Latest update: 1 April, 2021
Q: I will take the train from France to Barcelona Sants station. Do I have to do a coronavirus test and present the Health Control form and other papers upon arrival to Barcelona?
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A: Until 29 March, presenting a negative PCR test travel certificate and a Health Control form was only for travellers arriving to Barcelona by air or sea. However since 30 March if you travel to Barcelona by land from France, you will also need to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate. The Health Control form only needs to be completed when arriving to Barcelona by air.
PCR tests to enter Spain from France by air, sea or land are needed from the age of 6.
As regulations change frequently we strongly recommend you to visit the Spain Travel Health website and the FAQ of the Spain Travel Health website.
If you take the train from Barcelona to France, note that since the 31 January, presenting a negative PCR test travel certificate to enter France from any european country by air, sea or land is requested.
You should also know that there are some mobility restrictions currently in place in Barcelona, which are:
1. Mobility restriction to enter or exit Catalonia- From / to outside of Spain:
Spanish borders are open without travel restrictions for a list of select countries that you can find on the Spain page of the Reopen Europe official website of the European Union. This means that tourists from select countries can come to Spain.
Until the 8th of may 2021, the Catalan government established that entry to Catalonia (Barcelona is located in Catalonia) was only permitted for essential travel, however this restriction is lifted from the 9th of may 2021. When the Catalan entry restriction was in place, until the 8th of may, it was unclear whether this Catalan restriction applied only for travel within Spain or also to international travel to and from Barcelona.
You should know that only the Spanish government has authority on closing or opening its European borders. Therefore the Catalan government can’t deny the entry to the Catalan region or the exit of the Catalan region to travellers coming from outside Spain. Even when the Catalan entry restriction was in place, travellers from the above-mentioned list of select countries could enter Spain as Spain borders are open and therefore European travellers could enter Catalonia and Barcelona.
The mobility restriction to enter or exit Catalonia until the 8th of may only applied to travel within Spain. Ie: You couldn't enter Catalonia if you came from Madrid region or any other Spanish region.
As the coronavirus situation changes quickly, some restrictions may apply to specific countries so we recommend that you check the latest updates referring to Spain on the Spain page of the Reopen Europe official website of the European Union. We also recommend you check the Catalan Government official page about COVID-19 restrictions throughout Catalonia to be aware of any restriction within Catalonia.
- From / to other Spanish regions:
Since the 9th of may 2021, there is no more restrictions to enter Catalonia from another Spanish region, which means you can enter Catalonia arriving from any other Spanish region as long as there is no exit restriction from that Spanish region. Ie: you can now travel freely from Madrid to Barcelona.
Likewise, since the 9th of may, there no more restrictions to leave Catalonia to go to another Spanish region, as long as there is no entry restriction in the Spanish region where you want to go. Ie: you can now travel freely from Barcelona to Madrid.
For your reference, until the 8th of may 2021, the Catalan government established that no one could enter or exit Catalonia from another Spanish region except for the following exceptions:
• Go to health and social centres
• Go to work or carry out business, institutional or legal obligations
• Go to school and university
• Go back to your home
• Assist elderly, dependent and vulnerable people
• Go to financial or insurance institutions
• Perform urgent actions before public, judicial or notarized organisations
• Renew permits and official documents and non-deferrable administrative procedures
• Take non-deferrable exams or tests
• Force majeure or situation of real need
• Any other activity of similar nature than the above exceptions that can be justified
Mobility restrictions in Catalonia and from / to other Spanish regions may change. We recommend you check our COVID updates page for the latest time sensitive information.
Latest COVID-Related Updates In Barcelona
If you are a resident in Spain and if you arrive at Barcelona Sants Station from France, we recommend you fill out and print the self-responsible statement for journeys inside and outside of Catalonia and present it to the local authorities in the case of a control.
You can also fulfill the self-responsible statement online on the website of the Government of Catalonia. You can change the language of the page to English in the top right corner of the page. Then select the statement for journeys inside and outside of Catalonia, fill out the form and click on generate statement to save it on your mobile phone.
2. Mobility restrictions in Barcelona
Mobility restrictions change frequently. We recommend you check the page below for the latest updates and to learn which are the mobility restrictions currently in place in Barcelona.
Latest COVID updates in Barcelona
There is currently a daily curfew in Catalonia and in Barcelona until further notice.
22:00 - 06:00
Curfew hours may change. We recommend you check the page below for the latest updates:
Latest COVID updates in Barcelona
If you arrive to Barcelona Sants station at night and will need to travel from the station to your destination during curfew hours you should fill out and print a self-responsible statement for journeys at night and present it to the local authorities in the case of a control.
You can also fulfill the self-responsible statement online on the website of the Government of Catalonia. You can change the language of the page to English in the top right corner of the page. Then select the statement for night journeys, fill out the form and click on generate statement to save it on your mobile phone.
If you need a PCR test certificate to travel back to your country you can easily get tested in a private lab in Barcelona.
We recommend you to read our article about how to visit Barcelona during COVID-19 for more information.
You can find all the latest COVID-19 updates on the Barcelona town hall website.