Travelling to Madrid

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TRAVELLING TO SPAIN

There is currently a temporary restriction on non-essential travel from many non-EU countries to the European Union and Schengen zone. The decision to lift or relax restrictions for those who hold a COVID-19 vaccine certificate will depend on which country the tourists are travelling from (see below).

All passengers arriving in Spain must fill in an FCS health control form and will face both a temperature check and a visual inspection.

From 7 June 2021, all those passengers (except for children under 12) travelling from a high-risk country/area must present a certificate or document certifying vaccination against COVID-19, a negative certificate of a Diagnostic Test of Active Infection, or a certificate of Recovery after having passed this disease in order to enter Spain. Once in Spain, all visitors must follow the latest government guidelines, including social distancing and wearing a mask at all times in public places, both indoor and outdoor. YOU SHOULD NOT TRAVEL if you have had symptoms consistent with COVID-19, such as a high temperature, a cough or breathing difficulties, in the last 14 days.


EXEMPTIONS AND PARTIAL RESTRICTIONS

THIRD COUNTRIES

  • Restrictions have been lifted on flights between Spain and a number of countries (Click here for the full list of EU and EEA countries). Passengers arriving from these countries do not need to present any health certificates.

EUROPEAN UNION

  • The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) has established a traffic light system to classify regions in Europe according to their risk level. There are no entry restrictions for passengers from “green” countries nor for those travelling from “orange” and “red” territories, provided they present a negative PCR result or a certificate that demonstrates they are fully vaccinated against Covid-19. https://reopen.europa.eu/en/
  • All overland travellers who wish to enter Spain by road or rail from high-risk areas in France are required to present a negative PCR, TMA or LAMP test taken within 72 hours prior to entry.

High-risk countries

In order to decide which countries are deemed to be high risk, the Spanish government will follow the criteria set out in the Council Recommendation on a coordinated approach to the restriction of free movement in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which was adopted by EU Member States on 13 October 2020.

Click here for the full list of EU and EEA countries and areas currently deemed to be high risk.

You can also visit "Re-open EU", an interactive tool that provides you with the information that you need to confidently plan your European travel and holidays, while staying healthy and safe. Information is updated frequently and is available in 24 languages.

Health control to travellers

All passengers arriving in Spain 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 spth.gob.es 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.

OFFICIAL PRODUCTS

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Visit our online store (in Spanish) of souvenirs made by local artisans!

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