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We've put together a page on how to visit Barcelona for a holiday during COVID times. See our article below to find out how you can enjoy a visit to Barcelona during the COVID times.How to visit Barcelona during COVID. How to use airport transport, public transportation, tourist attractions, beaches, bars and restaurants, nightlife during COVID-19 times.
Important DisclaimerBefore 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.
What are the procedures for visiting Spain from an EU country?
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:
- your negative COVID test certificate, or your completed vaccination certificate, or your immunity certificate of revovery, or your European Digital Covid Certificate that includes any of these 3 certificates
- if you're arriving to a Spanish airport, your Health Control Form for arrivals by air
- if you're arriving to a Spanish port, your Health Control form for arrivals by sea
To enter Spain by air or sea: Health Control Form
Before your travel to Spain you will need to fill out the online Public Health Control form. This is a mandatory form that must be completed before you enter Spain. This can be done either online or by printing it out. The benefit of filling the form out online is that you will be issued your QR health code right away which will save you time doing this once you arrive in Spain. You need to first complete the first stage of the form and you will then receive an email with further instructions on how to complete the form.
Spain Travel Health website. From the Spain Travel Health website you can complete the Public Health Control form (also called FCS form).
If you choose to not complete the form online then you would need to print out and complete the form then present it when you arrive in Spain. There is then a process to go through to issue your Health QR code once in Spain.
Public Health Control Form can be downloaded from the link below.
If you develop COVID-19 symptoms whilst in Spain follow these guidelines shown on the links below:
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.
Foreign Commonwealth Office (FCO)
The FCO publish regularly updated advice for travellers to Spain. It is recommend to follow the links below to keep up to date on the latest travel advice:
British Embassy in Madrid
Its also a good idea to keep up to date with the British Embassy in Madrid twitter feed which you can find on the link below:
Returning to the UK from Spain
We recommend you to check the following websites for the latest updates on self-isolation when returning to the UK:
Airlines information pages on COVID-19
Airlines - is it safe to fly?
Aeroplane air is changed on average around 20 to 30 times an hour which is considerably more than a typical air conditioned room in which the air is only refreshed 3 to 4 times per hour. 50% of the air on an Aeroplane is derived from fresh air outside of the plane and the other 50% is from recycled air. High air exchange rate helps to ensure that the air remains pure. All the air in an Aeroplane is purified through a HEPA filter (High efficiency particulate filter) before it enters the cabin.The HEPA filter removes bacteria and viruses and 99.97 % or better of all particulates in the air. This makes the air on aeroplanes considerably cleaner than air found in a typical air conditioned shop, buses or trains. Therefore if you feel comfortable taking normal terrestrial transport you should also feel comfortable taking a flight.
Airlines are now undergoing strict cleaning and disinfecting procedures both in the cabins and in the luggage hold before every flight. Passengers and cabin crew will be required to have body temperature checks and wear masks before entering the plane. Social distancing will be practised during check-in and the check-in staff will be working from behind protective screens.
Airports in Spain
AENA is the official organisation that operates all of the Spanish airports. Their website has detailed information about the current state of flights into and out of Spain.
Flights from oversees into Spain have resumed on 01 July 2020.
Face Masks in Barcelona
It is compulsory that face masks are worn on all Barcelona public transport including the Metro, Trams, Trains and Buses, as well as the Aerobus and Taxis from Barcelona Airport.To know more on the latest COVID restrictions and safety measures in Barcelona we recommend you check the latest COVID-related updates in Barcelona.
Barcelona Metro And Bus Systems
Barcelona metro and bus systems operated by TMB have published an information page on guidelines to follow when using the Barcelona public transport systems
To keep up to date on the coronavirus statistics for Spain we recommend you visit the following page:
Events in Barcelona
Some large events for business, sports and leisure have been either postponed or cancelled due to the coronavirus. It is important to check the official websites for each of these events to see what the current plans are regarding the event. The updated dates might also possibly be changed if the government feels further containment measures are necessary.
We have provided some links below to large events in Barcelona that are affected by travel restrictions.
We recommend you check the following official source to keep up to date with this changes to this event.
Twitter: Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit
Twitter: F1 official twitter
Due to the Coronavirus situation the Barcelona Marathon date has been rescheduled for October. This date may change again however depending on the circumstances so it is best to periodically check back to see if an update has been made for this event.
New Date: 07 November 2021
We recommend you check the following official websites pages for the main attractions in Barcelona to get the latest up to date information.
During these times it is important to have a good quality travel insurance policy that will cover you against change of plans or cancellation of your holiday for any reason. Make sure to ask the insurance company how they deal specifically with cancellations of your holiday due to issues such as the coronavirus and how the policy will cover you against cancellation for "whatever reason". Make sure also the policy will cover your medical costs oversees if you contract the coronavirus.
Make sure that you have an up to date European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). Although the UK has left Europe the EHIC cards will still be valid until 01 January 2021. These cards will give UK citizens basic health care in EU countries either for free or at reduced rates. It is worth checking to make sure your EHIC health insurance card is up to date and if not renew it before travelling.
Foreign Embassies in Spain
You may need to contact your embassy whilst in Spain to receive guidance or assistance. We have therefore provided an information page which lists foreign embassies in Spain which you can find by following the link below.
Practical information and guidance on COVID-19
The Barcelona town council has put up a useful information page on what you should do if you have symptoms of the coronavirus whilst in Spain including contact telephone number to call.
Twitter: Barcelona Town Council
We recommend you bookmark this page as we will be posting frequent updates on the coronavirus situation in Barcelona, Spain.