Travelling back from spain?

My friend has just come back from spain and due to the new restrictions he has to isolate for 14 days. He has now been back for 4 days, took a covid test yesterday and it has come back negative today. Does this mean he still has to complete the rest of the isolation days? Thank you.

I understand that symptoms can take a while to show, but can someone explain how if he caught the virus in spain, took a test 3 days later and it came back negative, how does the virus stay dormant and undetected?

7 Answers

  • Yes he can end his quarantine except authorities will see this with a different eye

  • Best to make sure you get an answer from a legally competent authority.

  • Yes, he does. The incubation period is longer than 4 days. He could test negative in day 4 and positive later.

  • Yes. First no test is 100% accurate so even a beg could actually be false. The test could be poorly collected. The viral load could rise and fall etc 

  • Yes – he still has to complete his quarantine.

    COVID symptoms can stay undetected for 10 days. 

  • Okay ill let him know. I’m curious about this delay on the symptoms. Let’s say he picked it up in Spain and came back here but it takes 5 or more days to show symptoms. Surely the virus would still be in his body, and the test would pick it up? I don’t know much about this but I’m confused how a virus remains undetectable for 5+ days and then decideds to show? 

  • Yes, it can take at least 5 days to show.

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