This page covers what you need to do if you pre-departure COVID test is positive before a flight to the USA from Barcelona.
It can be a shock to find that you have tested positive for COVID-19 just before your flight back to the USA from Barcelona.
What to do in a foreign country where you don’t speak the language?
Where to get assistance and guidance to know what to do?
How do you get your Document of Recovery?
What procedures and steps do you need to take to return home as soon as possible?
Thanks to a new COVID positive support service, there is no need to be concerned. A government authorized COVID testing centre based in Barcelona city centre has dealt with many such cases and offers a unique service to assist passengers that test positive for COVID-19 before a flight to the USA.
This page covers the following:
- What to do if you test positive in Barcelona before your flight to the USA.
- Where you can get assistance in Barcelona to be able to fly to the USA with a positive COVID test.
- How to obtain your Document of Recovery travel letter that the CDC states you must have before you can travel.
We have also included a contact form for you to fill out to get your Letter of Recovery to fly back to the US.
The information on this page is specific for US citizens who test positive for COVID-19 before their flight.
If you are a EU Citizen there are different guidelines.
Guidance for EU customers who test postive for COVID-19 before a flight (we will post this information shortly)
1. What to do if a US Citizen has a positive COVID test before a flight from Barcelona to the USA
According to the American Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the US national health agency, if you test positive, you can keep testing positive for up to 3 months after. As a result, the CDC has established that you will still be able to travel to the United States with your positive COVID test result certificate as long as you meet each of the following criteria:
1. Ten days have passed since the date of your positive COVID test result. COVID tests accepted to fly to the US include antigen tests and PCR tests with an official certificate of your positive COVID test result.
Self-tests taken in Barcelona will not be accepted as you will not be able to get an official certificate for a self-test. It is simply not possible to get a certificate in Spain for self-tests.
You will be able to travel on Day 11 after the date you took your positive COVID test at an authorized test centre, with an official certificate of your positive COVID test.
2. You do not have any COVID-19 symptoms.
According to the CDC website, 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.
3. You have a signed letter from a healthcare provider or a public health official that clears you for travel and a positive COVID test certificate.
The documentation of recovery needed to fly to the USA if you recently tested positive includes:
• A positive certificate of a COVID test
• A signed letter of recovery from a licenced healthcare provided or a public health office that clears you for travel
Self-tests taken in Spain are not valid for flying to the USA as you won´t have any official certificate for your self test. You will need to get an antigen test or a PCR test at a testing centre and an official positive COVID test certificate to be able to fly to the USA with your letter of recovery. Therefore in case you first had a positive self test, you will need to get an additional antigen or PCR test at a test centre.
You can double check the above mentioned information on the following page of the CDC website:
- CDC official information regarding the documentation required to fly to the US when you recently had Covid:
Check the FAQ "What if I recently recovery from COVID-19?" on the CDC requirement for proof of negative COVID-19 test or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 page, under section "Test and Documentation Requirements".
- CDC official information regarding the types of COVID tests valid to fly to the US: Check the FAQ "What types of SARS-CoV-2 tests are acceptable under the Order?" on the CDC requirement for proof of negative COVID-19 test or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 page, under section "Test and Documentation Requirements".
- CDC official information regarding self-tests: Check the FAQ "Does a self-test meet the conditions of the Order?" on the CDC requirement for proof of negative COVID-19 test or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 page, under section "Test and Documentation Requirements".
2. Getting Assistance: The COVID-19 positive Document of Recovery and Advisory Service
We have identified a specialist COVID-19 testing centre in Barcelona near the Sagrada Familia that can assist you with a a COVID positive support package if you are flying to the USA from Barcelona and have tested positive for COVID-19 before your flight.
The COVID positive support package is a comprehensive package that covers advice on the main support issues that travellers face when they test positive before a flight to the USA. This includes support and advice on what to do, including medical advice, quarantine periods, what to do and issuing the necessary official paperwork you will need to be able to fly back to the USA.
However the support package does not include any additional medical costs or treatment you may need to have which will be your responsibility.
The COVID positive Document of Recovery and advisory package provided by this specialist test centre includes the following:
1. The procedures you need to take
The test centre will assist you with the exact procedures you will need to take if you have tested positive before you flight. The support is given in either English or Spanish language.
2. COVID medical advice
Your COVID symptoms will be assessed by the medical staff of the test centre.
