17th April 2021
Police controls in Madrid during the State of Alarm.
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Details of curfews & restrictions for all regions during ‘State of Alarm’

Latest: Coronavirus in Spain figures (16 Apr)

#LATEST – 16 April – Catalonia is set to maintain the ‘comarca’ (county) perimeter lockdown for ‘at least another week’. It had been originally put in place until Mon 19 April. Further details to follow.

Please note we are in the process of updating all details below.

Easter period restrictions

The Spanish Health Ministry confirmed the perimeter closure for each region of Spain during the Easter period (up until 9 April), in order to prevent ‘national tourism’, and with the nighttime curfew finally agreed from 11pm to 6am. 11pm is the latest time for the curfew to start, although regions can also decide to bring it forward (or maintain it if already in place), to 10pm. The measures apply to all mainland Spain; the Balearic Islands and Canary Islands are exempt from the restrictions*.

The measures for the Easter period were in place from 26 March until 9 April, during which no travelling from region to region was allowed. Furthermore, social gatherings should be a maximum of 4 people for indoor public spaces, and 6 people for outdoor public spaces. In private dwellings, gatherings must only be between co-habitants. Each region (see below) will also impose its own restrictions and measures regarding any public events, and continue to manage restrictions regarding bar and restaurant opening times, capacity and opening times of retail outlets, venuessporting activities and other on-going measures in place. Each region will also still manage any restrictions on travelling within the region itself – between provinces, municipalities, health zones or ‘comarcas’ (counties).

The health authorities in Madrid voted against the new measures for Easter and are challenging the restrictions in court – although in the meantime, they will adhere to them. The Health Ministry has stated that the measures are obligatory and are published in the Boletín Oficial del Estado (BOE).

*People may only travel to the Balearic Islands and Canary Islands for reasons already stipulated in the terms of the State of Alarm (see below), such as returning to a principal residence, or for medical treatment, work, or for caring for dependants. The Health Minister Carolina Darias said, ‘We want to make it clear that you cannot travel to the Islands for tourism.’ ALSO READ: German tourists flock to Mallorca, but citizens from mainland Spain not allowed 

Please note that updating this whole report for each region below is on-going. We are a small team so please bear with us – and please also consider supporting Spain in English with a donation.

‘State of Alarm’

Spain declared a new nationwide ‘state of alarm’ to combat further cases of Coronavirus from 25 October 2020. It is officially in place for six months, until 9 May 2021. The main purpose of the state of alarm is to enable the regional governments of Spain the legal requirements to impose and enforce nighttime curfews and other restrictions, where required.

The new decree imposed an initial nighttime curfew for the whole of Spain from 11pm-6am, although regional authorities are allowed a margin of one hour to bring forward or back these times. [Also read: Government will not allow regions to legally start curfews earlier than 10pm]. The current measures of the decree allow the regions to:

  • Impose and enforce nighttime mobility restrictions
  • Restrict social gatherings
  • Restrict the opening hours and capacity of establishments
  • Restrict entry and exit from a region, or part of a region
  • Impose confinement to provinces or municipalities, if required, across a region

With nighttime mobility restrictions, only those people who are going to work or returning from work, or who travel due to force majeure, such as for a medical emergency or to care for a dependent person, are allowed to be out. Full details of the measures originally covered by the state of alarm were published in the Boletín Oficial del Estado (BOE).

Since 14 August, Spain had already imposed strict new measures on nightlife across the whole country – as well as a ban on smoking outside, where social distancing cannot be maintained. The wearing of face masks also remains obligatory. Each region of Spain has imposed the nightlife and socialising restrictions following their own timetables. Some regions have made the recommended restrictions even tighter.

Below, we publish the main current restrictions in place for each region, as a result of the state of alarm. We update the information as soon as we can. Please also consider supporting Spain in English with a donation

Please note that Spain is also lifting the suspension of arrivals from the UK from 30 March. Restrictions are being maintained on arrivals from Brazil and South Africa until at least 13 April. Please refer to our separate report: Spain lifts suspension of arrivals from UK from 30 March.

Police controls in Madrid during the State of Alarm.
Police controls in Madrid during the State of Alarm. (Delegación del Gobierno en Madrid)

Regional restrictions for Easter

Andalusia

  • Regional perimeter lockdown. 
  • Mobility between provinces also prohibited during Easter period, until 9 April
  • Nighttime curfew from 19 March is from 11pm to 6am.
  • Bars and restaurants allowed to open until 10.30pm, except in municipalities where incidence rate is above 1,000 per 100,000 inhabitants.
  • In areas where incidence rate is above 500, no one can leave or enter.
  • Social gatherings are limited to six people, except inside bars and restaurants, where it is four. 

