Q: My wife and I would like to fly to Barcelona, Spain. We both had COVID 6 weeks ago, and we will keep testing positive for COVID-19 for a while even if we are fully recovered and are not contagious anymore. We cannot get a COVID vaccine as we are not considered high risk, and we cannot test negative on COVID PCR tests as we had COVID. How can we meet Barcelona airport COVID test requirements? We would like to travel in next couple of weeks to Spain.
A: The answer we give here is valid at the time of writing. We recommend you check this information using the official websites we give below because rules and regulations can change without our notice.
According to the Spanish Health Ministry FAQ on the negative PCR/TMA test needed to enter Spain when arriving from a risk country you can travel to Barcelona, Spain with a positive PCR test result as long as you meet these two requirements:
- You have a PCR test certificate made within 72 hours prior to your arrival to Barcelona, Spain even if the result is positive
- You have a medical report from your doctor written in Spanish or in English stating that you no longer have COVID-19 and are no longer contagious.
The report must contain the following sentence in Spanish:
“DON/DÑA [your name and last name] PUEDE VIAJAR EN AVION, AL NO SER CONTAGIOSO/A, A PESAR DE PRESENTAR UNA PCR POSITIVA DE COVID-19”
Or the following sentence in English:
"MR / MRS [your name and last name] CAN TRAVEL BY PLANE AS HE / SHE DOESN’T TRANSMIT COVID-19 IN SPITE OF HIS / HER POSITIVE PCR"
You can double check the information above, in English, on the Spanish Health Ministry FAQ, that you’ll find on the Spanish Health Ministry official website clicking on FREQUENTY ASKED QUESTIONS, FAQs (PDF).
You’ll find the official answer under question number 27.
To be on the safe side, we would recommend you also print the entire FAQ of the Spanish Health Ministry and show it at your departure airport or upon arrival at Barcelona Airport together with your positive PCR test certificate and medical report should you need to.
Flight attendants might check your PCR test travel certificate before boarding and may not be aware of the Spanish COVID travel regulations regarding positive PCR tests. Having the official information from the Spanish Health Ministry about that particular matter might be helpful to avoid any unnecessary issue at the airport.
If you need an antigen or PCR test travel certificate to travel back to your country you can easily get an antigen or PCR travel test in a private laboratory in Barcelona.