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COVID-19 FAQs

SLU-Madrid has implemented 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.

What do I need to do to enter Spain?

Review the webpage https://www.spth.gob.es/ carefully for the current health requirements to enter Spain. Travelers to Spain will need to present a European Union QR vaccination code or present other evidence attesting to their vaccination status prior to entering Spain. 

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 may be 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. 

What do I do if I feel sick?

If you have COVID-19 symptoms, 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. 

What is the policy on face masks on campus?

SLU-Madrid has adopted the University's policy for face masks that is currently in place in St. Louis, Missouri. 

Face masks are optional on campus, with the expectation that we will live our Jesuit values as we interact with one another. There are members of our community who are vulnerable to severe COVID-19 infection, or who live with or are caring for vulnerable loved ones. As a community, we have a shared expectation that we will show care for the well-being of others by putting on a face mask when we interact with someone who is wearing a face mask. This means:

  • You should carry a mask with you.
  • If you approach someone to have a conversation and they are wearing a mask, please put on your mask.
  • If you are just passing someone in the hallway who is masked, you do not need to put on your mask.
  • If an instructor chooses to wear a mask while teaching or if a student wears a mask while in class, this does not mean that the entire class must be masked for the length of class. But if you are actively engaging with a masked faculty member or student in a small group or individual interaction, go ahead and put on your mask.

If you have concerns about the use of face masks on campus, please contact:

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.

Posted: Aug. 22, 2022