MAP: These are the curfew hours across Spain

Curfew hours differ between each region in Spain. Here's what you need to know:

MAP: These are the curfew hours across Spain
Photo/Map: AFP/The Local

A night-time curfew came into force across Spain on Sunday when the Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez invoked special powers by placing the nation under a State of Alarm.

The measure is designed to keep everyone in their own homes and not socializing late at night.

Although the government set the curfew between 11pm and 6am it gave regional powers the authority to shift the curfew and hour either way.

Madrid, which has been at the epicentre of the second wave but fought restrictions imposed by the central government that regional authorities said were damaging the local economy, chose to shift the curfew to start at midnight.

So to did Extremadura, Valencia, the Balearic Islands and the northern regions of Asturias and Cantabria.

While Castilla-Leon, Catalonia and La Rioja opted to bring the hour forwarded to 10pm with the latter also lifting it an hour earlier at 5am.

The remaining regions including Andalusia, Murcia and Galicia decided to stay in line with government guidelines.

Only the Canary Islands are exempt from imposing a curfew as their infection rate is so much lower than on the Peninsula.


A curfew – known as 'toque de queda' in Spanish – is now in place across all of Spain (apart from the Canary Islands) that means people are not allowed to be on the street or visiting any else's home without a justified reason.

Justified reasons include coming or going to the workplace, seeking emergency medical treatment (for you or your pet), collecting medical supplies, visiting a dependant who needs caring for.


The measure also states that you can use fuel stations during curfew hours if needed to carry out trips for justified reasons.

Spain's various police forces will have the power to stop those found to be breaking curfew and to issue fines to those who don't have a justified reason for doing so.


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Spain rules out EU’s advice on compulsory Covid-19 vaccination 

Spain’s Health Ministry said Thursday there will be no mandatory vaccination in the country following the European Commission’s advice to Member States to “think about it” and Germany’s announcement that it will make vaccines compulsory in February.

Spain rules out EU's advice on compulsory Covid-19 vaccination 
A Spanish man being vaccinated poses with a custom-made T-shirt showing Spain's chief epidimiologist Fernando Simón striking a 'Dirty Harry/Clint Eastwood' pose over the words "What part of keep a two-metre distance don't you understand?' Photo: José Jordan

Spain’s Health Minister Carolina Darias on Thursday told journalists Covid-19 vaccines will continue to be voluntary in Spain given the “very high awareness of the population” with regard to the benefits of vaccination.

This follows the words of European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen on Thursday, urging Member States to “think about mandatory vaccination” as more cases of the Omicron variant are detected across Europe. 

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“I can understand that countries with low vaccine coverage are contemplating this and that Von der Leyen is considering opening up a debate, but in our country the situation is absolutely different,” Darias said at the press conference following her meeting with Spain’s Interterritorial Health Council.

According to the national health minister,  this was also “the general belief” of regional health leaders of each of Spain’s 17 autonomous communities she had just been in discussion with over Christmas Covid measures. 

READ MORE: Spain rules out new restrictions against Omicron variant

Almost 80 percent of Spain’s total population is fully vaccinated against Covid-19, a figure which is around 10 percent higher if looking at those who are eligible for the vaccine (over 12s). 

It has the highest vaccination rate among Europe’s most populous countries.

Germany announced tough new restrictions on Thursday in a bid to contain its fourth wave of Covid-19 aimed largely at the country’s unvaccinated people, with outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel speaking in favour of compulsory vaccinations, which the German parliament is due to vote on soon.

Austria has also already said it will make Covid-19 vaccines compulsory next February, Belgium is also considering it and Greece on Tuesday said it will make vaccination obligatory for those over 60.

But for Spain, strict Covid-19 vaccination rules have never been on the table, having said from the start that getting the Covid-19 jabs was voluntary. 

There’s also a huge legal implication to imposing such a rule which Spanish courts are unlikely to look on favourably. 

Stricter Covid restrictions and the country’s two states of alarm, the first resulting in a full national lockdown from March to May 2020, have both been deemed unconstitutional by Spain’s Constitutional Court. 

READ ALSO: Could Spain lock down its unvaccinated or make Covid vaccines compulsory?

The Covid-19 health pass to access indoor public spaces was also until recently consistently rejected by regional high courts for breaching fundamental rights, although judges have changed their stance favouring this Covid certificate over old Covid-19 restrictions that affect the whole population.

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“In Spain what we have to do is to continue vaccinating as we have done until now” Darias added. 

“Spaniards understand that vaccines are not only a right, they are an obligation because we protect others with them”.

What Spanish health authorities are still considering is whether to vaccinate their 5 to 11 year olds after the go-ahead from the European Medicines Agency, with regions such as Madrid claiming they will start vaccinating their young children in December despite there being no official confirmation from Spain’s Vaccine Committee yet.

READ MORE: Will Spain soon vaccinate its children under 12?

Spain’s infection rate continues to rise day by day, jumping 17 points up to 234 cases per 100,000 people on Thursday. There are now also five confirmed cases of the Omicron variant in the country, one through community transmission.

Hospital bed occupancy with Covid patients has also risen slightly nationwide to 3.3 percent, as has ICU Covid occupancy which now stands at 8.4 percent, but the Spanish government insists these figures are “almost three times lower” than during previous waves of the coronavirus pandemic.