SPAIN is the latest country to require a negative coronavirus test on arrival from all tourists from high-risk countries, which includes British holidaymakers.
The new rules are to be enforced from November 23.
The coronavirus test must be taken within 72 hours of travel to Spain and is in addition to the current regulations which require the completion of a health form and a QR tracking code, as well as temperature and visual controls at Spanish airports.
It isn't great news for Brits who, while still only able to visit the Canary Islands without quarantining, may have hoped for an easy holiday break once the UK lockdown was lifted.
The new rule was confirmed by Spain's Ministry of Health this evening in an official statement which said: "Spain will require international travellers from risk countries to have a negative PCR in the 72 hours prior to arrival in Spain in order to enter the country."
"This measure is in addition to the health controls that are currently being carried out on all international passengers at the points of entry. Thus, temperature control and visual control are maintained."
"The document must be the original, written in Spanish or English and may be submitted in paper or electronic format."
"When the Form has not been completed electronically, through the QR code generated through the website www.spth.gob.es or the Spain Travel Health-SpTH application, it may be submitted in paper format before boarding. In this case, it must be accompanied by the original document certifying the performance of the diagnostic test."
"Those passengers who, after carrying out the temperature, visual or documentary controls, are suspected of suffering from Covid-19 must undergo a diagnostic test at the airport, upon arrival in Spain."
Spain says it will follow EU guidance as to which countries will be required to follow the new rule and one of the criteria will be the coronavirus ratio per 100,000 residents in 14 days.
The Spanish government has not yet specified what this threshold will be.
"Travel agencies, tour operators and air or maritime transport companies and any other agent that markets tickets must inform passengers of the obligation to have a PCR with a negative result in order to travel," says Spain's Ministry of Health.
"This new measure complies with the EU Recommendation 2020/1475, which seeks to end the disparity in the health control models implemented by the countries of the European Union."
"The resolution that establishes these new controls will be published tomorrow, November 12, in the Official State Gazette and will enter into force on November 23."
Anyone travelling to the Canary Islands will require a Covid-free certificate too but this requirement starts on November 14.
The islands, which include Tenerife and Lanzarote, were left "devastated" by the UK lockdown after hopes of a winter holiday revival.
Holiday prices were slashed by a third to the islands to encourage last-minute 2020 bookings.
Here is the travel advice if heading to the Canaries after lockdown.
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