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15 Spanish airports to offer pre-departure COVID-19 testing

Feb. 01, 2021
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15 Spanish airports to offer pre-departure COVID-19 testing
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Some airports in Spain are making it easier for departing travelers to get their mandatory COVID-19 test. A total of 15 Spanish airports, including Barcelona and Madrid, will offer passengers testing facilities in their departure lounges.

Spanish airport operator Aena said that the new clinics will provide quick PCR, antigenic and serological tests and that there will be isolation areas for travelers awaiting their results.

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According to local news reports, the service will be available at Spain’s busiest hubs and where most of its tourism is based, such as Malaga, Seville, Mallorca and Ibiza, as well as at the Canary Islands’ four main airports.

The testing facilities will be set up for a six-month period initially, but they can be extended until the end of 2021. Right now, Americans can't visit Spain, but as vaccines continue to rollout and travel restrictions ease, these testing center could eventually be quite helpful.

“The clinics will be in departure lounges… for passengers who will need tests in their destination airports, not for those who land in our airports, who will need to bring their tests from their places of origin to pass the health controls in place since May across our network,” Aena said in a statement.

Barcelona airport. (Photo by Pau BARRENA / AFP)

In recent months, a number of countries have required that incoming passengers have a negative COVID-19 test result in order to enter the border. As of Jan. 26, the U.S. requires that all incoming travelers have a negative COVID-19 test, taken at most three days prior to departure.

Related: 16 things you need to know about getting COVID-19 tested for US-bound international flights

While Spain still doesn't allow Americans to visit the country, Aena is hoping that the new pre-departure testing capabilities will encourage tourism in the future.

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Both Spain and Portugal have seen huge spikes in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks — so much so that the Portuguese government has closed its land borders with Spain for two weeks, starting Jan. 29.

So far, Spain has seen about 58,000 COVID-19-related deaths and its hospital are said to be under enormous pressure, with 44% of intensive care beds occupied by COVID-19 patients.

France 24 reported that there have also been delays in vaccine deliveries that have forced several regions, including Madrid, to stop injecting new people from priority groups, such as medics, and only administer second shots to those who have already received the first dose.

“The inability to deliver the necessary doses at the required speed has been a crushing blow, at least for health workers,” said Javier Marco, medical director of Madrid’s Isabel Zendal hospital.

He added that they felt “unprotected and at the mercy of the pandemic for an unknown length of time.”

Featured image by Madrid, Spain - January 27, 2018: A plane prepares to take off on the runway of Terminal T4 the Adolfo Suarez Madrid Barajas Airport. Barajas is the main international airport serving Madrid in Spain.
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