Aragón

  • Regional perimeter lockdown. 
  • Nighttime curfew is from 11pm-6am.
  • Social gatherings limited to six people outside, four inside.
  • Bars, restaurants and non-essential businesses can open to 10pm.

Asturias

  • Regional perimeter lockdown. 
  • Nighttime curfew is now from 10pm-6am.
  • Hospitality and non-essential businesses must close at 8pm.
  • Social gatherings must be a maximum of six people. Maximum of four people can be seated at bars and restaurants, both inside and outside.
  • Cultural events must not exceed 300 people in attendance, observing social distancing rules and wearing face masks.

Balearic Islands

The archipelago is not under a perimeter lockdown, but many restrictions are in place. 

  • All travellers arriving in the Balearic Islands from regions with a 14-day cumulative number of Coronavirus cases per 100,000 inhabitants above 150 must present a negative PCR test if they are tourists, or an antigen test if they have a justified reason to travel there.
  • The nighttime curfew from 13 March to 11 April is from 10pm to 6am
  • In Mallorca and Formentera, up to six people from up to two different households can meet. Bars and restaurants can open their sidewalk cafés up to 50% capacity until 5pm in Mallorca and 6pm in Formentera, with a maximum of four people to a table outside and 30% capacity inside also with four to a table.
  • On Menorca, up to six people from up to two different households can meet. Bars and restaurants can open inside up to 50% of capacity with four people per table and must close at 5pm.
  • On Ibiza, social gatherings are limited to six people. Bars and restaurants can open sidewalk cafés at 50% capacity with four people per table and must close at 5pm.

Basque Country

  • The Basque Country remains under a perimeter lockdown.
  • Travel between the region’s municipalities, however, has been allowed since 9 March.
  • Nighttime curfew is from 10pm to 6am.

Canary Islands

  • The Canary Islands follow a three tier level to determine the measures of restrictions.
  • Reinforced level 2: Gran Canaria, Tenerife and Fuerteventura
  • Level 2: Lanzarote
  • Level 1: El Hierro, La Palma and La Gomera
  • Islands on level 1 have a 12am to 6am curfew, while the limit on social meetings from different households is up from six to 10. 
  • Islands on level 2 have the curfew from 11pm to 6am, while the limit on meetings is six people.
  • The reinforced level 2 sees a curfew from 10pm to 6am and a maximum of four people at social meetings, whether public or private and inside and outside – the exception is for those who live together.
  • Anyone traveling to the islands from any part of Spain, apart from those under the age of six, must provide a negative coronavirus test taken 72 hours prior to arrival. PCR, antigen and TMA tests are allowed.

Cantabria

  • Regional perimeter lockdown
  • Nighttime curfew between 11pm and 6am.
  • Bars and restaurants can stay open until 10.30pm but must stop serving at 10pm.

Castilla-La Mancha

  • Regional perimeter lockdown
  • Nighttime curfew is from midnight to 6am.
  • Social gatherings are limited to six people.
  • Bar and restaurant restrictions depend on the risk level of each municipality. In level 3 areas, bars, restaurants and cafés must close by 11pm and capacity in outdoor dining areas is reduced to 50%, with only six people allowed at the same table.
  • Across the whole region, cinemas, theatres and auditoriums remain closed. Bars and restaurants cannot serve indoors.

Castilla y León

  • The whole region remains under a perimeter lockdown.
  • Nighttime curfew is from 10pm to 6am.
  • Social gatherings are limited to four members of different households.

Catalonia

#LATEST – 7 April – Catalonia is reinstating its comarca (county) perimeter restrictions from Friday 9 April, following the Easter break. The mobility restrictions had been lifted on 15 March. The new measures will now be in place until at least 19 April. Other restrictions are as follows:

  • The whole region remains under a perimeter lockdown.
  • Nighttime curfew is from 10pm to 6am.
  • Bars and restaurants allowed to open continuously until 5pm.
  • Non-essential stores may open on weekends, and shopping malls are allowed to open up to 800 square meters of retail space.
  • Sports competitions for under-16s are allowed once more, and betting houses may reopen.
  • Gatherings are limited to six people from no more than two different households.

Extremadura

  • The whole region remains under a perimeter lockdown.
  • Nighttime curfew is from 11pm.
  • Social gatherings are limited to six people.outdoors, four people indoors.

