Barcelona coronavirus COVID-19 Health situation and tourist activities

Barcelona Ramblas Coronavirus Covid-19
Barcelona, November 24th

After months in slow motion Barcelona is struggling to resume its activities but the situation is still worrying.
Social distancing, disinfectant gel and masks are now part of daily life in Barcelona.
The municipality took advantage of the epidemic to reorganize the ucity: more areas for pedestrians and cyclists, streets closed to traffic on weekends, to create a more pleasant and friendly environment.
A unique opportunity to discover the essence of Barcelona without the usual crowds.

Health situation:

Since October 31th and until December 21th entry and exit from Catalonia is only possible for certain reasons (work, health, etc.). Transit to another autonomous community is permitted.

From November 23th, a PCR test of less than 72 hours will be required for travellers coming from most of the European Community countries arriving by plane or boat (on arrival by road it is not required).
The result of the test, electronic or paper document, must be in Spanish or English.

On weekends, from Friday 6 a.m. to Monday 6 a.m. it is forbidden to leave Barcelona except for reasons of force majeure.
Curfews from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. from Sunday, October 25th.

Bars and restaurants reopened from 6 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. with a maximum occupancy of 30% of their indoor capacity, with a distance of 2m between tables and a maximum of 4 persons per table.
Shops are open with significant occupancy restrictions respecting disinfection and social distancing.
Clubs are closed without a known reopening date.
The subway closes from 0am to 5am.
Gathering of over 6 people are forbidden.

More detailed statistics of the hospitalizations and the evolution of covid cases in Barcelona available on the Catalan government information website.

Arrival formalities by plane:

If you arrive by plane a temperature control is carried out in the baggage claim area. You must also complete a health form, normally distributed by airlines during the flight.
Another possibility is to fill in an on-line form, you will receive by mail a QR code that you can present at the control. This form is only valid for one trip.

Hygienic mask:

The wearing of the mask is compulsory in all public spaces under penalty of a
fine of 100€.

It is nevertheless allowed to take off the mask in bars and restaurants once seated at a table and at the beach when seated or in the water.


To guarantee a safe area and social distancing on the beaches of Barcelona, there are access control sensors and the beaches are closed to the public when the maximum capacity is reached.
The townhall site allows you to consult the occupancy level of the beaches.

Tours and monuments visits:

The emblematic monuments of Barcelona reopen, such as :
Sagrada Familia
is opened only Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with hygiene measures and limitations for groups. Tickets are on sale on their website one week in advance. A unique opportunity to visit this emblematic monument while avoiding large crowds.
Park Güell
resumes tourist visits without changes in their opening hours with an attendance reduced to half
La Pedrera
(casa Milà) is open for visits from Thursday to Sunday.
Casa Batlló
is open for visits from Thursday to Sunday.

Our safety rules for our guided tours:

All our guides wear surgical masks and provide hydroalcoholic gel for hand sanitizing during the visits (also available at the entrance to most monuments).
All our tours are private, no one is added to your group, so you will be safe with your guide.
Our guides know the city very well and will take you through the less crowded streets to avoid the crowds.
If you prefer, our guide can use audio guides with disposable earphones to communicate with you. We recommend this solution for groups of more than 9 people.

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