Coronavirus: Latest information and advice

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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.

Due to the rise in COVID-19 cases in Spain, the Spanish government once again declared a national state of emergency on 25 October. As a result, a night-time curfew has been imposed across the whole country, and local authorities are now allowed to restrict movement between regions.

From 4 to 13 December, the Community of Madrid will close its borders to prevent mass transit. Leaving and entering the region will not be permitted without a legitimate reason.

Latest coronavirus measures in place in the whole of the Madrid region:

  • A night-time curfew has been introduced meaning residents are only allowed to move around the city between 12 midnight and 6am on work, school or medical grounds, or for other pressing reasons.
     
  • Gatherings, both indoors and outdoors and in any setting, are limited to a maximum of 6 people.
     
  • Restaurants, bars and cafés are no longer allowed to serve at the bar and must reduce capacity to 50% indoors and 75% outdoors. They must close at 12pm, and stop serving at 11pm, except if they are providing home delivery services.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Social distancing rules must be followed at all times.
     
  • Smoking outdoors in public places is forbidden if and when a 2-metre distance cannot be maintained.
     
  • The maximum capacity is 50% in most enclosed spaces (such as hotels, restaurants, places of worship and sports facilities), and 75% in cultural venues (like museums, monuments, theatres and cinemas) and shopping centres. The Rastro flea market remains closed.
     
  • Night clubs and other late night venues remain closed.
     
  • All public parks and gardens will shut between 10pm and 6am until further notice.

Additional restrictions in a number of basic healthcare areas

In addition to the measures enlisted above, further restrictions have been applied to numerous basic healthcare areas, where the number of cases is currently higher:

  • Residents are only allowed to enter and exit the zones on work, educational, legal or medical grounds.
  • Residents may move freely around their zones but may not step outside the perimeter without a legitimate reason. Police officers will carry out daily checks in the affected areas to ensure these restrictions are respected.
  • Churches, mosques and synagogues must reduce their capacity to one third. Funeral services may be held with a maximum of 15 mourners outdoors and 10 indoors.
  • Children's outdoor play areas have been closed.

In the city of Madrid these measures are applied to the following basic healthcare areas located in 6 different districts (distritos):

In the rest of the Region of Madrid, the restrictions affect the healthcare areas of La Moraleja (Alcobendas); Alicante, Cuzco and Castilla La Nueva (Fuenlabrada); Collado Villalba (in the municipality of Collado Villalba); Majadahonda and Valle de la Oliva (Majadahonda); San Juan de la Cruz (Pozuelo de Alarcón); Colmenar Viejo Norte (Colmenar Viejo); Morata de Tajuña (Morata de Tajuña); El Boalo-Cerceda-Matalpino (Manzanares el Real); Villarejo de Salvanes (Villarejo de Salvanes), Colmenar de Oreja (Colmenar de Oreja), Galapagar, Morarzarzal, Alpedrete, Chinchón, Villaconejos, San Martín de Valdeiglesias and Pelayos de la Presa.


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:


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:


Travelling to Spain

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. Furthermore 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.

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

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