Galicia

  • The regional border continues to be closed.
  • Free movement is now allowed within Galicia, with the exception of three small municipalities that have stricter measures in place.
  • Bars and restaurants may now open until 9pm.
  • Depending on location and incidence rate, capacity inside and outside at bars and restaurants can be 30-50% and 50-75% respectively.
  • Social gatherings are restricted to members of the same household in private settings, six in outdoor public spaces and four in indoor public spaces.
  • Nighttime curfew starts at 10pm until 6am.
  • Non-essential stores are following regular business hours again, and sports facilities, libraries, theatres and cultural centers are open. Capacity limits are 30% or 50%, depending on the incidence rate.

La Rioja

  • The whole region remains under a perimeter lockdown.
  • Social gatherings must be a maximum of six people between different households.
  • Nighttime curfew from 11pm to 5am

Madrid

  • Perimeter lockdown of the region for the Easter period. However, Madrid is challenging the new Easter restrictions in court.
  • Bars and restaurants must close at 11pm and are not allowed to accept new patrons after 10pm.
  • Nighttime curfew now from 11pm to 6am. 
  • Socialising with people outside of one’s household in the home is prohibited, save for some exceptions, such as care workers, couples who live in separate homes and people who live alone.
  • In public spaces, there is a six-person limit on social gatherings in outdoor areas, such as sidewalk cafés, and a four-person limit in the indoor areas of bars and restaurants.

Murcia

  • The whole region is under a perimeter lockdown.
  • Nighttime curfew is now from 10pm to 6am.
  • Social gatherings in homes are limited to members of the same household, while in bars and restaurants, up to four people from different households are allowed to gather both in outdoor and indoor dining areas, although capacity is limited to 30% for the latter.

Navarra

  • The whole region is under a perimeter lockdown.
  • Nighttime curfew is now from 11pm to 6am.
  • Social gatherings in private and public spaces are limited to six people from two different households.

Valencia Region

The Valencia region is easing some restrictions from 12 April. Please click here for our separate report: Valencia in English – weekly round-up (11 April)

The Valencia region relaxed further restrictions from 15 March until 12 April:

  • The terraces of bars and restaurants can be up to 100% capacity, until 6pm.
  • Interior of bars and restaurants can be at 30% capacity, until 6pm.
  • Maximum number of 4 people seated at each table.
  • Gyms, sports centres and swimming pools can re-open at 30% capacity
  • Nighttime curfew remains in place from 10pm.
  • Regional perimeter closure maintained.
  • Social gatherings of 4 people maximum in outside public spaces.
  • Social gatherings in private dwellings should be limited to co-habitants.
  • Extra curriculum activities can resume, with 30% capacity and in groups of 10 people.
  • Ceremonies can be held with a third capacity; 20 people maximum outside, or 15 inside.

Previous ‘State of Alarm’ and restrictions

Under the previous state of alarm imposed during 2020, Spain had originally commenced a nationwide lockdown for two weeks from 14 March 2020, with measures that confined everyone to their homes apart from leaving to purchase food or medication, or to go to their place of work only if they could not perform their duties from home. As the state of alarm could only be in place for a maximum of 15 days at a time without a vote in parliament to extend it, there followed six debates in order to do so.

After one week, the initial measures were extended until 12 April, for a second time until 26 April, a third time until 9 May, a fourth time until 23 May, then a fifth time until 7 JuneOn Wednesday 3 June the Spanish Congress then voted to extend the state of alarm until 21 June. It was the sixth and final extension.

When Congress had voted to extend the state of alarm for the third time until 9 May, it had also come with the relaxing of some of the restrictions, specifically allowing children to take daily walks for an hour from Sunday 26 April, after 43 days confined at home.

From Saturday 2 May – after 48 days in confinement – adults across Spain were also allowed out to walk and exercise during set time-slots. Spain’s four-phase de-escalation plan then officially commenced from Monday 4 May. The country finally started its New Normality phase on 22 June. To try and save the tourist season, crucial to the Spanish economy, Spain also opened its borders to EU travellers from 21 June, and to many non-EU international travellers from 1 July. After the second wave of Covid-19 infections took effect, however, many countries – including the UK imposed self-isolation and quarantine on travellers returning to their countries from Spain.

Since 22 June, responsibility for public healthcare and managing the Coronavirus pandemic had been left in the hands of Spain’s 17 regional governments.

On 14 August, however, Spain announced strict new measures on nightlife across the whole country – as well as a ban on smoking outside, where social distancing cannot be maintained. The wearing of face masks also remains obligatory.

