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Latest Barcelona COVID Restrictions + 2022 Travel Advice

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Update 12/06/21: From December 3rd 2021 there is a city-wide requirement for COVID vaccination certificates (Green Pass or similar documentation from other jurisdictions) to access bars, clubs, restaurants, gyms, and sports venues. Those without a valid certificate must present a negative COVID test within the past 48 hours or a recovery certificate. Paper copies or QR codes are accepted.

It has been more than a year since COVID-19 shut down world tourism and created a series of Barcelona travel restrictions that halted our city.

The good news? The city is slowly waking up!

And so are we.

We’ve helped over 100,000 tourists visit the city since 2014 and it’s time to start again – with the announcement that we’re back, and we’re ready to help you organize!

Let’s go.

What Do I Need to Travel to Barcelona?

The Barcelona travel ban has been lifted considerably!

From June 7th 2021 Spain has announced it will allow entrance to all travelers (without any need for a negative test) who are fully vaccinated.

Children under 12 with travelling vaccinated parents are also not obligated to show a negative test.

Here is some country specific information for our readers:

  • USA/Canada – ordinary travellers can enter Spain only with a double dose (when applicable) vaccination certificate at least 14 days from the date of the last dose (or a recovery certificate within the past 180 days) plus a health control form (FCS).
  • The United Kingdom – certificate of vaccination at least 14 days from the date of the last dose (or recovery certificate) plus health control form (FCS).
  • The Republic of Ireland – EU-COVID certificate or negative COVID test within last 72 hour or COVID recovery certificate
  • Australia/New Zealand – no medical certificates required at this time. All that is needed to enter is a health control form and QR code (FCS).

For all eligible travelers there is no need for quarantine on arrival.

You must present your digital or printed QR code at the airport – you cannot simply print out the FCS form and show it at customs.

Health control forms and the most up to date restrictions for all countries can be found on the Spanish Travelsafe website.

What do I need to Travel to back home from Barcelona?

Due to the ever changing nature of entry requirements so it’s better just to put the links here for your reference:

USA – https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/after-travel-precautions.html

Canada – https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/flying-canada-checklist

United Kingdom – https://www.gov.uk/uk-border-control

Ireland – https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/b4020-travelling-to-ireland-during-the-covid-19-pandemic/

Australia – https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/coming-australia

New Zealand – https://www.immigration.govt.nz/about-us/covid-19/border-closures-and-exceptions/entry-to-new-zealand/critical-purpose-reasons-you-can-travel-to-new-zealand

Are Barcelona Attractions Open?

Yes!

Most staples of any amazing Barcelona itinerary completely opened their doors to the public while others are going for a slow roll out method with reduced hours.

We strongly recommend that you buy your tickets in advance online to avoid the queues and make sure you have access to the attractions – in many cases such as the Sagrada Familia ticket windows have not yet opened.

Do keep in mind though that masks are required indoors for all visitors over the age of 6.

Here’s some new opening hours for some top Barcelona attractions:

  • Casa Batllò: Tuesday to Thursday from 9:00 am to 6:30 pm; Friday, Saturday to Monday from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm
  • Camp Nou: Monday to Saturday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm and Sundays 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
  • Magic Fountain: the full show is still suspended. Tuesday to Saturday from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm, and Sunday from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm they will be turning on the fountains for a ‘symbolic’ performance but without the light and colours.

Are Bars and Restaurants Open?

Yes!

Barcelona’s top nightclubs are open until 12:30 am with a capacity of 80% inside. Yes, unfortunately masks must be worn even while dancing unless the patron is drinking or eating.

Restaurants and bars are open at 100% capacity with no table limits.

Shops and shopping centres are also open at 100% capacity.

We’ve recently done a full inventory of our top Barcelona bars and our best restaurants in Barcelona and luckily just a small few have been closed permanently.

Additional Barcelona Visiting Info

  • It’s mandatory to wear a mask in public places where crowds gather and a 1.5 meter distance cannot be observed
  • People must wear masks indoors (shops, public transport, taxis, libraries, hospitals, gyms etc.)
  • Social gatherings are now permitted for groups larger than 10 people
  • The cinema, theaters, concerts, and museums operate at limited capacities
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