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

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Latest update: 20 July 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.


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
05 and 06 January Thursday - Friday 05:00 - 02:00
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 Sunday 05:00 - 23:00
25 December Monday 05:00 - 02:00
26 December Tuesday 05:00 - 00:00 Midnight

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 service at Sants Train Station


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