Latest update: 20 July 2022
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.
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. 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 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.
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.
EU Digital COVID Certificate
To know where EU Digital COVID Certificates are required in Barcelona and how you can get a EU Digital COVID Certificate for an antigen test or a PCR test taken in Barcelona, we recommend you visit the following pages:
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 standard 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 the plane, and the other 50% is from recycled air. A 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. This makes the air on aeroplanes considerably cleaner than the air found in a typical air-conditioned shop, bus or train. 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 in the cabins and 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: 19 March 2023
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