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

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Latest update: 25 January, 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. You can travel between France and Barcelona for specific reasons only which we’ll talk about on this page. However it is not permitted to visit Barcelona as a tourist from France at this time until further notice.

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 72hours before arrival to Barcelona.

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. 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 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.

2. Your valid ID card or passport.

PCR test certificates and Health Control forms are only needed when you travel to Barcelona by air or sea. As strange as it may seem, you do not need to present a negative PCR, TMA or RT-LAMP test result when you cross the Spain border by car, train or bus.


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


Travelling from Barcelona to France

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

Documents you need to travel from Barcelona to France by plane

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

2. 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:
18:00 to 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.

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

1. 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.

2. Your valid ID card or passport.

3. 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:
18:00 to 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.

PCR test results for France are only needed when you travel to France by air or sea. As strange as it may seem, at the time of writing this article you do not need to present a negative PCR test result when you cross the France border by land.


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.

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

Until further notice you can only enter or exit Catalonia if you meet one of the following exceptions:
- Visiting family or close friends. This reason was valid until the 6 of January only.
- 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 and insurance institutions
- Go to a petrol station to refuel your vehicle
- 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 need
- Any other activity of similar nature than the above exceptions duly accredited

Mobility restrictions to enter or leave Catalonia may change. We recommend you check the page below for the latest updates:
Latest Covid 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.
Even if you are unlikely to be asked to present your self-responsible statement to enter Catalonia upon arrival at Barcelona airport we strongly 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 the city of Barcelona or in the region of El Barcelonès

Since the 7 January 2021 and until further notice you must stay within the limits of the city of Barcelona anytime. This means that you’re free to move around freely as long as you stay in the city of Barcelona.

Until the 6 January 2021 the rule was the following: you must stay within the limits of the region of El Barcelonès anytime. The region of El Barcelonès consists of the following cities: Barcelona, Hospitalet de Llobregat, Badalona, Santa Coloma de Gramanet, San Adrián del Besós. You’re free to move around freely as long as you stay in the Barcelonès region.

During mobility restrictions in the city of Barcelona: If you need to go outside the city of Barcelona, we strongly recommend you to fulfil the self-responsible statement for journeys inside and outside the municipality on the website of the Government of Catalonia and download it to your mobile phone.

During mobility restrictions in the Barcelonès region:
If you need to go outside the Barcelonès region, we strongly recommend you to fulfil the self-responsible statement for journeys inside and outside your region 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.

3. Curfew

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

Curfew hours in Barcelona:
22:00 to 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 have Covid-19 symtoms while in Barcelona you can book an online medical consultation with a doctor in your own language.

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:
18:00 to 06:00


At the moment, tourism is not on the list of valid reasons to enter or exit Catalonia.

It is not clear when tourists 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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