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Hotel in Spain requires Covid-19 test before check-in

Travelers from all over the world ask: where can I travel safely?

Sha Wellness Clinic, a medical clinic and hotel in southeastern Spain, has an answer. Requires guests to provide a negative Covid-19 test result before entering the door.

“When we started putting together our preventative measures, there was no doubt that this would be a requirement,” said Alejandro Bataller, vice president of the clinic. “Our main priority is to ensure the safety of our guests while in Sha so that they can have peace of mind during their stay.”

Covid-19 tests and antibodies are free of charge for guests of the Sha Wellness Clinic.

Courtesy of the Sha Wellness Clinic

The medical clinic, located in Alicante, Spain, focuses on the fact that requiring guests to undergo a coronavirus test prior to their arrival is precisely what will make guests want to come.

“During these times, people are more concerned than ever about their safety when it comes to traveling,” said Bataller. “Guests can have some peace of mind knowing that everyone they visit has been tested and the spaces are constantly being sanitized, so they can really relax and feel safe and secure.”

Two negative results are required to check in

All guests must undergo the Covid-19 tests between 24 and 48 hours before arriving at the Sha Wellness Clinic. Guests are encouraged to submit results, although Sha will allow them to bring results even when they arrive.

Guests are not the only ones to be tested. Clinic staff must undergo the Covid-19 test before returning to work and regularly thereafter.

Upon arrival, all guests will undergo a second Covid-19 test, as well as an antibody test and a medical examination. All tests are included with a free stay.

What to expect during a stay

“It is important for us that our guests not only feel safe when they return to Sha, but also feel healthier during their stay,” said Bataller.

In line with the post-pandemic changes taking place in the hotel sector, the clinic is intensifying the cleaning protocol, installing thermographic cameras to detect body temperatures and eliminate all contact points on the card, such as the food and spa menus.

The Sha Wellness Clinic is located in Alicante, Spain.

Courtesy of the Sha Wellness Clinic

The UV disinfection towers will be installed in the clinic suites and ozone treatments will be used to disinfect vehicles and luggage. Check-in is moved to the guest suites.

As part of all stays, guests undertake health programs focused on topics such as fitness, detoxification and weight loss. The clinic has 11 residences where guests can undergo treatments and medical advice without having to leave their suite.

The clinic is reducing employment levels in common areas to encourage social removal.

Courtesy of the Sha Wellness Clinic

Sha is adding to his immune system treatments in response to the pandemic and adding new “immune system strengthening” services. Guests can undergo stem cell therapy, infrared heat, vitamin C megadoses, thermal shock reinforcement and stress management sessions, to name a few. Immunotherapy and lymphocyte profile consultations are now also included in all reservations.

A seven-day reservation for the “rebalancing” program at the end of July in the entry-level deluxe suite is approximately 5,310 euros (5,745 USD). To switch to a two-story garden residence, the rate jumps to 17,000 euros (US $ 18,390) – and almost double that of a stay in the penthouse residence.

Another Covid-19 hotel

The Waldhotel, a medical health resort in Obbürgen, Switzerland, is testing guests for Covid-19, although it doesn’t require a negative result before guests can check-in.

The tests cost 150 Swiss francs (US $ 154) and are run in the Waldhotel Health & Medical Excellence, a medical center that operates in the hotel.

“Although Waldhotel Health & Medical Excellence has remained open throughout the pandemic, no Covid-19 cases have been registered in the Waldhotel and Resort Bürgenstock,” said Dr. Verena Briner, medical director of the center, referring to the largest resort where the Waldhotel resides.

The Waldhotel is part of the Bürgenstock Hotels & Resort, near Lake Lucerne in Switzerland.

Courtesy of Waldhotel

The Waldhotel has Covid-19 antibody tests for guests for 100 Swiss Francs (US $ 102) with results returned in one day.

Given that the Waldhotel is a five-star hotel and a medical center in one, the hotel claims to have adopted strict hygiene measures – such as hand disinfection stations and cleaning protocols – before the pandemic began. However, he instituted new measures in response to the virus under the guidance of Dr. Briner.

The Waldhotel Health & Medical Excellence center operates within the Waldhotel.

Courtesy of Waldhotel

The medical center employs a team of experts in dermatology, gastroenterology, sports medicine and dentistry. Hotel guests can participate in guided programs focused on exercise, aesthetics, awareness, immunity and weight loss. Programs range from three days to two weeks, although some guests stay for months.

The hotel has access to an airport where private jets can land for guests who can afford to avoid commercial airlines.

Can you travel to Spain and Switzerland?

International travel to Spain and Switzerland is not possible right now, but it may soon be, depending on where you live.

After two months of rigorous blockade, Spain began to revoke national residence guidelines in May. Currently, Spain has a 14-day quarantine requirement for most people arriving from abroad, although Spanish transport minister Jose Luis Abalos has said he hopes tourism activity will start again in late June.

The lobby of the Waldhotel.

Courtesy of Waldhotel

The Sha Wellness Clinic closed in late March and aims to reopen in July, according to guidelines set by the Spanish government.

At the moment, only Swiss citizens, residents and selected workers are allowed to enter Switzerland. However, Switzerland announced plans to reopen its borders with Germany, Austria and France extensively on June 15. There are still no plans to reopen the borders with Italy.

Swiss International Air Lines announced on May 14 that it will resume flying up to 190 flights from Zurich and Geneva in June. The flights will resume in stages and will go to 41 European destinations including Paris, Rome, Barcelona and Copenhagen. In addition, the airline is providing new direct intercontinental connections in June, connecting Zurich to New York, Singapore, Tokyo and Johannesburg, among other cities.

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