Spain to require negative Covid-19 test for Belgian travellers

A negative coronavirus test will soon be mandatory for travellers heading into Spain from Belgium after the latter was listed as one of several high-risk destinations by Madrid.

From 23 November, access to Spain through an airport or a port will be granted only to passengers who obtain a negative result on a coronavirus test taken within 72 hours of arrival in the country.

The Spanish Ministry of Health announced the new measure on Wednesday and said that it will apply to all high-risk countries on the basis of the 14-day infection rate per 100,000 inhabitants.

A country will be considered high-risk if its incidence rate surpasses 150 daily infections/100,000 inhabitants, according to El País.

As of Wednesday, only three countries were exempted from the measure: Norway, Finland and Greece.

When the measure comes into effect, arriving travellers will be asked to declare whether they have taken the test and should be able to produce proof if requested.

The author: Michel DEURINCK

Michel Deurinck, born in Brussels in 1950, started his career in the Belgian civil service, dedicating over 30 years to public service. Upon retirement, he pursued his passion for journalism. Transitioning into this new field, he quickly gained recognition for his insightful reporting on politics and culture. Deurinck's balanced and thoughtful approach to journalism has made him a respected figure in Belgian media.

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