Health control measures for passengers from flights originating in China

Passengers from CHINA will go through a documentary, visual and temperature control, in addition to carrying out a diagnostic test for active infection by SARS- CoV -2, at the point of entry to Spain.

The Ministry of Health has published the Resolution establishing the sanitary control measures to be applied to flight passengers originating from the mainland of the People’s Republic of China, so that flights from other origins, such as Hong-Kong, would not be affected.

Thus, from Saturday, Foreign Health teams, in coordination with the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda through AENA, will carry out health checks on these passengers at the airports of entry to Spain, which will consist of documentary control, visual and temperature and in performing a diagnostic test for active infection by SARS-CoV-2.

In the event that this active infection test yields a positive result, the communication and coordination protocols established with the health services of the autonomous communities will be activated.

The measure is part of the set of actions of the Government of Spain, presented on Friday by the Minister of Health, Carolina Darias, given the increase in the incidence of the pandemic caused by COVID-19 in the Asian country and the need to expand the existing information and the sequencing capacity of the virus.

The first flight affected by the health control measures adopted by the Government arrived at the Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, December 31. The controls will be in force, initially, until 24:00 on February 15, 2023.

COVID certificate from January 3

The resolution published this Saturday also provides for the requirement of an EU Digital COVID Certificate (CCD-UE) or equivalent to all passengers on flights from China from January 3.

In the case of vaccination certificates, the vaccination guidelines established in the Vaccination Strategy against COVID-19 in Spain will be accepted.

In the case of a negative diagnostic test certificate, the molecular nucleic acid amplification tests (NAAT) will be accepted, whose sample has been obtained within 72 hours prior to departure; and the antigen detection tests included in the common list of rapid antigen detection tests for COVID-19, agreed by the European Union Health Security Committee, whose sample has been obtained within 24 hours prior to departure.

In the case of a recovery certificate, those issued by the competent authority or by a medical service at least 11 days after the first NAAT diagnostic test or antigen detection test with a positive result, carried out by health professionals or qualified personnel. The certificate will be valid for 180 days after the date of the first positive diagnostic test result.

Finally, if they do not have an EU Digital COVID Certificate or equivalent, passengers must have a diagnostic test certificate of active COVID-19 infection with a negative result, such as those referred to above.