New NorMality - Rules for Travelers to Spain during Covid-19
On Sunday 25 October, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced the initiation of a second state of emergency, the main aim of which is to limit the movement of people.
It was initially assumed that the emergency state would last until May 9, and the restrictions will be updated and adjusted to the prevailing situation every 2 weeks. Moreover, from Thursday, October 29 to November 9, Andalusia has closed the borders to its autonomous region. No one may enter or leave Andalusia except for a legitimate reason such as work or force majeure.
Below are some basic rules that must be kept in mind when traveling to Spain, including of course Málaga and Andalusia. If there are new guidelines or circumstances, the post will be updated.
Emergency State in Spain from October 25
The decree obliges all Autonomous Communities, with the exception of the Canary Islands, to set night travel restrictions between 23:00 and 6:00, but they can be adjusted for a given region by one hour ahead or behind. Regional authorities have the power, in an emergency, to close entry and exit from all or part of their territory, with justifiable exceptions for citizens who have to travel for health, education, work or family reasons, inter alia.
2) Social gatherings
The decree prohibits meetings of more than six people, unless they live together.
Closed Andalusia from October 29 to November 9
Andalusian President Juan Manuel Moreno Bonilla announced that the Autonomous Community of Andalusia would remain closed from Thursday midnight to Friday until 00:00 on November 9. No one is allowed to leave and enter Andalusia, except for work or for reasons of force majeure. The curfew is from 23:00 to 06:00 and also limits meetings to six people. Granada, Jaén and Seville have also closed between their municipalities and 448 other cities in Andalusia.
Málaga is still open, but in province you cannot leave cities such as: Alameda, Almargen, Antequera, Archidona, Campillos, Cañete la Real, Cuevas Bajas, Cuevas de San Marcos, Fuente de Piedra, Humilladero, Mollina, Sierra de Yeguas , Teba, Valle de Abdalajís, Villanueva de Algaidas, Villanueva de la Concepción, Villanueva de la Concepción of Tapia, Villanueva del Rosario and Villanueva del Trabuco.
At the moment, flights to Malaga are not being canceled, the closure of Andalusia does not affect air traffic, and Spain does not close its borders.
Flight to Spain - QR CODE
To easily enter Spain 48 hours before traveling is require to complete the online health form, providing information on recent illnesses, travels as well as telephone number and address where we intend to stay in Spain. After completing the form you will receive a QR code on our mobile phone, which we will have to show to border services at the airport or crossing the borders by car. In addition, IDs are checked at airports, temperature and visual health assessment are measured.If a fever is detected, the person will not be released from the airport or admitted to the country.The form to be filled out with the option of generating an individual QR code can be found HERE
The Di-Ma-Má rule so 'distancia + mascarilla + manos', meaning 'distance + mask + hands' three basic principles that currently apply in Spain: you must maintain a 1.5-meter social distance, if this is not possible to wear a mask plus keep personal hygiene and often disinfect hands.
From 15th July wearing face masks is obligatory for all people over 6 years of age in open and closed public spaces, i.e. also outdoors, on the street or during walks on the beach and in the swimming pools. The penalty for not having a mask in the required area can be 100 euros.
Wearing face masks is not mandatory when you do sports, sunbathing on the beach, go to swim if you suffer from asthma, allergies, autism or dementia, if you are sitting at the table in restaurants to eat or drink, or if you are in nature area.
All seats can be occupied, ensuring maximum separation, of course, wearing masks. On AVE trains, disinfecting wipes will be distributed to passengers, but traditional services such as headphone, newspaper and canteen distribution will not be available.
Bars and restaurants
Bars, restaurants, terraces are open until 22:30. At the table can sit maximum of 6 people, a minimum distance of 1.5 meters between the tables need to guarantee.
Smoking in Public Places
Smoking in public places is prohibited when it is not possible to keep a distance of 2 meters. The ban applies to any smoking devices.
Museums, museum collections and exhibition halls will have a limited capacity of 65%, both for visits and for cultural events, while group visits will involve a maximum of 20 people, including a guide.
Cinemas, theaters, auditoriums, concerts
There is an obligation to assign a place, provided that they do not exceed 65% of the capacity allowed in each room, allowing a maximum presence of 800 people in closed spaces and 1500 people for outdoor activities.
According to the new guidelines, from August 14, all clubs and bars with live music will be closed.
Flight from Spain
Travelers from Málaga will receive an email from the airline to be at the airport 3 hours before the flight. HERE you will find all the latest updates and requirements documents to other countries.
Countries currently requiring quarantine for Spanish travelers:
Antigua Barbuda, Bahamas, Benin, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Chad, South Korea, Ecuador, Slovakia, Ethiopia, Finland, Georgia, Grenada, Haiti, Ireland, Iceland, Latvia (10 days of home isolation), Lietchenstein (10 days quarantine with except those traveling from the Canary Islands), Nauru, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, the Netherlands (10 days quarantine is strongly recommended), Paraguay, UK (14 days quarantine), Czech Republic (PCR test or 14 days quarantine days for travelers with Spain, except the Canary Islands), Romania (quarantine for travelers from Aragon, Balearic Islands, Cantabria, Castile and León, Castilla La Mancha, Catalonia, Community of Madrid, Navarre, Basque Country and La Rioja), Saint Kitts and Nevis, Switzerland ( 10-day quarantine), East Timor and Uzbekistan.
Countries currently using alternative measures and requiring different conditions for Spanish travelers:
Germany (free airport test and quarantine), Austria (medical certificate for travelers from Spain, except the Balearic Islands and Canary Islands), Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium (PCR quarantine for travelers from Spain, except Valencia, Cantabria, A Coruña province , Lugo, Pontevedra and El Hierro, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, La Gomera and Lanzarote) Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Cameroon, Comoros, Ivory Coast, Costa Rica, Dominica, Egypt, El Salvador, Slovenia (quarantine or PCR for travelers with Spain, except the Canary Islands), Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea Conakry, Honduras, Italy, Kenya, Laos, Lebanon, Liberia, Lithuania, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Malawi, Namibia, Panama, Democratic Republic of Congo Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, San Marino, Saint Lucia, Sao Tome and Principe, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Swaziland, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Turkey, Uganda, Djibouti, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Countries that currently prohibit entry from Spain
Angola, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belize, Bolivia, Botswana, Brunei, Burundi, Bhutan, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, Cyprus, Colombia, Cuba, Denmark, United Arab Emirates (in Dubai tourists are admitted with PCR test and other sanitation), Eritrea, United States, Estonia, Philippines, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Equatorial Guinea, Guyana, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Cook Islands, Marshall Islands, Islands Solomon, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Libya, Madagascar, Malaysia, Morocco, Mauritius, Micronesia, Moldova, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Nicaragua, New Zealand, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Qatar, Central African Republic, Russia, Samoa, Senegal, Seychelles, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Qatar, Central African Republic, Russia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, South Africa, South Sudan, Suriname, Thailand, Tajikistan, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Tuva lu, Ukraine, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela and Vietnam
Updated map with no entry for travelers from Spain (red), mandatory quarantine (orange), other restrictions (yellow) HERE
All travel information can also be found on the official European Union website.
Post updated on 29th October