Anyone travelled to Spain recently with teenagers?

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Tamary97 Thu 22-Jul-21 08:50:13


I am confused with the covid test requirements for over 12 to travel to Spain. I asked here before and they said only PCR, Lamp Test 48 hours before arrival; however after reading a bit more I found that it says PCR/LAMP within 72 hours or antigens 48 hours before arrival?

Can anyone advice which one is correct please?

Thank you

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TimeForLunch Thu 22-Jul-21 09:03:24

We've recently returned from Spain with a teen. Before leaving the UK we had to get her a PCR test within 48 hours of arrival in Spain, meaning we had to pay more for it and get same day turnaround. That was after we'd booked and paid for an antigen test as they changed the rules the day after! I don't know if anything has changed since but do keep checking on the Spanish authorities websites. For us it was the Canaries which may differ from mainland.

astuz Thu 22-Jul-21 09:15:03

Same for us, we live close to an airport, so I took DD there for a drive-through LAMP test with Collinson. I went for this because it had the quickest turn around (2 hours). Those PCR ones that take 48 hours are just not realistic in the timescale, because the test has to be taken within 48 hours of arrival. Although they are OK for the day 2 test when you get back because it doesn't matter when the results come back for that one.

I found it all way too stressful though to properly enjoy our holiday. Just thinking about sorting out the testing and waiting for the results is making me stressed, and we're safely back home now!

Tamary97 Thu 22-Jul-21 09:18:07

Thank you. Yes, it is stressful. Information is so confusing.

Do they ask for the test before flying in the UK or arriving in Spain?

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TimeForLunch Thu 22-Jul-21 09:27:31

Do they ask for the test before flying in the UK or arriving in Spain?

Both for us.

Tamary97 Thu 22-Jul-21 12:56:40

Thank you. So PCR 48 hours before arrival it is.

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Moonshine86 Fri 23-Jul-21 10:07:25

Hi there. I am due to travel to Spain soon and am also very confused as to what package I will need to book for my three children aged 15 , 14 and 5! Mainland Spain. Assuming you have perhaps purchased kits could you advise what ones are needed? Thanks


Tamary97 Fri 23-Jul-21 11:32:52

I booked a PCR test for my daughter at a center called Doc Tap. 48 hours before landing in Spain

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Moonshine86 Fri 23-Jul-21 12:49:25

Thank you so much for your reply. So did your daughter just require the one test?

Watapalava Fri 23-Jul-21 16:19:34

It’s now pcr 72 hours before arrival

It was changed on gov website about 10 days ago

Moonshine86 Fri 23-Jul-21 16:45:19

Thank you very much

Watapalava Fri 23-Jul-21 17:17:08

If you’re near an airport I booked my teens 3 hr express pcr at Manchester airport

Was pricey at £95 each but results came back in 1.5 hours so saved the stress!

Moonshine86 Fri 23-Jul-21 17:32:35

Thanks for your response. Did the teens or yourself have to test in Spain before flying back to the uk also?

Watapalava Sat 24-Jul-21 14:57:07


We all had to vaccinated or not

They’re available everywhere even our hotel offered links to get them

We used tui package with thei Chronomics package -£20 pp inc lft and day 2 pcr

Lft they provided taken with us
Tested in hotel room
Uploaded photo and fit to fly cert issues immediately - all 4 of us done in half hour!

Moonshine86 Sat 24-Jul-21 15:16:55

Thank you so much for taking the time to respond. I am really grateful!

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