Are you thinking about coming to Spain this year but are unsure about the pandemic? Spain opened its borders to many countries and since its summer, many tourists are thinking about coming to the South in Europe. Barcelona and the beautiful beaches in the South are popular tourists destinations. The weather in Spain is great. So when would be a better time to travel here than now? You are probably hesitating. Is it safe to come to Spain right now?
Let’s talk about restrictions as well. It can be very easy to get lost with all the restrictions that are not only changing regularly, but are also different depending on what area of Spain you are in. Did you know each region in Spain has different restrictions regarding Covid? So what is applicable in Barcelona might be not relevant in the Balearic islands.
I feel like it can be hard to find reliable sources that are up to date. So I decided to write a post where I would like the most important sources you need for your trip. If you are thinking about visiting Spain in 2021, this blogpost is for you 🙂
Here are some other blogposts that could be interesting for you:
- Bucket List for visiting Mallorca in 2021
- 15 Authentic Restaurants you have to try in Barcelona
- The perfect one day Itinerary for Madrid
Where can I find accurate information about the entry requirements for Spain?
The only website you need for that is this one. The Spanish Health Ministry is responsible for its accuracy so you can be certain the information is up to date.
I would be extra careful with news websites or friends recommendations. New Restrictions and new regulations can come into action on a weekly basis. And you do not want to be surprised upon your arrival!
What do I need in order to travel to Spain in 2021?
Once you arrive to Spain you will be asked to fill out some documents. Those are usually two pages long and include information about your country of departure and your contact address during your stay in Spain.
As you can imagine many people on your flight will have to fill out those documents and give them to the authorities. That is why I would recommend you to download the “Spain Health App”. You can fill in the required information before your arrival. And at the airport you will only have to show the QR code in the app. That way, you will be able to skip all the people filling in those sheets and save soooo much time! Thank me later.
I recommend doing this before you arrive, so you can just simply show the QR code without worrying about paperwork, WIFI, or anything else. Another thing is that all travelers arriving at the airports will get their temperature checked and have to undergo a visual health check.
Check the LOCAL regulations
I cannot stress this enough. Please be aware that restrictions might be different depending on what part of Spain you are going to. As an example: The curfew in Madrid starts at Midnight, but in Barcelona, it starts at 10 pm. While all restaurants are open in Madrid, Barcelona lets restaurants open only for a few hours every day. Since you do not want to be surprised by the police giving you a huge fine, check the local restrictions of the city you are going to. You can find a good summary here. You can choose your destination in Spain by clicking on the region on the map and the website will inform you about current restrictions.
Where can I do a PCR test in Spain and how much is it?
In Spain it is quite easy to get a Covid Test. So if you need a negative test to go back to your country you should not worry. There are usually test centers all over any Spanish cities. If you still do not know where to go, I would start looking at private hospitals or any kind of private clinics. I even saw my dermatologist offer Covid Tests for travellers. So finding a place Expect the costs of a PCR test to be around 80-100 Euros. An Antigen Test costs around 30-50 Euros.
Lately I have noticed Antigen Tests in some pharmacies around Madrid. Of course, those types of tests do not give you an official document that you can use, but it’s a good start if you need to test yourself or a friend.
I also have to mention that there is no way of getting a Covid Test for free, unless you are a resident.
Masks are still obligatory in closed spaces
I am so happy to be able to write this: In Spain we do not need to wear masks outside anymore! This is really great because wearing masks while its so hot outside can be quite molesting. Having said that, you will still see many locals wearing masks outside. But be aware that this is not a requirement anymore. Especially in crowded places you will see many people chose to still wear their masks.
Masks are obligatory in open spaces, though! That means, you still have to wear a mask everytime you go inside, like enter a museum, a supermarket or any shop. The same applies for public transport, buses or cabs.
In Restaurants you usually still have to wear your masks when entering. Once you are sitting at your table, you can take it off. Once you stand up to leave or to go to the bathroom you have to put on your mask again!
What about textile masks in Spain?
Other than many other countries Spain accepts the use of Textile masks. That means, you do not have to wear surgery or KN95 masks. It is recommended to wear these masks as they guarantee a higher protection. But in case you still have textile masks, you can bring those as well.