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All You Need to Know About COVID-19 Measures and Restrictions at Barcelona Airport

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Latest update: 21 December 2021

This page covers what you need to know when you’re taking a flight from or to Barcelona airport during the coronavirus pandemic including:

  • Flying to Barcelona Airport during COVID-19
  • Catalonia COVID-19 entry restrictions and quarantine period
  • Coronavirus tests at Barcelona Airport
  • Flying from Barcelona airport during COVID-19
  • Going from / to Barcelona airport during curfew and mobility restrictions
  • Taxis at Barcelona airport during curfew
  • Aerobus airport express bus during curfew
  • Barcelona airport metro during curfew
  • Car Rentals inside Barcelona Airport during COVID-19
  • Left luggage at Barcelona Airport during COVID-19

Important Disclaimer

Before we start, we need to make this disclaimer. We take every step to ensure our information is accurate and up to date, however, changes occur rapidly, and we may not be aware of all updates to the COVID-19 regulations. We therefore advise you to cross-check our information against official government health websites before you take action. Please note, if you act on any of the information that we give, you agree to do so at your own risk.

Flying to Barcelona Airport during COVID-19

Can I fly to Barcelona airport during the coronavirus pandemic? What do I need to fly to Barcelona Airport during COVID-19?

Yes, you can fly to Barcelona airport during the COVID pandemic. Below we explain the COVID certificates needed to fly to Barcelona airport, that re also reqired when arriving to Barcelona by the cruise port, train, car, or bus.

To enter Spain: Negative COVID test certificate, and/or vaccination certificate, or certificate of recovery or European Digital COVID Certificate

Certificates needed to enter Spain differ depending on whether you enter Spain from a "Risk Country" or from a "High Risk Country" for Coronavirus.

You´ll find the list of "Risk Countries" and of "High Risk Countries" for Coronavirus on this specific page of the Spain Travel Health website of the Spanish Health Ministry under the section "RISK AND HIGH RISK COUNTRIES/AREAS". The list is reviewed and updated every 7 days so make sure to check it just before you travel to Barcelona.

Below you´ll find the list of requirements needed to enter Spain from "Risk Countries" and "High Risk Countries".

COVID requirements if you enter Spain from a "Risk Country":

According to the Spain Travel Health website of the Spanish Health Ministry: from the 7 June 2021 all passengers arriving to Spain from a list of "risk countries" for Coronavirus must present one of the following certificates to enter Spain:
1. A negative COVID test certificate for a COVID test taken within 48 hours of your arrival to Spain for Rapid Antigen Tests and within 72 hours of your arrival to Spain for NAAT tests (Nucleic Acid Amplification tests) such as PCR tests (Polymerase Chain Reaction tests), LAMP tests (Loop-Mediated Isothermal Amplification tests), NEAR tests (Nicking Endonuclease Amplification Reaction tests).
2. Or a certificate that prooves you had a full COVID-19 vaccination 14 days before entering Spain with one of the vaccines authorized by the European Medicines Agency. The list of vaccines valid in Europe and to enter Spain can be found on the European Medicines Agency official website of the European Union. For 2 shots vaccine, the vaccination is considered as full or complete once the 2 shots have been administrated.
3. Or a certificate of immunity after having recovered from COVID-19. The certificate of recovery are valid from day 11 after your first positive NAAT test result and up to 180 days, which equalts to approximately 6 months.

Since the 1st of July 2021, the date on which the European Digital COVID Certificate entered into force in Europe, passengers arriving to Spain from any European country considered as a risk country for Coronavirus, can also enter Spain presenting their European Digital COVID Certificate or any of the 3 certificates mentioned above. The list of countries considered as a risk country to enter Spain is available on this specific page of the Spanish Travel Health.

Note that the European Digital COVID Certificate is also referred to as the Green Digital Certificate or as the European Green Digital Certificate. All these terms refer to the same European certificate.

The European Green Digital Certificate is simply a digital certificate that prooves that you have had a negative COVID test, or a full vaccination against COVID, or a certificate of recovery. So if you're an European citizen, you can either enter Spain with one of the 3 above-mentioned certificates or with your European Digital COVID Certificate. If you're a non-European citizen entering Spain from a "Risk Country", you will need one of the 3 above-mentioned certificates to enter Spain.

The COVID certificates must be in English, French, German or Spanish. If you have a European Digital COVID Certificate then the language is not a problem as European Digital COVID Certificates are issued in the language of the country where it was issued and also in English. However, if you do not have a European Digital COVID Certificate and if your COVID certificate is not in one of the 4 above mentioned languages, it will need to be accompanied by a translation into Spanish made by an official translator.

You can find more information about the EU Digital COVID Certificate and COVID certificates needed to enter Spain on our page about the EU Digital COVID Certificate.

On this specific page of the Spanish Travel Health website, under the blue heading ‘RISK AND HIGH COUNTRIES / AREAS, you'll find the list in pdf format of "Risk Countries" for which one of the 3 above-mentioned certificates or the European Digital COVID Certificate is needed to be able to enter Spain.

