If you are planning to visit Barcelona, Madrid, Valencia or any other sity from Spain you should know the mobility restrictions enforced by the Spanish goverment due to the COVID-19.
Who can travel to Spain ?
On 9th of May the Spanish goverment is lifting the state of alarm. Therefore will be much easier to travel to Spain from any country. Depending on the country you want to travel from you will be required to do a PCR test.
COVID-19 Restrictions for traveling to Spain from the U.S.
There are several restrictions in Spain for travel right now as the pandemic continues. For example, according to the U.S. Embassy, U.S. citizens cannot enter Spain unless they are eligible for a specific requirement. Travelers need to show a negative PCR test within 72 hours prior to the arrival and a Health Control Form. It is also suggested that people traveling heed the warnings and regulations of the local authorities. Some common restrictions in Spain include:
- nighttime curfew at 10pm - 6pm
- public or private gatherings
- public or private gatherings less than 6 people
- limited capacity in restaurants, bars, funeral homes
A U.S. citizen can obtain a COVID-19 test in Spain for free if it is prescribed by a public health year or pay an average of 120 euros. The government of Spain is facilitating vaccines through the public healthcare system in multiple phases.
Citizens from the following countries will be allowed entry into Spain:
- New Zealand
- South Korea
- China, subject to confirmation of reciprocity
However, some other EU countries are allowed access to Spain if you provide a negative PCR test and the health control form.
There are not any mandatory quarantine requirements to date.
Public transportation is currently functioning in Spain but there is a requirement to wear a mask.
COVID-19 Restrictions to travel to spain from the UK
People from the UK are not allowed into Spain as of Dec. 22, 2020. Since Brexit, there are many new regulations for travel from the UK. However it is such a major part of the tourism industry in Spain accounting for over 18 million travelers. Brexit has not changed much about the vacationers or short term travelers. However, since Brexit, citizens of the UK cannot receive automatic residency in Spain. Visas will have to be obtained for stays longer than 3 months. Work Visas will be issued at the Spanish consulate and are a requirement from UK citizens to work in Spain. There are also implications for those trying to conduct business in Spain as freelance workers and switching branches within a company need a Visa.
Restrictions on arrivals from the UK were lifted at the end of March. British officials however forbid vacation travel until the mid May.
The following are examples of the reasons in which you would be permitted to travel abroad:
- Elite sports
If you arrive in England without proof you tested negative, you could be fined up to £500. Other fees are incurred if you do not follow the proper protocol.
COVID-19 Restrictions to travel to spain from the Germany
For Germans travelling to Spain, the border restrictions have recently lifted. Germans are allowed into Spain but must follow the protocols such as filling out the Health Control Form and taking a PCR test with negative results prior to travel.
The borders between France and Spain are now open but you must fill out the Health Control Form and show evidence of a negative PCR test.
What to do in Spain?
If you are from a country that can freely travel to Spain or if you are able to travel for a short period of time there are many things you can do. If you are restricted for a while, here are some things that you can look forward to in your next trip!
- Mobility is an exciting industry in Spain. Consider avoiding rideshare or cars during the pandemic opt for the more environmentally friendly option for urban mobility. Electric scooters and bikes are trending in large cities such as Barcelona and Madrid. LYNX, for example is a company located in Barcelona that will rent you electric scooters so you can move around the city in a fun and efficient way. If you need to repair your electric scooter they will also provide you with this service.
- Cuisine is another thing to look forward to in Spain. From tapas to outdoor food markets, you will not want to miss out on any of the food. Savor the best seafood in Galicia or join a food tour in a major city such as Madrid or Barcelona.
- Visit major landmarks such as the Museo Picasso and get a taste for the arts. If you want to see an architectural masterpiece, look for the Sagrada Familia Basilica. Other attractions include La Rambla in Barcelona or the Plaza Mayor in Madrid.