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Covid Test before leaving for Spain?

I've been reading as much as I can on line but am unsure if we need to show a negative Covid test before boarding the flight.
I'm think I understand that fully vaccinated with proof is enough to get into the country.

My understanding is unvaccinated non essential are not allowed to travel unless there is a specific reason.

We leave for Spain 9/29. Hubby and I are both fully vaccinated, and even have had our booster shots.

I realize we have to have a negative test to return home, and our test appointment is scheduled in Barcelona 48 hours before our return flight.

Would you recommend getting a test before leaving the US as a back up...or are we OK with just our CDC (original) cards?

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Ellen I am leaving the day before you, the 28th, and am not planning on taking a test before. The only thing you need as a tourist is proof of vaccination and the QR code from the health form.

I think the only complication where you may need a test is if you have a layover in another country before flying to Spain that requires it.

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@James Thanks for the reassurance. I forgot to mention that I've downloaded the Spain Health app and will complete that on Tuesday since we arrive in Spain on Thursday after our overnight flight through Germany.

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Did you check if Germany has any testing requirements for passengers transiting? I think some countries were requiring a test even if you were just transiting and not entering the country but I don't know what Germany is doing in this regard. My layover is at JFK and then direct to Madrid so fortunately I didn't have to worry about what countries besides Spain are doing.

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@James, I wondered about that. Just found this on Lufthansa website:

We are not entering Germany, just transiting through the airport to Barcelona. On the way home, we'll have our Covid test results.

. Transiting Germany from Areas of Variants of Concern to any destination outside Germany:

Transiting Germany to a destination outside of Germany is possible, regardless of nationality or destination and does not require a medical certificate or online registration for Germany.

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I'd recommend getting tested before you go, not because it might be required but to reassure yourself that you won't be bringing an asymptomatic infection onto the flights or into Spain. That's the rationale for the US requiring Europeans to test before coming here, whether vaccinated or not. Seems to me we should show them the same consideration we require them to show us. I'm getting a test a few days before flying to Germany next month. They don't require it, and I'm vaccinated, but I'll cancel the trip if I test positive.

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@Dick, I was going to do that, get tested before getting on a flight, just to make sure I wasn't asymptomatic, but then wasn't sure it was "needed" We might still do that. I certainly don't want to get to Spain and get sick the day after when we start our bike trip. it's truly a simple thing to get a test to protect others. Been really good about wearing a mask EVERYWHERE, and we don't have a mandate in Colorado right now. Hubby and I are both 3 shots in with Pfizer and we've been very aware of our surrounding for the last month in prep for our holiday.

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Well, I'll just say something else to think about if you do decide to test before is that false positives do happen.