Updated 28th August 2020
Latest Update: We've put together a page on how to visit Barcelona for a holiday during Covid times. Tourists are still visiting the city however considerably less than normal which means that you can enjoy Barcelona without the usual tourist crowds. See our article below to find out how you can enjoy a visit to Barcelona during the Covid times.
On Saturday 25th July 2020 the UK Government changed its recommendations for visiting and returning from Spain. Now tourists returning from Spain will need to self isolate for 14 days on return to the UK from Sunday 26th July. The UK government is also currently recommending all but essential travel to Spain.
See the following BBC report that explains the new measures imposed by the UK government.
It is compulsory that face masks are worn on all Barcelona public transport including the Metro, Trams, Trains and Buses, as well as the Aerobus and Taxis from Barcelona Airport.
Spain is no requiring tourists from the UK and EU countries and Schengen area to quarantine when visiting Spain after 21st June 2020.
Easyjet have started their flights up again and will be flying to European destinations in July
Video showing EasyJet procedures to ensure you have a safe flight
RyanAir has announced that they are accepting bookings now for flights from 01 July onward for destinations to Europe. RyanAir will be operating at 40% of its flights in July. Airports and airlines are now gearing up for restarting business in July. As you will see from the videos below comprehensive safety measures are being taken to ensure the safety of passengers on flights.
RyanAir New Measures To Protect Passengers
RyanAir Travel Advice Wear Face Masks on Flights
Airlines - is it safe to fly?
Aeroplane air is changed on average around 20 to 30 times an hour which is considerably more than a typical air conditioned room in which the air is only refreshed 3 to 4 times per hour. 50% of the air on an Aeroplane is derived from fresh air outside of the plane and the other 50% is from recycled air. High air exchange rate helps to ensure that the air remains pure. All the air in an Aeroplane is purified through a HEPA filter (High efficiency particulate filter) before it enters the cabin.The HEPA filter removes bacteria and viruses and 99.97 % or better of all particulates in the air. This makes the air on aeroplanes considerably cleaner than air found in a typical air conditioned shop, buses or trains. Therefore if you feel comfortable taking normal terrestrial transport you should also feel comfortable taking a flight.
Airlines are now undergoing strict cleaning and disinfecting procedures both in the cabins and in the luggage hold before every flight. Passengers and cabin crew will be required to have body temperature checks and wear masks before entering the plane. Social distancing will be practised during check-in and the check-in staff will be working from behind protective screens.
AENA is the official organisation that operates all of the Spanish airports. Their website has detailed information about the current state of flights into and out of Spain.
Flights from oversees into Spain will be resume on 01 July 2020.
What are the procedures for visiting Spain from an EU country?
Before your travel to Spain you will need to fill out the online Public Health Control form. This is a mandatory form that must be completed before you enter Spain. This can be done either online or by printing it out. The benefit of filling the form out online is that you will be issued your QR health code right away which will save you time doing this once you arrive in Spain. You need to first complete the first stage of the form and you will then receive an email with further instructions on how to complete the form.
Spain Travel Health website. From the Spain Travel Health website you can complete the Public Health Control form (also called FCS form).
If you choose to not complete the form online then you would need to print out and complete the form then present it when you arrive in Spain. There is then a process to go through to issue your Health QR code once in Spain.
Public Health Control Form can be downloaded from the link below.
If you develop Covid-19 symptoms whilst in Spain follow these guidelines shown on the links below:
Barcelona Metro And Bus Systems
Barcelona metro and bus systems operated by TMB have published an information page on guidelines to follow when using the Barcelona public transport systems
The videos below show how Barcelona public transport systems undergo frequent and comprehensive cleaning and sterilisation.
Video showing comprehensive cleaning and sanitation of the Barcelona Metro system
Video showing of Barcelona buses using ozone from ozone gas generators
To keep up to date on the coronavirus statistics for Spain we recommend you visit the following page:
Some large events for business, sports and leisure have been either postponed or cancelled due to the coronavirus. It is important to check the official websites for each of these events to see what the current plans are regarding the event. The updated dates might also possibly be changed if the government feels further containment measures are necessary.
We have provided some links below to large events in Barcelona that are affected by travel restrictions.
F1 Barcelona 2020
The F1 Barcelona event was originally scheduled in May but has now been postponed. We recommend you check the following official source to keep up to date with this changes to this event.
Twitter: Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit
Twitter: F1 official twitter
Due to the Coronavirus situation the Barcelona Marathon date has been rescheduled for October. This date may change again however depending on the circumstances so it is best to periodically check back to see if an update has been made for this event.
New Date: 07 November 2021
Foreign Commonwealth Office (FCO)
The FCO publish regularly updated advice for travellers to Spain. It is recommend to follow the links below to keep up to date on the latest travel advice:
British Embassy in Madrid
Its also a good idea to keep up to date with the British Embassy in Madrid twitter feed which you can find on the link below:
We recommend you check the following official websites pages for the main attractions in Barcelona to get the latest up to date information.
Castel of Montjuic Opened on 02 June
Casa Battlo Opens on 01 July
FC Barcelona museum tour Opened 12 June
Fundacio Antoni Tapies Opened 12 June
La Pedrera Opens on 15th July
La Roca Village Opened
MACBA Opened 03 June
Park Guell Opens on 01 July
Picasso Museum Opened on 12 June
Sagrada Familia Opening in stages starting 4th July
During these times it is important to have a good quality travel insurance policy that will cover you against change of plans or cancellation of your holiday for any reason. Make sure to ask the insurance company how they deal specifically with cancellations of your holiday due to issues such as the coronavirus and how the policy will cover you against cancellation for "whatever reason". Make sure also the policy will cover your medical costs oversees if you contract the coronavirus.
Make sure that you have an up to date European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). Although the UK has left Europe the EHIC cards will still be valid until 01 January 2021. These cards will give UK citizens basic health care in EU countries either for free or at reduced rates. It is worth checking to make sure your EHIC health insurance card is up to date and if not renew it before travelling.
Foreign Embassies in Spain
You may need to contact your embassy whilst in Spain to receive guidance or assistance. We have therefore provided an information page which lists foreign embassies in Spain which you can find by following the link below.
Practical information and guidance on Covid-19
The Barcelona town council has put up a useful information page on what you should do if you have symptoms of the coronavirus whilst in Spain including contact telephone number to call.
Twitter: Barcelona Town Council
We recommend you bookmark this page as we will be posting frequent updates on the coronavirus situation in Barcelona, Spain.