Travelling to Madrid



From 22 December flights between the United Kingdom and Spain are temporarily banned. Only Spanish citizens and residents are exempt.

From 22 February and till at least 16 March, all travellers arriving from Brazil and South Africa must quarantine for 10 days or for 7 days if after one week quarantine they take a PCR test and get a negative result. Other restrictions also apply to flights coming from both countries..

From 23 November 2020 Spain will require a negative COVID test from anyone travelling from a high-risk country. The test must have been done no less than 72 hours before arriving in 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.

The mandatory FCS Health Control Form can be accessed from both the Spanish government's official page or by downloading the app Spain Travel Health-SpTH, available on the same page.

YOU SHOULD NOT TRAVEL if you have symptoms compatible with COVID-19 (fever, cough, breathing difficulties), of recent onset, if diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 14 days or if you have had close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the last two weeks.

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.

Health control to travellers

If you wish to travel to Spain you must fill out an FCS Health Control Form. If you are coming from a country deemed to be high risk, you must declare in the form that you have undertaken a PCR (swab) within no more than 72 hours prior to arrival and have tested negative for COVID-19. You must be able to show on request evidence certifying your results. The document you provide must be the original, be written in Spanish or English, and may be submitted in paper or electronic format.

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 via the Spain Travel Health website or the Spain Travel Health-SpTH app (a non-governmental service to help you fill out the FCS Health Control Form), may submit it in paper format prior to boarding.

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

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

Other useful links

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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