Barcelona Coronavirus Information
Updated: July 3rd 2020
Here you have all the updates on airports, public transport, attractions and rules and regulations on one page. We’re committed to keeping you informed so you can take the necessary measures and be one step closer to getting back to your normal life or get back home safely once the coronavirus in Barcelona is no longer a threat.
Barcelona Coronavirus Latest News
(Published in the last 24 hours)
Barcelona Coronavirus Travel Information
The Spanish Government advises all passengers to avoid long-distance travels unless absolutely necessary. Travel to airports to leave Spain are permitted, however, travellers may be asked to show valid proof that they are leaving the country.
- As of March 23rd 2020, only Spanish citizens, those with proof that they are citizens of Spain, frontier workers, health workers and those who can prove that they need to enter Spain for essential reason will be allowed to enter Spain through airport, land borders and ports
- All land borders remain open for those leaving Spain, however, travel is not recommended at this time unless there is an essential reason for it
- The daily flight between Gran Canaria and Bilbao established in article 2 Order TMA / 246/2020 (Canary Islands) has been canceled and is not operated
- From 0.00 hours on March 17, flights between any airport in the mainland and Melilla and helicopter flights between any airport or heliport in the mainland and Ceuta are prohibited
Barcelona Airport Information
Official websites are doing a great job at keeping travellers well-updated and at providing the latest information. You can read about the impact of coronavirus on your travel arrangements on the official websites of Barcelona’s airports. Check with your airline company to find out about any alterations of your travel plans.
Find out more here:
Update: Travel is not allowed except for reasons that cannot be postponed. If this is your case, remember to check with your airline always before flying, do not go to the airport more than 90 minutes in advance and keep the safety distance of 1 meter with anyone.
@aena is the official Twitter account of the 46 airports and 2 heliports in the Aena network
Please make sure you check with your airline before flying and follow these measures upon arrival at the airport:
- Keep the safe distance (+ 1m) with anyone
- Do not go to the airport more than 90 minutes before your flight
- Avoid crowds
Barcelona Public Transport
It is advised not to use public transport at this time such as buses, underground metro or trains unless absolutely essential, especially those over the age of 60 and those with pre-existing medical conditions.
Keep up to date on public transit here:
Although museums in Barcelona are now open with a third of their capacity (according to Phase I), some attractions in Barcelona are still temporarily closed.
If you are staying in Barcelona for a longer period of time you might still enjoy some of these attractions after they are open again. Here is the list of Barcelona’s main iconic attractions and their official websites with the latest updates:
- La Sagrada Familia– Reopening does not have a set date
- Camp Nou
- The Park Güell
- Casa Milà
- Casa Batlló
- Picasso Museum
- The Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria
All attraction websites update the information about when they will be open again on their websites. Please check these websites regularly to stay tuned.
Governmental restrictions in Barcelona
Get an overview of the current coronavirus precautions in Barcelona and in Spain by clicking on their Ministry of Health page. It is necessary to follow governmental restrictions in Barcelona and minimise your social interactions to prevent the deadly virus from spreading. It’s important not to panic but it’s also very important to be careful.
Here are the key takeaways and rules to follow set by the Spanish Government, which apply in Barcelona as well as in other cities in the country. Please visit the official website of the Spanish Government to see if any changes have been made or sign up here with your email in order to receive a notification with all updates.
- As of May 18th 2020, stores and other businesses with premises measuring under 400 square meters will be able to open without customers needing to make an appointment beforehand, with capacity up to 30% allowed
- Education centers, universities and libraries will also reopen, while visits to museums will also be permitted, as of May 18th 2020
- High-level sporting facilities will also open on May 18th, but not open-air sports installations
- Places of worship can reopen once more, but with a third of their capacity
- The new lockdown conditions allow Spain’s 6.3 million under-14 years of age to leave their homes each day for a total of one hour between 09:00 and 21:00, but without going further than one kilometre from their homes
- Those over 13 are allowed to carry out errands for their parents, as has been the case throughout the lockdown
- Companies must still pay employees in full and workers will have to make up the hours by the end of the year
For more information on the process of deconfining the city and updated description of each phase, please click here. Barcelona is currently in Phase I of 3 before returning to the new normal.
