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COVID-19 PCR tests on air and ship travel to Barcelona, ​​Spain in 2021 and health checks

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last update: May 7, 2021

The information provided on this page is correct as of May 7, 2021. However, the requirements for entering Spain may change on a daily basis. We therefore strongly advise you to find out about the current requirements for your country on the official website of the Spanish health advice COVID-19.

Spanish health COVID-19 advisory website

On this page you will find information on the mandatory coronavirus PCR tests for travelers arriving by air or sea from "risk countries" to Barcelona, ​​Spain, as well as the health control checkpoints at Spanish airports and ports.

Travelers on their way to the health checkpoint at Barcelona Airport

Important disclaimer

Before we begin we need to make this disclaimer. We take all steps to ensure our information is accurate and up to date, however changes happen quickly and we may not be aware of all updates to COVID-19 regulations. We therefore advise you to check our information with official government health websites before taking any action. Please note that you act at your own risk if you act based on information we give you.

Mandatory COVID-19 PCR Tests for Travel to Spain by Air or Sea

From November 23, 2020, travelers coming to Barcelona, ​​Spain by air or sea and coming from countries classified as "Risk Countries" by the Spanish Ministry of Health must present a certificate with a negative PCR result. A PCR test is done on nasal swabs to determine if a person is infected with COVID-19.

Since December 10, 2020, TMA tests (Transcription-Mediated Amplification) and RT-LAMP tests (Reverse Transcriptase Loop-Mediated Isothermal Amplification) have also been approved for entry into Barcelona, ​​Spain.

Children under 6 years of age do not need to take a COVID-19 test to enter Spain. However, children from 6 years of age need a travel certificate with a PCR, TMA or RT-LAMP test to enter Spain.

You can consult the list of risk countries on the website of the Spanish Ministry of Health under the heading "Risk countries / areas". The validity dates are displayed in the list of countries classified as high risk countries. The validity dates are given in Spanish, English, French and German on the same lines. If you click on the PDF icon under each paragraph, you will see the list of countries that are considered high risk countries within this data.

Unfortunately, the PDF list of high risk countries is only available in Spanish. You will see that the PDF offers two listings: the first is for the European high-risk countries, the second for the non-European high-risk countries. We recommend that you copy and paste the PDF content into google translate to get the translation of the content.

If you are traveling to Spain by air or sea and come from one of the risk countries in the above lists, you must have a PCR, TMA or RT-LAMP test within 72 hours of your arrival in Barcelona and at your On arrival in Barcelona present a negative travel certificate for the PCR, TMA or RT-LAMP test.

The list of countries for which PCR, TMA or RT-LAMP test certificates are mandatory is updated every two weeks. So make sure to check the website of the Spanish health advice COVID-19 a few days before your trip to Spain.

Note that PCR, TMA or RT-LAMP test certificates are required for all travelers arriving by air or sea from these risk countries, regardless of their nationality or country of residence.

However, if you are in transit at a Spanish airport, there is no need to present a PCR, TMA or RT-LAMP test.

PCR tests, TMA tests and RT-LAMP tests are the only COVID-19 tests accepted by the Spanish authorities. Other coronavirus test certificates, such as B. Rapid Serology, Rapid Antigen, or High Performance Serological Test Certificates will not be accepted. Only PCR, TMA or RT-LAMP test certificates are accepted.

PCR, TMA, and RT-LAMP test travel certificates must be in English, Spanish, German or French and presented in paper or electronic form from your mobile phone. If you are getting tested in a non-English, Spanish, German, or French speaking country, we strongly recommend that you ask your laboratory to provide your coronavirus test results in English.
The negative coronavirus test certificate for entry to Spain must include your name, passport or ID number, the date you were tested, the identification and contact details of the laboratory where you were tested, the test method used and the negative result included.

If you come to Barcelona from a risk country and do not have a negative PCR, TMA or RT-LAMP test certificate, you will be tested on arrival at Barcelona Airport with a rapid antigen test in a specially designated area at the airport.
You will have to wait for the results in one of the airport waiting rooms.
Results are available within 1 hour of taking the test under normal circumstances, but you may have to wait longer depending on demand that day.

