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How To Travel Between France And Barcelona During The Covid-19 Pandemic

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Latest update: 1 April, 2021

Borders between France and Spain are open whether it be air or land borders. Flights, trains and buses between France and Spain are also operating -although less than before the Covid-19 pandemic. We will explain the Covid-19 entry requirements to Spain on this page.

There are local mobility restrictions and regulations currently in place in France and in Barcelona that you must take into account before and when travelling.

This page provides information on:
1. The documents you need to travel from France to Barcelona by plane, train, bus and car
2. The documents you need to travel from Barcelona to France by plane, train, bus and car
3. The current mobility restrictions in Barcelona and the self-responsible statement you need to fulfil on certain occasions to move around Catalonia and Barcelona
4. The current mobility restrictions in France


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.


Travelling from France to Barcelona

Documents you need to travel from France to Barcelona by plane:

1. Your negative PCR test certificate, TMA or RT-LAMP test certificate made within72 hours before arrival to Barcelona.
Coronavirus tests to enter Spain are mandatory from the age of 6.

2. Your Health Control form that you can fulfil online on the Spain Travel Health website or on the app of Spain Travel Health that is available for IOS and Android.

If you want to know more about the PCR test certificate and other Covid tests accepted and about the Health Control form that you will need to present upon arrival at Barcelona airport we recommend you to read our dedicated article below:
Covid-19 PCR Tests To Travel to Barcelona, Spain By Air Or Sea in 2020 And Health Control Checkpoints

3. If you are a resident in Spain, your self-responsible statement to enter Catalonia that you can fulfil online on the website of the Government of Catalonia. Note that the self-responsible statement page is only available in Catalan, Spanish and English. You can change the language of the page by clicking on the “ca”, “es” or “en” icons at the top right hand side of the page.

You probably won’t be requested to show your self-responsible statement to enter Catalonia upon arrival at Barcelona airport however we still highly recommend you to fulfil it online to be in order in case of a control at the airport.

4. Your valid ID card or passport.

Documents you need to travel from France to Barcelona by train, bus or car:

1. Your negative PCR test certificate, TMA or RT-LAMP test certificate made 72hours before arrival to Barcelona. Until 29 March 2021, PCR test certificate, TMA or RT-LAMP test certificate were only needed when arriving to Spain from France by air and sea. However since 30 March, a negative Covid test certificate is also needed when crossing the Spanish border from France.
Coronavirus tests to enter Spain are mandatory from the age of 6.

2. If you are a resident in Spain, your self-responsible statement to enter Catalonia that you can fulfil online on the website of the Government of Catalonia. Note that the self-responsible statement page is only available in Catalan, Spanish and English. You can change the language of the page by clicking on the "ca", "es" or "en" icons at the top right hand side of the page.

3. Your valid ID card or passport.


If you need a PCR test travel certificate to travel back to France or to any other country you can easily get a PCR travel test in a private laboratory in Barcelona.

Note that if you're a French resident, you can claim a refund to the French Social Security for a PCR test taken in Barcelona to travel back to France. You will find more information on this page: How to get a refund from French Social Security for PCR test undertaken in Barcelona for travel back to France.

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


Travelling from Barcelona to France

From the 25 January 2021 to the 30 January 2021, France required travellers from Spain to present a PCR test certificate upon arrival to France when arriving to France by air or sea only.

Since the 31 January 2021, France requires travellers coming from Spain and Europe to present a PCR test certificate upon arrival to France by any means of transport including air, sea and land. You can double check this information on the France Diplomacy official website.

Documents you need to travel from Barcelona to France by plane, train, bus or car

1. Your negative PCR test certificate made in Barcelona 72 hours before arrival to France.

2. If you are a resident in Spain, your self-responsible statement to exit Catalonia that you can fulfil online on the website of the website of the Government of Catalonia. Note that the self-responsible statement page is only available in Catalan, Spanish and English. You can change the language of the page by clicking on the "ca", "es" or "en" icons at the top right hand side of the page.