Every citizen must comply with the above-stated measures. The relevant authorities are given the right to enforce them through fines and by dispersing gatherings.
Covid-19 Travel Articles: Is it safe to travel?
Lonely Planet on how COVID-19 is changing travel
Some countries want us to visit – but are we ready to travel?
“European airlines have their fingers firmly crossed. Carriers, which would usually be running up to 2500 flights a day, are slowly reopening their networks. By July, easyJet hopes to resume 50% of its routes with Ryanair aiming to restart 40% of its own. But are travelers as keen? We spoke to several to find out.“ READ MORE >>>
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“Depending on where you live, amusement parks can be one of the best day trip experiences around. But like everything else, coronavirus indefinitely changed them.” READ MORE >>>
TravelPusle on airlines and airports
Passengers Now Required to Fill Out Health Form to Fly
“Airlines for America (A4A), the trade group that represents the major U.S. airlines, said Monday that passengers will now be required to complete a health acknowledgement form during check-in for a flight. The requirement is for all passengers, and anyone that refuses runs the risk of being declared unfit to travel.“ READ MORE >>>
Forbes Travel Guide on summer hotel reopenings
How Hotels Are Changing Everything From Room Service To Restaurants
“The coronavirus has forced luxury hotels to retool the guest stay, from check-in to checkout. But this doesn’t mean you should expect a lesser experience. As hotels begin to reopen all over the globe, they are discovering creative ways to adhere to health regulations while ensuring you have a good time. Their efforts especially shine in the food and beverage realm, where they have reimagined everything from happy hour to the hotel buffet.” READ HERE >>>
The New York Times on a new travel era
The Future of Travel – How the industry will change after the pandemic
“Regions and countries are beginning to open up, but the outbreak will undoubtedly change how we think, act and travel, at least in the short term.” READ MORE >>>
What to do while currently in Barcelona
- Food delivery
Restaurants are closed but that doesn’t need to prevent you from trying delicious food and keeping your body fuelled and healthy. You can visit Glovo Barcelona and UberEats or other delivery websites, pick anything you have cravings for and have it delivered to your location.
- Communicating with your loved ones
You can use this time to reconnect with your loved ones through different video options online. Keeping everyone up-to-date about yourself, making sure everyone is healthy and well and “making someones’ day” by giving them a good laugh is a great way to maintain strong relations even when you cannot physically spend time together.
Virtual coffees and dinner dates with a friend, family member, a loved one, or a “double-date” even with another couple is the thing to do during these corona times. Why not enjoy someones’ company while everyone stays in the comfort of their home? Times like these sometimes ask us to adapt to another lifestyle, but why not make the best of it?
If you’re at home, you probably have a shelf full of books that you’ve always wanted to read but never got to. Or perhaps you have some texts that you’ve saved on your phone under “read later.” This is the perfect time to take your mind off the current stressful situation and dive into a literary world, at least for a an hour or two a day.
Also, writing or keeping a journal and getting those thoughts and feelings out on paper can be a true stress reliever during times like these.
- Watch a Spanish-themed movie
If you can’t explore the city because of the restrictions, you can watch a Spanish movie instead! We all know that feeling when we watch a movie, we see a scene filmed where we’ve been and we scream ‘I’ve been there!” How about watching a movie about Barcelona while you are in Barcelona? It suddenly changes your current experience of the city. Here is a list of the 30 best Spanish language movies of all time.
- Get some fresh air on your balcony or take a very quick walk around your premises when permitted
All social interaction in Barcelona is temporarily banned and all public places, parks and gardens in Barcelona are currently closed to the public until further notice.
Although social distancing during these times is very important, going outdoors for some fresh air and a quick walk are just as important for our health. We suggest talking a very quick walk around your living premises when the time permits, making use of your backyard if you have one or simply going on your balcony more frequently during the day.
The entire LuggageHero team wishes you good health and positive vibes!
It’s important that we all follow the measures set by the authorities and protect ourselves and others. By social distancing and taking care of our hygiene, we are lessening the change of the virus spreading. Every individual matters. If coronavirus spreads this fast, imagine how contagious some love and a smile are?