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Coronavirus (Covid-19) Travel Advice and Latest Updates for Visitors to Barcelona, Spain

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Updated 7th December 2020

Latest Update: We've put together a page on how to visit Barcelona for a holiday during Covid times. When there are no entry restrictions, 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.

How to visit Barcelona during Covid. How to use airport transport, public transportation, tourist attractions, beaches, bars and restaurants, nightlife 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.

What are the procedures for visiting Spain from an EU country?

1. 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.

Public health passenger locator form to be completed and presented when you enter Spain.

2. Since the 23 November 2020, travellers arriving to Barcelona by air or sea from Covid-19 risk countries are also required to present a negative PCR test certificate. See our article below for detailed information:

Covid-19 PCR tests to travel to Barcelona by air or sea and Health Control checkpoints


Spain is not requiring tourists from the UK and EU countries and Schengen area to quarantine when visiting Spain after 21st June 2020.

Spain lifts quarantine for EU, UK and Schengen area for visitors


If you develop Covid-19 symptoms whilst in Spain follow these guidelines shown on the links below:

1. Action steps and contact telephone numbers to call if you develop Covid-19 symptoms whilst in Spain

2. Checklist of steps you need to take if you develop Covid-19 symptoms in Spain

3. Recommendations if you need to self-isolate whilst in Spain


If you have Covid-19 symtoms whilst in Barcelona you can book an online medical consultation with a doctor in your own language.

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:

FCO Travel Advice for tourist to Spain

FCO Coronavirus advice for travellers to Spain

Sign up for email updates from FCO regarding travel to Spain


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:

Twitter: British Embassy in Madrid twitter feed


Returning to the UK from Spain

On Saturday 25th July 2020 the UK Government changed its recommendations for visiting and returning from Spain. Now tourists returning from Spain (excluding the Canary Islands) 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.

BBC article on how tourists are reacting to the UK Government's sudden change of policy for travel to Spain.

BBC article announcing UK visitors returning from Spain will now need to self-quarantine for 14 days on return to UK.

We recommend you to check the following websites for the latest updates on self-isolation when returning to the UK:

UK government page about self-isolation rules when returning to England

Scottish government page about self-isolation rules when returning to Scotland

Wales government page about self-isolation rules when returning to Wales

Northern Ireland government page about self-isolation rules when returning to Northern Ireland


If you need a PCR test certificate to travel back to your country you can easily get tested in a private lab in Barcelona.


Easyjet have started their flights up again and will be flying to European destinations in July 2020


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


Vueling Airlines Covid-19 information page

RyanAir Covid-19 Information page

EasyJet Covid-19 advisory page

EasyJet online support


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.


Airports in Spain

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.

AENA Website:
Spanish airports authority (AENA) Coronavirus / Covid-19 information page.

Barcelona Airport (Josep Tarradellas el Prat Airport) Covid-19 information

Twitter: AENA official twitter feed for latest updates


Face Masks in Barcelona

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.


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

Website: Barcelona TMB official website. Coronavirus travel information for metro and buses in Barcelona

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:

Cases of Covid-19 by country


Events in Barcelona

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.

Website: Official website for F1 information on coronavirus

Twitter: Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit

Twitter: F1 official twitter


Barcelona Marathon

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

Barcelona Marathon


Barcelona Attractions

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 02 June 2020

Casa Battlo Opened 01 July 2020

CosmoCaixa

El Born Cultural Centre

FC Barcelona museum tour Opened 12 June 2020

Fundacio Antoni Tapies Opened 12 June 2020

La Pedrera Opened 15 July 2020

La Roca Village Opened

Liceu Theatre

MACBA Opened 03 June 2020

Park Guell Opened 01 July 2020

Picasso Museum Opened 12 June 2020

Sagrada Familia Opened in stages starting 4 July 2020

Montserrat Monastery


Travel Insurance

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.

FCO guidance on travel insurance policies


Medical Insurance

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.

FCO overview on the EHIC medical health card

NHS detailed guidelines on applying for the EHIC medical card

Renew your existing EHIC medical card online


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.

Foreign embassies in Spain


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.

Barcelona town council guidance

Town council helpful advice on coronavirus

Twitter: Barcelona Town Council


We recommend you bookmark this page as we will be posting frequent updates on the coronavirus situation in Barcelona, Spain.

Stay safe!

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