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Updated information on COVID-19 and trips to Catalonia

BEFORE TRAVELING TO CATALONIA

International borders :

Entry is permitted to all travellers arriving from the European Union (EU) and from those countries associated with the Schengen area (Iceland, Switzerland, Norway, Liechtenstein and the United Kingdom) as well as Andorra, The Vatican, Monaco i San Marino.

In addition, entry is also permitted to all travellers arriving from the following countries, regions, administrative areas and other:

Albania, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Canada, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Lebanon, Montenegro, New Zealand, Macedonia, Moldova, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Ukraine, USA, China, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan.

Furthermore, entry restrictions and requirements change depending on the country of origin and the epidemiologic situation in each territory. You can check the requirements by country of origin in the following link:

Travel requirements by country of origin - MAP

Travellers can enter Catalonia by road, train, air or sea if they comply with current entry requirements at the time of arrival. 

You can check the current situation of airports in Catalonia by visiting AENA's website or directly at each of the airports' websites: Josep Tarradelles, Barcelona El Prat, Girona-Costa Brava i Reus.

HOW TO GET TO CATALONIA

Arrivals in Catalonia are possible through the international airports Josep Tarradelles Barcelona El PratGirona-Costa Brava and Reus, as well as by rail and road.

You can find more information on Catalonia's airports at the AENA website.

As the epidemic situation improves and restrictions become more flexible, boats and cruises are now allowed into Catalan ports.

Controls and requirements for entrance to the country

With the exception of a few countries, all travellers arriving to Spain, regardless of the mode of transportation used for arrival, must present one of the following certificates:

- A negative test result of a PCR test (like NAAT) or a rapid antigens test (like RAT), written in English, French, German or Spanish, and taken within 48 hours of starting the trip.

- A vaccination certificate. Valid vaccination certificates are those relative to vaccines authorised by the European Medicines Agency or the World Health Organisation.

In addition to this certificate, travellers arriving by air or sea will also have to complete a public health form before the start of their trip. 

Air travellers: complete the form on this link or use the SPAIN TRAVEL HEALTH-SpTH (Android i Apple).

Sea travellers: complete this form.



HOW CAN I TRAVEL AROUND CATALONIA

There are no restrictions at the moment limiting people's mobility within the Catalan territory, or limiting the entry to and exit from Catalonia. 

However, in municipalities with more than 5.000 inhabitants and with more than 400 Covid-19 cases per 100.000 inhabitants, there is a curfew in effect from 1am to 6am.

It should be noted that masks are mandatory inside vehicles, such as cars, buses or trains, as well as in train and bus stations.

Train

Train lines throughout Catalonia operate normally.

Taxis 

They function normally, although in areas outside major cities there might be some restrictions. 

For further information on the state of taxis in Barcelona and its surrounding area, please check this link

Public transport in Barcelona 

Public transport in Barcelona operates normality.

Bus

Bus lines function with normality, although in specific lines, some limitations or changes in schedules should be expected. 

Health advice and recommendations when using public transport: 

  • Mandatory use of masks. 
  • Avoid using public transport if someone is unwell.
  • Avoid rush hours whenever possible.
  • When exiting a place, wash your hands with soap or hydroalcoholic gel at the earliest opportunity.
  • Keep the safety distance and avoid sitting facing other users.   
  • While waiting for your transportation, make sure you stand on a straight line and you keep the safety distance. Should the vehicle reach its maximum occupancy, please wait for the next one to come. 
  • Bus drivers do no longer sell tickets at the bus. You need to buy them in advance.

 

STATE OF CATALONIA´S TOURIST OFFER AND MEASURES

Restrictions relative to the permanent control of the epidemiological situation in Catalonia are reviewed constantly. Restrictions are reduced, maintained or increased as the pandemic evolves in the territory.

Accommodation  

There are no restrictions to the opening of accommodation establishments. The Government of Catalonia and the Spanish Institute for Tourist Quality have provided them with the respective protocols to ensure safety and the relevant health measures.   

Restaurants and Bars

Bars and restaurants are allowed to open and serve customers from 6am until 00.30am. Outside those hours, customers will not be allowed inside the establishment.

Bars and restaurants can have a maximum of 6 people per table indoors and 10 people outdoors, with the exception of those cases where everyone in the group is part of the same bubble. Moreover, there must be at least 2 metres between tables. 

The maximum capacity allowed is 50% indoors and 100% outdoors in terraces, keeping the recommended distance between tables. 

Commerce

All shops can open with a 70% maximum capacity and without limitation depending on their size. 

Shopping centres and large shops must have systems in place to control access and number of shoppers in order to avoid overcrowding. 

Visits to museums, monuments, other cultural venues and events 

All cultural activities (museums, art galleries, cinemas, theatres and others) can take place between 6am and 00.30am. Attendance is limited to 70% with a maximum of 1.000 people per room or performance. Face masks are required during these cultural activities.

In activities taking place outdoors, maximum capacity is limited at 70% of the 3.000 people or 3.000 people or space capacity with no more than 3.000 people, and prior registration and allocation of seats is required.

Congresses, conventions and trade fairs

Congresses and conventions can take place with a 70% maximum capacity, and with no more than 1.000 people indoors and 3.000 people outdoors.

Theme parks, casinos and other leisure activities

Theme parks and amusement parks can open with a 50% maximum capacity. Those establishments can open their eating areas if respecting the existing limitations.

Casinos and gaming rooms can open with a 70% maximum capacity and with no more than 500 people inside or 1.000 people if they can guarantee good ventilation.

Nightlife

All nightlife establishments are closed, the only exception for those with outdoor areas.

Those with outdoor areas can offer bar and food services, while respecting the measures in place. Dancing is not allowed.


MEASURES REGARDING SAFETY DISTANCES, MASKS, MEETINGS OR CAPACITY

Related to the measures listed below, people who have already been vaccinated are not exempt from compliance. The restrictions of COVID-19 remain in force for the entire population as a prevention measures and in favor of the common good.

Safety distance:

It is requested to maintain a safety distance between people of 1.5m and a safety space of 2.5m2 per person.

Distances of less than 1m cannot be held indoors, except between people who travel in a group, or that have close contact on a regular basis.

Masks: 

The use of face masks is only mandatory for those over 6 years old when indoors. When outdoors and in public spaces, face masks are no longer required as long as it is possible to keep the minimum safety distance.

The use of face masks is not mandatory either for those suffering any type of respiratory illness or difficulty that may be exacerbated by the use of such facemask.

For additional information, please check the website of the health department of the Catalan Government.

Meetings and gatherings:

Meetings and gatherings are allowed as long as they do not involve crowds or exceed the space maximum allowed capacity. Moreover, the maximum group size is 10 people for social gatherings unless they are living together.

It is recommended that you avoid indoor spaces and that you remain with the group of people you live with.

Tobacco consumption and others:

Smoking is not allowed on public roads or in outdoor spaces when a minimum distance of 2 meters between people cannot be respected.


You can find more information about the measures at this link.


LINKS OF INTEREST

Map of the evolution of covid-19 in Catalonia by municipalities Generalitat de Catalunya

Find out more about your trip and security measures in Spain - Turespaña 


Last Update on 27/07/2021