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COVID-19 travel and test requirements to fly from Barcelona to the USA

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Latest update: 23 June 2022

This page covers COVID-19 measures at Barcelona Airport for departing flights and the CDC COVID-19 travel recommendations to fly from Barcelona Airport to the USA.

COVID tests for travelling to the USA are recommended by the CDC but are no longer mandatory

As of 12 June 2022, the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated the COVID requirements to fly to the USA. You no longer are obliged to show a negative COVID test or a Document of recovery to fly to the United States. You can verify this information on the CDC page on International travel, where you´ll also find a link to the complete Rescission document of the CDC effective as of 12 June 2022. A Rescission document is simply one that officially withdraws the obligatory testing requirements that were previously in place.

It is, however, important to understand that the CDC continues to recommend that you get tested before and after your travel and that you remain up to date with COVID vaccinations. Although it is no longer mandatory to be tested for COVID-19 before travel to the United States, the CDC recommends you get a COVID test before and after travel so that if you test positive, you can take the sensible precautions needed to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID to other people while you’re infectious.

You will see the CDC recommendation on their Rescission document effective as of 12 June 2022, at the bottom of page 3.

The CDC also recommends you get tested if you’ve been in contact with a person with COVID.

Even though negative COVID tests or Documents of Recovery are no longer mandatory to fly back to the US, the CDC stills recommend that you do not travel if you have COVID symptoms and that you wait for a full 10 days after your symptoms started or after your first positive COVID test before travelling. You can verify this information on the CDC page on International travel. If you suspect that you have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 or you have COVID-19 symptoms there is a moral responsibility to ensure the protection of others who may be vulnerable to the disease even if it COVID testing is not a mandatory requirement.

It is also worth doing your own independent checks to ensure that your particular state that you are flying to in the USA does not have its own specific COVID-19 testing requirments that go beyond the fedral recommendations made by the CDC.

 

The following information is therefore for those travellers that may want to get a COVID test based on the CDC recommendations. However once again we need to emphasis that at the time of writing COVID testing to travel to the USA is not currently mandatory.

On this page you’ll also find links to the official websites for the United States where you’ll be able to check the following:

  • COVID-19 entry requirements to the USA from Barcelona
  • COVID-19 travel documentation needed to enter the USA from Barcelona
  • Whether there is a quarantine upon arrival to the USA from Barcelona
  • CDC recommendations if you test postive for COVID before your flight.
  • COVID-19 recommendations in the USA for travellers to USA
  • COVID-19 situation in the USA


COVID-19 measures at Barcelona Airport for departing flights

You can check the COVID-19 measures in place at Barcelona Airport on the official website of Barcelona Airport.

Barcelona airport official website

Once you are on the page, click on the sections indicated below to learn about the COVID-19 measures at the airport:

- the 'Info COVID' button at the top right-hand side of the page
- the insert just below that says 'COVID 19 Health Alert. Important Information for each airport'


COVID-19 travel documentation needed to fly from Barcelona Airport to the United States

You do not need to fill out any COVID related form to present to the Spanish Authorities when you leave Spain.


If you choose to have an optional antigen or PCR test it is worth getting tested in the city centre rather than the airport to ensure you have plenty of time before your flight. It also means you don’t have to arrive too early at Barcelona Airport and you are not feeling rushed to get your test certificates on time. Sometimes there is a minor error or detail that needs to be corrected on the Fit To Fly certificate and you need enough time to be able to check your certificate details are 100% correct.


COVID-19 entry restrictions to the USA from Barcelona, Spain

You can look up if there are any entry restrictions for travellers from Barcelona to the USA on the U.S. Department of State official website.

COVID-19 traveler information page of the U.S. Department of State official website

In addition, we recommend you also check the official website of the airport you’re flying to.


COVID-19 travel documentation needed to enter the USA from Barcelona, Spain

You can check if there is any COVID-19 travel documentation to enter the USA from Barcelona on the U.S. Department of State official website and on the Centers for Desease Control and Prevention website.

COVID-19 testing requirements for U.S. entry page of the U.S. Department of State official website

Centers for Desease Control and Prevention official website


What to do if a US Citizen has a positive COVID test before a flight from Barcelona to the USA

According to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the US national health agency, if you test positive the recommendation is that you self isolate for 10 days before travelling to the USA.

1. Ten days have passed since the date of your positive COVID test result. This means you will be able to travel on Day 11 after the date you took your positive COVID test.

2. You do not have any COVID-19 symptoms. According to the CDC, COVID-19 symptoms include: fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath of difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion of runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhoea.


COVID-19 recommendations in the USA for travellers to the United States

You can find the coronavirus recommendations for travellers to the USA on the United States Federal Government official website.

United States Federal Government official website


COVID-19 situation in the USA

You can check the COVID-19 situation in the USA on the United States Federal Government official website.

United States Federal Government official website


If you want an antigen or PCR test travel certificate to travel to USA we recommend you get tested in Barcelona city centre rather than last minute at the airport. Follow the links below to find out how.


Recent questions on COVID tests and certificates in Barcelona for the USA


Question: We are flying from the US to board a cruise in Barcelona, and our cruise line requests that we take a COVID test. Are there any COVID testing sites at the cruise terminal in Barcelona, where we can get tested?

Answer: We recommend you read the following page where you´ll find the answer to your question:

Frequently asked questions on COVID testing in Barcelona for cruise travellers


Question: I am flying into Barcelona from the United states to connect to a cruise. What COVID documentation will I need? Is a vaccination certificate enough?

Answer: You will find the answers to your questions on the following page:

Frequently asked questions on COVID testing in Barcelona for cruise travellers


Question: We will be visiting Barcelona from the US prior to boarding a cruise. We will stay at a hotel in Barcelona for a few days before our cruise. We will need an antigen test with a hard copy of the results to board the cruise. Is there a testing facility close to the hotels that we can book?

Answer: You can either get an antigen test at a testing facility in Barcelona or have the testing facility medical staff come to your hotel to perform your test.

Follow the links below to learn more about these two options:


Question: I am a fully vaccinated and boosted US citizen coming to Barcelona and then flying from Barcelona to Paris. When will I need to get a COVID test before boarding my flight to Paris?

Answer: You will find information about the entry requirements needed to enter France on the following pages:
How to travel between France and Barcelona during the COVID-19 Pandemic
COVID-19 travel and test requirements to fly from Barcelona to Spain


Question: I am a US citizen travelling to Spain by train from Portugal. What are the COVID entry requirements to enter Spain by train? I am not yet vaccinated but had COVID last month.

Answer: You will find the COVID entry requirements for Spain and information on the COVID certificates of recovery accepted to enter Spain on the following page:
COVID-19 certificates to travel to Spain by air, sea or land



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