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Svenska Magasinet – Confusion and insecurity among fully vaccinated travelers

Ola Josephson
Posted at 10:00
Updated 11:13

Yesterday, Malaga Airport recorded 213 incoming and outgoing flights, including 149 international flights. It was first shown when Spain opened its borders and took in fully vaccinated travelers without the need for a PCR test. The decision affects travelers from 200 countries, including Sweden. But travelers feel confused and insecure.

Those who have been fully vaccinated for 14 days with covid vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) or by the World Health Organization (WHO) enter Spain without the need for a PCR test. Approved vaccines are Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Janssen, Sinopharm and Sinovac-Coronavac.

For others who have not been fully vaccinated and who are less than six years old, an antigen test or PCR test is required up to 48 hours.

Travelers who arrived in Malaga on Monday, despite the new decision, chose to take a test. This was confirmed by Krantino, who arrived from Paris.

– I’m grafted. Even though I had a PCR test, Croantino told Diario SUR.

The fact that Spain is opening up to vaccinated tourists from 200 countries was evident in the number of flights registered at Malaga airport. There were 61 more flights yesterday compared to last two.

health declaration
According to the Ministry of Tourism, all travelers arriving in Spain by plane or boat are still required to fill out a health statement no later than 48 hours before arriving in Spain on the site. www.spth.gob.es or in the Spain Travel Health app. Then the passenger receives a QR code that must appear before boarding the plane and upon arrival.

What creates confusion and uncertainty is the requirement that the vaccine certificate be issued by Sweden in English, Spanish, German or French. And to be included in the health declaration.

From the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs they are only referring to the fact that work is currently underway at EU level to prepare a digital ‘covid guide’ for the EU which will be implemented from 1 July. In Sweden, the E-Health Authority is responsible for this. “Until a Covid certificate is issued, questions about vaccination certificates are referred to the healthcare district to which they belong,” wrote the Department of Foreign Affairs Resclair.

The Swedish Embassy in Madrid writes on its website website:

All passengers over 6 years of age entering Spain from a high-risk country (including Sweden) must also provide a certificate in English, Spanish, French or German attesting to one of the following:

> Proof of complete vaccination against covid-19 no later than 14 days before admission. The certificate should contain at least: first and last name, date of last dose given, vaccination and number of doses, number of doses, country, and information about the organization that issued the certificate.

> A negative test result on a NAAT test (eg PCR) or EU approved antigen test (maximum 48 hours at entry). For more information on exam and certification requirements, see Here.

The certificate must contain at least: first and last name, test date, test type and country.

> Certificate of completion of covid-19 infection max 180 days old. The certificate must be issued no later than 11 days after proof of covid-19 infection in the Naat (PCR) test. A maximum of 180 days may have passed since the test was taken. The certificate must contain at least: first and last name, test date, test type and country.

Information about the certification must be included in the health statement.

Even people traveling to Spain by land may need to show one of the above certificates. Professional drivers are excluded.

Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs information (in Spanish)

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