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As of Monday 23rd November, travellers from some countries entering Spain via seaports and airports will be required to present a negative coronavirus test no longer than 72 hours old. However, we now know that lorry drivers are exempt from this requirement.

Last Wednesday the Spanish Government announced the new measures, but at the time it wasn’t clear if lorry drivers would be exempt or not.

As a result of the new restrictions, travelers from countries considered to be a risk zone must present a document confirming a negative coronavirus test within the last 72 hours. At the time of writing, this includes a long list of European and African countries.

The measures do not apply to Spain’s road borders.

After receiving numerous inquiries from hauliers and other road transport companies regarding the testing rules, Spain’s National Transport Association (FENADISMER) contacted the authorities to clear up the matter.

In response, the Ministry of Health explained that the resolution is addressed to passengers. Therefore, it does not apply to truck drivers arriving by ferry, nor to the staff working on the ferries.

Photo credit: Antramir / Wikimedia Commons


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