Coronavirus Madrid: latest information and advice

  • Campaña Madrid en manos de todos. Frenar el contagio y mantener la situación bajo control depende, en gran medida, de nuestra responsabilidad individual. Proteger a nuestros mayores, vecinos y amigos está en manos de todos.
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On Sunday 21 June, the country's three-month state of alarm came to an end, and borders were reopened to visitors from Schengen countries, the UK and twelve other third countries. People are now allowed to travel freely around the country, although face masks continue to be mandatory in public places and social distancing rules must be followed at all times.

Facemasks must be worn in all public spaces in Madrid, both indoor and outdoor. The only exception are people doing sports and children under the age of 6.

Latest coronavirus measures

In Madrid, the following measures have been in place since 7 September:

  • Gatherings, both indoors and outdoors, are limited to a maximum of 10 people. As a result, all group tours in museums and other attractions which were previously limited to 25 people may no longer exceed 10 people.
     
  • Smoking outdoors in public places is forbidden if and when a 2-metre distance cannot be maintained.
     
  • Maximum capacity in most establishments (including shops, shopping centres, libraries, cinemas, theatres, indoor sports centres, theme parks and bullrings) is between 60% and 75%.
     
  • Restaurants, bars and cafés can open indoor dining at 75% capacity, and are allowed to serve at the bar, at 50% capacity. Outside seating is now allowed at 100% capacity although there must be at least 1.5m distance between each table. Closing time is now 1am.
     
  • Night clubs and other late night venues are now closed.
     
  • Indoor public pools closed on 31 August.
     
  • Hotels are allowed to reopen their common areas up to 75% of capacity.
     
  • All public parks and gardens will shut between 10pm and 6am until further notice.
     
  • Children's parks, skate parks and outdoor activities managed by the Region of Madrid are allowed to open as long as long as there is at least 4m2 of space per person.
     
  • In the Madrid mountains, picnic areas and other recreation areas will remain closed unless a maximum capacity of 75% and the proper disinfection of tables, benches and fountains can be guaranteed.
     
  • Large shopping centres are allowed to open at a 75% capacity (common areas can only be used for walking). Outdoor markets may also open with a maximum capacity of 75%. The Rastro flea market, however, will remain closed until further notice.

Please note that the above measures apply to the whole of the Madrid region and may change depending on the epidemiological situation in the region.


Museums and Cultural Centres

Many of the city’s museums and cultural institutions have reopened, all of them with the necessary social distancing and safety measures put in place. We strongly recommend you visit the venue’s official website before visiting to get the most reliable and up-to-date information.


Urban transport

Madrid's extensive public transport system is up and running again. Please note that face masks must be worn on all forms of transport:


Excursions

Make the most of your visit to Madrid and discover beautiful towns and villages that are a short train or bus journey away from the city. Many of them are UNESCO World Heritage sites!

Tourist trains: please note that only the Zorrilla Train (Madrid - Valladolid) and the Philip II Train (Madrid - El Escorial) are currently operating.


Travelling to Spain

On 21 June Spain reopened its borders to members of the EU’s Schengen Zone and the UK. Travellers do not need to self-quarantine upon their arrival in Spain.

The borders have also reopened to residents of Australia, Canada, China, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay.

The European Union has launched "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 are preparing a trip to Spain, you must know that due to the COVID-19 health crisis, it is mandatory to fill out a Health Control Form which can be accessed from the page spth.gob.es or by downloading the app on your mobile from the same page.

YOU SHOULD NOT TRAVEL if you have had symptoms consistent with COVID-19, such as a high temperature, a cough and breathing difficulties, during in the last 14 days.


Tourist information points

The Plaza Mayor Tourist Information Centre and the city’s five tourist information kiosks (Plaza de Callao, Royal Palace, Reina Sofía, Paseo del Prado and Bernabéu) have been awarded the Safe Tourism Certified Seal (UNE 0066-10 de Mayo 2020). Madrid is the first major city whose tourist information centres have received the seal which is given by the Institute for Spanish Tourism Quality (ICTE).

You can also continue to use the following channels to obtain information about the city:


 

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Safe Tourism Certified

The Plaza Mayor Tourist Information Centre and the city’s five tourist information kiosks (Plaza de Callao, Royal Palace, Reina Sofía, Paseo del Prado and Bernabéu) have been awarded the Safe Tourism Certified Seal (UNE 0066-10 de Mayo 2020). Madrid is the first major city whose tourist information centres have received the seal which is given by the Institute for Spanish Tourism Quality (ICTE).

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