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How to Visit Barcelona During COVID-19

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Latest update: 1 April 2021

This page will cover the different aspects of a trip to Barcelona during COVID-19 times from 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. You can still enjoy a wonderful visit to Barcelona -provided there are no restrictions- and it can be a good time to visit the city with fewer tourists as it means better deals, more personalised service and less time waiting in queues.

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

Important 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. Please note, if you act on any of the information that we give, you agree to do so at your own risk.


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.

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

Please note that measures are changing every two weeks approximately so we recommend that you check the link above to get the latest update in addition to reading this page, which we endeavour to update as often as possible.

On the 25 October 2020, Spain declared a new state of emergency, which enables the different regional governments of Spain to enfore curfews at night and other restrictions.


Current COVID-19 measures and restrictions

Entering or leaving 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.

Until the 8th of may, 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

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

Curfew

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

Curfew hours
22:00 - 06:00

This means that you need to stay home within these hours with a few exeptions.

Curfew hours might change. We recommend you check the page below for the latest updates:
Latest COVID updates in Barcelona

Safety measures

Wearing a face mask in Barcelona is compulsory from the age of 6 on public streets, outdoor and indoor spaces for public use and on public transport.
However wearing a face mask in Barcelona is not compulsory if you have a shortness of breath that a mask will exacerbate, a disability or a dependence that doesn’t allow you to wear a mask, when you are doing sports, eating or drinking, on the beach and in swimming pools.

A safety distance of 1.5 meters must be kept.
Washing your hands frequently is highly recommended.


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

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


Flying to Barcelona airport

We took flights to Barcelona Airport in September and in November 2020 and we particularly enjoyed the experience of travelling without crowds.

There were no lines at security check, few people at the shops and restaurants at the airport, a short line to board the aircraft, plenty of space in the plane and an almost personalized service from the crew members.

In November the flight was almost full but the experience was still pleasant and everyone at the airport was keeping the safety distance and wearing masks.

Upon arrival at Barcelona Airport, we had a smooth disembarking and, at the baggage claim area there were stickers on the floor that showed you where to wait keeping the safety distance in regards to fellow travelers.

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



From the 23 November 2020, travelers flying from a list of 'risk countries' need a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate to enter Spain by air or by sea.

You will also need to fill out a public health control form within 2 days before your flight to Spain.

See our article below to learn more about PCR test 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 PCR Tests To Travel To Barcelona, Spain By Air or Sea in 2021 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.


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


Flying from Barcelona Airport

Depending on the COVID-19 travel regulations in place in the country you'll fly from Barcelona airport to, you may need to present a negative PCR test travel certificate upon arrival to that country.

See our article below to learn more about the travel regulations from Barcelona to other countries:

COVID-19 Travel And Entry regulations For Travellers From Barcelona, Spain To Other Countries

If you need to present a negative PCR test travel certificate upon arrival to your destination, we recommend you to read our articles below:

Clinics where you can get a COVID-19 PCR test in Barcelona, test prices and COVID-19 medical consultations

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.

If you prefer to avoid using the public transportation and avoid traveling with other people we recommend you to pre-book a private car with a driver or a taxi from Barcelona Airport. The private car drivers and the taxi drivers wear a mask and the vehicles are sanitized after each transfer. The COVID-19 safety measures on private transfers and taxis are explained on the links below:

How to arrange your private transfer from Barcelona Airport to / from Barcelona city centre

How to book your Barcelona taxi in advance of your trip


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

Many hotels have reopened their doors since June 2020. Hotel occupancy in Barcelona is still low so you shouldn’t have any issue in finding a hotel that meets your requirements.

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 COVID-19 page to know more.


Tourist attractions in Barcelona

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

  • Visitors must wear a face mask.
  • Visitors must keep a 1.5 meters safety distance when.
  • visiting the attractions.
  • Cleaning and disinfection have been increased.
  • Sanitizing gel dispensers are available in the museums and monuments.
  • Paper brochures are no longer provided.

    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, was open on Saturday and Sunday until the end of September. On the 28 September 2020 Sagrada Familia closed its doors.

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

  • Unique visit route inside the Basilica so that all visitors follow the same direction.
  • Areas inside the Sagrada Familia where social distancing cannot be guaranteed such as the Sagrada Familia museum and the Sagrada Familia towers are momentarily closed.
  • 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 within its usual opening hours.

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.
  • The temperature of all staff and visitors is checked at the entrance of La Pedrera.
  • Staff in contact with visitors will wear protective glasses or visors, face mask and gloves.
    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 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 was open within its usual opening hours until the 27 October.

Casa Batlló has decided to close its doors on 28 October due to protests of striking workers.

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

  • The capacity has been reduced
  • The temperature of visitors is measured at the entrance of Casa Batllo
  • The shoes of visitors are disinfected at the entrance of Casa Batllo
  • 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.
  • The capacity has been reduced to one third. Tickets can only be purchased online or by phone to ensure the capacity limitations.
  • A disinfection mat has been installed at the entrance of Casa Vicens
  • A unique tour itinerary has been created
  • Touchscreens have been momentarily disabled
  • Guided group tours are momentarily not operating

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 regulations such as keeping a safety distance of 2 meters, washing your hands, and do 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 tours are momentarily not operating.

Many Barcelona daily group tours are momentarily not operating.

If you’d like to tour the city we recommend you to book a taxi at your disposal for the duration of your choice. Click on the link below to book your Taxi.

How To Book Your Barcelona Taxi At Your Disposal To Tour The City of Barcelona and its Surroundings


Flamenco Shows

The Flamenco venues of Barcelona are momentarily closed.

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

Flamenco Shows in Barcelona


Barcelona beaches

Barcelona beaches were open during summer 2020 and are still open. Last summer, bathing and sunbathing was allowed keeping a safety distance of 1.5 meters. You were not obliged to wear a face mask on the Barcelona beaches.

The capacity of the beaches of Barcelona was reduced by 15%.

Capacity control measures were in place. When a beach was close to full capacity, the Police would close the access points to ensure the safety distance of 1.5 meters can be kept.

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

We can't wait for spring 2021 to enjoy Barcelona beaches again!


Shops and Shopping malls

Measures to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus change frequently. 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 Restaurants of Barcelona had to close from the 16 October 2020 except for home-delivery or take-away services. They could re-open from the 23 November 2020.

Measures to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus change frequently. 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

Cinemas, theaters, concert halls, etc. have re-opened on the 23rd of November 2020 with a reduced capacity.

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

We recommend you check the page below for the latest updates on cultural activites and on the opening hours of bars and restaurants in Barcelona:
Latest COVID updates in Barcelona


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

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

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