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Latest COVID-Related Updates In Barcelona

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Latest update: 21 December 2021

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 further below on this page.

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


Date : 23 December 2021

European Digital COVID Certificates required in Barcelona and Catalonia

European Digital COVID Certificates are currently required to enter the following places :

  • Bars
  • Restaurants
  • Music bars
  • Nightclubs
  • Concert halls
  • Gyms
  • Elderly residences

You will only be able to access the places where European Digital COVID Certificates are mandatory with a EU Digital COVID Certificate. Other COVID certificates that are not a EU Digital COVID Certificate such as negative test certificates or vaccination certificates or certificates of recovery won’t be accepted. Only EU Digital COVID Certificates are accepted. This is because the QR code readers can only read the QR codes of EU Digital COVID Certificates.

If you do not have a EU Digital COVID Certificate and want to access the places where EU Digital COVID Certificates are mandatory, you will need to get a antigen rapid test or a PCR test in Barcelona at a test centre accredited for EU Digital COVID Certificates.

You can find more information on our page: EU Digital COVID Certificate: what is it and how to get a EU Digital COVID Certificate for an antigen or a PCR test done in Barcelona

We have also indicated the test centres that are accredited for EU Digital COVID Certificates on the following pages :
Where to get a antigen test in Barcelona
Where to get a PCR test in Barcelona

Note that some test centres indicated in the two-above mentioned pages also perform antigen saliva tests and PCR saliva tests, which are much more comfortable than nasal tests as you only need to spit into a sample bottle. You might want to consider a COVID saliva test to get your European COVID pass.


Date : 23 December 2021

From 24 December 2021, wearing a face mask in outdoor spaces becomes mandatory again

The measure of wearing a face mask in outdoor spaces had been lifted since 26 June 2021 but becomes mandatory again from 24 December.

Wearing a face mask in indoor spaces for public use and public transport remains mandatory.

Wearing a face mask is compulsory from the age of 6.

From 24 December 2021, night-time mobility is not allowed between 01:00 and 06:00

Curfew hours were lifted in August 2021 but become mandatory again from 24 December, between 01:00 and 06:00. This means you're not allowed to be outside during this time range.

From 24 December 2021, night clubs are closed

From 24 December night clubs have to close. Bars and restaurants remain open, until 01:00 at night.

From 24 December 2021, establishments have to close at 01:00, except essential services which can remain open

Any establishment such as bars, restaurants, movie theatres, theatres, concert halls, etc. have to close at night at 01:00 from 24 December. The only places that can remain open after 01:00 are essential establishments.

From 24 December 2021, the capacity of indoor establishments is reduced

Restaurants and bars capacity is reduced to 50%.

No more than 10 people are allowed to sit together at a table. There must be a distance of at least 1.5 metres between the tables.

Bingo halls, leisure and gaming venues capacity is also reduced to 50%.

Capacity is reducted to 70% at shops, cinemas, theatres, auditoriums, circuses, concert halls, museums, exhibition halls, monuments, cultural centres, amusement parks, etc.


Date : 3 December 2021

European Digital COVID Certificates required to access bars and restaurants from 3 December 2021 until further notice

As of today, EU Digital COVID Certificates become mandatory to access bars and restaurants. The full list of places where the European COVID pass is mandatory in Barcelona and Catalonia is available above on this page.


Date : 26 November 2021

European Digital COVID Certificates required to access bars and restaurants postponed until 3 December 2021

On the first day of mandatory EU Digital COVID Certificates to access bars and restaurants, the Catalan Government suspended the measure and postponed it to the 3 of December. The postponement of the measure is due to technical issues on the Catalan Healh website that prevented its users from downloading their EU Digital COVID Certificates.


Date : 25 November 2021

From 26 November 2021, European Digital COVID Certificates are also required to access bars and restaurants

On the 25 November 2021 the Hight Court of Justice of Catalonia has approved the measure requested by the Catalan regional government of requesting EU Digital COVID Certificates to access bars, restaurants, gyms and elderly residences.

The measure will come into effect from the 26 November 2021 until further notice.


