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Update on Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Spain

September 20, 2021

SLU-Madrid places the health and safety of its community as its highest priority. COVID-19 protocols are in place on campus to protect our community, following the public health measures mandated by Madrid's regional government.

The Madrid Province announced, as of September 20, the following:

  • The use of face masks continues to be recommended in all interior spaces and whenever social distancing (1.5 meters) is not possible, especially in crowds.
  • Mask use is mandatory in markets, retail stores, shopping malls, libraries, museums, theaters, and other public locations.
  • Restaurant seating is limited to 6 persons per table indoors and 10 persons per table outdoors.
  • Other guidelines and recommendations are listed here.

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 COVID-19 related concerns, please email or call:

Testing Information

COVID-19 testing is readily 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 (studentlife-madrid@slu.edu). 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 (studentlife-madrid@slu.edu). 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 most recent 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."

All travelers to Spain, upon arrival, must present a QR code generated through the Spain Travel Health website. In addition, students entering Spain with visas must show one of the following documents: proof of vaccination, a negative COVID-19 test, or a certificate of recovery; non-essential travelers (tourists) must show proof of vaccination for COVID-19. 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.

Restrictions related to COVID-19 vary widely 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