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UPDATED MAP: Where in Spain are restrictions in place and what are they?

There are currently perimeter lockdowns in place across parts of Spain as well as a nationwide curfew and limits on the number of people allowed to meet in a group.

UPDATED MAP: Where in Spain are restrictions in place and what are they?
Map by RTVE

UPDATE: The whole of Spain, except the Canary Islands, now has a curfew imposed that limits movement outside the home between 11pm and 6am (although it can shift an hour either way depending on the region) since a new state of alarm was declared on Sunday.

READ MORE: What are the rules under Spain's new state of alarm?

In total some 2,470  municipalities across the nation have measures imposed to restrict movement beyond the curfew as the true number of cases in Spain is thought to have reached over 3 million.

Perimeter confinements

The entire regions of Navarra and La Rioja as well as 76 municipalities across Spain have perimeter confinements restricting the movements of 6.9 million people, some 14.7 percent of the Spanish population.

A total of 13 provinces have perimeter confinements imposed within them as the criteria in those municipalities meets conditions set by Spain’s Health Ministry.

A municipality is confined if it has over 100,00 population and has reported more than 500 cases per 100,000 inhabitants over the previous 14 days; it must have 35 percent or more intensive care beds occupied by Covid-19 patients, and positive results in at least 10 percent of PCR tests.   

The region of Navarra imposed a perimeter lockdown at its borders from Thursday October 22nd while Rioja introduces the measure from Friday October 23rd.

In Castilla y Leon perimeter confinements are in place in the cities of Ponferrada, Aranda de Duero, Burgos, Salamanca, León, Palencia, Miranda de Ebro, San Andrés del Rabanedo, San Pedro Latarce, Pedrajas de San and Esteban. This weekend Íscar and Medina del Campo see their confinement limited but other restrictions are still in place for another week.

The cities of Zaragoza, Huesca and Teruel, the three provincial capitals in Aragon, all have perimeter confinements in force.

The city of Madrid and nine other municipalities around it currently has a perimeter confinement but that will be lifted on Saturday October 24 when the State of Emergency declared by Spain’s government over the region expires. On Monday new restrictions will be put in place in 32 healthcare zones that include perimeter confinement

In Andalusia, the town of Écija has a perimeter confinement as does Villanueva de la Vera and Hoyos in Caceres province of Extremadura and Almendraleja and Villanueva del Fresno in Badajoz province.

While in Galicia, such measures have also been imposed on Verín, Oímbra and Vilardevós, as well as Ourense capital, Barbadás,  O Carballiño, O Irixo and Boborás. 

To check the restrictions in place in each municpality, RTVE have produced this interactive map.

Map: RTVE

Return to the “de-escalation phases”

Remember the 'de-escalation phases' applied to different parts of Spain on a step-by-step basis as the nation came out of lockdown back in May and June?

The rules for Phase 1 and Phase 2, which limits occupancy in bars and restaurants as well as social group sizes are now in place across much of the country.

Well, some 97 municipal areas have dropped down a phase (the majority in Asturias) and another 1,882 are subject to different types of restrictions affecting 24 million residents, almost half of the population.

Here’s a reminder of the rules for Phase 1 and Phase 2.

Limits on social groups

The state of alarm limits social meetings to a maximum of six people both in private places and public spaces, unless they live together under the same roof across Spain except the Canary Islands. But the regional governments have the authority to lower the maximum number allowed in a social gathering. Galicia has already set a limit of five.

Other restrictions

Last week Catalonia imposed a region-wide ban on restaurants and bars opening except for take-away food. And Melilla took the same measure on Friday.

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FACT CHECK: Do you still need Covid documents to travel to Spain?

There has been some confusion in the Spanish and English-language press following the announcement this week that Spain has scrapped its Covid health travel form. Here’s what Brits, Americans and other international travellers need to know about Spain’s existing travel restrictions. 

FACT CHECK: Do you still need Covid documents to travel to Spain?

(Scroll down to the bottom if you want the quick answer).

In recent days, Spanish authorities have made two important announcements regarding the country’s Covid-19 entry rules for foreigners. 

Firstly, Spain extended until November 15th the requirement that non-EU visitors must show a Covid-19 vaccination, test or recovery certificate to enter the country. 

A few days later, the Spanish government announced it would no longer require any international travellers to fill in and show its SpTH health control form.

For those who are unfamiliar with Spain’s complex Covid travel rules, the two changes seemed to contradict each other, or suggest that Spain had U-turned on its decision. 

Indeed, UK newspapers such as The Independent wrongly ran with “Spain finally drops all Covid travel restrictions”, a headline it has since amended. 

Even Spain’s national broadcaster RTVE stated that Spain had ditched the Covid passport requirement.

Both these statements are incorrect.

To clarify, a Covid-19 certificate or passport is one document, and Spain’s health control form is another; they are not the same. 

A Covid-19 certificate is issued by authorities in the country where you were vaccinated or tested, whereas the SpTH form was issued by Spanish authorities.

In any case, the SpTH health control form is now officially not required and will not have to be completed by any international traveller arriving in Spain by air or sea.

The discontinuation of this travel form means that non-EU tourists such as Americans, Australians and Canadians and all other non-EU travellers no longer have to complete this step before arrival in Spain.

For British tourists visiting Spain nothing changes in this regard as the UK has long been on the list of 48 non-EU countries with a certificate equivalency deal with the EU, which exempted their nationals from having to fill in Spain’s health control form. 

Now for the other important matter. 

Non-EU tourists visiting Spain still need to show proof of vaccination, testing or recovery to visit Spain. 

It applies to all non-EU travellers over the age of 12, but it does not apply to EU citizens or third-country nationals who reside in the EU.

This long-standing Covid travel rule remains in place until at least November 15th 2022.

There was no U-turn in this regard as there is no mention of the Covid-19 passport or certificate being ditched in the Spanish state bulletin (BOE) that focused on the cancellation of the SpTH form. 

Therefore, non-EU tourists such as Britons, Americans, Australians, Canadians or New Zealanders still have to show one of three documents to be able to enter Spain. These are: 

  • A Covid-19 vaccination certificate –  Your vaccination status must meet the Spanish authorities’ validity period requirements. If more than 270 days have passed since your initial vaccination, you need to show proof of a booster shot.
  • A negative Covid-19 test – This should be either a PCR taken within 72 hours prior of departure or an antigen test, taken within 24 hours prior of departure. 
  • A recovery certificate –  This must be dated within the last six months. You can use a medical certificate or recovery record to prove your Covid-19 status.

Face masks are also still required on planes which are bound for Spain, but you don’t have to wear one at the airport.

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