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Practical information for tourists in the COVID-19 situation

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COVID-19 updates

(Last updated: Thursday, 13 August 2020) Get useful information and see Spain’s official measures to protect your health and safety during your trip. 

BEFORE YOU TRAVEL

Important information to consider before arriving in Spain

Is it safe to travel to Spain?

Yes. Spain is now a safe destination thanks to its strict measures to control the worldwide healthcare crisis. There are also many precautions in place to ensure everybody’s safety, including tracking infections, early detection of possible outbreaks, and containing localised cases.All tourist services are applying safety protocols based on guidelines created by the Ministry of Health, working together with public and private tourism organisations. These measures include:

Tourist with face mask in Santiago de Compostela Cathedral

1. Intensification of cleaning routines using products proven to kill the virus.2. Availability of sanitiser gel and solution in tourism businesses and services for regular cleaning of hands and surfaces.3. Provision of resources to facilitate social distancing of at least 1.5 metres.4. Reduced capacity in enclosed spaces, pavement cafés, tourist attractions and cultural activities.5. Reduced opening hours in nightlife establishments.6. Prioritisation of the use of disposable or individual items.7. Encouraging payments by card or electronic methods.8. Increased use of online management methods.

Can I travel to Spain?

Yes. You can travel to Spain if you are travelling from the European Union, from a country in the Schengen area, or from another country which has a reciprocal agreement with Spain for accepting travellers. This last group comprises Australia, Canada, China, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, and Uruguay. Certain countries have established restrictions or quarantine periods on people arriving from Spain. These countries are: Austria (unless arriving from the Balearic Islands or Canary Islands), Australia, Canada, South Korea, China, Denmark, Finland, Georgia, Greece, Italy, Japan, Norway, United Kingdom, Switzerland (unless arriving from the Balearic Islands or Canary Islands), Uruguay and Tunisia. Other countries have established restrictions or quarantines only for travellers arriving from certain areas of Spain. These countries are Germany, Belgium, Slovenia, and the Netherlands. We recommend always checking the requirements and recommendations of your home country. You can also consult this map published by Spain’s Ministry of the Exterior (available in Spanish).You must not travel to Spain if you have symptoms relating to COVID-19 or suspect you have such symptoms. Source: Official State Gazette (BOE)

Boy with mask looking at the sunset on La Concha beach, San Sebastian

Do I need to do any paperwork before travelling?

Yes. You must fill in a health control form (FCS) and sign it electronically before travelling to Spain. You can access the form and sign it via the Spain Travel Health website or apps for Android or iOS devices. After you sign it you will receive a QR code which you must present when you arrive in Spain (it is valid in both digital and printed formats). Remember that you must fill in a separate form for each trip and each person. Source: BOE

Is there a health check when arriving in Spain?

Yes. All travellers arriving in Spain by air or sea will go through a health check. This check may include having their temperature taken, checking their documents, and a visual examination of the passenger’s state of health. In all cases, you must show your health control form (FCS).   Source: BOE

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DURING YOUR TRIP

Important information to take into account during your stay in Spain and the main measures applied in tourist services.

Must I wear a mask or other protective equipment?

Yes. Everybody aged 6 or over must wear a mask in all public spaces and on public transport. In the Canary Islands the wearing of masks is not compulsory on public roads or in outdoor spaces as long as a social distance of 1.5 metres can be maintained. Masks are the only compulsory protective equipment.

Can I travel around inside Spain?

Yes. Free movement is allowed throughout Spain, with a few exceptions, restricted to small areas, to ensure safety. If you aren’t sure, you can ask the police or Civil Guard where you are, call the information helpline, or check on the links to each Autonomous Region under the question “Are there different measures depending on my destination in Spain?”

Girl wearing a mask and getting on a bus

What measures apply in all tourist services?

All tourist services are applying safety protocols based on three essential principles: social distancing, hygiene, and responsible behaviour. Measures may be changed when necessary to respond to the local COVID-19 situation. Always follow the recommendations.These are the main measures applied in tourist services in Spain:

1. Intensification of cleaning routines using products proven to kill the virus, and disinfection of shared items such as pens, sales terminals, or keys after use.2. Availability of sanitiser gel and solution in tourism businesses and services for regular cleaning of hands and surfaces.3. Provision of resources to facilitate social distancing of at least 1.5 metres (marks to show distances, recommended routes through enclosed spaces, protective barriers, restricting the number of people entering at the same time, etc)4. Reduced capacity in enclosed spaces, pavement cafés, tourist attractions and cultural activities.5. Prioritisation of the use of disposable or individual items.6. Priority installation of sensor-activated or pedal-activated taps and bins, especially in toilets and changing rooms.7. Encouraging payments by card or electronic methods. 8. Increased use of online management methods.

