What are the current Covid rules for residence in Andalusia?

From Friday 19 March until further notice.

 

* The opening hours of shops, restaurants and bars and other services are extended and unified until 10:30 p.m.

* The curfew is delayed for an hour, which will start at 11 p.m. until 6 a.m.

* Meetings are still limited to 6 people, except inside bars, cafes, and restaurants, where the maximum per table is still 4 people.

In municipalities with infection rates over 1,000 per 100,000 people in 14 days, all non-essential services must close.  (25 March: Malaga province only 84.6 per 100.000 people in 14 days.)

 

What are entry requirements to Malaga?

You need to fill in the Health Control Form (Formulario de Control Sanitario/FCS) via the website or mobile phone app prior to arrival. Full details are here. Note that from 23 November, the form includes a question about whether you have a negative PCR test (see below).

Is there a required covid-19 test to enter Spain?

Yes. As from 23 November, most travellers arriving in Spain by air or sea (land travellers are exempt) must carry proof of a negative PCR or TMA test for covid-19 carried out within 72 hours before your arrival in Spain. You must bring the certificate with you (in English, French, German or Spanish, in paper or digital form) and may be asked to show it on entry. The border officers won’t necessarily ask you to show proof of the test, but if they do and you don’t have it, the fine is €600 and you need to take a test at the airport.

At the time of writing, the test is necessary for nationals from all EEA countries and a long list of others including the UK and US.

What about quarantine?

Spain is not applying quarantine requirements to citizens arriving from the countries in the EU-approved list.

Where can I get a covid test in Marbella?

Numerous clinics in the city offer PCR and antigen tests. PCR test results take between 24h and 48h and cost from €98.00. Antigen tests take anything from 15 to 90 minutes and cost around €50. Some clinics (such as the Quirón) have walk-in clinics while at others, you need to book an appointment. Quiron currently offers the results between 24 hours, but you always have to ask in advance.

For flights to the Netherlands from March 16, you can use a PCR test of up to 24 hours old.

PCR test at Malaga Airport € 58

Passengers and crew members who need a PCR or antigen test to travel due to the restrictions imposed by many countries in light of the pandemic, can take this test at Malaga Airport. For prices and information.

The opening hours are from 08:00 to 18:00 every day.

What happens if my travel involves an area in lockdown?

You can only travel to and from an area in lockdown for very specific reasons. They include for work, studies (school or university) or “matters of extreme importance” (e.g. court appearance, caring for family members, etc). If it’s for work, you need to download and fill in the file in this document and get it approved by your employer. If you’re a resident in a particular area, you are allowed to return to it, but you’ll need to show proof that you live there.

Municipal lockdown in Andalusia

Municipal boundaries will close if the rate of infection rises above 500 per 100,000 people in 14 days. This means you cannot travel outside your municipal borders unless you have a justifiable reason (e.g. work purposes, taking your children to school, healthcare etc).

In municipalities with infection rates over 1,000 per 100,000 people in 14 days, all non-essential services must close.

And what about my insurance during my stay?

The coverage differs per insurance. If you go to a country with an orange travel advice, you may be uninsured. However, there are also insurance policies that simply provide cover for the matters for which you are normally also insured. So carefully check what you are insured for before departure.