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Latest COVID-Related Updates In Barcelona

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This page provides the latest coronavirus updates on measures and restrictions to limit the spread of the COVID-19 in Barcelona, Spain.

The updates are posted chronologically, from the most recent to the oldest so make sure to read the latest post date for the latest updates. In our latest post we will only update the measures and restrictions that have changed since our previous post so keep scrolling down to see the measures and restrictions that haven't changed and are still in place until further notice.

We will use 'until further notice' when a measure or restriction is still in force. When the measure or restriction is removed, we will change 'until further notice' to the date the measure or restriction ended. Therefore if you see 'until further notice' it means the measure or restriction is still in place.

Definitions

To avoid any confusion, we will define here some terms that you'll find futher below on this page and that you might not be familiar with.

Curfew hours: time range during which you're not allowed to be outside your home or tourist accommodation.

El Barcelonès: El Barcelonès refers to a county ("comarca" in Spanish), which includes the following cities: Barcelona, Badalona, L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Sant Adrià de Besòs and Santa Coloma de Gramenet.


Latest update: 3 May 2021

End of mobility restrictions for movements within the Catalonia region from 26 April until 8 May

From 26 April until 8 May residents and tourists are now allowed to travel freely within the Catalonia region, which means you can now travel between Barcelona and any city of Catalonia.

Last time travel within Catalonia region was allowed, you could only travel within Catalonia with people you lived with. From 26 April until 3 May, travel restrictions to the usual household group do not apply anymore, which means you can now travel with whoever you want to.

Tourists who come to Catalonia are allowed to leave Catalonia to go back to their home country.

However the restrictions to travel outside Catalonia remain in place for residents.

Residents in Catalonia are not allowed to exit Catalonia by land, sea or air except for some exceptions that we've listed below.

The exceptions to the mobility restrictions to travel outside Catalonia for residents are the following:

  • 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, for a justified need
  • Assist elderly, dependent and vulnerable people
  • Go to financial and 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 need
  • Any other activity of similar nature than the above exceptions duly accredited

If you are resident and need to travel outside Catalonia during the mobility restriction period in Catalonia make sure to fulfil the self-responsable statement for journeys inside and outside Catalonia on the official website of the Catalan Government.

At this time, mobility restrictions from 9 May have not been published yet. We will update this page with more information as soon as official information is released.

Curfew hours are still in place. Please read the paragraph below for more information on curfew hours.


Curfew hours until further notice

Curfew hours in Catalonia and therefore in Barcelona remain in place. Curfew hours operate during the following hours:

Curfew hours
22:00 - 06:00

You must stay home during this time period and can only go out for one of the above-mentioned exceptions.

If you need to go out during curfew hours make sure to fulfil the self-responsable statement for night journeys on the official website of the Catalan Government.

The exceptions to the mobility restrictions for which travel outside the county of El Barcelonès is authorized are the following:

  • 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, for a justified need
  • Assist elderly, dependent and vulnerable people
  • Go to financial and 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 need
  • Any other activity of similar nature than the above exceptions duly accredited

If you need to travel outside the county of El Barcelonès during the mobility restriction period in Barcelona and Catalonia make sure to fulfil the self-responsable statement for journeys inside and outside the comarca (county) on the official website of the Catalan Government.


Bars and restaurants opening hours until further notice

Since 8 March, Cafes, bars and restaurants are open during the following hours:

Opening hours
07:30 to 17:00

Opening hours for take-away
06:00 to 22:00

Opening hours for home-delivery
06:00 to 23:00

It is still not possible to eat dinner at the restaurant.

The capacity inside bars and restaurants is still limited to 30% however their terraces are open at full capacity with a safety distance of two metres between the tables.

No more than 4 people can seat at the same table.

Bars and restaurants in shopping malls can re-open from 26 April, following the above-mentioned opening hours.

