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COVID-19 Testing Requirements for Cruise Passengers to Board a Valiant Lady, Virgin Voyage cruise from or to Barcelona Cruise Port

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Latest update: 23 June 2022

This page covers the following topics for Valiant Lady, Virgin Voyage cruise passengers boarding their cruise from Barcelona:
1. COVID-19 entry requirements for Spain
2. Vaccination requirements to board your Valiant Lady, Virgin Voyage cruise from Barcelona
3. The Valiant Lady, Virgin Voyage cruise pre-cruise COVID-19 testing requirements
4. What happens if you test positive just before boarding your Valiant Lady, Virgin Voyage cruise
5. Where to get a COVID test in Barcelona after your Valiant Lady, Virgin Voyage cruise if you need to get tested to fly back to your country

On this page we also provide links to the Valiant Lady, Virgin Voyage cruise official website, to the Spanish authorities official websites for entry requirements, and to other articles of interest on our website.

Our Insider Tip

Express COVID Testing For Cruise Ship Passengers
How to avoid queuing for your pre-boarding COVID test certificate

If you're embarking on a cruise ship from Barcelona, you will require a COVID test before starting your cruise. The problem is that the queues for testing cruise passengers can be several hours long because thousands of passengers all need tests. The cruise appointed testing clinics typically work without an appointment. However, there is a solution. You can get a pre-boarding COVID test from an Express COVID testing centre geared up to test cruise ship passengers. With this service, you can avoid the long queues and get tested fast. The cruise specialist testing centre only works by appointment, which is how they can offer such a fast service. The Express COVID test centre set time slot quotas to ensure you get tested rapidly and will not accept further bookings once a time slot quota is reached. It is, therefore, important to book your COVID test well in advance. This testing centre issues COVID certificates that meet the specifications of any cruise ship entering Barcelona. You can feel confident you will have the right paperwork for boarding your cruise.The Express COVID testing service can issue cruise pre-boarding COVID certificates for the following cruises and many more:

Azamara, Celebrity, Costa, Disney, MSC, Norwegian, Princess, Regent Seven of the Seas, Royal Caribbean, Seabourn and Valiant Lady Virgin Voyage Cruise to name a few.

When you arrive at the Express COVID testing centre, give the name of the cruise you will be embarking on so they can issue you the correct COVID certificate for your cruise. Follow the link below that explains three strategies to avoid the long queues for pre-cruise COVID testing.

Click to learn more about the express COVID testing service for cruise ship passengers



1. COVID-19 entry requirements for Spain

Before boarding your Valiant Lady, Virgin Voyage cruise from Barcelona, you will first need to enter Spain and therefore meet the COVID-19 entry requirements for Spain, which we explain below.

To enter Spain from a EU or a Schengen country: you do not need to present any COVID certificate or to fill out a Health control form

EU countries include: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.

Schengen countries also include: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland.

Since 18 June 2022, if you´re arriving to Spain from a EU country or a Schengen country, there are no more COVID related entry restrictions to Spain.

You no longer need to present a COVID certificate. Eg. you no longer need to present a negative COVID test certificate or vaccination certificate or a COVID certificate of recovery. Filling out a Health control form is no longer necessary either.

To enter Spain from any other countries (non-EU and non-Schengen countries):

- Negative COVID test certificate, vaccination certificate, or certificate of recovery or European Digital COVID Certificate equivalent

If you´re arriving to Spain by air from a non-EU or a non-Schengen country, COVID-19 certificates or EU Digital COVID Certificates or equivalents are required to enter Spain:

1. A negative COVID-19 test certificate for a COVID test taken within 24 hours of your departure to Spain for Rapid Antigen Tests and within 72 hours of your departure to Spain for NAAT tests (Nucleic Acid Amplification tests) such as PCR tests (Polymerase Chain Reaction tests), LAMP tests (Loop-Mediated Isothermal Amplification tests), NEAR tests (Nicking Endonuclease Amplification Reaction tests). You can also present your EU Digital COVID Certificate (EU DCC) of your negative COVID test or equivalent to the Spanish authorities.

2. OR a COVID-19 vaccination certificate that proves you had a full COVID-19 vaccination between 14 days and 270 days before entering Spain with one of the vaccines authorized by the European Medicines Agency or the World Health organization website. The list of vaccines valid to enter Spain can be found on these two websites:
European Medicines Agency official website of the European Union
World Health organization website

You are considered fully vaccinated after your single dose for unique-dose vaccines. For 2 shots vaccine, you´re considered fully vaccinated once the 2 shots have been administrated. You will be able to enter Spain with your COVID-19 vaccination certificate 14 days after the date you´re considered fully vaccinated.

