Malaga Airport – Travelling at Christmas and New Year’s Eve 2020

Current situation in Malaga and the Costa del Sol

Beach Bar in Torremolinos last weekend

The province of Malaga and especially the municipalities of the Costa del Sol are currently in very good health. On December 10th a gradual de-escalation was introduced for Andalusia for this Christmas season.

Due to the very good weather we have in Malaga at this time of year (an average of 19ºC) we can enjoy many outdoor activities and have a drink in a beachfront restaurant, with all the security measures, and enjoy the sun and the blue sky. The truth is, we are privileged!

Come to stay with us, you still have time to catch a flight. Everything you need to know to be able to travel to Malaga, measurements at the airport and much more, in our Blog.

Discover all the information related to the different phases of de-escalation in Andalusia and Christmas activities in the province of Malaga.

Requirements for entering Spain

Negative PCR / PMA 

In order to enter the Spanish territory, a negative PCR test is required from the traveller, no more than 72 hours old.

With regard to the PCR test, changes have been introduced last week, as entry is now also permitted with the negative TMA (Transcription-Mediated Amplification) test.
This test is cheaper than PCR (about 120 euros compared to 150 euros for PCR) and above all it is much faster and gives results in a few hours.

This is especially interesting for the many travellers who had difficulty in meeting the narrow time frame to get a negative test before taking the flight.

Another headache for international travellers has also been solved, as the test results are now also accepted in French and German, in addition to Spanish and English as the accepted languages for this procedure.

Children under the age of 6 are now exempt from presenting a PCR and from that age this test is replaced by a blood plasma analysis.

Can it be carried on the mobile phone in electronic format?

Yes, it can be presented both on paper and in digital format.

What must the document presented at the airport contain?

The passenger’s details: name and surname and passport or ID number, date of the test, type of test, (negative) test result and the contact details of the laboratory. It is very important that the identification document (DNI/passport) on the Health Control Form (PLC) matches the one on the PCR test.

QR Code

In addition, travellers must complete the health control form and obtain their QR code, to be shown at the controls on arrival in Spain.

The form is available at this link Spain Travel Health in Spanish, English, French and German or from the app.

From 48 hours before the flight, you can send the form to the health authorities. Once sent, you will receive an email with a QR code that will allow you to access the destination airport. You must have it printed out or on your mobile phone.

There is also the option of filling in the printed form for those who do not have the means to complete it digitally.

At the destination airport you must show the QR code or the printed form at the health control, in order to access the terminal and collect your luggage.

Last minute bookings

The airlines offer for the next holidays a considerable increase of destinations, compared to those they already operate always. The airlines expect demand to increase in these two weeks.

Many travellers are leaving it to the last minute to decide whether to travel or not, so as not to risk losing a non-refundable flight ticket.

We are at your disposal if you need help to hire your rental car at Malaga airport. You can book at your leisure, we do not charge in advance nor do we charge cancellation fees.

Where to do the Covid test in the province of Malaga?

Doing the PCR in Spain is expensive, you have to calculate about 150 euros that you have to pay out of your own pocket, which undoubtedly makes the total price of our trip considerably more expensive.

The fastest way to obtain this test is through private laboratories in the province of Malaga.

In preparation for my trip to Germany, I had a very good experience with the Hospital Santa Elena in Torremolinos, where you can make an appointment directly in the hospital laboratory and have the result within 24 hours, on request even in English. The price is 150 euros. Address: Los Alamos, Calle Sardinero, s/n, Torremolinos. Telephone: Reception 952 385 555. Emergencies +34 952 386 266

Benalmadena: Clínica Benalmádena, Address: c/ San Juan 17. Arroyo de la Miel. Telephone: 952 96 44 16. Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 8 pm. Email:

Estepona: Cenyt Hospital Estepona Address: Avenida de Andalucía, nº 2 y 4. Estepona. Telephone: 952 80 81 80

Fuengirola: Portales Laboratory. Address: Avenida Condes de San Isidro, 16Bis, Fuengirola Telephone: 952 46 84 47. Email

Marbella: Fidustest. Address: You must make an appointment on the website to find out the address.

Inside Málaga airport

For public health and safety reasons, only passengers are allowed to enter the airport terminal. Accompanying persons are not allowed to enter the airport facilities. Only passengers with boarding passes, accompanying persons with justified cause (unaccompanied minors or persons with disabilities) and workers are allowed to enter.

If they are going to pick you up, they must wait for you outside the terminal. Only people who are going to pick up passengers who need assistance (people with reduced mobility and unaccompanied minors) can access.

Aena has reinforced the cleaning protocols in the check-in areas and the counters have been fitted with protective screens.
Most airlines have restricted the transport of hand luggage in the cabin. Check with your airline for their check-in policy.
Please arrive at the airport in good time to pass through the check-in process and security checkpoints. It may take longer than usual.

21 Responses to Malaga Airport – Travelling at Christmas and New Year’s Eve 2020

  1. C B Holst says:

    Can i get a quick test at the airport before boarding?

  2. Yvonne mcneill says:


    I was intending to travel to marbella from ieland on 2nd Jan
    Do I have to get a pcr test in Ireland before I go before I go .
    Thanks for the email and all the info provided .
    An early reply would be appreciated.
    I didn’t think that I had to do a test.



  3. Hani Issa says:

    thanks for the info, we have already booked a trip to Malaga in April and we are looking forward so much and until then hope that this epidemic is gone and everything is normal again.Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
    See you soon

  4. Robert Hedley says:

    Thanks for the info and we hope to be with you in March 2021, in the mean time have a merry Christmas

  5. Kyösti Kaijomaa says:

    Hi, many thanks for useful information. Our incoming flight is scheduled on April 24th. Hope to see easier formalities, meaning no test, no quaranteene by then. We’ll make our car booking once we see that the trend with covid has turned steadily positive. Merry Christmas to you all.

  6. Brian carpenter says:

    Gracias we are looking to return in February and of course using Malaga cars.

  7. Charles Salmon says:

    Very useful information, many thanks. I have used malagacar many times and sincerely hope you are able to keep going through this epidemic.

  8. Russ Pressney says:

    This is really helpful information – thank you for publishing this blog!

  9. gisele rogiest says:

    I have two questions:
    – as I understand the regulations now, there are no restrictions for tourists to enter Malaga province from abroad (except for PCR en Spain Health form)? Is that correct, because in Belgium they say you can only enter Andalucia if you are going to visit family.
    – can we travel in one car if passengers do not live on the same address (in my case, my parents).
    thank you for your response and we hope to come soon

    • Hi Gisele, you are right. You only need to show a negative covid test on arrival (made within the last 72 hours).

      You can travel in the same car without problems.


  10. Sandra Furlong says:

    Excellent information. Thank you.

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