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 December 10, 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 December 10
Andalusian President Juan Manuel Moreno Bonilla announced that the Autonomous Community of Andalusia would remain closed from Thursday midnight October 29 to December 10.
No one is allowed to leave and enter Andalusia, except for work or for reasons of force majeure. 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.
1) Closed borders of the region
No one may leave or enter Andalusia except for work or force majeure. Access roads are guarded by the police.
2) Closure of communes
From Tuesday, November 10, all municipalities of Andalusia will also be closed, it will not be possible to enter or leave without explanation.
The restriction of night mobility has been changed and from Tuesday, November 10, there is a curfew from 22:00 to 7:00
4) Closing of non-essential activities at 18:00
From Tuesday, November 10th, all non-essential activities throughout Andalusia must be closed at 6:00 PM, which means all restaurants, shopping centers and museums. Will be opened, among others: commercial facilities for the retail sale of food, beverages, basic products and goods, health centers, services and facilities, social services and social and sanitary, veterinary centers or clinics, optics and orthopedic products, hygiene products, bookstore and stationery, gas stations, outdoor sports centers, hairdressers, delivery service. Due to the upcoming holidays, toy stores may be open until 20:00. From November 23, this also applies to Granada, where everything has been closed for the last 2 weeks.
Depending on the restaurant, they may be open until 18:00, however orders for delivery and personal pickup in the restaurant is possible until 21:30
Furthermore red (level 4), orange (level 3) and yellow (level 2) zones have been introduced. An interactive map with current information about the zones and applicable restrictions can be checked on the Junta de Andalusia website - HERE
Flight to Spain - Test PCR & QR CODE
From November 23, if you are traveling to Spain from "risk" country will be required to present a negative result of the PCR test performed 72 hours before the flight. The test must be written in English or Spanish. The new measure is in line with the recommendation of the European Union on October 13, which established a color code based on a 14-day cumulative COVID-19 rate per 100,000 inhabitants. The aim of new, common rules is to avoid distortions and increase transparency and predictability for citizens and businesses. Map you can find o European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control HERE.
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. From November 23, all passengers will also have to answer the question of whether they had a negative PCR test result within 72 hours before arriving in Spain.
The authorities may require the passenger to prove the result of the test. The document must be an original, drawn up in Spanish or English, and can be submitted on paper or electronically.
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.
In the yellow and orange zones all seats may be occupied and 75% of the standing space, while in the red zone every second seat and 50% of the standing places may be occupied.
Of course, masks must be worn. 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. In the yellow zone 75% of the seats may be occupied inside, in the orange zone 50% and in the red zone 30%. On the outdoor terraces in the yellow and orange zones all seats but in the red zone only 75%.
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, Cinemas, theaters, auditoriums, concerts
Museums, cinemas and exhibition halls are open, however reservations are necessary and have limited capacity for both visits and cultural events.
In the yellow zone 65%: inside max 400 people, outside 800 people, in orange zone 60%: inside max 300 people, outside 500 people; in the red zone 40%: max 200 people inside, 300 people outside. Group visits with a guide cannot exceed 20 people, in orange zone 15 people, in red zone 10 people.
Parks, Garden, Playgrounds
Open in the yellow and orange zones, activities in the yellow zone max. 15 people, in the orange zone max. 10 people. In the red zone, playgrounds are closed, activities for up to 6 people.
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 22nd November