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

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Latest update: 23 June 2022

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

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. 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 from a EU or a Schengen country: you do not need to present any COVID certificate or to fill out a Health control form

EU countries include: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.

Schengen countries also include: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland.

Since 18 June 2022, if you´re arriving to Spain from a EU country or a Schengen country, there are no more COVID related entry restrictions to Spain.

You no longer need to present a COVID certificate. Eg. you no longer need to present a negative COVID test certificate or vaccination certificate or a COVID certificate of recovery. Filling out a Health control form is no longer necessary either.

To enter Spain from any other countries (non-EU and non-Schengen countries):

- Negative COVID test certificate, vaccination certificate, or certificate of recovery or European Digital COVID Certificate equivalent

If you´re arriving to Spain by air from a non-EU or a non-Schengen country, COVID-19 certificates or EU Digital COVID Certificates or equivalents are required to enter Spain:

1. A negative COVID-19 test certificate for a COVID test taken within 24 hours of your departure to Spain for Rapid Antigen Tests and within 72 hours of your departure 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). You can also present your EU Digital COVID Certificate (EU DCC) of your negative COVID test or equivalent to the Spanish authorities.

2. OR a COVID-19 vaccination certificate that proves you had a full COVID-19 vaccination between 14 days and 270 days before entering Spain with one of the vaccines authorized by the European Medicines Agency or the World Health organization website. The list of vaccines valid to enter Spain can be found on these two websites:
European Medicines Agency official website of the European Union
World Health organization website

You are considered fully vaccinated after your single dose for unique-dose vaccines. For 2 shots vaccine, you´re considered fully vaccinated once the 2 shots have been administrated. You will be able to enter Spain with your COVID-19 vaccination certificate 14 days after the date you´re considered fully vaccinated.

From 1 February 2022, vaccination certificates become invalid after 270 days of you being fully vaccinated, which equals approximately 9 months. You will need to get a booster dose for your vaccination certificate to be valid to enter Spain. Your vaccination certificate will need to show the administration of your booster dose.

You will be able to enter Spain with your COVID-19 vaccination certificate as long as your last dose is of a vaccine authorized by the European Medicines Agency or the World Health Organization, even if your first doses were not.

You can also present your EU Digital COVID Certificate (EU DCC) of vaccination or equivalent to the Spanish authorities.

3. OR a COVID-19 certificate of immunity after having recovered from COVID. The certificate of recovery is valid from day 11 after your first positive NAAT test result and up to 180 days, which equals approximately 6 months.

You can also present your EU Digital COVID Certificate of recovery (EU DCC) or equivalent to the Spanish authorities.


Equivalents to the EU Digital COVID Certificate are issued by 40 non-EU countries that have joined the EU Digital COVID Certificate program.

The 40 non-EU countries and territories also included in the EU Digital COVID Certificate program include: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Benin, Cabo Verde, Colombia, El Salvador, Faroe Islands, Georgia, Israel, Iceland, Indonesia, Jordan, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Malaysia, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Norway, Panama, San Marino, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunisia, Togo, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and the Crown Dependencies (Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man), Uruguay, Vietnam, The Vatican.

You can find the list of the non EU countries and territories included in the EU Digital COVID Certificate program on the EU official page on EU Digital COVID Certificates.

Those who enter Spain with an EU Digital COVID Certificate or equivalent issued by any of the 40 non-EU countries will not need to fill out the Health Control Form, also known as the QR SPTH or the QR of the Spain Travel Health authority. More information on the Health Control Form is provided below on this page.

Note that the European Digital COVID Certificate is also referred to as the EU DCC, 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 proves that you have had a negative COVID test, a full vaccination against COVID, or a certificate of recovery. So if you're a European citizen, you can either enter Spain with one of the 3 above-mentioned certificates or with your European Digital COVID Certificate.

If you do not have an EU Digital COVID Certificate or equivalent, your COVID certificate must be in English, French, German or Spanish. If you have a European Digital COVID Certificate or equivalent, 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 or equivalent 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.
According to the Spain Travel Health website of the Spanish Health Ministry, children under 12 do not need to present any COVID certificate to enter Spain.


- Additional Health Control Form QR code needed for entering Spain by air

Any passenger arriving to Spain by air from a non-EU or a non-Schengen country with a EU Digital COVID Certificate equivalent does not need to fill out the Health Control Form anymore. EU Digital COVID Certificate equivalents include: EU Digital COVID Certificate of vaccination, EU Digital COVID Certificate of a Negative COVID test and EU Digital COVID Certificate of recovery or an equivalent issued by one of the non-EU countries that have joined the EU Digital COVID Certificate program. EU equivalents to the EU Digital COVID Certificate (DCC) refer to digital accreditations of vaccination and negative COVID test of recovery issued by the authorities of the non-EU countries that have joined the EU Digital COVID Certificate program. The list of these countries is provided above on this page.

So if you´re entering Spain with any of the 3 documents below issued by EU countries or their equivalent issued by the non-EU countries and territories listed above, you do not need to fill out any Health Control Form:

  • EU Digital COVID Certificate of vaccination or EU equivalent,
  • or EU Digital COVID Certificate of a negative COVID test or EU equivalent
  • or EU Digital COVID Certificate of recovery or a EU equivalent

However, if you do not have an EU Digital COVID Certificate or an EU equivalent, e.g. if you´re travelling with a simple certificate of a negative COVID test, you will also need to fill out a Health Control Form for arrivals by air and present it upon arrival to any Spanish airport.

Health Control Form is not required when entering Spain by land, e.g., by car, train, bus or by sea, e.g., cruise.

According to the Spain Travel Health website of the Spanish Health Ministry, children under 12 do not need to present any COVID certificate to enter Spain and do not need to fill out a Health Control Form.


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.

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.


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.

Since 15 October 2021, the access to the airport terminals is allowed to anyone, not just to passengers with a boarding card.


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 are closed.

However there is a left luggage in the centre, inside the Barcelona Sants train station that is currently open:

Barcelona left luggage serviceat Sants Train Station


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