Unvaccinated holidaymakers stuck in Spain unable to get negative test to fly home
A number of unvaccinated people on holiday in Spain are having difficulty flying home due to travel rules.
Several holidaymakers from Ireland who have tested positive for coronavirus are facing problems in showing proof of a negative test or a certificate showing they have recovered from the virus, according to the Irish Mirror.
Spain ‘s health system means it can be a challenge to access a negative test in order to fly home.
Entry to Spain is permitted if tourists can show they are vaccinated against Covid-19, have recovered from the virus or have a negative test.
A spokesperson for Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs said they are “aware that there are a number of Irish citizens who cannot procure a negative test to return to Ireland”.
People are advised to be aware of the requirements for travel to Ireland on the gov.ie website.
Irish passengers may present the EU Digital Covid Certificate as evidence of these. This option is not available for UK citizens and residents due to Brexit.
The same requirements are in place for entry to Ireland under the European system which was adopted here on Monday.
Covid rules in Spain say that people presenting with symptoms must stay in isolation for at least ten days starting from the onset of those symptoms.
However, Irish people who have not been vaccinated against coronavirus but who have subsequently tested positive while abroad are struggling to get documentation that will allow them to fly home.
Virgin Media reporter Paul Quinn said he was speaking with Irish tourists in Malaga who cannot get a cert to show they have recovered from the virus.
He added that Irish embassies in Spain have been receiving a lot of calls from Irish people abroad worried about this scenario.
It comes after seven Irish holidaymakers were forced to enter mandatory quarantine in Malta this week after their HSE vaccination cards were not accepted.
The travellers making the long-awaited trip abroad did not anticipate that Maltese officials would not take the cards as proof that they had been fully vaccinated.
Instead, the travellers were told they had to enter mandatory quarantine as they did not have an EU Digital Covid Certificate.
Malta, which is part of the EU and has adopted the Covid cert scheme, implemented strict rules this month that said tourists who are not in possession of a recognised vaccination certificate will have to enter quarantine at a hotel for 14 days.
This comes at a cost of €100 per room per night, with the EU Digital Covid Cert and NHS Covid pass among the list of approved vaccine passes.