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US Covid Test for Spain w/i 48 hrs--test may take 72 hrs

Year of past OR future Camino
2023
I did a search on this site and didn't see an answer to this. I'm flying Iberia on 7/9 from Boston. Their website says a Covid test isn't required to enter if I'm fully vaccinated (which I am). But the the Spain US embassy site says I need a Covid test taken with 48 hours of landing in Spain. The Covid test site info says the test results may take 72 hours. There's no local option for me to go in person to get a PCR test and get the results immediately-- it's a do-it-yourself and send it off to the testing lab option. Has anyone gone through this process yet? Looking for any tips or suggestions.
 
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natefaith

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Year of past OR future Camino
2009
Are you looking at this news release? https://es.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/

I only see that unvaccinated travelers who have special permission to enter Spain have to fulfill the 48-hour requirement:

"Unvaccinated U.S. citizens cannot enter Spain for tourism. Unvaccinated travelers can only enter Spain if they have already obtained special permission from the Government of Spain or meet very specific requirements. Please check the Spanish regulations carefully before attempting to travel. Travelers who meet the requirements or have obtained special permission from the Government of Spain will need to show a negative COVID test result taken with 48 hours of arrival to Spain or a medical certificate showing recovery from COVID and complete a Health Control Form and generate a QR code (See Entry and Exit Requirements below)."

Since you're already fully vaccinated you don't have to do a PCR test. You just need to fill in the form at the SPTH website and make sure you have your vaccine certificate for Covid.

Hope that helps! :)
 
Year of past OR future Camino
2023
Are you looking at this news release? https://es.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/

I only see that unvaccinated travelers who have special permission to enter Spain have to fulfill the 48-hour requirement:

"Unvaccinated U.S. citizens cannot enter Spain for tourism. Unvaccinated travelers can only enter Spain if they have already obtained special permission from the Government of Spain or meet very specific requirements. Please check the Spanish regulations carefully before attempting to travel. Travelers who meet the requirements or have obtained special permission from the Government of Spain will need to show a negative COVID test result taken with 48 hours of arrival to Spain or a medical certificate showing recovery from COVID and complete a Health Control Form and generate a QR code (See Entry and Exit Requirements below)."

Since you're already fully vaccinated you don't have to do a PCR test. You just need to fill in the form at the SPTH website and make sure you have your vaccine certificate for Covid.

Hope that helps! :)
Thank you so much. I missed the "un." I'm so relieved. Thank you!!
 

trecile

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Year of past OR future Camino
Francés (2016 & 2017), Norte (2018), Francés-Salvador-Norte (2019), Portuguese (2019)
I did a search on this site and didn't see an answer to this. I'm flying Iberia on 7/9 from Boston. Their website says a Covid test isn't required to enter if I'm fully vaccinated (which I am). But the the Spain US embassy site says I need a Covid test taken with 48 hours of landing in Spain. The Covid test site info says the test results may take 72 hours. There's no local option for me to go in person to get a PCR test and get the results immediately-- it's a do-it-yourself and send it off to the testing lab option. Has anyone gone through this process yet? Looking for any tips or suggestions.
I think that you are misreading the information from the Embassy. The part about a Covid test refers to unvaccinated children arriving with their vaccinated parents, and unvaccinated travelers with special permission to enter Spain.
 
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lisaflora

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Year of past OR future Camino
2021
I did a search on this site and didn't see an answer to this. I'm flying Iberia on 7/9 from Boston. Their website says a Covid test isn't required to enter if I'm fully vaccinated (which I am). But the the Spain US embassy site says I need a Covid test taken with 48 hours of landing in Spain. The Covid test site info says the test results may take 72 hours. There's no local option for me to go in person to get a PCR test and get the results immediately-- it's a do-it-yourself and send it off to the testing lab option. Has anyone gone through this process yet? Looking for any tips or suggestions.
I bought Binax 6 pack home test for $150. Complete with telemed verification and accepted by American airlines.even links to their Verifly app. Flight cancelled. Had to travel next day, today, and brought an extra test with me since another delay could cause test to be invalid as it will be past 72 hr mark. Will leave another test in Santiago with mom who arrives at end of Camino ( for return flight). Heat exposure while walking may kill it so I am blessed to have this option.. Test in Santiago supposedly near $200...so I figure Binax is reasonable for 6 tests.
DO TEST AT LAST POSS8BLE MINUTE TO AVOID MISS8NG 72 HR WINDOW!!
 

El Cascayal

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Year of past OR future Camino
2021
Are you looking at this news release? https://es.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/

I only see that unvaccinated travelers who have special permission to enter Spain have to fulfill the 48-hour requirement:

"Unvaccinated U.S. citizens cannot enter Spain for tourism. Unvaccinated travelers can only enter Spain if they have already obtained special permission from the Government of Spain or meet very specific requirements. Please check the Spanish regulations carefully before attempting to travel. Travelers who meet the requirements or have obtained special permission from the Government of Spain will need to show a negative COVID test result taken with 48 hours of arrival to Spain or a medical certificate showing recovery from COVID and complete a Health Control Form and generate a QR code (See Entry and Exit Requirements below)."

Since you're already fully vaccinated you don't have to do a PCR test. You just need to fill in the form at the SPTH website and make sure you have your vaccine certificate for Covid.

Hope that helps! :)
Be aware in order to complete this form you must have a seat assignment on the plane taking you to Spain and need to enter it on the form. This form must be completed no sooner than 48 hrs before your flight.
I arrived in Madrid on June 10. Stay up to date with Spanish & your country of origin information. Things remain very dynamic with the possibility of rapid change.
 
