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Update on Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Spain

Dec. 3, 2021

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced that the U.S. has changed its requirements for international travel. Starting December 6, all air passengers, regardless of their vaccination status, must show a negative COVID-19 test taken no more that 1 day before travel to the United States. More information is available here.

In response to requests from our students and their families, SLU-Madrid has asked all Fall 2021 instructors to support our students' learning if they choose to return home before the end of the semester for a COVID-19-related reason, such as obtaining booster vaccinations or responding to new travel restrictions. Students requesting accommodations should speak directly with their instructors and notify the Office Student Life ( if they plan to leave Madrid prior to the last day of exams.

SLU-Madrid places the health and safety of its students, faculty and staff as its highest priority. We urge everyone to continue to take appropriate precautions on and off campus.

Safety on Campus

SLU-Madrid requires you to:

  • Wear your face mask. 
  • Respect social distancing guidelines and signage on campus.
  • Practice hand hygiene.
  • Assist with ventilation (open windows between classes, etc.).
  • Monitor your health. 

If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, have been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, or have concerns related to COVID-19, email or call:

Safety in Madrid

The Madrid Province continues to require the use of face masks in interior spaces and whenever social distancing cannot be maintained outdoors. Additional information and guidelines are available here.

Testing Information

COVID-19 testing is available throughout the Madrid region, including free antigen testing sponsored by the region's public health system. The U.S. Embassy provides a list of COVID-19 Testing and Lab Locations in Madrid. If you have any questions, contact the Office of Student Life ( All SLU-Madrid students registered for at least one credit have Multi Sanitas medical insurance during the term of registration. Information about the Sanitas protocols for COVID-19 testing and coverage is available here.

Vaccine Information

All persons in the Madrid region twelve years and older, including those who are not registered with the national health system, have access to COVID-19 vaccination. If you are not already vaccinated and require assistance to obtain COVID-19 vaccination, please contact the Office of Student Life ( Reminder: Even if you are vaccinated, you need to continue to follow public health measures – mask use, social distancing – to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

Travel Information

The U.S. State Department's travel advisory for Spain is "Level 3: Reconsider Travel"; similarly, the CDC's advisory is "Level 3: High Level of COVID-19 in Spain." Under its "Key Information for Travelers to Spain," the CDC states, "Make sure you are fully vaccinated before traveling to Spain."

All travelers to Spain, upon arrival, must present a QR code generated through the Spain Travel Health website. In addition, depending on country of departure and visa/residency status, Spain may also require you to present additional documents prior to departure or upon arrival, such as proof of vaccination, a negative COVID-19 test, or a certificate of recovery. Travel restrictions and documentation requirements are changing: consult both the Spain Travel Health website and Spain's Ministry of Health webpage for current information specific to your country of departure.

Travel restrictions due to COVID-19 vary by region in Spain, across Europe, and around the world. If you have plans to travel from Spain to other destinations, you must monitor the travel information specific to your destination and to your return to Madrid.

You must not travel if you have symptoms consistent with COVID-19, have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last two weeks, or have had close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the last two weeks.

Previous campus updates are available for reference