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Covid-19: Madrid lifts all capacity restrictions for venues from October 4th

Regional authorities in Spain's capital have announced they will relax capacity restrictions for almost all venues and establishments, with no limit on numbers per table at bars and restaurants from Monday October 4th.

Madrid to relax all capacity restrictions in bars and restaurants
Madrid to lift all capacity restrictions. Photo: Gabriel BOUYS / AFP

The decision was confirmed on Wednesday by Madrid’s regional president Isabel Díaz Ayuso during an interview.

“Starting this Monday, we are going to remove all capacity restrictions and we are practically one step away from returning to the way things were before the pandemic,” Ayuso stated.

This new announcement means that in many ways going out in Madrid will all but return to how it was before the pandemic, with the exception being that customers will only be able to eat and drink when they are seated and masks will still be required. 

The maximum number of diners per table has also been lifted for those outdoors and indoors.

READ ALSO – Calendar: When will the Covid restrictions end across Spain?

The government of Madrid had already started relaxing restrictions when they announced that from September 20th there would be no more time restrictions for bars, restaurants, and nightlife venues. The capacity limit in cinemas and theaters was also lifted.  

From next Monday, there will be no capacity limits for all social activities, both indoors and outdoors.

This means that limits on numbers will be scrapped at churches and other places of worship, including for weddings and funerals.

Shops, sports facilities, and museums will also have their restrictions lifted.

The mask regulations remain in force however, meaning that all those in Madrid over the age of six will have to continue wearing masks indoors, except when eating or drinking in bars and restaurants. When outdoors, citizens can remove the mask when they can maintain a safe distance.

“We are a region that fortunately has combined the most important things that are life and health with the economy; this has placed us in a privileged situation,” Díaz Ayuso boasted, defending her decision to relax Covid measures.

The regional president has also confirmed that Madrid has already recovered “all the jobs that had been lost during the pandemic”. 

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TRAVEL: Spain extends ban on unvaccinated non-EU tourists

Britons, Americans and other non-EU/Schengen travellers who are neither vaccinated nor recently recovered from Covid-19 will not be able to visit Spain for tourism for at least another month, Spanish authorities have confirmed.

TRAVEL: Spain extends ban on unvaccinated non-EU tourists

The Spanish government has again extended temporary restrictions for non-essential travel (including tourism) from most third countries for another month, until June 15th 2022.

That means that non-EU/Schengen adults who reside outside of the EU and who haven’t been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 or recovered from the illness in the past six months cannot go on holiday to Spain during the next month. 

Therefore, Spain continues to not accept negative Covid-19 tests from British, American, Canadian, Indian or other third-country nationals who are neither vaccinated nor recently recovered. 

There had been hopes that the shorter two-week extension to the ban on non-essential travel issued on April 30th, as well as talk of the “orderly and progressive reopening” of the country’s borders, would mean that unvaccinated third country nationals would be allowed into Spain in May.

But in the end, Saturday May 14th’s state bulletin confirmed that Spain will keep the same measures in place for another 31 days, stating that they “will eventually be modified to respond to a change of circumstances or to new recommendations in the context of the European Union”.

Spain’s ban on unvaccinated non-EU travellers is arguably the last major Covid-19 restriction in place in the country, and other EU countries such as Sweden, Poland, Denmark, Czech Republic and Ireland are allowing unvaccinated tourists in.

This latest announcement by the Spanish government marks the umpteenth extension to non-essential travel from outside of the EU/Schengen area over the past two years of the pandemic, the previous one was due to expire on May 15th. 

But perhaps this extension is the most surprising, as the Spanish health ministry has modified its rulebook to treat Covid-19 like the flu and the country wants to recover the tourism numbers it had pre-pandemic.

The ban affects unvaccinated British tourists in particular, as the UK is still the biggest tourism market for Spain, but Britons’ non-EU status means they have to follow the same Covid-19 travel rules as other third-country nationals.

Vaccinated or recovered third-country travellers

Those who were fully vaccinated against Covid-19 more than two weeks prior to travel to Spain will need to show a valid vaccination certificate with an EMA or WHO approved vaccine.

If their initial vaccination treatment was completed more than 9 months ago (270 days), they’ll need to show they’ve had a Covid-19 booster shot. 

As for non-EU/Schengen travellers who have recovered from Covid-19 in the past six months, they will need to show a recovery certificate to prove this

According to Spain’s Health Ministry, recovery certificates accepted as valid are those “issued at least 11 days after the first positive NAAT or RAT, and up to a maximum of 180 days after the date of sampling”, as well as being issued by the relevant authorities.

Exceptions

In early February, Spanish authorities also decided to start allowing unvaccinated non-EU/Schengen teenagers aged 12 to 17 to visit Spain for tourism if they provided a negative PCR.

Spain continues to have a small list of low-risk third countries whose travellers visiting Spain for non-essential reasons can enter without having to present proof of Covid-19 testing, recovery or vaccination. 

This is updated weekly and can be checked here by clicking on the PDF under “risk and high risk countries/areas”. 

READ ALSO: Can I travel to my second home in Spain if I’m not vaccinated?

If you’re not vaccinated or recovered, the exceptions for travel to Spain from third countries that fall under the non-essential travel restrictions are:

  • You are a resident in the EU or Schengen country.
  • You have a visa for a long duration stay in an EU or Schengen country.
  • You work in transport, such as airline staff or are in a maritime profession.
  • You work in diplomatic, consular, international organisations, military or civil protection or are a member of a humanitarian organisation.
  • You have a student visa for a country in the EU or Schengen zone.
  • You are a highly qualified worker or athlete whose work cannot be postponed or carried out remotely.
  • You are travelling for duly accredited imperative family reasons.
  • You are allowed entry due to force majeure or on humanitarian grounds.
  • And as mentioned earlier in the article, if you have a vaccination certificate that Spain’s Ministry of Health recognises, as well as for any accompanying minors (unless they’re under 12 years of age).

READ ALSO: When do I need to fill out Spain’s Covid health control form for travel?

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