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Updated information on COVID-19 and trips to Catalonia

BEFORE TRAVELING TO CATALONIA

International borders :

Entry and exit to Catalonia without justified reason is currently restricted. For additional information, check the official recommendations of your government or consulate.

Countries with allowed entry:

-Travellers from the rest of the European Union (EU) can enter without quarantine requirements. 

-In additon to EU countries, entry is permitted travellers from states associated with the Schengen area (Iceland, Switzerland, Norway, Liechtenstein and United Kingdom), Andorra, the Vatican, Monaco, San Marino, Australia, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapur, South Korea, Thailand, Georgia and China. 

Moreover, people arriving from the following countries, with or without connecting flights, will have to quarantine for ten days: 

-Federal Republic of Brazil, Republic of South Africa, Republic of Botswana, Union of the Comoros, Republic of Ghana, Republic of Kenya, Republic of Mozambique, United Republic of Tanzania, Republic of Zambia, Republic of Zimbabwe, Republic of Peru, India and Republic of Colombia.

Quarentine may be suspended on the seventh day if the person undertakes a diagnostic test for active infection with a negative result.

For the time being, these restrictions are still in force for vaccinated people living in other countries. 


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.

Currently, all activities at Josep Tarradelles Barcelona-El Prat Airport is concentrated in Terminal 1. For additional information, visit this link

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

Currently, ships and cruises are not allowed to enter into Catalan ports. For further information, please check the official website of the Port of Barcelona.

Controls and requirements for entrance to the country

1. All travellers coming from outside Spain, by air or sea, must fill in an electronic public health form before starting their journey. The form is available at the following link  or in SPAIN TRAVEL HEALTH-SpTH app (Android and Apple). Once completed, the traveller will received a QR code that must be presented to the country. 

All companies or agents selling tickets must inform travellers at the beginning of the sales process of the obligation to present the public health form at the airport or port of destination.

2. It is also mandatory to present a PCR or TMA test for SARS-CoV-2 with a negative result (in English, French, German or Spanish) performed within 72 hours prior to the start of the trip for all those passengers arriving from countries considered a risk area. This requirement applies also to all travelers arriving by land (road or train) from France, starting March 30.

In this sense, the following are considered risk areas: 

-Europe: regions and countries with a cumulative incidence and a percentage of contagion in accordance with the provisions of Council Recommendation (EU) 2020/1475 of October 13th 2020. You can check on these maps the incidence status in EU countries and Iceland, Lichtenstein and Norway.

-Rest of the world: all those territories and states with a cumulative incidence of cases greater than 150 per 100.000 inhabitants in the 14-day projection.

3. Before entering the country, passengers arriving by air or sea must go throught a documentation check, a visual check of the passenger's condition and a temperature check that will be done routinely to identify those with a temperature of 37.5ºC or higher.

4. Travelers suspected of COVID symptoms or other transmission pathologies, based on the public health form or the control carried out upon arrival, will be subjected to a new health assessment to determine if they present a risk to public health. If confirmed, health alert protocols will be activated to refer the traveller to the appointed health centre.



HOW CAN I TRAVEL AROUND CATALONIA

The entry and exit of people from Catalonia is currently restricted due to the perimeter closure decreed by the Catalan government. Mobility within Catalonia is permitted.

There are also restrictions to people's mobility at night, between 10pm and 6am.

Check this link for additional information on the exceptions to these limitations.

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

Trains  

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 for indoor dining from 7.30am until 5pm. Outside those hours, customers will not be allowed inside the establishment.

During breakfast and lunch services, the maximum occupancy is of 30% indoors and 100% outdoors in terraces. 

The minimum distance between tables must be 2 meters and no more than 4 people per table are allowed except in those cases where they are from the same coexistence bubble.

Commerce

Shops can open from 6:00am to 9.30pm, weekends included, with a maximum capacity of 30%, both in individual shops and shopping centers. 

Shops offering basic consumer goods such as food and hygiene products can operate normally.

Visits to museums, monuments, other cultural venues and events 

Public museums and exhibition halls can operate up to 50% of their capacity. In addition, cinemas, theaters, auditoriums and concert halls can also operate up to 50% of their maximum capacity and never exceeding a maximum of 500 people or 1000 if they can guarantee optimal ventilation.

The following activities have been cancelled: fairs and theme parks, leisure spaces such as casinos, bingo and recreational spaces, congresses, conventions and major local festivals.

Sports facilities are still closed. 

 

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 mandatory for everyone over 6 years old when outside on the street and outdoors as well as in any public space outdoors or indoors and while using public transportation. 

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

There are some exceptions while practicing sports, while eating or drinking, while at the beach or swimming pool and while you are surrounded by the people in your household.  

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 maximum allowed capacity. It is recommended to limit social gatherings outside the groups of coexistence and meetings cannot exceed the maximum of 6 people.

Tobacco consumption and the like:

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 03/05/2021