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Update on Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Spain

April 21, 2021

As of April 20, 2020, the U.S. Department of State has issued a new Travel Advisory for Spain (and Europe), raising the advisor to "Level 4: Do not travel." See the full advisory here. In addition, the Centers of Disease Control has also places Spain in its highest category: "Level 4: COVID-19 Very High: Travelers should avoid all travel to Spain." Additional information from the CDC about travel to Spain is available here.

April 19, 2021

The U.S.-based Centers for Disease Control website recommends everyone to get a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible – widespread vaccination is a critical tool to help stop the pandemic. Faculty have been asked to accommodate students who choose to return to the U.S. or to their home country early to get vaccinated for COVID-19. Students are asked to notify both the Office of Student Life (studentlife-madrid@slu.edu) and their professors prior to departure.

The Madrid Province continues to place and remove mobility restrictions on surrounding towns as well as districts within the city, including, as of today, the nearby neighborhoods of "Eloy Gonzalo" (Chamberí) and "Castillo" (Barrio de Salamanca). Residents of these neighborhoods are only permitted to leave their districts for essential purposes (to go to work or class); otherwise, they face fines. Please review the "Map of Restrictions," which the Province updates weekly.

April 12, 2021

General information

Measures implemented by the Madrid Province to reduce the spread of COVID-19 remain in place:

  • Masks must be worn at all times, including in restaurants/bars, and may only be removed at the moment of eating and drinking.  
  • Social distancing (1.5 meters, indoors and outdoors) is required throughout the region.
  •  Social/family visits to other households are not permitted, except to provide care to a third person.
  • There is a curfew between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.
  •  Restaurants and bars may remain open until 11 p.m.  – until midnight for delivery services – but cannot receive new customers after 10 p.m.
  • Indoor seating in restaurants and bars is limited to four persons per table; outdoor seating, to six persons.
  • There are additional occupancy restrictions and ventilation regulations for commercial establishments, places of worship, and sports facilities.

Vaccine Information

Spain is advancing its national four-stage COVID-19 vaccination strategy.  Information on COVID-19 vaccinations for the Madrid Province is available  here. We urge students who are not registered with Spain’s national health care system to make plans to get vaccinated in their home countries during the summer. At this point, the COVID-19 vaccine is not available via Sanitas Health Coverage.

On Campus

SLU-Madrid continues to require you to:

  • Wear your face mask.
  • Maintain at least 1.5 meters of distance from others.
  • Practice hand hygiene.
  • Assist with ventilation (open windows between classes, etc.).
  • Monitor your health.

If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or have COVID-19 related concerns, please email or phone:

COVID-19 testing is readily available in Spain. 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. If you have any questions, contact the Office of Student Life (studentlife-madrid@slu.edu).

Previous campus updates are available for reference