Tourist Information Guide

How to Visit Barcelona During COVID-19

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Latest update: 14 July 2021

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

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.

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

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: 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:


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.


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.

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.

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.

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, is open.

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.

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 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
  • 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 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 momentarily closed.

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- and are open for summer 2021.

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


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

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

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


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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