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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Travel Advice and Latest Updates for Visitors to Barcelona, Spain

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Latest update: 27 August, 2021

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 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.

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:

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.

Public health passenger locator form to be completed and presented when you enter Spain.

If you develop COVID-19 symptoms whilst in Spain follow these guidelines shown on the links below:

1. Action steps and contact telephone numbers to call if you develop COVID-19 symptoms whilst in Spain

2. Checklist of steps you need to take if you develop COVID-19 symptoms in Spain

3. Recommendations if you need to self-isolate whilst in Spain

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:

FCO Travel Advice for tourist to Spain

FCO Coronavirus advice for travellers to Spain

Sign up for email updates from FCO regarding travel to Spain

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:

Twitter: British Embassy in Madrid twitter feed

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:

UK government page about self-isolation rules when returning to England

Scottish government page about self-isolation rules when returning to Scotland

Wales government page about self-isolation rules when returning to Wales

Northern Ireland government page about self-isolation rules when returning to Northern Ireland

Airlines information pages on COVID-19

Vueling Airlines COVID-19 information page

RyanAir COVID-19 Information page

EasyJet COVID-19 advisory page

EasyJet online support

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.

AENA Website:
Spanish airports authority (AENA) Coronavirus / COVID-19 information page.

Barcelona Airport (Josep Tarradellas el Prat Airport) COVID-19 information

Twitter: AENA official twitter feed for latest updates

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

Website: Barcelona TMB official website. Coronavirus travel information for metro and buses in Barcelona

To keep up to date on the coronavirus statistics for Spain we recommend you visit the following page:

Cases of COVID-19 by country

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

We recommend you check the following official source to keep up to date with this changes to this event.

Website: Official website for F1 information on coronavirus

Twitter: Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit

Twitter: F1 official twitter

Barcelona Marathon

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

Barcelona Marathon

Barcelona Attractions

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

Casa Battlo


El Born Cultural Centre

FC Barcelona museum tour

Fundacio Antoni Tapies

La Pedrera

La Roca Village

Liceu Theatre


Park Guell

Picasso Museum

Sagrada Familia

Montserrat Monastery

Travel Insurance

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.

FCO guidance on travel insurance policies

Medical Insurance

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.

FCO overview on the EHIC medical health card

NHS detailed guidelines on applying for the EHIC medical card

Renew your existing EHIC medical card online

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.

Foreign embassies in Spain

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.

Barcelona town council guidance

Town council helpful advice on coronavirus

Twitter: Barcelona Town Council

We recommend you bookmark this page as we will be posting frequent updates on the coronavirus situation in Barcelona, Spain.

Stay safe!

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