Opening hours for bars and restaurants in hotels for hotel guests is different:
06:00 to 22:00


Additional measures and restrictions

Please continue reading below to see the additional measures and restrictions that are in place until further notice.


If you need a PCR test certificate to travel you can easily get tested in a private lab in Barcelona.

If you have COVID-19 symptoms while in Barcelona you can book an online medical consultation with a doctor in your own language.



Date: 9 April 2021

Mobility restrictions within the county of El Barcelonès from the 9 April until 25 April

From the 9 April, you're not allowed anymore to travel freely within Catalonia. You can only travel freely within your county ("comarca" in Spanish), which means you can travel between Barcelona and the cities of the Barcelonès county, which include: Barcelona, Badalona, L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Sant Adrià de Besòs and Santa Coloma de Gramenet. Travelling from one city to another is authorised with no particular reason. However travelling outside the Barcelonès county is not authorised unless it is for one of the exceptions to the mobility restrictions.

The exceptions to the mobility restrictions for which travel outside the county of El Barcelonès is authorized are the following:

  • 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, for a justified need
  • Assist elderly, dependent and vulnerable people
  • Go to financial and 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 need
  • Any other activity of similar nature than the above exceptions duly accredited

If you need to travel outside the county of El Barcelonès during the mobility restriction period in Barcelona and Catalonia make sure to fulfil the self-responsable statement for journeys inside and outside the comarca (county) on the official website of the Catalan Government.


Date: 11 March 2021

End of mobility restrictions in Catalonia from 15 March until 8 April

From 15 March, you're allowed to travel freely within Catalonia, which means you can now travel between Barcelona and any city of Catalonia, as long as you do so with your usual household group or on your own. This means that you can travel within Catalonia with the people you live with but you're not allowed to travel with people that are not part of your usual household group. This is to limit close contacts with people you do not live with.

You can travel within Catalonia but you're not allowed to exit Catalonia by land, sea or air except for some exceptions that we've listed below. During Holy Week (Semana Santa) that goes from the 26 March to the 9 april, travel outside Catalonia won't be allowed either except for the exceptions that we've listed below.

Curfew hours are still in place. Please read the paragraph below for more information on curfew hours.


Curfew hours until further notice

Curfew hours in Catalonia and therefore in Barcelona remain in place. Curfew hours operate during the following hours:

Curfew hours
22:00 - 06:00

You must stay home during this time period and can only go out for one of the above-mentioned exceptions.

If you need to go out during curfew hours make sure to fulfil the self-responsable statement for night journeys on the official website of the Catalan Government.


Self responsible statements to fulfil until further notice

Mobility restrictions to travel outside Catalonia and during curfew hours remain in place except for some exceptions, which are the following:

  • 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, for a justified need
  • Assist elderly, dependent and vulnerable people
  • Go to financial and 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 need
  • Any other activity of similar nature than the above exceptions duly accredited

If you need to leave Catalonia or come back to Catalonia make sure to fulfil the self-responsable statement for journeys inside and outside Catalonia on the official website of the Catalan Government. The list of exceptions to the mobility restrictions to travel outside Catalonia are indicated on the statement and you will need to tick the exception for which you're leaving or coming back to Catalonia.

If you need to go out during curfew hours make sure to fulfil the self-responsable statement for night journeys on the official website of the Catalan Government. The list of exceptions to the mobility restrictions during curfew hours are indicated on the statement and you will need to tick the exception for which you're out during curfew hours.

The forms are available in Catalan, Spanish and English and you can change the language at the top right hand side of the page.


    Shops and shopping malls from the 15 March until further notice

    From the 15 March and until further notice, shops and shopping malls of up to 800m2 can open on weekdays and weekends too.

    Shopping malls of more than 800m2 can open during weekdays and weekends if they limit their sales surface to 800m2.


Additional measures and restrictions

Please continue reading below to see the additional measures and restrictions that are in place until further notice.


If you need a PCR test certificate to travel you can easily get tested in a private lab in Barcelona.

