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How to Visit Barcelona During COVID-19

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Latest update: 20 July 2022

This page will cover the different aspects of a trip to Barcelona during COVID-19 times from COVID certificates needed to enter Spain, transport from Barcelona Airport, public transportation in the city and hotels to the top tourist attractions, guided tours, flamenco shows, beaches, bars, restaurants and nightlife.

Before planning a trip to Barcelona, we highly recommend that you refer to your government’s official coronavirus travel advice page.

Visitors at the Sagrada Familia during COVID-19 times
Visitors at the Sagrada Familia during COVID-19 times

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.

Current COVID-19 measures and restrictions

Barcelona is under the so-called "new normality" since the 19 June 2020.

The COVID-19 situation is constantly monitored by the public authorities and new measures have been taken to limit possible outbreaks.

The most important measures to be aware of to visit Barcelona are available on our page:
Latest COVID updates in Barcelona

All safety measures are available on the official website of the town hall of Barcelona: https://www.barcelona.cat/covid19/en

European Digital COVID Certificates no longer required to access venues in Barcelona and Catalonia

Since 28 January 2022, European Digital COVID Certificates or international COVID certificates are no longer required to enter the following places :

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

If COVID certificates were to become mandatory again, you should know that the places where European Digital COVID Certificates were mandatory were accessible with a EU Digital COVID Certificate or with your non EU vaccination card or vaccination certificate and your Identity Document. This means that you could access places where EU Digital COVID Certificates are required with a non EU COVID Certificate of vaccination. Note however that only vaccination cards and vaccination certificates of vaccines authorized by the European Medicines Agency or the World Health Organization are valid to enter Spain and therefore to access venues where COVID certificates were mandatory.

Until 27 January 2022, if you did not have a EU Digital COVID Certificate or a valid international vaccination certificate and wanted to access the places where COVID Certificates were mandatory, you needed 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.

Please note that measures are changing frequently so we recommend that you check the links above to get the latest updates in addition to reading this page, which we endeavour to update as often as possible.


To enter Spain from a EU or a Schengen country: you do not need to present any COVID certificate or to fill out a Health control form

EU countries include: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.

Schengen countries also include: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland.

Since 18 June 2022, if you´re arriving to Spain from a EU country or a Schengen country, there are no more COVID related entry restrictions to Spain.

You no longer need to present a COVID certificate. Eg. you no longer need to present a negative COVID test certificate or vaccination certificate or a COVID certificate of recovery. Filling out a Health control form is no longer necessary either.

To enter Spain from any other countries (non-EU and non-Schengen countries):

- Negative COVID test certificate, vaccination certificate, or certificate of recovery or European Digital COVID Certificate equivalent

If you´re arriving to Spain by air from a non-EU or a non-Schengen country, COVID-19 certificates or EU Digital COVID Certificates or equivalents are required to enter Spain:

1. A negative COVID-19 test certificate for a COVID test taken within 24 hours of your departure to Spain for Rapid Antigen Tests and within 72 hours of your departure 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). You can also present your EU Digital COVID Certificate (EU DCC) of your negative COVID test or equivalent to the Spanish authorities.

2. OR a COVID-19 vaccination certificate that proves you had a full COVID-19 vaccination between 14 days and 270 days before entering Spain with one of the vaccines authorized by the European Medicines Agency or the World Health organization website. The list of vaccines valid to enter Spain can be found on these two websites:
European Medicines Agency official website of the European Union
World Health organization website

You are considered fully vaccinated after your single dose for unique-dose vaccines. For 2 shots vaccine, you´re considered fully vaccinated once the 2 shots have been administrated. You will be able to enter Spain with your COVID-19 vaccination certificate 14 days after the date you´re considered fully vaccinated.

From 1 February 2022, vaccination certificates become invalid after 270 days of you being fully vaccinated, which equals approximately 9 months. You will need to get a booster dose for your vaccination certificate to be valid to enter Spain. Your vaccination certificate will need to show the administration of your booster dose.

You will be able to enter Spain with your COVID-19 vaccination certificate as long as your last dose is of a vaccine authorized by the European Medicines Agency or the World Health Organization, even if your first doses were not.

You can also present your EU Digital COVID Certificate (EU DCC) of vaccination or equivalent to the Spanish authorities.

3. OR a COVID-19 certificate of immunity after having recovered from COVID. The certificate of recovery is valid from day 11 after your first positive NAAT test result and up to 180 days, which equals approximately 6 months.

