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What a UK traveller should do if they test positive for Covid-19 in Spain

Kimmy11Posted by Kimmy11 on Sun Jul 18, 2021 9:02pm in Coronavirus discussion
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Hi all,

As we start to hear of people catching Covid-19, despite having been double-vaccinated, there´s now a real possibility of travellers from the UK failing their antigen ´fit to fly´ test, which is required before they board their return flight to the UK.  This led us to think about what people may be planning to do in that eventuality: if you have your own house, this is manageable, but if you have a holiday rental or hotel accommodation, where would you go to quarantine until you re-test negative?  What´s the procedure if you believe you have symptoms?


We´ve had a look at the Gov.UK website and relevant information appears in different places, so I´ve extracted it below, along with links to the source information.  If you find any others, please me know!


"Healthcare in Spain

"For contact details for English speaking doctors visit our list of healthcare providers and healthcare for UK nationals visiting Spain.

"If you think you have symptoms, including a fever or respiratory difficulties such as shortness of breath or a cough, you should stay in your accommodation and call your regional hotline.

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"If you are staying in a hotel or resort, your accommodation provider may have a list of private doctors that they can call to assess your symptoms and conduct a COVID-19 test.

"If you have arranged your own accommodation you can find details of English speaking doctors on our list of healthcare providers.

"Remember that an EHIC or GHIC covers state healthcare only, not private treatment. You will be responsible for the cost of any treatment provided by a private doctor or hospital.

"In order to return to the UK at the end of your stay, you need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken in the 3 days before you leave for the UK (see the Before you leave for the UK page for further information).

"If you are tested and the result is positive, you must self-isolate in your accommodation until contacted by local Spanish authorities. Contact times may vary across regions and can take up to 48-72 hours. You may be able to remain in your existing accommodation, or be required to transfer into a state hospital or other government-provided accommodation. You may be required to fund accommodation whilst you wait to be transferred.

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"The nature of your accommodation may differ from the specifications of your pre-booked hotel, villa or other place of stay.

"Depending on local arrangements, travellers in groups may be required to stay in separate accommodation (e.g. if a sufficient number of rooms is not available in one venue, your group may be spread across different accommodation locations).

"You should follow the advice of the local authorities at all times.

"For information regarding access to healthcare in Spain see healthcare for UK nationals visiting Spain.

"Your emotional and mental wellbeing is important. Read guidance on how to look after your mental wellbeing and mental health

"View Health for further details on healthcare in Spain."  

Source:   https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain/coronavirus

"If you think you have COVID-19

"If you develop COVID-19 symptoms overseas, you should stay indoors, seek medical assistance and follow the advice of the local authorities.

"We can help you contact the authorities if you need help to do this. Contact us 24/7 via your nearest embassy, high commission or consulate."

Source:   https://www.gov.uk/guidance/healthcare-support-for-when-you-are-unable-to-return-to-the-uk-during-coronavirus-covid-19

As Covid-19 continues to be a rapidly changing scenario, I highly recommend that people bookmark these links, so that you can check back for updates.  If you have a general query about testing prior to, or once you have returned to the UK, please remember to include your dates of travel (if confirmed) and which of the UK countries you will be returning to.

Many thanks to Lancelot for having the foresight to ask the question and to Lynn (GrahamLynn) for providing some of the information.

Stay safe!

Kim



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Posted: Sun Jul 18, 2021 9:36pm

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Posted: Sun Jul 18, 2021 9:36pm

Well Done Kim


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Posted: Mon Jul 19, 2021 10:22am

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Posted: Mon Jul 19, 2021 10:22am

Thank you Kimmy for your willingness to provide such helpful information.

Just to say the following information from HSE Ireland shows that people are testing positive with Delta variant showing simple symptoms.

Headache,  sore throat,  blocked or runny nose.  

New Delta symptoms

“Delta also appears to be presenting with a different variety of symptoms than we have seen with other variants, including headache, sore throat and blocked or runny nose. If you have any symptoms of a cold or flu it is vital that you isolate immediately and arrange a test. Dr Ronan Glynn,  NPHET.

Stay well everyone

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Posted: Mon Jul 19, 2021 12:23pm

That helpline is a great idea,,,but the five options are in Spanish and I’m afraid many people who call it won’t understand..

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Posted: Mon Jul 19, 2021 6:57pm

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Posted: Mon Jul 19, 2021 6:57pm

Any ideas if you test positive and are travelling with dogs ? I’m so sick of all of this and probably won’t bother going at all to our house. 

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Posted: Mon Jul 19, 2021 7:55pm

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Hi Maria,

Thanks for the additional info about the Delta variant.  The changes in symptoms have the potential to cause confusion when we go into the autumn/winter cold season and suggests we all need to remain vigilant.  

We took Eddie to Guardamar this morning, to walk through the park.  The beach was packed, no sign of social distancing, but I was pleased to see the majority of people on the promenade wearing masks.

I hope you and yours are well, stay safe.

Kind regards,

Kim

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Posted: Mon Jul 19, 2021 8:05pm

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Posted: Mon Jul 19, 2021 8:05pm

L181SKY wrote on Mon Jul 19, 2021 6:57pm:

Any ideas if you test positive and are travelling with dogs ? I’m so sick of all of this and probably won’t bother going at all to our house. 

I am guessing you will be driving and you have your own place in Spain?  So if you test positive before you leave then you'll have to stay in Spain for the quarantine period (10 days I think). If you have your own home then less of an issue than if you are in a hotel. 

   The travel back is likely to be a bigger issue. If you are going by ship from Spain it will be easier. Driving back through France means you have to self-isolate when you get back to the UK (England, I'm not sure what the rules are in Scotland).

  At the moment there is a lot of talk of increased restrictions on travel back into the UK from Spain so you should watch out for changes.

Sorry, nothing very positive above.

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Posted: Tue Jul 20, 2021 8:25am

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To add to the confusion, there's a rumour reported this morning, saying the UK government is planning to add Spain to it's "Amber Plus" list - which, of course, didn't exist until they put France on it last week.  Watch this space 🙄

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Posted: Wed Jul 21, 2021 11:27am

Kimmy11 wrote on Tue Jul 20, 2021 8:25am:

To add to the confusion, there's a rumour reported this morning, saying the UK government is planning to add Spain to it's "Amber Plus" list - which, of course, didn't exist until they put France on it last week.  Watch this space 🙄

All this information is very helpful especially if you have family staying with you which we do. What does Amber plus mean? 

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