Spain has reopened its borders to British travellers, and once the UK gives the go-ahead for UK nationals to travel abroad, it could mean Spanish holidays return before the end of the summer season. However, in a bid to stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) Spain is enforcing strict new health screening measures.
UK travellers will now have to submit a health declaration before they jet off on holiday, and will be given a corresponding QR code.
Upon arrival at a Spanish airport, the personalised code will be scanned electronically.
The code will allow Spanish authorities to trace holidaymakers during their stay.
The new rule became compulsory as of today (July 1st) but the Spanish government has established a transitional period up until the end of the month which will allow completed forms to be presented in paperwork form after flights touch down.
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A formal order was published today making the form and QR code mandatory.
The Spanish government says it has made contact with airlines, transport companies and travel agents so they can inform Brits of the new rule.
“If you are preparing a trip to Spain, you must know that due to the COVID-19 health crisis, it is mandatory to fill out a Health Control Form which can be accessed from the page www.spth.gob.es or by downloading the app on your mobile from the same page,” a spokesman explained.
“You should not travel if you have symptoms compatible with COVID-19: fever, cough, breathing difficulties, during the last 14 days.”
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The health declaration form, known as the FCS form, must be sent 48 hours before the passenger’s journey. They will then receive an email containing their personalised QR code.
The form must also be printed out or downloaded onto a mobile phone before arrival into Spain.
Once at the airport, you must show the QR code that will be scanned at the health control, in order to access the terminal and collect your luggage,” said the spokesman.
Details on the form include your name and address, passport number, information about your stay in Spain and email address.
Health questions must also be answered.
The rule applies to both children and adults, as well as all nationalities entering Spain.
Every family must fill out their own individual health form, and be in possession of their own QR code.
The system, which also applies to any arrivals by sea, is part of the control measures to try and prevent coronavirus coming in from abroad.
On arrival, all passengers will also go through electronic temperature checks and a visual inspection.
If they fail any one of the three parts, they will be required to see a doctor.
Anyone who doesn’t have a QR code is likely to be refused entry to Spain and if health officials have doubts about the person’s state of health or that they may have mixed with someone who has coronavirus, they would be put in quarantine or sent home.
Additional reporting by Rita Sobot