If you have COVID-19 symptoms while in Barcelona you can book an online medical consultation with a doctor in your own language.



Date: 8 March 2021

Bars and restaurants opening hours from the 8 March until further notice

    From the 8 March, cafes, bars and restaurants can open during the following hours:

    Opening hours
    07:30 to 17:00

    Opening hours for take-away
    06:00 to 22:00

    Opening hours for home-delivery
    06:00 to 23:00

    It is still not possible to eat dinner at the restaurant.

    The capacity inside bars and restaurants is still limited to 30% however their terraces are open at full capacity with a safety distance of two metres between the tables.

    No more than 4 people can seat at the same table.

    Bars and restaurants in shopping malls are closed.

Opening hours for bars and restaurants in hotels for hotel guests is different:

Opening hours

06:00 to 22:00

Additional measures and restrictions

Please continue reading below to see the additional measures and restrictions that are in place until further notice.


If you need a PCR test certificate to travel you can easily get tested in a private lab in Barcelona.

If you have COVID-19 symptoms while in Barcelona you can book an online medical consultation with a doctor in your own language.



Date: 9 February 2021

Mobility restrictions within the county of El Barcelonès from the 8 February until the 14 March

From the 8 February, you're now allowed to travel between Barcelona and the cities of the Barcelonès county, which include: Barcelona, Badalona, L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Sant Adrià de Besòs and Santa Coloma de Gramenet. Travelling from one city to another is now authorised with no particular reason. However travelling outside the Barcelonès county is not authorised unless it is for one of the exceptions to the mobility restrictions. Please continue reading to learn about these exceptions.


Bars and restaurants opening hours from the 8 February until the 7 March

    From the 8 February, cafes, bars and restaurants can open during the following hours:

    Opening hours
    07:30 to 09:30 and 13:00 to 16:30

    Opening hours for take-away
    06:00 to 22:00

    Opening hours for home-delivery
    06:00 to 23:00

    It is still not possible to eat dinner at the restaurant.

    The capacity inside bars and restaurants is still limited to 30% however their terraces are open at full capacity with a safety distance of two metres between the tables.

    No more than 4 people can seat at the same table.

    Bars and restaurants in shopping malls are closed.

Opening hours for bars and restaurants in hotels for hotel guests is different:

Opening hours

06:00 to 21:00


If you need a PCR test certificate to travel you can easily get tested in a private lab in Barcelona.

If you have COVID-19 symptoms while in Barcelona you can book an online medical consultation with a doctor in your own language.



Date: 25 January 2021

Mobility restrictions in Barcelona extended to the 7 February

The travel restrictions between Barcelona and surrounding towns that is in place since the 7 January have been extended until the 7 February. Please continue reading for more details.


Date: 18 January 2021

Mobility restrictions in Barcelona extended to the 24 January

The travel restrictions between Barcelona and surrounding towns that is in place since 7 January have been extended from the 17 to the 24 January. Travelling from one city to another is not authorised unless it is for one of the exceptions to the mobility restrictions. Please continue reading to learn about:
- the self responsible statement that you'll need to fulfil if you need to travel from Barcelona to another city for one of the authorized exception
- The list of exceptions to the mobility restrictions.


Self responsible statements to fulfil until further notice

If you need to leave Barcelona or the town you live in during the mobility restriction period in Barcelona and Catalonia make sure to fulfil the self-responsable statement for journeys inside and outside the municipality on the official website of the Catalan Government.

If you need to go out during curfew hours make sure to fulfil the self-responsable statement for night journeys on the official website of the Catalan Government.

If you need to leave Catalonia or come back to Catalonia make sure to fulfil the self-responsable statement for journeys inside and outside Catalonia on the official website of the Catalan Government.

The forms are available in Catalan, Spanish and English and you can change the language at the top right hand side of the page.