3. Your valid ID card or passport.

4. If you're arriving in France during curfew hours in France you will need to fulfil your exemption certificate during curfew hours in France.

Curfew hours in France:
19:00 - 06:00

Note: the exemption certificate is only available in french. We recommend you use Google Translate to understand the document if you can't speak french.


Mobility restrictions in Barcelona

There currently isn’t no lock-down in Barcelona or in Spain. Spain had one lock-down from March to June 2020 but didn’t put in place any other lock-down during the second Covid-19 wave in the fall.

However there are some coronavirus restrictions currently in place that you can check on the Barcelona town hall website and on our page Latest Covid updates in Barcelona

We have also put together an article about visiting Barcelona during Covid-19 where we summarized the current restrictions:

How to Visit Barcelona During Covid-19

Below we will list the current mobility restrictions:

1. Mobility restriction to enter or exit 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.

However as the Catalan government states on its official page about Covid-19 restrictions throughout Catalonia that entry to Catalonia (Barcelona is located in Catalonia) is only permitted for essential travel, it might be unclear whether this Catalan restriction applies 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. Travellers from the above-mentioned list of select countries can enter Spain as Spain borders are open and therefore can enter Catalonia and Barcelona.

The mobility restriction to enter or exit Catalonia only apply to travel within Spain. Ie: You cannot enter Catalonia if you come 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.

- From / to other Spanish regions:

The Catalan government has established that until further notice no one can enter or exit Catalonia 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 frequently. We recommend you check our Covid updates page for the latest time sensitive information. 
Latest Covid-Related Updates In Barcelona

As explained above borders between France and Spain are open, air and land transport is operating and the controls at Barcelona airport are for PCR test certificates and Health Control forms.

If you are a resident in Spain, even if you are unlikely to be asked to present your self-responsible statement to enter Catalonia upon arrival at Barcelona airport, Barcelona Sants station or at land borders, we recommend you to fulfil your self-responsible statement online on the website of the Government of Catalonia and download it to your mobile phone. Note that the self-responsible statement page is only available in Catalan, Spanish and English. You can change the language of the page by clicking on the "ca", "es" or "en" icons at the top right hand side of the page.

2. 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

3. Curfew

There is currently a daily curfew in Catalonia and in Barcelona until further notice.

Curfew hours in Barcelona:
22:00 - 06:00

If you need to move around during curfew hours, we strongly recommend you to fulfil the self-responsible statement for night journeys on the website of the Government of Catalonia and download it to your mobile phone. Note that the self-responsible statement page is only available in Catalan, Spanish and English. You can change the language of the page by clicking on the "ca", "es" or "en" icons at the top right hand side of the page.


If you need a PCR test travel certificate to travel back to France or to any other country you can easily get a PCR travel test in a private laboratory in Barcelona.

Note that if you're a French resident, you can claim a refund to the French Social Security for a PCR test taken in Barcelona to travel back to France. You will find more information on this page: How to get a refund from French Social Security for PCR test undertaken in Barcelona for travel back to France.

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


Mobility restrictions in France

You can check the latest mobility restrictions in France and fulfil the French mobility certificate on the French government Covid-19 website.

The French government Covid-19 website states that travelling from France to other countries and moving around France without a mobility certificate is allowed from the 15 December 2020.

However if you need to move around during curfew in France you will need to fulfil your exemption certificate during curfew hours in France.

Curfew hours in France:
19:00 - 06:00


At the moment, Spanish borders are open for a list of select countries and travellers coming from these select countries can enter Spain. However entering Catalonia from any other Spanish region for tourism purposes is not on the list of valid reasons to enter or exit Catalonia from other Spanish regions.

It is not clear when tourists arriving from other Spanish regions will be officially allowed to come to Barcelona and Catalonia. It will happen when Catalonia moves to the next phases of the progressive opening of activities in Catalonia.

This will be confirmed on the Barcelona town hall website and we’ll also keep you posted on that.

We advise you to bookmark this page because we will make updates as new information is available.

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