According to the Spain Travel Health website, children under 12 do no need to present any COVID certificate to enter Spain.

COVID requirements if you enter Spain from a "High Risk Country":

All passengers arriving to Spain from a list of "High Risk Countries" for Coronavirus must present a negative COVID test certificate in addition of their vaccination certificate or in addition of their certificate of recovery. This means that if you enter Spain from a "High Risk Country, you´ll need to get a negative COVID test even if you´re vaccinated or if you have a certificate of immunity after recovering from COVID.

On this specific page of the Spanish Travel Health website, under the blue heading ‘RISK AND HIGH COUNTRIES / AREAS, you'll find the list in pdf format of "High Risk Countries" for which the certificates mentioned below are needed to enter Spain.

Certificates needed to enter Spain from a "High Risk Country":
1.A negative COVID test certificate for a COVID test taken within 48 hours of your arrival to Spain for Rapid Antigen Tests and within 72 hours of your arrival to Spain for NAAT tests (Nucleic Acid Amplification tests) such as PCR tests (Polymerase Chain Reaction tests), LAMP tests (Loop-Mediated Isothermal Amplification tests), NEAR tests (Nicking Endonuclease Amplification Reaction tests).
2. And one of the following certificates:
- a certificate that prooves you had a full COVID-19 vaccination 14 days before entering Spain with one of the vaccines authorized by the European Medicines Agency. The list of vaccines valid in Europe and to enter Spain can be found on the European Medicines Agency official website of the European Union. For 2 shots vaccine, the vaccination is considered as full or complete once the 2 shots have been administrated.
- or a certificate of immunity after having recovered from COVID-19. The certificate of recovery are valid from day 11 after your first positive NAAT test result and up to 180 days, which equalts to approximately 6 months.

According to the Spain Travel Health website, children under 12 do no need to present any COVID certificate to enter Spain.

Additional Health Control Form QR code needed for "Risk Countries" and "High Risk Countries" entering Spain by air or sea

All passengers travelling to Spain by plane from any country will also need to fill out a Health Control Form for arrivals by air and present it upon arrival to any Spanish airport, including children and infants. All passengers arriving to spain by sea from any country, will need to fill out a Health Control Form for arrivals by sea.

Health Control Form is not mandatory when entering Spain by land, e.g.: by car, train, bus.


We recommend to read our article below to know more about the mandatory COVID certificates, the Health Control checkpoints at Barcelona Airport and the Public Health Control Form and QR code.

COVID-19 certificates to travel to Barcelona by air, sea or land and health control checkpoints


Catalonia COVID-19 entry restrictions and quarantine period

Are there any COVID entry restrictions for Catalonia for travellers coming from specific countries? Is there a quarantine period upon arrival to Barcelona Airport?

Entry rules to Catalonia are explained above.

There’s no quarantine period upon arrival to Barcelona Airport except for some specific countries that can be checked on the Spanish Health Ministry website.


Coronavirus tests at Barcelona Airport

How can I get a COVID-19 test at Barcelona Airport upon arrival to be allowed to enter Spain? Can I get a coronavirus test near Barcelona Airport to fly to another country?

You must get your COVID test before flying to Barcelona airport unless you have a COVID vaccination certificate or a COVID certificate of recovery, in which case you won't need to get a COVID test to fly to Barcelona. Details on the COVID certificates needed to fly to Barcelona Airport are explained at the top of this page.

If you need an antigen or a PCR test travel certificate to fly from Barcelona Airport you can easily get tested in a private lab in Barcelona.


Flying from Barcelona airport during COVID-19

I’m flying from Barcelona Airport. Will I need to show any document at Barcelona Airport to fly? Do I need to get a COVID-19 test to fly?

We strongly recommend you to check the COVID-19 entry requirements including the coronavirus test requirements of the country you’re flying to on the official website of your travel destination.

We recommend you read our page COVID-19 travel and test requirements to fly from Barcelona to destinations outside of Barcelona to learn about the COVID-19 entry requirements of your country of destination.

If you'll be at Barcelona Airport for a layover, transit or stopover we recommend you read the following page:

Layovers, transits or stopovers at Barcelona Airport during COVID

If you need an antigen or a PCR test travel certificate to fly from Barcelona Airport you can easily get tested in a private lab in Barcelona.


Going from / to Barcelona airport

Can I go to Barcelona Airport or come back from Barcelona Airport to Barcelona city? Is there any mobility restriction? Can i go or come back from the airport at night?

During mobility restrictions, you can go to Barcelona Airport or come back from Barcelona Airport by showing your flight tickets in you were requested to do so.

To know more on the latest COVID restrictions and safety measures in Barcelona we recommend you check the latest COVID-related updates in Barcelona.


Am I allowed to pick up someone at Barcelona Airport or accompany someone at Barcelona airport?

