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How To Travel Between France And Barcelona During The COVID-19 Pandemic

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Latest update: 20 July 2022

Borders between France and Spain are open whether it be air or land borders. Flights, trains and buses between France and Spain are also operating. We will explain the COVID-19 entry requirements when travelling between France and Barcelona on this page.

There might be local restrictions and regulations in France and in Barcelona that you must take into account before and when travelling.

This page provides information on:
1. The documents you need to travel from France to Barcelona by plane, train, bus and car
2. The documents you need to travel from Barcelona to France by plane, train, bus and car
3. The current COVID-related restrictions in Barcelona, if any
4. The current COVID-related restrictions in France, if any


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. If you act on any of the information that we give, you agree to do so at your own risk.


Documents you need to travel from France to Barcelona by air or sea:

Documents you need to travel from France to Barcelona by train, bus or car:

You will need the same above-mentioned certificates that are needed to travel from France to Barcelona by air or sea.

However, when arriving to Spain by land, you will not need to complete the Health Control Form, that only needs to be completed for arrivals at Barcelona Airport or at Barcelona Cruise port.

In addition, you will also need your valid ID card or passport.


If you need an antigen or PCR test travel certificate to travel back to France you can easily get tested in a private laboratory in Barcelona.


Note that if you're a French resident, since the 7 July 2021, you can only claim a refund to the French Social Security for a COVID PCR or antigen test taken in Barcelona if you have to get a test for medical reasons. Until the 6 July 2021, you could claim a refund for a COVID PCR or antigen test taken in Barcelona to travel back to France. You will find more information on this page: How to get a refund from French Social Security for PCR or antigen test undertaken in Barcelona for travel back to France.


Documents you need to travel from Barcelona to France by plane, train, bus or car

To enter France: Negative Covid test certificate or vaccination certificate or European Digital Covid Certificate

According to the France Diplomacy official website, and to the official website of the French Ministry of Interior, France requires travellers coming from Spain and Europe to present one of the following certificates:

1. A COVID-19 vaccination certificate proves you were fully vaccinated less than 9 months ago or received a booster dose. For two-shot vaccines, your vaccination certificate will only be valid to enter France if you received your second shot at least 7 days before your arrival to France and no later than 9 months ago. For one-shot vaccines or if you already had COVID and only needed one shot of a two-shot vaccine, your vaccination certificate will only be valid to enter France if you received your shot at least 7 days before your arrival to France no later than 9 months ago. For one-shot vaccines (Johnson & Johnson), when you never had COVID, your vaccination certificate will only be valid to enter France if you received your shot at least 4 weeks before your arrival to France and no later than 9 months ago. Since 1 February 2022, vaccination certificates will only be valid to enter France if you had your last dose or a booster dose within the past 9 months.

Or,

2. A negative PCR test result of a PCR test taken less than 72 hours before departure to France or a negative antigen test certificate of an antigen test taken less than 48 hours
before departure to France. We strongly recommend you check the two official websites given above to check the COVID test requirements for your trip. COVID test certificates are not required for children under 12 years old.

Or,

3. A certificate of recovery older than 11 days and less than six months.

We strongly recommend you to check the two official websites given above to check the COVID entry requirements to France from Spain at the time of your trip.

If you are a European citizen, you can either enter France with one of the three above mentioned certificates or with a European Digital Covid Certificate, also referred to as European Green Digital Certificate.

Note that is it indicated on the French Government official website that while the EU Digital Covid Certificate provides a standardised recognition of travellers health status, each country is still responsible for its own entry rules, which are not standardised at European level and this means that you need to find out in advance about the entry rules in force in France or any other country you're travelling to. Therefore, as indicated above, depending on your country of origin, COVID certificates of recovery are not always accepted to enter France, even if you have a European Digital Covid Certificate of recovery. Note that the page of the French Government official website where this is explained is only available in French, however, once you're on the page, you can right-click and select ''Translate to English'' or to the language of your choice to get an automated translation of the content of the page.


If you need an antigen or PCR test travel certificate to travel back to France you can easily get tested in a private laboratory in Barcelona.


Note that if you're a French resident, since the 7 July 2021, you can only claim a refund to the French Social Security for a COVID PCR or antigen test taken in Barcelona if you have to get a test for medical reasons. Until 6 July 2021, you could claim a refund for a COVID PCR or antigen test taken in Barcelona to travel back to France. You will find more information on this page: How to get a refund from French Social Security for PCR or antigen test undertaken in Barcelona for travel back to France.


Restrictions due to COVID in Barcelona

There currently isn’t no lock-down in Barcelona or in Spain. Spain had one lock-down from March to June 2020 but didn’t put in place any other lock-down after that.

However there might be some coronavirus restrictions and requirements that you can check on the Barcelona town hall website and on our page Latest COVID updates in Barcelona.

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:

Latest COVID-related uptates in Barcelona

EU Digital COVID Certificate

We have also put together an article about visiting Barcelona during COVID-19:

How to Visit Barcelona During COVID-19


Restrictions due to COVID in France

You can check the latest COVID-related restrictions in France on the French government COVID-19 website.


Summary

Spanish borders with France are open and travellers coming from France can enter Spain to visit Barcelona for tourism purposes.

To travel from France to Barcelona by air, sea or land, you'll either need a negative COVID test certificate, a vaccination certificate or a COVID recovery certificate, or a EU digital COVID certificate of negative COVID test, a EU digital COVID certificate of vaccination or a EU digital COVID certificate or recovery.

To travel from Barcelona to France, you'll either need a negative COVID test certificate or a vaccination certificate, or a EU digital COVID Certificate indicating you had a negative COVID test or you are fully vaccinated, if you have one.

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