Measures across all tourist services

Next, you can see additional measures which are applied in some tourist services:Accommodation: As well as the general measures shown above, there may be reduced capacity in reception and common areas; restrictions on valet parking or ironing services; and modifications to restaurant services with the use of self-service, single-serving products, disposable tablecloths, and individual servings in buffets. There may also be temporary limitations on the number of diners per table. The use of disinfectant mats is recommended at the entrances and exits of the space.Restaurants and bars: As well as the general measures shown above, all products displayed on counters must be protected; the use of digital menus or service lists is encouraged; priority should be given to single-use, self-service products (napkins, toothpicks, cruets, etc.) and disposable tablecloths; and there may also be temporary limitations on the number of diners per tables. We also recommend booking in advance. 

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Museums, sights and tours: As well as the general measures shown above, routes have been planned to facilitate social distancing; the use of outdoor spaces is encouraged; priority should be given to digital or individual leaflets and maps; interactive facilities or services to improve the visitor experience are restricted (touchscreens, audioguides, virtual reality, etc.). In many cases, visitors will be registered and asked to sign an affidavit stating that they are aware of and accept the health and hygiene measures in place.Tourist offices and tour guides: As well as the general measures shown above, staff may not attend to several people at the same time; the self-service areas for leaflets and maps will be eliminated and the use of digital versions will be prioritised; interactive facilities or services to improve the visitor experience are restricted (touchscreens, audioguides, virtual reality, etc.); manual user satisfaction questionnaires will not be used; and tours must follow one-way routes to avoid groups coming into contact with each other.

Sightseeing on a Segway in Madrid

Nightlife: As well as the general measures shown above, opening times will be restricted in many regions (for example, Andalusia, Aragón, Catalonia, Region of Madrid, Region of Valencia, Galicia, Balearic Islands, Navarre, Region of Murcia, and the Basque Country); and discotheques and nightclubs are closed in some cities, including Barcelona. Cloakroom services will use individual disposable covers for left items.

Leisure and amusement parks: As well as the general measures shown above, there will be reduced capacity in attractions and shows; conveniently located points will provide hand sanitiser; and manually operated drinking fountains are closed.Beaches: Most beaches are public spaces with free access, but depending on their occupancy levels, local governments may apply measures to ensure social distancing. These may include reduced capacity, one-way paths to and from the beach, dividing up the space, requiring online booking, blocking manually operated taps, or increasing social distancing to at least two metres due to wind conditions. The use of masks on the beach is still advisable. In some regions, including Andalusia and Galicia, masks are compulsory on the beach, except when swimming or moving from place to place. We recommend asking the tourist information office at your destination about restrictions, or calling the information helpline of the region.

Tourists wearing masks walking on the beach at Punta Umbría, Huelva

Protected natural spaces: As well as the general measures shown above, there will be a time limit on the use of visitor centres or viewing points; there will be more intensive and frequent cleaning and disinfection of semi-enclosed spaces and of equipment loaned to visitors (binoculars, zoom lenses, walking sticks, etc.); interactive facilities or services to improve the visitor experience are restricted (touchscreens, audioguides, virtual reality, etc.); and guides or centre staff must attend to individuals or family units rather than large groups.

Active tourism and ecotourism: As well as the general measures shown above, the companies organising the activities coordinate their planning in each area to ensure compliance with hygiene and healthcare measures and social distancing. They must inform users of the measures they have to follow.Recreational sailing facilities: As well as the general measures shown above, access to enclosures, berths and boats will be staggered, rental boats will be disinfected before delivery, and online registration will be used.Public transport: Masks are compulsory on all public transport. Railways are applying measures to facilitate social distancing; intensifying hygiene with regular disinfection; replacing the head rest covers on all seats after each journey; and increasing the ventilation in each carriage. Buses and coaches are cleaning and disinfecting regularly; they may limit the capacity of vehicles and facilities; and they prohibit changing seats once the journey has started. If hiring a vehicle with driver seating up to nine people, you may always take the row of seats behind the driver.

