Testing positive for Covid in Spain whilst on Holiday, What to do
Testing positive for Covid in Spain, What to do - Spanish Health authorities have recently changed their protocol:
Developing symptoms or testing positive for COVID-19 in Spain
If you have symptoms or test positive for COVID-19 during your stay in Spain, you are not required to self-isolate but you should inform direct contacts and take the following extra precautionary measures for 10 days from diagnosis or from when symptoms began:
- wear a mask
- reduce social interactions and avoid crowded spaces & large events
- avoid contact with people at high risk (including older people, people with health conditions and pregnant women)
Hotels and other accommodation providers may have their own COVID-19 protocols in place. You should abide by any safety measures put in place by your accommodation provider. Your accommodation provider may have a list of private doctors that they can call to assess your symptoms and conduct a COVID-19 test.
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. Rapid lateral flow tests (‘pruebas de antígenos’) are widely available in pharmacies in Spain for a fee.
If your symptoms persist or get worse, you should call your regional hotline. Most of the regional hotlines listed have English speaking staff. Some regions offer alternative helpline numbers for those calling from non-Spanish mobile phones: The phone number for Communidat Valenciana (including Benidorm) is +34 - 900 300 555.
- Andalusia: Tel. +34 955 545 060
- Balearic Islands: Tel. +34 971 211 991
- Canary Islands: Tel. +34 928 301012 for Gran Canaria province or +34 922 470012 for Santa Cruz de Tenerife province
- Catalonia: Tel. +34 933 039 944
- Murcia: Tel +34 900 121 212
You should follow the advice of the local authorities at all times.
In any emergency, call 112.