Alicante Airport - New Safety Measures
There have been changes to the safety measures at Alicante airport aimed at restricting the spread of Covid 19
Updates 12th October - From Friday 15th The Spanish government are lifting restrictions on public access to airports, so non travellers can once more accompany family and friends right up to the first security check areas.
Until this time current rules apply ie only passengers with a valid boarding pass can enter the airport terminal.
COVID TESTING FACILITES AT AIRPORTS
Aena has provided Eurofins Megalab, Spain’s leading company for clinical analysis, designated spaces in twelve Spanish airports for the installation of laboratories for Covid-19 diagnostic testing.
This agreement confirms the commitment of Eurofins Megalab to fight the transmission of SARS-CoV-2, which contributes significantly to recuperation of aerial traffic of our country, the key element for reactivation of tourism activity and the country´s economy in general.
Eurofins Megalab has been already present at the following airports: Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat, Alicante-Elche, Valencia, Bilbao, Palma de Mallorca, Ibiza, Menorca, Tenerife Sur, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, César Manrique-Lanzarote and La Palma.
Eurofins Megalab has designed an ON LINE system for purchasing the test, booking an appointment and access to a consultation about the test results. Its objective is to minimize the risk of contagion and spreading of the virus.
27th March 2021 -Remember arriving at Alicante airport without the required testing could result in fines from 3,000 if it is considered a mild penalty, and up to 60,000 for serious breach of rules and even up to 600,000 euros if it is typified as very serious.
In the last three months, 55 British passengers have been banned from entering Alicante-Elche Airport, because they could not prove to be residents of the Costa Blanca.
13th July 2021 - Alicante-Elche airport among the 5 safest in Spain in the prevention against covidThe five-star rating is the highest awarded in the only global programme designed specifically for the airport sector.
These audits evaluate up to 175 different safety protocols introduced in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to reduce risk and improve the well-being of passengers and airport workers.
The health protocols implemented in Spain exceed the recommendations of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.
Information provided by AENA
What you need to know before you go to the airport
Specifics for Alicante-Elche Airport
The meeting point for companions is located on floor -2 (basement 2), central area.
Line buses pick up passengers on floor -2 (basement 2).
Closed costa Blanca and Ifach lounges and Meet & Assist service.
Fast Lane service available.
Lost and found service open.
Open general parking, long stay parking and express parking.
Bankia and Euronet ATMs located in open areas are operational.
Commercial services: open Pharmacy, Alicante Duty Free, Sunglass Hut, Natura, Lol Sweets, Encanto Alicante, WHSmith (shipping), Superskunk, PV21, Eat., Burger King (shipping), La Tagliatella espresso and Costa Coffee. Vending machines are provided as normal.
Alicante Airport New safety measures
Before heading to the airport
- Do not go to the airport if you have any of the following symptoms: fever, cough, shortness of breath, or feeling short of breath.
- The use of a mask that covers the nose and mouth is mandatory for people over 6 years of age (masks with an exhaling valve are not allowed).
- Make sure you have enough masks and disinfectant gel for your trip. If the instructions do not indicate otherwise, you should change the masks every four hours or earlier if they get wet.
- Read carefully the brochures and health materials that your airline will provide you. OneWorld, an alliance of 14 airlines including Iberia, British Airways, Qatar Airways and American Airlines, has created a Covid information portal to explain the measures taken to protect its passengers: https://www.oneworld.com/covid-19/oneworld-together
- Check the health control requirements and the documentation of entry to the country you are traveling.
- As of June 7th, all passengers coming from a country or area of risk (with the exception of children under 12 years of age) must provide one of the following supporting documents with the requirements set by the health authority: be vaccinated against COVID-19, have recovered from COVID-19 or a diagnostic test (such as PCR or rapid antigen test), made 48 hours before traveling, whose result has been negative. At any time, the passenger may be asked to accredit these documents. Check the standard here.
- If you fly to Spain from other countries, you must complete the Sanitary Control Form (FCS) associated with your trip. This form must be completed by each of the passengers, who will be responsible for ensuring that the information provided is truthful and accurate. In the event that the passenger is a minor, or a dependent/incapacitated person, the form can be filled out by his guardian, who will be responsible for the veracity of the information provided. In addition, you must pass an Exterior Health control with temperature taking through a thermal imaging camera imperceptible to the passenger and visual control.
- If you fly from Spain, check the specific requirements and forms established by each Autonomous Community.
Countries of origin
- If you come from a third country outside the EU, Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and Liechtenstein, please note that border controls and travel restrictions may apply to third-country nationals. Check the list of countries whose residents are allowed to enter the Re-open EU website.
At Alicante Airport
- As of October 15th, the access of companions to the airport terminals will be allowed, although their entry may be limited in times of great affluence to avoid crowds.
- The use of a mask is mandatory throughout the airport enclosure (remember that masks with an exhaling valve are not allowed).
- Respect the marks and footprints you will find throughout the airport to ensure 1.5 m distancing.
- Keep the physical distance measures ,wear the mask and maintain the recommended hygiene measures (cough inside the elbow, wash your hands, etc.).
- If you do not comply with the safety and hygiene measures, the airline, health authority or the state security forces and bodies may refuse you to continue with your trip.
- Hydroalcoholic gel dispensers are available throughout the airport.
- In the water fountains of the airport use only bottle or container.
On the plane
- The airline will provide you with information material on preventive measures during the flight.
- The use of surgical or superior protection masks on board aircraft is mandatory. Masks with exhaling valve are not allowed. Remember that you should change them every four hours, if the manufacturer does not indicate otherwise, or when they get wet or dirty.
- Wash your hands often with the gel and cough on the inside of your elbow.
- Keep an eye out for the cabin crew safety demonstration for specific flight instructions
- Reduces as much as possible the use of individual air supply nozzles. Many airlines have, in any case, a HEPA filter that allows an exceptional cleaning of the air.
- Airlines will endeavour to maintain maximum distance between passengers who are not family or do not travel together. If this is not possible, safety and hygiene measures will be reinforced.
Alicante-Elche airport will monitor tourists' fever with thermal imaging cameras
The devices will be in operation from July (2020) these will mainly be distributed in the arrivals area they will detect if a passenger arrives with a fever, if a fever is detected they will automatically be separated from the group to subject it to a control.
This will speed up the movement of tourists through the terminal as so far passengers are monitored one by one with thermometers, something that would block the terminal in the middle of the high season, although large crowds of passengers in the terminal are not expected this year, as the companies have cut their programming by 40% due to the crisis. of the covid-19.
An operator marks signs on the ground to direct passengers to the airport terminal. ALEX DOMÍNGUEZ