Madrid Coronavirus Information
Here you have all the latest coronavirus 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 Madrid is no longer a threat.
Governmental Rules and Restrictions in Madrid
It is necessary to follow governmental restrictions in Madrid 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.
Get an overview of the current coronavirus precautions in Madrid and in Spain by clicking on their Ministry of Health page.
Here are the key takeaways and rules to follow set by the Spanish Government, which apply in Madrid 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 are 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
- Students as well as international students are to work and study remotely from their homes with no announcement about final exams or commencement yet
- Companies must still pay employees in full and workers will have to make up the hours by the end of the year
Every citizen must comply with the above-stated measures. The relevant authorities are given the right to enforce them through fines and dispersing gatherings.
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(Published in the last 24 hours)
- Spanish government rules out lifting state of alarm in Madrid
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- Madrid Residents Protest For Better Health Services
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Madrid Coronavirus Travel Information
After July 10th, people travelling from England to Spain will not have to self quarantine in Spain or upon returning to the UK.
People travelling to Spain from any EU country will have to fill out the online Public Health Control form before entering Spain either online or by printing it out. It is recommended to fill it out online because then you will be automatically issued and provided with your QR health code. This will save you time and you won’t need to do it upon arriving in Spain.
Madrid Airport Information
The Spanish Government advises all passengers to avoid long-distance travels unless absolutely necessary. Madrid airport is open yet operating on a restricted schedule. Toughening of border controls are in place.
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 Madrid’s airports. Also, check with your airline company to find out about any possible alterations of your travel plans.
Find out more here:
*You can only travel from Terminal 4
*You may only travel for urgent reasons (with exceptions established in Article 7 of Royal Decree 46/2020
*For more info read here
Madrid 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:
Train services on lines with stations close to hospitals, health centres are prioritised and only lines 8 and 11 do not have a station close to a medical building. Madrid Regional Health Department may extend a greater need for people travelling to health centres, in which case train drivers will cooperate to cater this need.
Metro staff are available to help while the underground station is open. Those travelling must spread themselves along the platform and inside the trains.
Most Madrid attractions have started to reopen. Here, you can keep yourself informed on attraction reopenings, daily opening and closing times and information on reduced capacity.
In the case that certain locations close again due to changes in restrictions, you can still enjoy some of these attractions after they are open again if you are staying in Madrid for a longer period of time.
Here is the list of Madrid’s iconic attractions and their official websites with the latest updates:
All attraction websites update the information about when they will be open again on their websites. Please check these websites regularly to stay tuned.
What to do while currently in Madrid
- Food delivery
The coronavirus situation doesn’t need to prevent you from trying delicious food and keeping your body fuelled and healthy. You can visit Glovo Madrid 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?
- 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 Madrid while you are in Madrid? It suddenly changes your current experience of the city. Here is a list of the 30 best Spanish language movies of all time.
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.
- Get some fresh air on your balcony or take a very quick walk around your premises when permitted
Although social distancing during these times is very important, going outdoors for some fresh air or for a walk as often as you can are equally for our health. Making use of your backyard if you have one or simply going on your balcony more frequently during the day is also very important for your health.
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?