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Campus Safeguards FAQs

As we move into the "new normal," SLU-Madrid continues to monitor and implement measures to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and help protect our students, faculty and staff. The answers to the frequently asked questions are based on the best information to us at the time and are subject to change. 

Where can I get an EU QR vaccination code?

Go to the Vaccination Center located on Calle del General Oráa, 15. This center is the only place in Madrid that gives a QR code to people vaccinated outside of Spain. Bring your passport and vaccination record. Click here to make an appointment. 

If you need assistance making an appointment, visit the Student Life Office. 

Where can I get my COVID-19 booster shot?

COVID-19 booster shots are not mandatory in Spain but are required to enter (or re-enter) Spain if you were last vaccinated more than 270 days ago. The Colegio de Médicos de Madrid vaccinates all persons over the age of 18 who present legal identification, such as a passport, regardless of their place of origin or nationality. Also present your vaccination card if it is not your first vaccine. 

Boosters are given after 150 days for those who originally vaccinated with the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine; after 90 days for those who were originally vaccinated with the Jansen or AstraZeneca vaccine. If you have had COVID-19, you must wait 30 days from your positive test to receive the booster shot. (Note: during those 30 days — from day seven to day 30 — you can travel with a Recovery Certificate). 

The Colegio is located on Calle de Santa Isabel, 51, (Metro: Paseo del Arte/Atocha). Its hours of operation are from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. No appointments are needed, but we recommend you get there early. 

Where can I access the QR Health form/QR code to enter Spain?

The Spanish Government requires a QR code that is generated by filling out this form every time you travel. See

What do I do if I feel sick?

If you have COVID-19 symptoms (fever, chills, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle/body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion, runny nose, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea), you should exercise extreme caution, reduce social interactions, wear a mask when on campus or in public, and avoid close contact with others. Perform a diagnostic test, readily available at pharmacies.

If you test positive for COVID-19 or have COVID-19 related concerns, please email or call: 

Are there special attendance policies for this term?

Students who miss class are asked to notify their instructors in advance, whenever possible. Students who test positive for COVID-19 shall absent themselves from class and campus activities. Students should contact their instructors to discuss how they can maintain progress in their courses. All absences due to illness or isolation/quarantine directives shall be considered "authorized" absences. 

If there are members of the SLU community who refuse to comply with the face mask policy, what do we do?

A community-centric approach would focus on engaging individuals in a conversation to understand why they are not wearing a face mask. Some members of our campus community will have legitimate reasons for not wearing a face mask (and will have official documentation from their physicians or Spanish health authorities to that effect). If the conversation is not productive, the next step may depend on whether the individual is an employee, student, or visitor.

Reporting concerns:

Will students be required to wear face masks while in class?

For the 2022 summer sessions, current protocols require the use of face masks whenever social distancing is not possible. Thus, there will be times when students will be required to wear face masks, depending on the number of students in the class as well as the class activity. Face masks will be available at all SLU-Madrid reception desks should a student, faculty, or staff member forget to bring a face mask. 

If a student tests positive for COVID-19, will they be made to quarantine? Where and for how long? If they are in university-arranged housing, what is the protocol?

Quarantine and testing expectations will be determined by the Spanish health authorities. The Office of Student Life will ensure that these expectations are met by SLU-Madrid whenever necessary. With respect to university-arranged residence hall housing, please refer to Nexo Residencias' COVID-19 Protocol. Students in host-family housing, should inform their Señora, who in turn will activate a protocol of action together with SLU-Madrid housing officials. Students may not attend classes until their health is cleared.

What kinds of safety measures is SLU-Madrid putting into place to prevent the spread of COVID-19?

Madrid has implemented many efforts, including, but not limited to: 

  • Desk and wall-mounted hand-sanitizer stations throughout campus.
  • Acrylic screens at reception desks and other service offices where prolonged close interaction takes place and social distancing is difficult to maintain. 
  • Open doors in high-traffic areas.
  • Drinking fountains with foot pedals and limited to water bottle refills only.
  • Daily ventilation of buildings.
  • Educational signage promoting best practices.
  • Distribution and availability of face masks.

Posted: May 19, 2022