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Latest COVID-Related Updates In Barcelona

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Latest update: 27 August, 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.


Latest update : 27 Aug 2021

There is no more curfew hours in Barcelona and in the Catalonia region.

Bars and restaurants opening hours from 17 July until further notice

Cafes, bars and restaurants can open continously all day long from 06:00 in the morning to 00:30 (half past midnight). This means that cafes, bars and restaurants have to close at night between 00:30 and 06:00.

Before 17 July, cafes bars and restaurants could open until 01:00.

Museums, attractions and cultural activities opening hours until further notice

Museums, exhibitions, attractions are open within their usual opening hours, with a maximum capacity of 70%.

Cultural activities such as cinemas, theatres, and concert halls can open until 00:30 (half past midnight). Their maximum capacity has also been reduced.

Before 17 July, cultural places such as cinemas, theatres, concert halls, could open until 01:00.

Open-air night clubs opening hours until further notice

Nightclubs, dance halls and music bars are closed unless they have an outdoor space, in which case, only the outdoor space will be open.

Open-air nightclubs, danse halls and music bars can open until 00:30 in the morning.

Dancing is not allowed.

Wearing a face mask is compulsory.


Latest update : 27 Aug 2021

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:


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.


Latest update : 27 Aug 2021

Wearing a face mask is no longer compulsory in outdoor spaces where safety distance can be kept from 26 June

From 26 June, wearing a face mask in outdoor spaces where the safety distance of 1.5 metres can be kept is no longer compulsory, however it is strongly recommended.

Wearking a face mask in outdoor spaces is compulsory:

  • when safety distance of 1.5 metres cannot be kept
  • at outdoor events that involve crowds such as shows and concerts.

Wearing a face mask remains compulsory in indoor spaces and public transport.

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


Date: 09 July 2021

Museums, attractions and cultural activities opening hours until further notice

Museums, exhibitions, attractions are open within their usual opening hours, with a maximum capacity of 70%.

Cultural activities such as cinemas, theatres, and concert halls can open until 01:00 in the morning. Their maximum capacity has also been reduced.


Date: 9 July 2021

Open-air night clubs opening hours until further notice

Nightclubs, dance halls and music bars are closed unless they have an outdoor space, in which case, only the outdoor space will be open.

Open-air nightclubs, danse halls and music bars can open until 03:00 in the morning.

Wearing a face mask is compulsory.


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: 22 June 2021

Bars and restaurants opening hours from 22 June until further notice

Cafes, bars and restaurants can open continously all day long from 06:00 in the morning to 01:00 the next morning. This means that cafes, bars and restaurants have to close at night between 01:00 and 06:00.


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: 7 May 2021

End of curfew hours from 9 May

From 9 May, curfew hours are lifted, which means there is no more time range during which you're not allowed to be outside your home or your tourist accommodation. You can go out whenever you want.

The curfew hours was the time range during which you were not allowed to be outside your home our tourist accommodation.


Date: 2 November 2021

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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