The price of the antigen test is paid by the Spanish government, but if you travel to Barcelona Airport from a risk country without a PCR, TMA or RT-LAMP test certificate, you are in violation of Spanish Health Law 33/2011 of October 4th and can be fined up to 3000 €. So it pays off for you to have the PCR, TMA or RT-LAMP test travel certificate to avoid this penalty.

PCR, TMA or RT-LAMP test certificates are only required for travelers entering Spain by air or sea. Currently, if you are traveling by land - car, train, bus, etc. - you do not need to take a PCR, TMA or RT-LAMP test prior to entering Spain and present a test travel certificate upon entry. However, we strongly recommend that you also check the COVID-19 Spanish Health Advisory Service website before you travel in case requirements have been updated after this article was published.

If you need an antigen or PCR test travel certificate to travel back to your country, you can easily get tested in a private laboratory in Barcelona.


Mandatory COVID-19 PCR tests required for entry into Spain by land from France

Since March 30, 2021, the submission of a negative PCR, TMA or RT-LAMP result has also been mandatory when traveling from France to Spain by land, i.e. by train, bus or car.

Children under 6 years of age do not need a COVID-19 test to travel overland from France to Spain. However, children 6 years and older will need a PCR, TMA, or RT-LAMP test travel certificate to travel to Spain from France by land.

PCR, TMA, and RT-LAMP test travel certificates must be in English, Spanish, German or French and presented in paper or electronic form from your mobile phone.


Health check on arrival in Spain by air or sea

Travelers entering Spain by air or sea from another country - including from countries not on the list of risk countries - must undergo health screening.

At Barcelona Airport, the health check consists of separate lines that lead from the customs area to the baggage claim area for travelers from other Spanish destinations and travelers from other countries.

Travelers entering from countries other than Spain must follow the health control lines.

The health check consists of a visual check by health agents, a temperature check and the submission of your health control form (also known as the FCS form).

Green health control lines for travelers coming from outside Spain at Barcelona Airport

Your temperature will be measured with non-contact thermometers or thermal imaging cameras and you will need to present your health check-up form.

Filling out the Public Health Control Form is a simple two-step process:

Step 1. After booking your flight tickets, you need to register on the Spanish Travel Health website.

You will need to provide your name, last name, passport or ID number, flight number, arrival date and your email address.

You will receive confirmation of registration with detailed instructions on how and when to fill out the health check-up form.


We recommend that you create an account or log into your account on the airline's website to book your flights in order to have the links to the Spanish travel health website and public health passenger search form along with your booking details in Available in your account.


Level 2. You must fill out the Public Health Control form within 2 days of your flight. You will be asked a number of health questions.

After completing the form, you will receive a QR code that you will need to show the Spanish authorities upon arrival at Barcelona Airport.

You can either print the QR code or download the QR code app or take a screenshot of the QR code and save it on your mobile phone.

The health check-up form is also available through the Spain Travel Health-Spth app, which you can download on Android and iOS.


If you do not fill out the health assessment form in advance, you have the option to do so on the plane. However, upon arrival at Barcelona Airport, you will have to queue to present the form to the Spanish authorities. We recommend that you fill out the form online within 2 days before your flight so that all you have to do is show your QR code at Barcelona Airport without having to queue.


After you have passed the health check, you can collect your luggage at the baggage claim.

If you arrive in Spain by sea, your shipping company will give you a paper health check form during the cruise or upon arrival in port.

Informative signs about the Public Health Form in the Health Control Lines at Barcelona Airport

If you have COVID-19 symptoms at health check, such as: For example, if you have an elevated temperature of more than 37.5 ° C, you will be subjected to a rapid antigen test in a specially designated area at the airport, even if you have a negative PCR, TMA or RT-LAMP test travel certificate.
You will have to wait for the results in one of the waiting rooms. The results are available within 1 hour under normal circumstances.
The price of the antigen test is borne by the Spanish government.

If you test positive, the health protocols will be activated and you will be taken to a medical center.

If your test is negative, you can continue with your plans normally.

Find out more about how to visit Barcelona during COVID-19.

You can find more useful information at the links below:
PCR test FAQ from the Spanish Ministry of Health
List of risk countries for which a certificate of negative PCR test is required when entering Spain by air or sea
Health check on arrival in Spain by air or sea

If you need an antigen or PCR test travel certificate to travel back to your country, you can easily get tested in a private laboratory in Barcelona.