The crews of means of transport necessary for this work, children under the age of twelve and passengers arriving in Spain in transit, provided they do not leave the airport and whose stay does not exceed 24 hours, will be excluded from controls on flights with origin in China.
The Official State Gazette (BOE) publishes this Saturday the health control measures for passengers coming from flights originating in China, who can be subjected to a check at the first point of entry who received, at least, a temperature check, a documentary control and a visual one on its state.
According to the text, in force from its publication and until midnight on February 15, temperature control will be carried out routinely to identify travelers with fever, and the detection limit is established at 37.5 degrees. .
The document justifies the measures adopted due to the “significant deterioration in the epidemiological situation” in China, a circumstance “which is aggravated by the lack of transparency and information on the part of the Chinese authorities.”
This situation “coincides with the removal of travel restrictions in this country from January 8, 2023 and the celebration of its New Year on January 22.” The first flight affected by the measures adopted by the Government will arrive at the Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport at 6:00 p.m. this Saturday, according to information from the Ministry of Health and the Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda portfolio.
The resolution, which leaves the door open to a “possible modification” in the event of a change in circumstances or new recommendations from the community bloc, provides for the requirement of a European Union Digital COVID Certificate or equivalent for all passengers on flights from China from the 3 energy.
In the case of vaccination certificates, the vaccination guidelines established in the strategy against COVID-19 in Spain will be accepted. If it is a negative diagnosis, the molecular nucleic acid amplification tests (NAAT) will be accepted, whose sample has been obtained within 72 hours prior to departure. Also the sensor detection tests recognized by the European Union, carried out within 24 hours prior to shipment.
For their part, those issued by the competent authority or by a medical service at least 11 days after the first NAAT diagnostic test or positive increase test, performed by health professionals or qualified personnel, will be accepted as valid certificates of recovery.
The certificate will be valid for 180 days after the date of the first positive diagnostic test result. Lastly, if they do not have a European Union Digital COVID Certificate or equivalent, passengers must have a certificate of active COVID-19 infection diagnostic test with a negative result, like the previous ones.
A test diagnosis
Regardless of the foregoing, travelers may be subjected to a diagnostic test for active infection at the point of entry and, if deemed necessary, a medical evaluation in which the epidemiological and clinical aspects of the passenger will be assessed. In the event that it yields a positive result, the communication and coordination protocols established with the health services of the autonomous communities will be activated.
Excluded from the scope of the resolution are the crews of the national and international means of transport necessary to carry out their work, and those under twelve years of age. Also passengers arriving in Spain in transit to other countries, provided that they do not leave the airport environment and that their stay does not exceed twenty-four hours.
Collaboration of tourist agents
Airport managers and airlines will collaborate with the Ministry of Health to implement these measures, as explained by the BOE. Travel agencies, tour operators and transport companies, as well as any other agent that sells tickets on its own or as part of a combined trip, must inform passengers, at the beginning of the sales process, of the security measures. control toilet.
Transport companies must guarantee that all passengers boarding to Spain from China have a European Union COVID Digital Certificate or equivalent, or a negative diagnostic test certificate.
Fines of up to 600,000 euros
In case of non-compliance with the resolution, the regime contemplated in the General Public Health Law will be used, which, in its article 58, provides for fines of up to 600,000 euros for very serious infractions, being able to exceed this amount in specific cases.