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Update on Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Spain

Jan. 13, 2022

Spring semester classes start today. SLU-Madrid continues to place the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff as our highest priority. We urge you to take the precautions to help stem the spread of the COVID-19 virus. These precautions include getting vaccinated, including boosters, and getting tested if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or have been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19. 

Campus Protocols

On campus, you are required to:

  • Maintain social distancing.
  • Wear a face mask.
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Assist with ventilation of classrooms.
  • Avoid congested areas.

On and off campus, we ask you to monitor your health. If you experience COVID-19 related symptoms or have been a close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, you should get tested and remain off campus while awaiting the results or if you have tested positive. More information about the health and safety precautions we have taken is available here

SLU-Madrid has asked its faculty to be flexible and to accommodate students who miss classes due to COVID-19, including travel delays and the requirement to quarantine or remain off campus due to experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. If you are unable to attend class due to COVID-19, please contact SLU-Madrid's Office of Student Life (studentlife-madrid@slu.edu) and complete an absence/health self-disclosure form. Please also contact your professors directly to identify what you need to do keep up with your coursework. 

For additional information or assistance:

  • Students: 24/7 Sanitas Medical Assistance: +34 91 752 29 02 and +34 900 906 208
  • Students: Student Life Health and Emergency Line: +34 638 763 758 – studentlife-madrid@slu.edu
  • Employees: Human Resources: +34 91 554 58 58 – hr-madrid@slu.edu
  • Madrid COVID-19 Information Number: +34 900 102 112

Public Health Measures: Spain

Spain's central government currently has a nationwide mask mandate in place. All persons over the age of six are required to wear face masks in public, outdoors or indoors, with few exceptions. Information (in Spanish) about Madrid's response to COVID-19, testing and vaccination is posted on the Comunidad de Madrid's COVID-19 webpage. A good source for information in English is the U.S. Embassy's COVID-19 Information webpage.

Travel Information

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. At present, vaccinated U.S. citizens need only to complete an online form, which asks them to attest to their vaccination status and confirm that, to the best of their knowledge, they have not been exposed to COVID-19. Requirements for students from other countries vary and are posted on these webpages. 

Please also consult your own country's embassy or consulate in Spain. For U.S. citizens, see the Embassy's COVID-19 Information webpage, which provides links to U.S. State Department Travel advisories. Currently, this advisory is at "Level 4: Do not Travel," due to the high levels of COVID-19 as well as risks of "terrorism and civil unrest."

Note: It is important that you review potential travel restrictions and documentation requirements for travel to, from, and even within Spain throughout the semester.

Previous campus updates are available for reference