From 1 February 2022, vaccination certificates become invalid after 270 days of you being fully vaccinated, which equals approximately 9 months. You will need to get a booster dose for your vaccination certificate to be valid to enter Spain. Your vaccination certificate will need to show the administration of your booster dose.

You will be able to enter Spain with your COVID-19 vaccination certificate as long as your last dose is of a vaccine authorized by the European Medicines Agency or the World Health Organization, even if your first doses were not.

You can also present your EU Digital COVID Certificate (EU DCC) of vaccination or equivalent to the Spanish authorities.

3. OR a COVID-19 certificate of immunity after having recovered from COVID. The certificate of recovery is valid from day 11 after your first positive NAAT test result and up to 180 days, which equals approximately 6 months.

You can also present your EU Digital COVID Certificate of recovery (EU DCC) or equivalent to the Spanish authorities.


Equivalents to the EU Digital COVID Certificate are issued by 40 non-EU countries that have joined the EU Digital COVID Certificate program.

The 40 non-EU countries and territories also included in the EU Digital COVID Certificate program include: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Benin, Cabo Verde, Colombia, El Salvador, Faroe Islands, Georgia, Israel, Iceland, Indonesia, Jordan, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Malaysia, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Norway, Panama, San Marino, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunisia, Togo, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and the Crown Dependencies (Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man), Uruguay, Vietnam, The Vatican.

You can find the list of the non EU countries and territories included in the EU Digital COVID Certificate program on the EU official page on EU Digital COVID Certificates.

Those who enter Spain with an EU Digital COVID Certificate or equivalent issued by any of the 40 non-EU countries will not need to fill out the Health Control Form, also known as the QR SPTH or the QR of the Spain Travel Health authority. More information on the Health Control Form is provided below on this page.

Note that the European Digital COVID Certificate is also referred to as the EU DCC, the Green Digital Certificate or as the European Green Digital Certificate. All these terms refer to the same European certificate.
The European Green Digital Certificate is simply a digital certificate that proves that you have had a negative COVID test, a full vaccination against COVID, or a certificate of recovery. So if you're a European citizen, you can either enter Spain with one of the 3 above-mentioned certificates or with your European Digital COVID Certificate.

If you do not have an EU Digital COVID Certificate or equivalent, your COVID certificate must be in English, French, German or Spanish. If you have a European Digital COVID Certificate or equivalent, then the language is not a problem as European Digital COVID Certificates are issued in the language of the country where it was issued and also in English. However, if you do not have a European Digital COVID Certificate or equivalent and if your COVID certificate is not in one of the 4 above-mentioned languages, it will need to be accompanied by a translation into Spanish made by an official translator.
You can find more information about the EU Digital COVID Certificate and COVID certificates needed to enter Spain on our page about the EU Digital COVID Certificate.
According to the Spain Travel Health website of the Spanish Health Ministry, children under 12 do not need to present any COVID certificate to enter Spain.


- Additional Health Control Form QR code needed for entering Spain by air

Any passenger arriving to Spain by air from a non-EU or a non-Schengen country with a EU Digital COVID Certificate equivalent does not need to fill out the Health Control Form anymore. EU Digital COVID Certificate equivalents include: EU Digital COVID Certificate of vaccination, EU Digital COVID Certificate of a Negative COVID test and EU Digital COVID Certificate of recovery or an equivalent issued by one of the non-EU countries that have joined the EU Digital COVID Certificate program. EU equivalents to the EU Digital COVID Certificate (DCC) refer to digital accreditations of vaccination and negative COVID test of recovery issued by the authorities of the non-EU countries that have joined the EU Digital COVID Certificate program. The list of these countries is provided above on this page.

So if you´re entering Spain with any of the 3 documents below issued by EU countries or their equivalent issued by the non-EU countries and territories listed above, you do not need to fill out any Health Control Form:

  • EU Digital COVID Certificate of vaccination or EU equivalent,
  • or EU Digital COVID Certificate of a negative COVID test or EU equivalent
  • or EU Digital COVID Certificate of recovery or a EU equivalent

However, if you do not have an EU Digital COVID Certificate or an EU equivalent, e.g. if you´re travelling with a simple certificate of a negative COVID test, you will also need to fill out a Health Control Form for arrivals by air and present it upon arrival to any Spanish airport.