3. Doctor advisory
As soon as the test centre is aware of your positive antigen or PCR test result, they will provide you with the contact details of the doctor of the test centre, who speaks English and Spanish. You will be able to reach the doctor by phone, WhatsApp or email should you have any health related questions or should you need to see a doctor in regards to your COVID symptoms. This takes away the worry of what to do in case you start not feeling well in a city that´s not yours and abroad. The doctor will provide medical advice, and follow ups during your isolation period.
4. Issuing Medical prescriptions
The doctor will issue a medical prescription that you might need during your extended stay in Barcelona and coordinate with your doctor in the USA if required. However note the cost to pay for the prescriptions will be at your own cost.
5. Document of Recovery
The doctor of the test centre will prepare your letter of recovery following the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requirements for it to be valid to fly to the USA and the test centre will send it to you by email.
The letter provided by the test centre meets the requirements of the CDC and will include the following information:
• Your name and last name
• Your passport number
• Your date of birth
• The name, address and phone number of the test centre
• The name of the doctor of the test centre and her doctor registration number
• The letter will state you have recovered from COVID and that you are clear to travel
6. Advice and Support
The service offered provides you with advice and support along with issuing you with your Document of Recovery for travel however it does not provide the cost of any medical treatments that you may need to have regarding COVID-19. It is important therefore you have a quality medical insurance policy to make sure you are covered for any medical costs you may incur.
Fill out and submit the contact form at the bottom of this page if you tested positive and need to get a COVID-19 letter of recovery for flying to the US.
Your request will be directly sent to the testing centre and they will get back to you by email.
Make sure to fill out and submit the contact form below as soon as you get your positive COVID test result. We recommend you do this so that you have plenty of time to coordinate what´s needed for your documentation of recovery with the doctor of the testing centre.
Do not wait until 10 days have passed since your positive result to contact the testing centre.
If you had previously booked a COVID test at the test centre near Sagrada Familia and your test turns up positive you will obtain a substantial discount on the COVID Positive Recovery Document and advisory service
Unlike other testing centres, this test centre offers the COVID positive support package to assist you if you test positive at a reduced rate if you get tested with them. They also will automatically contact you if you got tested with them and offer you their assistance.
Reduced fee for the COVID positive support package and recovery letter to be paid directly at the test centre if you got tested at the test centre: €45.00
Fee for the recovery letter and service to be paid directly at the test centre if you got tested somewhere else: €60.00
We therefore also recommend you get your antigen or your PCR test to fly to the USA from this test centre as they will be able to assist you with your Document of Recovery should you test positive. We provided the links below in order to do book your pre-departure COVID-19 tests.
If you get an antigen test, you´ll get your results within 15 minutes, the test centre will assist you immediately. This is why it is a good idea to also get your pre-departure COVID test with this testing centre.
If you get a PCR test, as you´ll get your results within 3 to 48 hours, depending on the results option you´ll select, you will need to contact the test centre in case your results are positive for them to assist you.
If you tested positive at a different test centre and need the COVID Support Package and Document of Recovery
The COVID positive support package is also available if you got a positive test result from another test centre of Barcelona however you will pay more than if you had originally been tested at the Sagrada Familia testing centre.
If you didn´t originally get tested at the testing centre, in addition of the above-mentioned services included in the COVID positive support package, the testing centre will need to request that you provide them with a copy of your positive COVID test certificate. They will then have to make the necessary checks to make sure your COVID certificate is valid to fly back to the USA.
The test centre will also request that you provide a copy of your passport so that they can issue your documentation of recovery accordingly.
Fee for the COVID positive support package and recovery letter to be paid directly at the test centre if you got tested somewhere else: €60.00
If for some reason you got tested at another test centre, had a positive test result and need your documentation of recovery to fly to the United States, fill out the form below explaining your situation. The test centre will get in touch with you.
We recommend you contact the test centre by filling out the form below as soon as you discover your COVID test is positive. Do not wait until 10 days have passed since your positive result to contact the testing centre, contact them as soon as possible so that you have plenty of time to coordinate what´s needed for your documentation of recovery with the doctor of the testing centre. This will enable you to fly back to the US with your documentation of recovery as soon as you´re cleared for travel.
Complete and submit the form below if you want to get a COVID-19 Document of Recovery. Ensure to give as much detail about your circumstances as possible.
Important note: For security purposes the information you provide in the form below is securely encrypted and then sent directly to the authorized COVID testing centre. We do not have access to any of your personal information. The testing centre will contact you directly usually within 15 minutes of your submission during their normal working hours.