Malaga Airport – Travel in January and February 2021

Current situation in Malaga and the Costa del Sol

Dear friends, we miss you! But we are still facing a difficult scenario and we will have to be a little more patient to be able to welcome you back, especially our British friends, as currently only those with a residence can enter Spain. Below you find all the updates in detail.

Soon we will also publish all the relevant information for our British friends regarding Brexit when they are able to travel again. Keep the spirits high, a big hug from Malaga!

Entry by air from the UK is restricted, so only nationals or residents of Spain can travel to Spain.
• Check-in, security control and boarding is done at Terminal 3. Docks C and D are operational.
• The Terminal 2 is closed.
• The use of the mask is obligatory.
• It is forbidden to enter the airport terminal for anyone who is not going to travel. Only passengers and accompanying persons needing assistance may enter.

New lighting at the T3 at Malaga Airport

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.

The test results are 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

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.

At the Hospital Santa Elena in Torremolinos 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.

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