Latest update: 8th of January 2021
This page will cover the different aspects of a trip to Barcelona during Covid-19 times from 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. You can still enjoy a wonderful visit to Barcelona -provided there are no restrictions- and it can be a good time to visit the city with fewer tourists as it means better deals, more personalised service and less time waiting in queues.
|Visitors at the Sagrada Familia during Covid-19 times|
Important DisclaimerBefore 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.
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.
All 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 every two weeks approximately so we recommend that you check the link above to get the latest update in addition to reading this page, which we endeavour to update as often as possible.
On the 25 October 2020, Spain declared a new state of emergency, which enables the different regional governments of Spain to enfore curfews at night and other restrictions.
Current Covid-19 measures and restrictions
Entering or leaving Catalonia
Until further notice no one can enter or leave Catalonia except for some exceptions that we have listed below.
We recommend you check the page below for the latest updates:
Latest Covid updates in Barcelona
Additionally, there are local mobility restrictions in the city of Barcelona or whitin the region of Barcelona called El Barcelonès.
From the 7 to the 17 January you must stay within the limits of the city of Barcelona anytime except for some exceptions that we have listed below. This means that you're free to move around freely as long as you stay in the city of Barcelona.
Until the 6 of January the rule was: you must stay within the limits of the region of Barcelona called El Barcelonès anytime except for some exceptions that we have listed below.
The Barcelonès region consists of the following cities: Barcelona, Hospitalet de Llobregat, Badalona, Santa Coloma de Gramanet, San Adrián del Besós.
It means that if you live in Barcelona you must stay within the Barcelonès region anytime.
Mobility restrictions change frequently. We recommend you check the page below for the latest updates:
Latest Covid updates in Barcelona
In Catalonia and therefore in Barcelona, there is currently a curfew which operates during the following hours:
22:00 to 06:00
This means that you need to stay home within these hours with a few exeptions.
Curfew hours might change. We recommend you check the page below for the latest updates:
Latest Covid updates in Barcelona
Exceptions to the above-mentioned restrictions
The exceptions to the mobility restrictions are detailed on the official website of the town hall of Barcelona: https://www.barcelona.cat/covid19/en
These exceptions are:
- 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.
All the latest updates are available on the official website of the town hall of Barcelona: https://www.barcelona.cat/covid19/en
There is no lockdown in Spain nor in Catalonia and Barcelona.
Wearing a face mask in Barcelona is compulsory from the age of 6 on public streets, outdoor and indoor spaces for public use and on public transport.
However wearing a face mask in Barcelona is not compulsory if you have a shortness of breath that a mask will exacerbate, a disability or a dependence that doesn’t allow you to wear a mask, when you are doing sports, eating or drinking, on the beach and in swimming pools.
A safety distance of 1.5 meters must be kept.
Washing your hands frequently is highly recommended.
Before planning a trip to Barcelona, we highly recommend that you refer to your government’s official coronavirus travel advice page.
If you need a PCR test certificate to travel back to your country you can easily get tested in a private lab in Barcelona.
Flying to Barcelona airport
We took flights to Barcelona Airport in September and in November 2020 and we particularly enjoyed the experience of travelling without crowds.
There were no lines at security check, few people at the shops and restaurants at the airport, a short line to board the aircraft, plenty of space in the plane and an almost personalized service from the crew members.
In November the flight was almost full but the experience was still pleasant and everyone at the airport was keeping the safety distance and wearing masks.
Upon arrival at Barcelona Airport, we had a smooth disembarking and, at the baggage claim area there were stickers on the floor that showed you where to wait keeping the safety distance in regards to fellow travelers.
|Safety distance stickers at Barcelona airport luggage claim|
From the 23 November 2020, travelers flying from a list of 'risk countries' need a negative Covid-19 PCR test certificate to enter Spain by air or by sea.
You will also need to fill out a public health control form within 2 days before your flight to Spain.
See our article below to learn more about PCR test 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.
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
Depending on the Covid-19 travel regulations in place in the country you'll fly from Barcelona airport to, you may need to present a negative PCR test certificate upon arrival to that country.
See our article below to learn more about the travel regulations from Barcelona to other countries:
If you need to present a negative PCR test certificate upon arrival to your destination, we recommend you to read our article below:
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 taxi from Barcelona Airport. The taxi drivers wear a mask and the taxis are sanitized by the taxi drivers after each transfer.
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. Hotel occupancy in Barcelona is still low so you shouldn’t have any issue in finding a hotel that meets your requirements.
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, was open on Saturday and Sunday until the end of September. On the 28 September Sagrada Familia closed its doors.
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
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 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 Covid19 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 within its usual opening hours.
Some of the Covid19 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
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.
Casa Batlló was open within its usual opening hours until the 27 October.
Casa Batlló has decided to close its doors on 28 October due to protests of striking workers.
Some of the Covid19 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|
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 Covid19 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
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 Covid19 safety measures at Montserrat besides of the usual safety measures indicated above:
- Reducing capacity on board the Montserrat Rack Railway (‘Cremallera’) and the Montserrat Cable Car (‘Aeri’)
- Reducing the capacity in the Basilica of Montserrat, the Throne of the Virgin and other areas.
- Increased cleaning and disinfection of the indoor and outdoor areas of Montserrat.
The Montserrat guided tours are momentarily not operating. Some of them started operating again from mid September 2020. Click on the link below to view Montserrat tours.
Montserrat Tours: Organized Tours from Barcelona to Montserrat Monastery in Catalonia, Spain
If you do not feel comfortable taking the public transportation or a group tour to Montserrat but still want to visit, we recommend you to book at taxi at your disposal for a half-day or a full-day trip to Montserrat. Click on the link below to book your Taxi.
How To Book Your Barcelona Taxi At Your Disposal To Tour The City of Barcelona and its Surroundings
Barcelona City Tours
The Barcelona Hop On Hop Off tours are momentarily not operating.
Many Barcelona daily group tours are momentarily not operating.
If you’d like to tour the city we recommend you to book a taxi at your disposal for the duration of your choice. Click on the link below to book your Taxi.
The Flamenco venues of Barcelona are momentarily closed.
Click on the link below to know more about Flamenco Shows in Barcelona.
Barcelona beaches during summer 2020
Barcelona beaches were open during summer and are still open. Bathing and sunbathing was allowed keeping a safety distance of 1.5 meters. You were not obliged to wear a face mask on the Barcelona beaches.
The capacity of the beaches of Barcelona was reduced by 15%.
Capacity control measures were in place. When a beach was close to full capacity, the Police would close the access points to ensure the safety distance of 1.5 meters can be kept.
Showers, public toilets, rescue and first aid services at the beaches of Barcelona were open.
We can't wait for spring 2021 to enjoy Barcelona beaches again!
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
Bars and Restaurants of Barcelona had to close from the 16 October 2020 except for home-delivery or take-away services. They could re-open from the 23 November.
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
Cinemas, theaters, concert halls, etc. have re-opened on the 23rd of November with a reduced capacity.
Discos, dance halls and party venues with shows or dance floors are closed.
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