IT’S that time of year again. But most locals and expats in Spain are still trying to work out where they want – and can – go for their summer holidays this year.
Can they cross the border into Portugal without a PCR test? Do they need to quarantine to go back to the UK? Do they need an antigen test to fly to Mallorca?
There are so many varying rules and regulations… and they are changing by the week. Even sometimes by the day.
The good news is that most of mainland Europe is now open to expats in Spain and, for some countries, you won’t even need to take a test before arrival.
However, there are others, like Germany and Sweden, where you will need to either take a PCR or antigen test prior to landing.
Even within Spain, flying to the Canaries or the Balearics can throw up spanners… and you will almost certainly need to fill out a locator form before or on arrival, as well as probably show a negative antigen test to get on the flight.
Thankfully, there is a new health company laying down a marker around the costas, that promises to not only give you up to the minute advice on what you need to travel, but guarantees quicker and cheaper tests than anywhere else around.
The British-owned DAM Health already has 35 clinics around the UK and 23 here in Spain from Marbella to Murcia. It even has test centres in Mexico.
Still rapidly expanding along the costas, the company aims to be the ‘largest and most trustworthy global provider of COVID-19 testing and risk control solutions’.
You will find local test centres in Alicante, Benidorm, Mijas, Orihuela, Benalmadena and Valencia… and new ones are opening by the week, so visit the website or call to check.
At the Marbella centre you can simply drop in with no appointment and get a rapid test.
Partnering with globally-recognized firms, such as Skyscanner, they offer same day PCR and antigen results.
Even better, the team can visit your home for the streamlined VIP service. Additional charge and T&C’s apply
You simply call up and book a time when a nurse can visit your home and take your test. If antigen, by simply spitting in a tube, or PCR, via the normal nasal swab.
It takes 10 minutes and then a certificate is sent to you on email that day.
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