You can also present your EU Digital COVID Certificate of recovery (EU DCC) or equivalent to the Spanish authorities.


Equivalents to the EU Digital COVID Certificate are issued by 40 non-EU countries that have joined the EU Digital COVID Certificate program.

The 40 non-EU countries and territories also included in the EU Digital COVID Certificate program include: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Benin, Cabo Verde, Colombia, El Salvador, Faroe Islands, Georgia, Israel, Iceland, Indonesia, Jordan, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Malaysia, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Norway, Panama, San Marino, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunisia, Togo, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and the Crown Dependencies (Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man), Uruguay, Vietnam, The Vatican.

You can find the list of the non EU countries and territories included in the EU Digital COVID Certificate program on the EU official page on EU Digital COVID Certificates.

Those who enter Spain with an EU Digital COVID Certificate or equivalent issued by any of the 40 non-EU countries will not need to fill out the Health Control Form, also known as the QR SPTH or the QR of the Spain Travel Health authority. More information on the Health Control Form is provided below on this page.

Note that the European Digital COVID Certificate is also referred to as the EU DCC, 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 proves that you have had a negative COVID test, a full vaccination against COVID, or a certificate of recovery. So if you're a European citizen, you can either enter Spain with one of the 3 above-mentioned certificates or with your European Digital COVID Certificate.

If you do not have an EU Digital COVID Certificate or equivalent, your COVID certificate must be in English, French, German or Spanish. If you have a European Digital COVID Certificate or equivalent, 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 or equivalent 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.
According to the Spain Travel Health website of the Spanish Health Ministry, children under 12 do not need to present any COVID certificate to enter Spain.


- Additional Health Control Form QR code needed for entering Spain by air

Any passenger arriving to Spain by air from a non-EU or a non-Schengen country with a EU Digital COVID Certificate equivalent does not need to fill out the Health Control Form anymore. EU Digital COVID Certificate equivalents include: EU Digital COVID Certificate of vaccination, EU Digital COVID Certificate of a Negative COVID test and EU Digital COVID Certificate of recovery or an equivalent issued by one of the non-EU countries that have joined the EU Digital COVID Certificate program. EU equivalents to the EU Digital COVID Certificate (DCC) refer to digital accreditations of vaccination and negative COVID test of recovery issued by the authorities of the non-EU countries that have joined the EU Digital COVID Certificate program. The list of these countries is provided above on this page.

So if you´re entering Spain with any of the 3 documents below issued by EU countries or their equivalent issued by the non-EU countries and territories listed above, you do not need to fill out any Health Control Form:

  • EU Digital COVID Certificate of vaccination or EU equivalent,
  • or EU Digital COVID Certificate of a negative COVID test or EU equivalent
  • or EU Digital COVID Certificate of recovery or a EU equivalent

However, if you do not have an EU Digital COVID Certificate or an EU equivalent, e.g. if you´re travelling with a simple certificate of a negative COVID test, you will also need to fill out a Health Control Form for arrivals by air and present it upon arrival to any Spanish airport.

Health Control Form is not required when entering Spain by land, e.g., by car, train, bus or by sea, e.g., cruise.

According to the Spain Travel Health website of the Spanish Health Ministry, children under 12 do not need to present any COVID certificate to enter Spain and do not need to fill out a Health Control Form.


Cruise Passengers COVID Testing Requirements: CDC Continues Its Mandatory COVID testing Recommendations for Cruise Passengers

The CDC continues to recommend that cruise ship passengers have mandatory COVID-19 tests before boarding cruise ships. The recommendations from the CDC for cruise ships continues to be that cruise liners make mandatory COVID testing for boarding passengers including those that are fully vaccinated. Mandatory COVID testing is the case for the majority of cruise ship passengers when boarding a cruise from Barcelona. There are only a few cruise liners that have not followed this mandatory COVID test recommendation. We therefore recommend you confirm with your cruise liner the required covid testing you need to board a cruise from Barcelona. You can do this by following our links below that give more information on each of the main cruise liners leaving from Barcelona.

Click to look up your cruise liner's pre-boarding COVID test requirements for cruises leaving Barcelona

Express COVID testing service for cruise ship passengers. Learn how you can avoid the long queues to get tested for your FIT-TO-CRUISE test certificate.



