Updated 7th December 2020
Latest Update: We've put together a page on how to visit Barcelona for a holiday during COVID times. When there are no entry restrictions, tourists are still visiting the city however considerably less than normal which means that you can enjoy Barcelona without the usual tourist crowds. 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?
1. 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.
2. Since the 23 November 2020, travellers arriving to Barcelona by air or sea from COVID-19 risk countries are also required to present a negative PCR test certificate. See our article below for detailed information:
Spain is not requiring tourists from the UK and EU countries and Schengen area to quarantine when visiting Spain after 21st June 2020.
If you develop COVID-19 symptoms whilst in Spain follow these guidelines shown on the links below:
If you have COVID-19 symtoms whilst in Barcelona you can book an online medical consultation with a doctor in your own language.
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
On Saturday 25th July 2020 the UK Government changed its recommendations for visiting and returning from Spain. Now tourists returning from Spain (excluding the Canary Islands) will need to self isolate for 14 days on return to the UK from Sunday 26th July. The UK government is also currently recommending all but essential travel to Spain.
See the following BBC report that explains the new measures imposed by the UK government.
We recommend you to check the following websites for the latest updates on self-isolation when returning to the UK:
If you need a PCR test certificate to travel back to your country you can easily get tested in a private lab in Barcelona.
Easyjet have started their flights up again and will be flying to European destinations in July 2020
RyanAir has announced that they are accepting bookings now for flights from 01 July onward for destinations to Europe. RyanAir will be operating at 40% of its flights in July. Airports and airlines are now gearing up for restarting business in July. As you will see from the videos below comprehensive safety measures are being taken to ensure the safety of passengers on flights.
RyanAir New Measures To Protect Passengers
RyanAir Travel Advice Wear Face Masks on Flights
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 will be resume 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.
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
The videos below show how Barcelona public transport systems undergo frequent and comprehensive cleaning and sterilisation.
Video showing comprehensive cleaning and sanitation of the Barcelona Metro system
Video showing of Barcelona buses using ozone from ozone gas generators
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.
F1 Barcelona 2020
The F1 Barcelona event was originally scheduled in May but has now been postponed. 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.
Castel of Montjuic Opened 02 June 2020
Casa Battlo Opened 01 July 2020
FC Barcelona museum tour Opened 12 June 2020
Fundacio Antoni Tapies Opened 12 June 2020
La Pedrera Opened 15 July 2020
La Roca Village Opened
MACBA Opened 03 June 2020
Park Guell Opened 01 July 2020
Picasso Museum Opened 12 June 2020
Sagrada Familia Opened in stages starting 4 July 2020
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.