Madrid Coronavirus Information
Updated: July 3rd 2020
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.
Madrid Coronavirus Latest News
(Published in the last 24 hours)
- Madrid reports a coronavirus outbreak with 5 cases in a company in the capital
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- Severity of coronavirus cases in Spain falls as infections spread through younger people
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- Vergés admits there is a coronavirus outbreak in Barcelona but “it’s not worrying”
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- Is the coronavirus Catalan?
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- Bars and Restaurants on Spain’s Costa del Sol and Costa Blanca still offer great value for British Holidaymakers
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Madrid Coronavirus Travel Information
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
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.
All attractions in Madrid are temporarily closed.
If you are staying in Madrid for a longer period of time you might still enjoy some of these attractions after they are open again. Here is the list of Madrid’s main 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.
Governmental 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
- 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
- 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.
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 >>>
Here’s what it’s like to visit a theme park during the pandemic
“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 Madrid
- 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 Madrid and UberEats or other delivery websites, pick anything you have cravings for and have it delivered to your location.
- 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.
- Get some fresh air on your balcony or take a very quick walk around your premises when permitted
All social interaction in Madrid is temporarily banned and all public places, parks and gardens in Madrid 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?