Driver with mask and gloves

Airports: As well as the general measures shown above, only people with a boarding pass may enter the airport (or people accompanying them if they have a justified need for assistance). On arrival in Spain you will have to present your signed health control form (see more information in the section “Before your trip”). Transit areas in airports are disinfected at frequent intervals, and disinfectant mats have been provided. Drinking fountains may only be used to fill recipients or glasses. Bear in mind that most airlines have restricted the amount of cabin baggage allowed. Tourist transport: As well as the general measures shown above, access is staggered and capacity is limited in tourist coaches, buses and minibuses, and passengers may not change seats after the journey begins. Rental cars will be left for longer periods between customers. Disposable hygiene caps will be provided with rental motorbikes. Users must be informed of the measures to be followed. Sources: BOE, RENFE, AENA, Ministry of Health (Procedures and measures to prevent and monitor infection), Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda, Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism (Guides to reduce the spread of coronavirus in the tourism industry). These measures correspond to the “Guides for reducing the spread of coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 in the tourism sector”. They have been validated by the Ministry of Health and will be reference documents for the creation of standards and protocols at the worldwide level.

Are there different measures depending on my destination in Spain?

There may be differences in each region, depending on their situation. Each Autonomous Region may change the measures or issue additional measures. Links to the official information of each Autonomous Region are given below, and we recommend asking the Tourist Office at your destination, or the information helpline of the region, about any questions you may have.Andalusia: information for the public / regulations / current situationAsturias: information for the public / regulations / current situationAragon: information for the public / regulations / current situationBalearic Islands: information for the public / regulations / current situationCanary Islands: information for the public / regulations / current situationCantabria: information for the public / regulationscurrent situationCastilla – La Mancha: information for the public / regulations / current situationCastilla y León: information for the public / regulations / current situationCatalonia: information for the public / regulations / current situationCeuta: information for the publicRegion of Madrid: information for the public / regulations / current situationNavarre: information for the public / regulations / current situationRegion of Valencia: information for the public / regulations / current situationExtremadura: information for the public / regulations / Galicia: Information for the public / regulations / La Rioja: information for the public / regulations / current situationMelilla: information for the public / regulations / current situationBasque Country: information for the public / regulations / current situationRegion of Murcia: information for the public / regulations / current situation

Personal hygiene to prevent COVID-19

What measures can I take at a personal level?

The most important measure is to behave responsibly and follow all obligations and recommendations. You can also do a few simple things in your daily routine which will make a big contribution to protecting everybody’s health:• Wash your hands often, with soap and water, for around 40 seconds.• Cough or sneeze into the crook of your elbow, covering your mouth and nose.• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, and avoid handling your mask unnecessarily.• Use disposable tissues and throw them away after a single use, in a bin or wastepaper basket.• If you start having symptoms of the virus, avoid physical contact with other people, and inform the local healthcare authorities immediately via the information helpline of the region where you are.• Always remember the need for social distancing and avoid shaking hands, hugs or kisses when greeting others.We recommend checking the situation at your holiday destination fairly often so you can react if anything unusual happens.  

What should I do if I suspect I have COVID-19 symptoms, or if I’ve been in contact with someone infected?

First, avoid all physical contact with other people. Next, inform the local healthcare authorities immediately via the information helpline of the region where you are. You can see the steps to follow and the symptoms to look out for at these links. - Cómo actuar en caso de tener síntomas de COVID-19 (Spanish). - What to do if you have COVID-19 symptoms and isolation recommendations (English, French, Arabic, Romanian, and Chinese).

Screen of a COVID-19 information app

Will I get medical assistance if I am suspected to have COVID-19?

Yes. In Spain, emergency healthcare is guaranteed in all cases, and is provided in hospitals and in some health centres. You can find more information in our healthcare section. If the healthcare authorities suspect you may be infected, they may require you to take a test, and to undergo a period of quarantine is the test is positive.

AFTER YOUR TRIP

Useful information when you end your visit and leave Spain.

Do I need to do any paperwork before travelling?

If you are travelling by plane, you must get your boarding pass online before going to the airport, because you will have to present it to be allowed in.We recommend arriving earlier than usual at the airport, because the security checks and check-in process may be slower than usual.

Your destination country will probably ask you for a record of your flight. We recommend checking the healthcare and documentation requirements of the country you are travelling to.

What safety and security measures will I encounter as I leave Spain?

Spain’s airports and ports follow the same hygiene measures and social distancing requirements: availability of disinfectant solution; signs indicating the correct distance between people; one-way routes and limited capacity spaces; staggered access; disinfectant mats; preferred payment by card or electronic devices; drinking fountains to be used only to fill recipients or glasses; and frequent cleaning and disinfection of transit spaces. Also, most airlines have restricted the amount of cabin baggage allowed.You will have to show your boarding pass when entering the airport, as people who are not travelling are not allowed in.  Source: AENA

Girl wearing a mask and getting onto a plane