Bars and restaurants opening hours until 7 February

    Until further notice, cafes, bars and restaurants can open during the following hours:

    Opening hours
    07:30 to 09:30 and 13:00 to 15:30

    Opening hours for take-away
    13:00 to 15:30 and 19:00 to 22:00

    Opening hours for home-delivery
    13:00 to 15:30 and 19:00 to 23:00

    It is not possible to eat dinner at the restaurant anymore.

    The capacity inside bars and restaurants is limited to 30% however their terraces are open at full capacity with a safety distance of two metres between the tables.

    No more than 4 people can seat at the same table.

    Bars and restaurants in shopping malls are closed.

Opening hours for bars and restaurants in hotels for hotel guests is different:

Opening hours

06:00 to 21:00


Public Transport until futher notice

Public transport operates as usual.


Additional measures and restrictions

Please continue reading below to see the additional measures and restrictions that are in place until further notice.


If you need a PCR test certificate to travel you can easily get tested in a private lab in Barcelona.

If you have COVID-19 symptoms while in Barcelona you can book an online medical consultation with a doctor in your own language.



Date: 8 January 2021

Mobility restrictions in Barcelona from the 7 to the 17 January

From the 7 to the 17 January, traveling between Barcelona and surrounding towns is restricted every day of the week. It means that if you live in Barcelona, you must stay within the limits of the city of Barcelona. You’re free to move around Barcelona freely -except during curfew hours- as long as you stay in Barcelona.

If you need to go outside Barcelona, make sure to fulfill your self responsible statement on the official website of the Catalan Government and print it or download it to your mobile phone. Also make sure to have an accreditation document such as a company certificate if you need to go to work outside Barcelona, a doctor appointment confirmation if you have to go to a medical centre outside Barcelona, etc.

The exceptions to the mobility restrictions are the following:

  • 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 and insurance institutions
  • Go to a petrol station to refuel your vehicle
  • 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 need
  • Any other activity of similar nature than the above exceptions duly accredited

    Curfew hours until further notice

    Until further notice, there is currently a curfew in Catalonia and therefore in Barcelona which operates during the following hours:

    Curfew hours
    22:00 - 06:00

    You must stay home during this time period and can only go out for one of the above-mentioned exceptions.


Mobility restrictions on entering and leaving Catalonia from the 7 January until further notice

From the 7 January, entering or leaving Catalonia to visit family or friends is not an exception that enables you to enter or leave Catalonia.
You could enter or leave Catalonia to visit family or friends from the 23 December to the 6 January only.

The exceptions to the mobility restrictions are the following:

  • 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 and insurance institutions
  • Go to a petrol station to refuel your vehicle
  • 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 need
  • Any other activity of similar nature than the above exceptions duly accredited

  • Museums and attractions opening hours until further notice

    Museums, exhibitions and attractions are open within their usual opening hours.

    Their capacity has been reduced to 50%.


    Shops and shopping malls from the 7 January until 14 March

    From the 7 January, shops and shopping malls of under 400m2 have to close on weekends, except for essential goods and services.
    Shops and shopping malls of more than 400m2 have to close, on weekdays and weekends, except for essential goods and services.


    Bars and restaurants opening hours until 6 February

    Until the 6 Febuary, bars and restaurants are open during the following hours:

    Opening hours
    13:00 to 15:30 and 19:30 to 21:30

    Opening hours for take-away
    13:00 to 15:30 and 19:00 to 22:00

    Opening hours for home-delivery
    13:00 to 15:30 and 19:00 to 23:00

    The capacity inside bars and restaurants is limited to 30% however their terraces are open at full capacity with a safety distance of two metres between the tables.

    No more than 4 people can seat at the same table.

    Bars and restaurants in shopping malls are closed.


    No nightlife until futher notice

    Discos, dance halls and party venues with shows or dance floors are closed.


If you need a PCR test certificate to travel you can easily get tested in a private lab in Barcelona.

If you have COVID-19 symptoms while in Barcelona you can book an online medical consultation with a doctor in your own language.


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