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Update on Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Spain

July 27, 2021

As of July 26, the U.S. State Department's travel advisory for Spain is “Level 4: Do Not Travel”; similarly, the CDC's advisory is “Level 4: Very High Level of COVID-19 in Spain.” Under its “Key Information for Travelers to Spain,” the CDC states, “If you must travel to Spain, make sure you are fully vaccinated.”

SLU-Madrid urges every member of its community, including new, continuing, and study abroad students, to be fully vaccinated before coming to campus in September.

July 19, 2021

The health and safety of the SLU-Madrid community remain among our top priorities as we prepare to welcome students back to campus and in-person teaching in September. Our COVID-19 protocols will respond to the status of the pandemic in Spain and the public health measures mandated by Madrid's regional government. At present, we will continue to require mask use and social distancing on campus, for both vaccinated and unvaccinated students, faculty, and staff.  

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 call:

Madrid Information

The following public health measures are currently in effect throughout the Madrid Province

  • Social distancing (1.5 meters), indoors and outdoors, is required.
  • Mask use is mandatory indoors and in enclosed spaces, including in restaurants/bars, only to be removed at the moment of eating and drinking.
  • Mask use is also mandatory outdoors when social distancing (1.5 meters) cannot be maintained.
  • Restrictions have been placed on hours of operations of restaurants, bars, theaters, and other social venues.
  • Restaurant seating remains limited to 6 persons per table indoors and 8 persons per table outdoors.
  • Occupancy limits and ventilation regulations are in place for commercial establishments, places of worship, and sports facilities.
  • Recommended: no outdoor public gatherings – in parks, on streets – of more than 6 persons.
  • Recommended: no social/family visits to other households, except to provide care to a third person.

Testing Information

COVID-19 testing is 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. The U.S. Embassy also provides a list of COVID-19 Testing and Lab Locations in Madrid. If you have any questions, contact the Office of Student Life (studentlife-madrid@slu.edu). 

Vaccine Information

SLU-Madrid urges every member of its community to get vaccinated for COVID-19 as soon as possible. Spain has implemented a four-stage COVID-19 vaccination strategy. Information on COVID-19 vaccinations for the Madrid Province is available here. The COVID-19 vaccine is not available via Multi Sanitas medical insurance or through private health care services in Spain. Students who do not have access to Spain's national health care system should arrange to get vaccinated in their home countries.

Travel Information (updated July 26, 2021)

As of July 26, the U.S. State Department's travel advisory for Spain is “Level 4: Do Not Travel”; similarly, the CDC's advisory is “Level 4: Very High Level of COVID-19 in Spain.” Under its “Key Information for Travelers to Spain,” the CDC states, “If you must travel to Spain, make sure you are fully vaccinated.”

Vaccinated tourists from most countries may enter Spain; unvaccinated travelers may need appropriate documentation, including entry visas, certificates of enrollment, valid passports, a negative diagnostic test taken within 48 hours of arrival in Spain or a certificate of recovery from COVID-19, etc. All travelers to Spain upon arrival must present a QR code generated through the Spain Travel Health portal. Entry requirements may change; consult the Spain Travel Health website for most current information prior to traveling to Spain. 

Restrictions related to COVID-19 vary widely by region in Spain and across Europe – indeed, around the world. Travelers must monitor the information specific to their country of departure and their destination.

Previous campus updates are available for reference