Traveling to Spain, returning to France: mandatory tests

The pandemic persists and health measures are diversifying from one country to another. Here is a reminder of the requirements and tests currently required to cross the border between France and Spain.

Voyeurs by plane or train must respect the measures requested to be able to access their means of transport. On the road, checks remain very frequent at Boulou and Perthus, because if mobility is free, the two countries still require preventive measures to cross the border.

To enter Spain from France

All travelers wishing to enter Spain must present, in paper or digital version:
• Either a certificate attesting to a complete vaccination procedure carried out for at least 14 days. The Covid pass in Spain is valid with 2 doses, lasting for 9 months after the second dose. Beyond that, the pass will no longer be valid without a third dose or booster dose.
• Either a negative Covid-19 detection test, issued within the last 24 hours for an antigen testand within the last 72 hours for a PCR test.
• Either a Covid-19 recovery certificate (valid for a maximum of 6 months after infection)
• Either the European digital Covid certificate (called a health pass or Covid passport), which includes one of the three modalities mentioned above (proof of vaccination, a negative test result or proof of recovery of less than six months).

Are exempted from presenting these documents:

• children under the age of twelve
• air travelers who are just stopping over in Spain
• road transport professionals in the context of their activity
• residents of border areas and cross-border workers for their movements within a radius of 30 kilometres.

Vaccinated people therefore do not need to carry out a Covid test to enter Spain. No quarantine is required when entering Spanish territory from a country in the European area. Failure to present a negative PCR test, on the other hand, exposes you to a fine.

To enter France from Spain

All travelers wishing to return to France from Spain must present, in paper or digital version:
• Either a certificate attesting to a complete vaccination procedure carried out for at least 7 days
• Either a negative Covid-19 detection test (PCR or antigenic) delivered within the last 24 hours.
• Either a Covid-19 recovery certificate (valid for a maximum of 6 months after infection)
• Either the European digital Covid certificate (called a health pass or Covid passport), which includes one of the three modalities mentioned above (proof of vaccination, a negative test result or proof of recovery of less than six months).

Are exempted from presenting these documents:

• children under the age of twelve
• air travelers who are just stopping over in Spain
• road transport professionals in the context of their activity
• residents of border areas and cross-border workers for their movements within a radius of 30 kilometres.

How to do a PCR or antigen test in Spain?

The Spanish public health system pays for coronavirus detection tests free of charge only for people affiliated with Spanish social security, and only if they have serious symptoms or are “contact cases”.

If you live in Spain and need a Covid test result to travel, or if you are French and need the test to return to France after a holiday in Spain, you will have to pay out of pocket for the test to be carried out at a laboratory private. Most centers offer you to make an appointment online. The cost of a PCR test in Spain is around 100 euros, and can go up to 150 euros depending on the centre. Antigenic tests are more economical (from 20 to 45 euros).

Until this summer, the French Health Insurance took charge of part of these tests and reimbursed French nationals on their return to France. Since July 7, 2021, French health insurance only covers PCR or antigen test costs abroad if the tests must be carried out for medical reasons.

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