October 31, 2020

Spain will carry out public health forms for foreign tourists and will carry out temperature controls upon arrival

Spain will carry out public health forms for tourists before traveling to the country to facilitate the location of contacts in case of contagion and will carry out documentary, visual and temperature controls upon arrival in the country.

According to an order published this Wednesday in the Official State Gazette (BOE), this type of forms –based on the Passenger LocationCard– collects information such as the address of the stay in Spain, travel history and medical issues, related to coronavirus symptoms.

This form, which must be completed electronically before traveling to Spain, becomes a QR code that the traveler must present at the health checks upon arrival. Thus, if a traveler is found to be suffering from Covid-19, a medical evaluation will be performed.

It will consist of taking the temperature using non-contact thermometers or thermal imaging cameras. In the case of travel by sea, this process may be carried out before arrival at any Spanish port.

If it is confirmed that the passenger suffers from coronavirus after taking the temperature and prior controls, the Spanish health authorities will activate, according to the order, the protocols established to refer him to a health center.

Previously, the suspected passengers will undergo a second sanitary evaluation in which the temperature will be taken again and their clinical and epidemiological status will be evaluated. However, the order contained in the BOE does not establish the need to carry out detection tests.

All this process obliges travel agencies, tour operators and air or sea transport companies and any other agent who sells tickets in isolation to inform passengers in the process of selling tickets to Spain of the obligation to present the public health form at the airport or port of destination.

For the moment, a transitional period is established – until July 31, 2020 – in which international passengers who have not been able to complete the public health form telematically may present it upon arrival in Spain in paper format.


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