02 Feb
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Travels to Spain: The Ministry of Health adapts the validity of antigen tests as a requirement for entry into Spain to European regulations

The Official State Gazette (BOE) publishes the amendment to the Resolution of 4 June 2021 of the Directorate General of Public Health, which adapts the validity of negative results obtained from antigen tests as a requirement for entry into Spain to the new European regulations.

Travels to Spain and Covid19

As 1 February 2022, and in line with Council Recommendation (EU) 2022/107 of 25 January 2022 on a coordinated approach to facilitate free movement during the COVID-19 pandemic, which replaces Recommendation (EU) 2020/1475, only negative results of antigen tests for SARS-CoV-2 infection obtained within 24 hours prior to arrival in Spain will be considered valid, and not 48 hours, as was the case until now.

As stated in the aforementioned Council Recommendation (EU) 2022/107 of 25 January 2022, the wide availability of the rapid antigen tests included in the common list agreed by the Health Safety Committee justifies establishing this validity period of no more than 24 hours for these tests.

On the other hand, and as has been the case to date, certificates of diagnostic tests for an active COVID-19 infection with a negative result from molecular nucleic acid amplification tests (NAAT), whose sample has been obtained within 72 hours prior to arrival in Spain, will continue to be considered as valid.

In any case, the diagnostic test certificate shall include at least the name and surname of the holder, the date the sample was taken, the type of test performed and the issuing country.

By: Estela Martín

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