requirement:
  1. a) Land transport professionals in the exercise of their professional activity.
  2. b) Cross-border workers.
  3. c) Residents in border areas, within a radius of 30 km around their place of residence.

If I arrive in Spain while being in transit to a final destination in another country, must I present an AIDT upon arrival in Spain? 
If the transit in Spain is carried out without leaving the international zone, you will not be required to present an AIDT. If the transit involves passing through border control centres and therefore entry into Spanish territory, you must present the boarding pass or ticket for the next flight(s) of the connection to demonstrate that the final destination is international. The transit must last less than 24 hours and you cannot leave the airport. 

Does this requirement apply to crew members on duty?
The new regulation only applies to passengers coming from a high-risk country or area (referred to the country/area where their journey started in), whose final destination be a Spanish port or airport, regardless their nationality or usual residence.

What happens if I am not able to fill in the Health Control Form online and therefore I do not have a QR code?
Exceptionally, those passengers who were not able to fill in the Health Control Form online will be allowed to present it in paper format before boarding, always along with the accreditation document of the AIDT.

Where and how should I present the certificate of my AIDT?
If you are coming from a high-risk zone, upon arrival in Spain health control staff may request the presentation of the accreditation document of a negative AIDT. 

Who is going to check whether I have that document?
The certificate will always be assessed by health staff located at the arrival airport checkpoints. 

Which travellers will get tested at the entry point in Spain? 
Those passengers coming from a high-risk country or area who do not present a negative AIDT performed within 48 hours prior to arrival will get tested with the AIDT decided by the Foreign Health services.
In addition, those passengers suspected of having COVID-19 after temperature, visual or document controls will also get an AIDT.

What happens if, having declared that I had it, I do not present the accreditation document of my negative AIDT upon arrival in Spain?
You will get tested. Furthermore, you will be breaching a Spanish entry health requirement and will have committed forgery. Hence, the Title VI of the Public Health General Law 33/2011, October 4th will be applicable, referring to infringements and sanctions.

Which infringement do I face if, having declared the possession of a negative COVID-19 AIDT test certificate in the Health Control Form, I do not present the accreditation document upon arrival in Spain?
The Public Health General Law 33/2011, October 4th, ranks breaking the health rules in force as a minor infringement if the repercussions on population health have been zero or little, and as a severe or very severe infringement if there is harm to health.
Minor infringements will result in fines up to 3000 euros. Severe infringements will result in fines from 3001 up to 60000 euros.

Do I have to pay for the COVID-19 diagnostic tests taken in Spain?
If I get tested with an AIDT at the point of entry because I am suspected of having COVID-19 after health controls, the cost of the test will be paid by the State.
Nevertheless, if the tests are performed because of the absence of a mandatory AIDT, this will be a breach of the rule, and the Title VI of the Law 33/2011, October 4th, referring to infringements and sanctions, will be applicable. 

What happens if I test positive for COVID-19 upon arrival in Spain?
If you test positive for SARS-Cov-2 in an AIDT upon arrival, the health alert protocols established in coordination with regional (Comunidades Autónomas) health authorities will be activated, in order to take you to a medical centre or any other centre designated for your medical attention. 

Can I refuse to get tested upon arrival in Spain?
No. Health controls upon arrival are mandatory for all passengers coming to Spain by air or sea. The infringement of this rule will result in the corresponding sanction.
Furthermore, according to the Rule INT/1006/2020, entry will be denied to any third country national not complying with the health control requirements established for COVID-19 by the Ministry of Health, after evaluation by health authorities.

What happens if, due to medical reasons, I cannot get tested for COVID-19?
At the present time, no medical exemptions are contemplated to justify not receiving an AIDT. Nevertheless, health staff at points of entry could evaluate each case.
  • ​De verbetering van de COVID-19 pandemie situatie in Spanje en het voorspoedige verloop van de vaccinaties, zowel in Spanje als in vele andere landen in de wereld, heeft de Spaanse overheid doen besluiten om de maatregelen om Spanje in te reizen voor een toeristisch bezoek te versoepelen. Vanaf 7 juni 2021 zullen de nieuwe vereisten, waarvan een samenvatting in dit document, van kracht zijn en welke als voornaamste nieuwigheden hebben: de toelating van snelle antigeentesten goedgekeurd door de EU en certificaten van volledige vaccinatie en herstel van COVID-19 voor reizigers uit landen van de Europese Unie en landen behorende tot de Europese Economische Ruimte, alsmede het openstellen voor toeristische reizigers met een vaccinatiebewijs vanuit landen buiten de EU.

  • Travel requirements for Spain /COVID-19
    ​All citizens and residents in The Netherlands are allowed to enter the Spanish territory.
    All travelers arriving to Spain must present a health control form (FCS) at the health control of their airport of arrival, as well as a COVID-19 certificate. Since the 7th of June this certificate can be a COVID-19 certificate of vaccination, a NAAT or antigen test or a certificate of recovery.


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