Health Control Form is not required when entering Spain by land, e.g., by car, train, bus or by sea, e.g., cruise.

According to the Spain Travel Health website of the Spanish Health Ministry, children under 12 do not need to present any COVID certificate to enter Spain and do not need to fill out a Health Control Form.



2. Vaccination requirements to board your Valiant Lady, Virgin Voyage cruise from Barcelona

You need to be vaccinated to board your Valiant Lady, Virgin Voyage cruise. You must check the detailed vaccination requirements on the Virgin Voyages European health sailing page, under the Health & wellness to-do´s section, point 3 called: COVID-19 related requirements.

Virgin Voyages European health sailing page

It is important that you check Valiant Lady, Virgin Voyage cruise specific vaccination requirements as they may different from the vaccination requirements needed if you enter Spain with a vaccination certificate.

For children:

If you´re taking your Valiant Lady, Virgin Voyage cruise with children, we recommend you contact them to enquire about the vaccination requirements for children as they are not specified on the Virgin Voyages European health sailing page.

Virgin Voyages European health sailing page


3. Valiant Lady, Virgin Voyage cruise pre-cruise COVID-19 testing requirements

A pre-cruise COVID antigen or RT-PCR test is required to board your Valiant Lady, Virgin Voyage cruise. An at-home COVID test can be organized and paid by Virgin Voyages for passengers of the Valiant Lady cruise. You will receive details by email from Valiant Lady.

You must check the Virgin Voyages European health sailing page, section Health & welness to-do´s to view the pre-cruise COVID test requirements.

Virgin Voyages European health sailing page

You can also arrange your own COVID test at an officially authorized testing centre in Barcelona. Alternatively, you can also have the testing centre come to your hotel or tourist apartment to perform your COVID test before your cruise. Lastly, you can also have the testing centre pick you up before your cruise, take you to the testing centre for you to get tested, and drop you off at your cruise terminal at Barcelona cruise port. With any of these options, you will be tested at your desired time and won´t have to wait in line for hours, as it happens at many test centres. You can learn more by clicking on the button below.


4. What happens if you test positive just before boarding your Valiant Lady, Virgin Voyage cruise

If your pre-cruise COVID test is positive, or if the pre-cruise COVID test of a member of your party is positive, you will be denied boarding. You can check Virgin Voyages credit and refund policy for passengers who test positive before their cruise on Virgin Voyages page on embarkation preparation.

Virgin Voyages page on embarkation preparation

Document of Recovery

We have written a detailed information page (see link below) on what to do if you tested positive for COVID-19 in Barcelona. The article includes the procedures you need to take including a specialist COVID testing clinic that can issue you a Document of Recovery if you need it. The page also outlines the advisory and support service that is available in both English and Spanish to assist you if you test positive for COVID-19 in Barcelona


5. Where to get a COVID test in Barcelona after your Valiant Lady, Virgin Voyage cruise if you need to get tested to fly back to your country

If you need to get a COVID test in Barcelona to fly back to your country, you might be interested in knowing more about the Cruise Transfer and Antigen Test Package. This package has been specifically designed for the needs of cruise passengers in Barcelona by a government authorized COVID test centre of Barcelona. It includes the following services:

  • A personal driver waiting for you at your Barcelona cruise terminal together with a coordinator from the test centre
  • Transfers in a Mercedes vehicle from Barcelona Cruise port to the test centre to get your antigen test
  • The type of Mercedes vehicle will be adapted to the number of people in your group and the number of luggage and size of your luggage
  • An antigen test, with no wait time at the test centre to get tested
  • An antigen test certificate in English with a QR code, hand-delivered to you 15 minutes after you got tested and sent to your email
  • While you get tested your private driver waits for you in the vehicle with your luggage so that you don´t have to worry about carrying your suitcases around
  • After your test, your driver takes you to your desired location in Barcelona. Eg. your hotel, your tourist apartment or Barcelona Airport.

If you need a COVID test to fly back to your country and prefer to go to the test centre by you own means, you can book your test by clicking on the buttons below:

You can also get tested at your hotel or tourist accommodation by qualified medical staff of a test centre of Barcelona who will come to your place to perform your COVID test.

You can learn more about the at home testing service on the following two pages:

Finally, if you need to check the COVID test requirements to fly back to your country, we recommend you check the page below:

COVID-19 travel and test requirements to fly from Barcelona to destinations in Europe, North America, South America, Middle East and Asia

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