Click here for all previous reports on: Coronavirus in Spain

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12 comments

3 29th October 2020 at 9:34 pm

Lock down only till 6 am so Chinese virus only comes out at night Lol

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Lois McCullough 3rd November 2020 at 10:21 am

Why is Petanca still being played when groups are in a much greater excess than 6

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Tracy 29th November 2020 at 1:48 pm

I want to travel from Galicia to Malaga at Christmastime to be with my family. This will mean Galicia, Castilla Leon, Extramadura, and Andalucia including the ronda of Sevilla which does pass within city limits. About 95% of this is autopista. Will I be able to drive straight through or will there be checkpoints? Should I split this into two days travelling or do what I usually do and drive straight through? It’s 1200 klms but I like driving.

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Ela 9th November 2020 at 2:52 pm

The ‘Rona can read maps and knows where provincial borders are, and knows Not to be virulent on one side as opposed to the other, hence restaurants and bars open in some provinces and not in others! LoL

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Tamsyn Lawrence 11th November 2020 at 11:43 pm

Your information is incorrect. I live in ibiza, Balearic islands and our curfew is 10pm not midnight despite what you keep saying

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Paul Cohen 23rd November 2020 at 5:56 pm

I had to read this 3 times to understand the border closure does not end on the 23rd November. Adding the word ALSO does not sufficiently clarify the information. I am travelling to Ayamonte tomorrow to live. Thank you, Paul

LATEST [8 Nov] – The regional government of Andalusia had previously announced that the border closure of the region will remain in place for two more weeks, until 23 November. Also, from midnight Monday, all 778 municipalities of Andalusia will be closed, so that you can only enter or leave them ‘with justified cause’. Bars and restaurants must close at 6pm (as should all ‘non-essential services’ across the region). In Granada, however, all non-essential activity must close, as well as bars and restaurants. The nighttime curfew across the region has been changed to 10pm to 7am.

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TONY BARKER 24th November 2020 at 11:24 am

I arrive at Malaga next Monday evening at 20-00 hrs from where I have to transit by Car hire through various municipalities to Gibraltar , where I am a resident
I will complete all the necessary paper work and have a PCR test but will this journey be permitted especially as I might not get to La Linea until shortly after 22-00hrs , the start of curfew

Any input would be very much appreciated and is there a phone number I can call to get factual information

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Pedro 20th January 2021 at 9:38 pm

Are we aloud to walk in groups in the mountains of the cost a Blanca ??

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Janette 23rd January 2021 at 1:13 am

The information regarding the Canary Islands’ curfews and levels has not been updated. As of Monday 18th January, Gran Canaria has been in Level 3, and Tenerife in Level 2.

Lanzarote, La Graciosa moved to Level 2 today.

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Janette 23rd January 2021 at 1:14 am

CORRECTION LANZAROTE AND LA GRACIOSA MOVED TO LEVEL 4, TODAY.

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Michal 27th January 2021 at 1:38 pm

Am I able to move between Valencia and Alicante on Saturday if I have a plane back to my country from Alicante? Is this a justified reason to move between cities?

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Rob Kimberley 8th February 2021 at 9:37 am

Canaries operating 4 levels of restrictions….

La isla de Tenerife: Nivel de Alerta 2. La fecha de vigencia de las correspondientes medidas preventivas que le son de aplicación hasta el 11 de febrero de 2021, inclusive, quedando supeditada a las revaluaciones periódicas.
La isla de Gran Canaria: Nivel de Alerta 3. La fecha de vigencia de las correspondientes medidas preventivas que le son de aplicación hasta el 11 de febrero de 2021, inclusive, quedando supeditada a las revaluaciones periódicas.
La isla de Fuerteventura: Nivel de Alerta 2. La fecha de vigencia de las correspondientes medidas preventivas que le son de aplicación hasta el 11 de febrero de 2021, inclusive, quedando supeditada a las revaluaciones periódicas.
La isla de Lanzarote: Nivel de Alerta 4. La fecha de vigencia de las correspondientes medidas preventivas que le son de aplicación hasta el 11 de febrero de 2021, inclusive, quedando supeditada a las revaluaciones periódicas.
Las islas de La Palma y La Gomera: Nivel de Alerta 1. La fecha de vigencia de las correspondientes medidas preventivas que le son de aplicación hasta el 11 de febrero de 2021, inclusive, quedando supeditada a las revaluaciones periódicas.
La isla de El Hierro: Nivel de Alerta 2. La fecha de vigencia de las correspondientes medidas preventivas que le son de aplicación hasta el 11 de febrero de 2021, inclusive, quedando supeditada a las revaluaciones periódicas.

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