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Latest Barcelona COVID Restrictions + 2021 Travel Advice

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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 plus a health control form (FCS).
  • The United Kingdom – one of the few areas currently exempt from temporary travel restrictions. All that is needed to enter is the health control form (FCS).
  • The Republic of Ireland – a vaccination certificate or a negative PCR test within 48 hours of departure + a health control form (FCS).
  • Australia/New Zealand – once departures are allowed again (currently not allowed as of 17/06) these countries are exempt from temporary travel restrictions. All that is needed to enter is a health control form (FCS).

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

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.

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

  • Casa Batllò: open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 3 pm to 6 pm; Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm; and Sunday from 10 am to 7:15 pm.
  • Camp Nou: open Monday to Thursday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm; Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm
  • Picasso Museum: open Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 am to 8:00 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!

They’re open until 1:00 am with a capacity of 30% inside, while the terraces of bars and restaurants have no restrictions.

Up to 10 people can sit at the same table both indoors and outdoors.

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.

Barcelona’s top nightclubs as of 20/07/21 have been re-closed after an initial experimentation phase. I will be updating this situation here as info comes.

Additional Barcelona Visiting Info

  • It’s mandatory to wear a mask in public places and on public transport.
  • There is a curfew between 1:00 am and 6:00 am so please be in bed by 1!
  • Shops and supermarkets are open until 10:00 pm.
  • Gatherings are permitted up to 10 people.
  • The cinema, theaters, concerts, and museums operate at 70% capacity.
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