Year of past OR future Camino
2023
Be aware in order to complete this form you must have a seat assignment on the plane taking you to Spain and need to enter it on the form. This form must be completed no sooner than 48 hrs before your flight.
I arrived in Madrid on June 10. Stay up to date with Spanish & your country of origin information. Things remain very dynamic with the possibility of rapid change.
Thanks so very much for this info and the head's up. Really appreciate it.
 
Year of past OR future Camino
2023
I bought Binax 6 pack home test for $150. Complete with telemed verification and accepted by American airlines.even links to their Verifly app. Flight cancelled. Had to travel next day, today, and brought an extra test with me since another delay could cause test to be invalid as it will be past 72 hr mark. Will leave another test in Santiago with mom who arrives at end of Camino ( for return flight). Heat exposure while walking may kill it so I am blessed to have this option.. Test in Santiago supposedly near $200...so I figure Binax is reasonable for 6 tests.
DO TEST AT LAST POSS8BLE MINUTE TO AVOID MISS8NG 72 HR WINDOW!!
Thanks so much LisaFlora. Really appreciate this resource.
 

Shakey

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Year of past OR future Camino
Frances-'15, '16, '17, '19
Porto-SdC-'15, '17
Le Puy-'16
Rota V-'19
Plata-'19
Francigena (Lucca)-'19
My husband and I arrived June 9 with a QR code obtained within 48 hours of our flight on the SpTh app, along with our vaccination cards. The QR code was all we had to show upon arrival at the Madrid airport, no one asked to see the vaccine card. Hope this helps. Safe travels!
 
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2023
My husband and I arrived June 9 with a QR code obtained within 48 hours of our flight on the SpTh app, along with our vaccination cards. The QR code was all we had to show upon arrival at the Madrid airport, no one asked to see the vaccine card. Hope this helps. Safe travels!
I'm very happy to hear that, Shakey. I hope you're having a wonderful experience. Many thanks.
 

Renascer

Active Member
Year of past OR future Camino
2021
Are you looking at this news release? https://es.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/

I only see that unvaccinated travelers who have special permission to enter Spain have to fulfill the 48-hour requirement:

"Unvaccinated U.S. citizens cannot enter Spain for tourism. Unvaccinated travelers can only enter Spain if they have already obtained special permission from the Government of Spain or meet very specific requirements. Please check the Spanish regulations carefully before attempting to travel. Travelers who meet the requirements or have obtained special permission from the Government of Spain will need to show a negative COVID test result taken with 48 hours of arrival to Spain or a medical certificate showing recovery from COVID and complete a Health Control Form and generate a QR code (See Entry and Exit Requirements below)."

Since you're already fully vaccinated you don't have to do a PCR test. You just need to fill in the form at the SPTH website and make sure you have your vaccine certificate for Covid.

Hope that helps! :)
I wish it was like this for Portugal too. Because i am fully vaccinated maybe next month will change 🙏🙏🙏
 
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Renascer

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Year of past OR future Camino
2021
Yes, I'm going alone. My husband will be cheering me on from home. He's decided he's done with traveling... I hope to read soon that you'll be able to do your route.
Yes. Thank you about my birthday. Yes i don't want to quit this is important to me. I hope it will be very meaningful to you.
 
Peaceable Projects Inc.
Peaceable Projects Inc. is a U.S.-based non-profit group that brings the vast resources of the wide world together with the ongoing needs of the people who live, work, and travel on the Camino de Santiago pilgrim trail network in Spain.
Rent a house in Santiago (1 month minimum)
300m from the cathedral and around the corner from the fresh food market in Santiago. Perfect place to tele commute from (1GB symmetrical connection).

t2andreo

Veteran Member
Year of past OR future Camino
2022
When seeking admission to a foreign country, rely on the news and written requirements from that country, not the US Embassy.

When seeking to return to the US, then follow the requirements of the US Government:
If you arrive at Madrid, or another EU airport, they are not going to care what the US Embassy told you. Spanish / French, Portuguese, etc. rules prevail.

Hope this helps.

Tom
 

Marbe2

Active member
Year of past OR future Camino
2015-2019 walked all or more than half of CF 7 times... CP recently cancelled by Covid 19!

NO TESTING REQUIRED TO ENTER SPAIN!​


Effective June 24, 2021, U.S. citizens can travel from the United States to Spain if they present upon arrival in Spain a QR code generated through the Spain Travel Health portal, obtained through the website or by downloading the “SpTH app” in Google Play Store or iTunes App Store for each traveler, regardless of their age.

Effective June 24, 2021, U.S. citizens can travel from the United States to Spain if they present upon arrival in Spain a QR code generated through the Spain Travel Health portal, obtained through the website or by downloading the “SpTH app” in Google Play Store or iTunes App Store for each traveler, regardless of their age.

There is no requirement to bring proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test if you are traveling from the United States to Spain. However, this may change with short notice, so be sure to review this information as close as possible to your travel date.
 

t2andreo

Veteran Member
Year of past OR future Camino
2022
Happy 50th! What a great way to celebrate. This is my first camino, too (Frances).
I celebrated my 60th birthday with my first Camino (Frances) and arrival at Santiago to celebrate at the noon Pilgrim Mass. It was awesome,

I wish you Buen Camino, and an early Happy Birthday.

Ultreia!

Hope this helps.

Tom
 

Renascer

Active Member
Year of past OR future Camino
2021
I celebrated my 60th birthday with my first Camino (Frances) and arrival at Santiago to celebrate at the noon Pilgrim Mass. It was awesome,

I wish you Buen Camino, and an early Happy Birthday.

Ultreia!

Hope this helps.

Tom
What an awesome way to celebrate 60!
Congrats!
I am looking forward to mine.
It will be fun!
Thank you.
Ultreia!
 

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