To enter Spain: Negative COVID test certificate, and/or vaccination certificate, or certificate of recovery or European Digital COVID Certificate

Certificates needed to enter Spain differ depending on whether you enter Spain from a "Risk Country" or from a "High Risk Country" for Coronavirus.

You´ll find the list of "Risk Countries" and of "High Risk Countries" for Coronavirus on this specific page of the Spain Travel Health website of the Spanish Health Ministry under the section "RISK AND HIGH RISK COUNTRIES/AREAS". The list is reviewed and updated every 7 days so make sure to check it just before you travel to Barcelona.

Below you´ll find the list of requirements needed to enter Spain from "Risk Countries" and "High Risk Countries".

COVID requirements if you enter Spain from a "Risk Country":

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 "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 for Rapid Antigen Tests and within 72 hours of your arrival to Spain for NAAT tests (Nucleic Acid Amplification tests) such as PCR tests (Polymerase Chain Reaction tests), LAMP tests (Loop-Mediated Isothermal Amplification tests), NEAR tests (Nicking Endonuclease Amplification Reaction tests).
2. Or a certificate that prooves you had a full COVID-19 vaccination 14 days before entering Spain with one of the vaccines authorized by the European Medicines Agency. The list of vaccines valid in Europe and to enter Spain can be found on the European Medicines Agency official website of the European Union. 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 entering Spain from a "Risk Country", 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 you have a European Digital COVID 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 our page about the EU Digital COVID Certificate.

On this specific page of the Spanish Travel Health website, under the blue heading ‘RISK AND HIGH COUNTRIES / AREAS, you'll find the list in pdf format of "Risk 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.

COVID requirements if you enter Spain from a "High Risk Country":

All passengers arriving to Spain from a list of "High Risk Countries" for Coronavirus must present a negative COVID test certificate in addition of their vaccination certificate or in addition of their certificate of recovery. This means that if you enter Spain from a "High Risk Country, you´ll need to get a negative COVID test even if you´re vaccinated or if you have a certificate of immunity after recovering from COVID.

On this specific page of the Spanish Travel Health website, under the blue heading ‘RISK AND HIGH COUNTRIES / AREAS, you'll find the list in pdf format of "High Risk Countries" for which the certificates mentioned below are needed to enter Spain.

Certificates needed to enter Spain from a "High Risk Country":
1.A negative COVID test certificate for a COVID test taken within 48 hours of your arrival to Spain for Rapid Antigen Tests and within 72 hours of your arrival to Spain for NAAT tests (Nucleic Acid Amplification tests) such as PCR tests (Polymerase Chain Reaction tests), LAMP tests (Loop-Mediated Isothermal Amplification tests), NEAR tests (Nicking Endonuclease Amplification Reaction tests).
2. And one of the following certificates:
- a certificate that prooves you had a full COVID-19 vaccination 14 days before entering Spain with one of the vaccines authorized by the European Medicines Agency. The list of vaccines valid in Europe and to enter Spain can be found on the European Medicines Agency official website of the European Union. For 2 shots vaccine, the vaccination is considered as full or complete once the 2 shots have been administrated.
- 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.

According to the Spain Travel Health website, children under 12 do no need to present any COVID certificate to enter Spain.

Additional Health Control Form QR code needed for "Risk Countries" and "High Risk Countries" entering Spain by air or sea

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.

Health Control Form is not mandatory when entering Spain by land, e.g.: by car, train, bus.


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


Date: 7 May 2021

End of mobility restrictions to enter or exit Catalonia from 9 May

From 9 May, restrictions to enter or exit Catalonia are lifted.

Tourists who come to Catalonia can now travel between Catalonia and any other Spanish region during their stay in Spain as long as the other Spanish region has no entry restrictions.

Residents living in Catalonia can now travel between Catalonia and any other Spanish region during their stay in Spain as long as the other Spanish region has no entry restrictions.


Date: 2 November 2020

Public Transport until further notice

Public transport operates as usual.

Wearing a face mask in public transport is compulsory from the age of 6.


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

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