COVID testing for Cruise ship passengers

The CDC continues to recommend that cruise ship passengers be tested for COVID-19 before boarding a cruise ships. Unlike with airline flights in which the recommendation for mandatory COVID tests were dropped by the CDC for flights to the USA, the recommendations for cruise ship passengers continues to be that cruise liners make mandatory COVID testing. This is the case for the majority of cruise ship passengers when boarding a cruise at Barcelona.

Flying to Barcelona Airport

See our article below to learn more about COVID-19 certificates needed to travel to Barcelona and about the the public health control form that you will need to present at the Health Control checkpoint at Barcelona Airport:

COVID-19 certificates to travel to Barcelona by air, sea or land and and health control checkpoints

To know more about the COVID-19 measures and restrictions at Barcelona Airport, we recommend you read our article below:

All you need to know about COVID-19 measures and restrictions at Barcelona Airport.

Safety distance stickers at Barcelona airport luggage claim
Safety distance stickers at Barcelona airport luggage claim




The airlines now allow you one free date change, which is very convenient in case you need to postpone your trip.


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.


Flying from Barcelona Airport

We strongly recommend you check the COVID entry requirements on the official website of your country or of your travel destination.

We recommend you read our page COVID-19 travel and test requirements to fly from Barcelona to destinations outside of Barcelona to learn about the COVID-19 entry requirements of your country of destination.

If you need an antigen or PCR test travel certificate to travel or to travel back to your country, we recommend you to read our articles below:

Essential advice for getting tested for COVID-19 in Barcelona

How and where to get a PCR test in Barcelona

How and where to get an antigen test in Barcelona

Laboratories open during the weekend to get a PCR test or an antigen test in Barcelona

Getting a PCR or antigen test in Barcelona without a medical prescription

See our article below to learn more about COVID-19 measures and restrictions at Barcelona Airport:

All you need to know about COVID-19 measures and restrictions at Barcelona Airport.


Transport from Barcelona airport

All the transport options between Barcelona Airport and the city of Barcelona detailed in the article below are operating.

Barcelona Airport Transport and Transfer To The City Centre

Coronavirus safety measures have been put in places in all transport options.
Face masks are compulsory on all Barcelona public transport including the Metro, Trams, Trains and Buses, as well as the Aerobus and Taxis from Barcelona Airport.


Public Transportation in Barcelona

The metro, trains, buses operate as usual following the safety measures.
Bus tickets cannot be purchased to the bus drivers to limit contact.
During weekends, the metro closes at midnight.


Hotels in Barcelona

Most hotels have reopened their doors since June 2020.

Hotels now have more flexible cancellation policies: most of the hotels in Barcelona offer free cancellation up to 24 hours before the check-in date. Make sure to check your hotel cancellation policy before booking your hotel.

Hotels are following strict disinfection, cleaning and safety measures. We recommend that you refer to your hotel's COVID-19 page to know more.


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.


Tourist attractions in Barcelona

All museum and monuments in Barcelona are open and are adapting to the COVID situation taking all the necessary safety measures for visitors and staff.
Some of the common safety measures include:

  • Cleaning and disinfection have been increased.
  • Sanitizing gel dispensers are available in the museums and monuments.

    We recommend that you check the COVID page of each attraction on their official website if you’d like to know more about the safety measures taken by each of them before your visit.

Below we will cover the main tourist attractions and the safety measures in place at each of them:


Sagrada Familia (Giant Gaudi Basilica)

The Sagrada Familia, Barcelona's no.1 tourist attraction, is open.

Some of the COVID-19 safety measures in the Sagrada Familia besides of the usual safety measures indicated above:

  • Indoor air renewal, disinfection and cleaning.
    COVID-19 safety measures signs in the Sagrada Familia
    COVID-19 safety measures signs in the Sagrada Familia

During COVID-19 times you might feel more comfortable to visit the Sagrada Familia on your own instead of visiting with a guided group tour. Note that the Sagrada Familia tickets include an audioguide. Click on the link below to book your Sagrada Familia Tickets and know more on the Sagrada Familia.

La Sagrada Família Basilica by Antonio Gaudí


Park Guell

Park Guell is open within its usual opening hours and is open-air, which can bring you peace of mind if you don’t feel comfortable being in a closed space with other people.

Some of the COVID-19 safety measures in the Park Guell besides of the usual safety measures indicated above:

  • Safety distances must be kept even if the Park is an open space.
  • The capacity of the Park Monumental Area has been reduced.
  • The capacity of the most visited areas of the Park such as the Dragon Staircase is regulated to avoid crowds.