Yes, since 15 October 2021, accompanying persons can access the airport terminals.

Before that, only passengers with a boarding card were allowed inside the airport of Barcelona. Therefore if you wanted to pick someone up at the airport or take someone to the airport you had to wait outside the airport. However, passengers that needed physical assistance could be accompanied by someone else to assist them even if the accompanying person was not a passenger.

If you’re arriving at Barcelona Airport you can book in advance a taxi, or a private car with a driver.
Taxis arranged in advance are sanitized by the drivers between each taxi journey.
Private cars are regularly sanitized, desinfected and cleaned. The high-frequency touch points of private cars such as door handles, arm rests, buttons for windows and seatbelts are cleaned after each journey.
We explain in detail how to make an advanced reservation for either a taxi or private car in the articles below:
How to book your Barcelona taxi in advance of your trip
How to arrange your private transfer from/to Barcelona Airport
You can make your booking directly from the buttons below:

You can also take the Aerobus and the Barcelona airport metro if their operating hours match with your flight time.
Keep on reading to know more about each transport option during Coronavirus.

If you’re going to the airport by car and need to park you car, you’ll find more information on parking at Barcelona airport and how you can secure your parking car spot on the following article:

Parking At Barcelona Airport


Taxis at Barcelona airport during COVID-19

Are there taxis available at Barcelona Airport during COVID-19 pandemic?

Yes, taxis are operating as usual following COVID safety measures.

Follow the ‘Taxi’ signs inside the airport to find the taxi rank.

For your peace of mind, you can also pre-book a taxi in advance of your trip so that you are assured that a taxi will be waiting for you at the airport.

When you pre-book your taxi, you also have the guarantee that the taxi will be sanitized by the taxi driver after each journey as it is a safety measure requirement from the taxi company.

The taxi driver will be waiting for you with a sign with your name on it at the taxi rank just outside of the airport and will wait for you up to 60 minutes after your flight has landed. At the moment the taxi driver is not permitted to enter Barcelona airport building itself so he will be waiting outside at the foot of escalator when you follow the signs for Taxis.

We recommend you read our article below if you want to pre-book a sanitized taxi from or to Barcelona Airport:

How to book your Barcelona taxi in advance of your trip

You can book your sanitized taxi from the button below:

You can also arrange a private black car with a driver that will take you from or to Barcelona Airport to your accommodation:

How to arrange your private transfer from Barcelona Airport to/from Barcelona city centre


Aerobus airport express bus during COVID-19

Is the Aerobus operating from and to Barcelona Airport?

Yes, the Aerobus is operating.

Aerobus operating hours from Plaza Catalunya to Barcelona Airport Terminal 1:

Month Day Operating Hours Frequency
January - December Monday - Sunday 24 Hours 15 Minutes

Aerobus operating hours from Barcelona Airport Terminal 1 to Plaza Catalunya:

Month Day Operating Hours Frequency
January - December Monday - Sunday 24 Hours 15 Minutes

You will need to buy your tickets online before taking the Aerobus as the tickets can’t be purchased from the drivers anymore.

Click on the link below to know more about the Aerobus and to book your Aerobus tickets online:

The Aerobus - Barcelona Airport express bus to and from the city centre


If you need an antigen or a PCR test travel certificate to fly from Barcelona Airport you can easily get tested in a private lab in Barcelona.


Barcelona airport metro during COVID-19

Is the Barcelona Airport metro operating from and to Barcelona Airport?

Yes, the Barcelona metro system operates.

Barcelona metro operating hours:

Month Day Time
January - December Monday - Thursday 05:00 - 00:00 Midnight
Friday - Saturday 05:00 - 2:00
Sunday 05:00 - 00:00 Midnight
Public Holiday 05:00 - 00:00 Midnight
24 December Friday 05:00 - 23:00

If you’re staying in Barcelona for 2, 3, 4 or 5 days and plan on taking the public transport to move around the city, we recommend you read our article below about the Hola Barcelona Transport Pass that will give you unlimited access to Barcelona public transport including the Barcelona Airport metro and will enable you to save money and time.

Hola Barcelona Card: the travel pass that gives you unlimited journeys on Barcelona public transport


Car Rentals inside Barcelona Airport during COVID-19

I have rented a car at Barcelona Airport but I won’t take a fight. Am I allowed to enter Barcelona Airport without a boarding card to pick up my car keys?

Yes, if you’ve rented a car and need to pick up the car keys at a car rental office located inside Barcelona airport, you’ll be allowed to enter the airport.

Make sure to show your car booking to the security agents who control the access at the entry doors of the terminals.


Left luggage at Barcelona Airport during COVID-19

I want to leave some extra luggage at Barcelona airport left luggage. Are the left luggage at Barcelona Airport open?

Unfortunately, the two left luggage at Barcelona airport have closed.

However there is a left luggage in the city centre, next to Plaza Catalunya that is currently open:

Barcelona left luggage service


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