Tourist Information Guide

How to Visit Barcelona During Covid-19

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Latest update: 25th of November

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 during this time -provided there are no restrictions- and it can be a good time to visit the city with fewer tourists means better deals, more personalised service and less time waiting in queues.

Visitors at the Sagrada Familia during Covid-19 times
Visitors at the Sagrada Familia during Covid-19 times

Barcelona is under the so-called "new normality" since the 19th of June 2020.
The Covid-19 situation is constantly monitored by the public authorities and new measures have been taken to limit possible outbreaks. The latest measures against the spread of the Covid-19 in Barcelona were taken on the 23rd of November 2020.

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 25th of October, Spain declared a new state of emergency, which enables the different regional governments of Spain to enfore curfews at night and other restrictions.

In Catalonia and therefore in Barcelona, there is currently a curfew from 10.00pm to 06.00am. This means that you need to stay home from 10.00pm to 06.00am with a few exeptions that are detailed on the official website of the town hall of Barcelona: https://www.barcelona.cat/covid19/en

Currently and until the 20th of December no one can enter or leave Catalonia except for specific reasons. These reasons are also specified in the link above.

Additionally until the 6th of December no one can enter or leave their residential municipality from Friday 06.00am to Monday 06.00am, which means that if you live in Barcelona you must stay in Barcelona during weekends.
However this might change from the 7th of December. Mobility restrictions might apply to counties instead of municipalites, which means that if you live in Barcelona you will be able to go to any other municipality located within the Barcelonès county: Badalona, L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Sant Adrià de Besòs and Santa Coloma de Gramenet.

From the 21st of December mobility restrictions to enter or exit Catalunya might be completely removed, which means anyone will be able to enter or leave Catalonia.

All the updates will be 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 Covid-19 travel advice page.


Flying to Barcelona airport

We took flights to Barcelona Airport in September and in November 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
Safety distance stickers at Barcelona airport luggage claim



From the 23rd of 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.

Covid-19 PCR Tests To Travel To Barcelona, Spain By Air or Sea in 2020 And Health Control Checkpoints


The airlines now allow you one free date change, which is very convenient in case you need to postpone your trip.


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

Covid-19 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. 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 28th of September Sagrada Familia closed its doors.

Some of the Covid19 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
    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

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
    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.

Skip the line ticket to Gaudí's La Pedrera in Barcelona with an audioguide


Casa Batlló

Casa Batlló was open within its usual opening hours until the 27th of October.

Casa Batlló has decided to close its doors on 28th of 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
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


Montserrat Monastery

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:


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.

How To Book Your Barcelona Taxi At Your Disposal To Tour The City of Barcelona and its Surroundings


Flamenco Shows

The Flamenco venues of Barcelona are momentarily closed.

Click on the link below to know more about Flamenco Shows in Barcelona.

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 werein 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

Shops of less than 800 square metres are open as usual.

From the 23rd of November department stores and shopping malls of more than 800 square metres can re-open at 30% of their capacity.


Bars & Restaurants

Bars and Restaurants of Barcelona had to close from the 16th of October exept for home-delivery or take-away services. They could re-open from the 23rd of November.

From the 23rd of November Bars and Restaurants are open from 06.00am to 09.30pm with a 30% capacity and greater ventilation in the inside area. The terraces are open at full capacity with a 2-meter safety distance between tables.


Nightlife

Discos, dance halls and party venues with shows or dance floors are closed.

Cinemas, theaters, concert halls, etc. have re-opened on the 23rd of November at 50% of their capacity.

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