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Old Nov 18th 2020, 5:52 am
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I live in Spain and work in London, I travel about once per week sometimes twice depending on work. Does this mean I will have to fork out for a PCR test everytime I wish to return to my home. The tests are around 100 plus GBP. Does anyone have a similar situation and if so , how are they going to manage going forward? Help!
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Old Nov 18th 2020, 6:28 am
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I guess it will.
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Does anyone have any info on how this will be managed over Christmas? I can't the answers anywhere. My kids are due to land here late on 27th December, making it impossible to have a PCR test within the 72 hour window. In fact it makes it impossible for all flights to land for a few days.
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Boots are advertising PCR testing by appointment in their stores.
Most branches of Boots will be open on Boxing Day, but once again opening times will vary – with stores opening around 8am and staying open until around 7pm.
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Yes, I already tried them but they won't guarantee the results will be available on time. I'm trying to get clarity from MSCBS to guarantee they can get tested upon arrival. It looks like it might be OK:

¿A qué viajeros se va a someter a test diagnóstico en el punto de entrada de España? Si los pasajeros que, procediendo de un país o zona de riesgo contemplado en el anexo II, no acrediten adecuadamente la realización de una PDIA para SARS-CoV-2 con resultado negativo, realizada en las setenta y dos horas previas a la llegada, deberán someterse a la realización de la PDIA que establezcan los servicios de sanidad exterior. Así mismo, deberán someterse a la realización de la PDIA aquellos pasajeros que tras la realización de los controles de temperatura, visual o documental se determine que existe sospecha de que puedan padecer COVID-19.
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The rules may well be revised before the peak holiday travel period. Other EU countries will have limited PCR testing capacity for their own populations and may not be able to accommodate the outsourced testing and strict time limits demanded by Spain.

EU Directive 2020/1470 Paragraph 17

Common framework as regards possible measures for travellers coming from higher-risk areas

Member States should in principle not refuse the entry of persons travelling from other Member States.

Member States that consider necessary to introduce restrictions to free movement, based on their own decision-making processes, could require persons travelling from an area classified other than ‘green’ pursuant to point 10 to
  1. undergo quarantine/self-isolation; and/or
  2. undergo a test for COVID-19 infection after arrival.
Member States may offer travellers the option to substitute the test mentioned in letter (b) by a test for COVID-19 infection carried out prior to arrival.

Some rather violent rewriting of the EU Directive is required to convert “may offer” into a requirement for a mandatory pre travel test punishable with up to a 6,000 euro fine for non compliance. The domestic Spanish reaction is also likely to be lively when it dawns that a brief trip outside Spain by air will require the expense, inconvenience, not to mention health risks, of at least one and possibly two PCR tests.


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If you travel from a whitlisted country but with a transit in a red zone country then do you still need the test?
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