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

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Latest update: 14 July 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, or vaccination certificate, or certificate of recovery or European Digital Covid Certificate

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 countries available on this this specific page of the Spanish Travel Health website that are qualified as being 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. COVID tests accepted: NAAT tests, e.g.: RT-PCR tests, RT-LAMP tests, TMA and rapid antigen tests.
2. Or a certificate that prooves you had a full COVID-19 vaccination 14 days before entering Spain. 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, 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 your certificate is included in your European Digial 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 the Frequently Asked Questions page of the Spanish Health Ministry.

On this specific page of the Spanish Travel Health website, under the blue heading ‘RISK COUNTRIES / AREAS, you'll find the list in pdf format of EU countries and non EU countries, referred to as 'third 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.

However, 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.

In conclusion, if you’re arriving to Spain from one of the countries included in the above mentioned list of risk countries, you can enter Spain for any reason, including tourism, and you won’t need to justify the reason why you’re coming to Spain. You will need your usual travel documents and:


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.

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?

There is no mobility restriction, therefore you can go to Barcelona Airport or come back from Barcelona Airport whenever you want.

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?

Only passengers with a boarding card are allowed inside the airport of Barcelona. Therefore if you want to pick someone up at the airport or take someone to the airport you will need to wait outside the airport.

However, passengers that need physical assistance can be accompanied by someone else who is assisting them even if the accompanying person is not a passenger.

If you are the accompanying person to physically assist them, we recommend you have the supporting document that proves that the person you’re accompanying needs assistance so that you will be allowed to enter the airport without any issue.

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 05:00 - 22:30 15 Minutes

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

Month Day Operating Hours Frequency
January - December Monday - Sunday 05:37 - 23:00 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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