The Spanish government has reduced the validity of pre-arrival COVID-19 antigen tests.

Key Points:

  • As of Feb. 1, travelers arriving in Spain must have a negative antigen test taken within 24 hours before arrival instead of 48 hours.
  • Alternatively, travelers may present a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours before arrival.
  • More information regarding Spain’s entry requirements is available here.

BAL Analysis: Authorities reduced the validity of antigen test results in accordance with the EU Council’s recommendation to coordinate and facilitate free movement throughout the EU. The response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, and BAL will provide additional updates as information becomes available.

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