Travelling to Madrid

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All passengers arriving in Spain by air (except children under 12 years of age and those in international transit), regardless of the country of origin, including Spaniards returning to their home, must have one of these documents:

  • DIGITAL COVID CERTIFICATE OR EU EQUIVALENT vaccination against COVID-19 or a negative certificate of an active infection diagnostic test or a certificate of recovery after passing the disease. You can check if your certificate is valid on the website or in the Spain Travel Health app -SpTH- (Android, iOS, Huawei).

    Upon arrival at the airport follow the signals indicating the ORANGE WAY.

  • QR SPTH. If you do not have the EU Digital COVID Certificate or EU equivalent, you must fill in the FCS Health Control Form manually entering the data of your vaccination, recovery or diagnostic test certificate through the website or the Spain Travel Health application -SpTH- (Android, iOS, Huawei). 

    Upon arrival at the airport follow the signals indicating the BLUE WAY.

If you come from a third country, you should first check if you can travel to Spain at the: Entry requirements for entry in Spain from third countries.

Passengers arriving in Spain by sea must also be in possession of one of the required health certificates (vaccination, recovery or diagnostic test), whether it is an EU CCD/EU Equivalent or another type, without being required to complete a health control form.

Health control to travellers

All passengers arriving in Spain who do not have the EU Digital COVID Certificate or EU equivalent, must fill in an FCS health control form and will face both a temperature check and a visual inspection. The form also includes a question asking you to cofirm that you have undertaken a PCR (swab) or TMA within no more than 72 hours prior to arrival and have tested negative for COVID-19 (children under 6 are exempt). You must be able to show on request evidence certifying your results. The document you provide must be the original, be written in Spanish, English, French or German and may be submitted in paper or electronic format. Anyone who presents symptoms or fails to meet one of the above requirements will be required to undergo a test on arrival and will be obliged to observe the COVID-19 protocols in place as determined by the local authorities of your destination in Spain.

The mandatory FCS Health Control Form can be accessed from both the Spanish government's official page or by downloading the Spain Travel Health-SpTH app, available on the same page. When you complete the Health Control Form, you will be issued a personal and non-transferable QR code which you must show (electronically or hardcopy) at airport health controls on arrival. Anyone who has not completed this form electronically may submit it in paper format

Click here to access the FCS Health Control Form (official government website in English).

A COVID-19 testing centre is now available at Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport. Results are received in a matter of minutes or hours, depending on the test.

Please note that these tests need to be pre-booked and fees apply.

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Disclaimer: Please be aware that this is an uncertain and evolving situation, and further restrictions could be introduced at short notice. Although we make every effort to keep it up to date, we cannot assume any responsibility for the completeness and accuracy of this information. Anyone intending to travel to Spain is advised to confirm the conditions and restrictions that are in place with their tour operator, airline and accommodation provider before travel.

Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport is located just 30 minutes from the city centre by public transport.

Madrid is connected by rail to Spain's major towns and cities, as well as to Portugal and France.

Coach companies run daily bus services to Madrid from cities and towns across Spain, most European countries and from north Africa.

Boasting one of the largest road networks in the world, driving to Madrid is a great option if you prefer travelling at your own pace.

Whether you arrive early for your flight or have a layover at Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport, you'll have no trouble finding things to keep you busy. Just don't miss your flight!

The airport express service links Barajas with the city centre in 40 minutes for five euros. It runs 24 hours a day and accepts card payment.


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