During COVID-19 times you might feel more comfortable to visit the Park Guell on your own instead of visiting with a guided group tour. Click on the link below to book your Park Guell Tickets for the Park Guell Monumental Area and know more on the Park Guell.

Park Güell by Antoni Gaudí


La Pedrera (Casa Mila)

La Pedrera is open.

Some of the COVID-19 safety measures at La Pedrera besides of the usual safety measures indicated above:

  • The capacity has been reduced to avoid crowds and ensure the safety distances can be kept.
  • Safety distance marks on the floor at the entrance of La Pedrera
    Safety distance marks on the floor at the entrance of La Pedrera during the pandemic

During COVID-19 times you might feel more comfortable to visit La Pedrera on your own instead of visiting with a guided group tour. Click on the link below to book your La Pedrera Tickets and know more on La Pedrera.

Skip the line ticket to Gaudí's La Pedrera in Barcelona with an audioguide


Casa Batlló

Casa Batlló is open.

Some of the COVID-19 safety measures at Casa Batlló besides of the usual safety measures indicated above:

  • The capacity has been reduced
  • Installation of a plasma ionization system that guarantees 99.4% destruction rate of coronavirus (SARS-CoV2) in 30 minutes in the air, walls and ceiling materials inside Casa Batllo.
  • Disinfection of the audioguides with ultraviolet light which effectively kills viruses and bacteria.
Visitors at the entrance of Casa Batllo during COVID-19 times
Visitors at the entrance of Casa Batllo during COVID-19 times

During COVID-19 times you might feel more comfortable to visit Casa Batllo on your own instead of visiting with a guided group tour. Click on the link below to book your Casa Batllo Tickets and know more about Casa Batllo.

Gaudí Casa Batlló in Barcelona


Casa Vicens by Gaudi

Casa Vicens is open within its usual opening hours.

Some of the COVID-19 safety measures at Casa Vicens besides of the usual safety measures indicated above:

  • Casa Vicens is the first museum of Barcelona that has obtained the Safe Tourism Certified seal by the Institute for Spanish Tourism Quality. The seal certifies maximum hygienic and sanitary guarantees.

Click on the link below to book your Casa Vicens Tickets and know more on Casa Vicens.

Gaudí Casa Vicens in Barcelona


Camp Nou Experience

The Camp Nou Experience at Camp Nou Stadium is open within its usual opening hours.

The Camp Nou requires its visitors to follow the standard COVID-19 safety measures such as keeping a safety distance, washing your hands, and to not do the Camp Nou Experience if you have symptoms like fever, cough or breathing difficulties.

Click on the link below to book your Camp Nou Experience Tickets and know more on the Camp Nou Experience.

Guide To The Barcelona FC Stadium Tour With Museum Visit


Montserrat Monastery

The attractions at Montserrat are open within their usual opening hours. The trains between Plaza España and Montserrat train station run normally as well as the rack railway and the cable car from the train station to the Montserrat Monastery.

Some of the COVID-19 safety measures at Montserrat besides of the usual safety measures indicated above:


Barcelona City Tours

The Barcelona Hop On Hop Off is operating as well as daily group tours.

You can find more information on the following pages:

Barcelona Hop On Hop Off Sightseeing Tourist Bus

Barcelona Tours and Activities


Flamenco Shows

The Flamenco venues of Barcelona are open.

Click on the link below to know more about Flamenco Shows in Barcelona.

Flamenco Shows in Barcelona


Barcelona beaches

Barcelona beaches never closed -even during summer 2020-, were also open for summer 2021 and are open as usual in 2022.

Showers, public toilets, rescue and first aid services at the beaches of Barcelona are open.


Shops and Shopping malls

Shops and shopping malls are open. However as measures to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus may change, we recommend you check the page below for the latest updates regarding the opening and closure of the shops and shopping malls.
Latest COVID updates in Barcelona


Bars & Restaurants

Bars and restaurantes are open. However as measures to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus may change, we recommend you check the page below for the latest updates regarding the opening hours of bars and restaurants in Barcelona:
Latest COVID updates in Barcelona


Cultural activities & Nightlife

Museums, cultural venues, and nightclubs are open. However as measures to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus may change, we recommend you check the page below for the latest updates on cultural activites and nightlife in Barcelona:
Latest COVID updates in Barcelona


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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