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Update on Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Spain

January 16, 2021


Travel Information

Spain requires all travelers from high-risk countries, which includes the U.S., to present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to entering Spain, to complete a Health Control Form (FCS) prior to arrival, and to show the QR code to the Border Health Control upon arrival. Review the Spain Travel Health website for additional information and the documentation needed to travel to Spain.
 
On January 15, the Bureau of Consular Affairs of the U.S. State Department issued a “Worldwide” Health Alert: “Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide either a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel or provide a positive test result and documentation from a licensed health care provider or public health official of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. Passengers must also attest, under penalty of law, to having received a negative qualifying test result or recovery from COVID-19 and medical clearance to travel.” Additional information is available from the U.S. Centers of Disease Control
 
COVID-19 testing is available in Spain. For information or questions related to COVID-19 testing, please contact the Office of Student Life: (studentlife-madrid@slu.edu).
 
Safety in Madrid and on Campus
 
The Madrid Province continues to appeal to all residents to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, identifying social distancing and the use of face masks as the key measures to prevent transmission. On January 15, in response to the recent increase of cases, the regional government announced the implementation of the following measures, which remain in effect from January 18 through January 31: 

  • Social distancing (1.5 meters, indoors and outdoors) is required throughout the region.
  • Masks must be worn at all times, including in restaurants/bars, and may only be removed at the moment of eating and drinking. 
  • There is a curfew between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. 
  • Social and family gatherings are limited to six people, with the recommendation that such gatherings are also limited only to those who share the same household.
  • All non-essential commercial activities (restaurants, bars, and retail stores) must close before 10 p.m. and cannot open before 6 a.m.

SLU-Madrid's campus is located in a neighborhood that, as of January 11, continues to be identified as a “restricted zone” (Zona Básica de Salud Andrés Mellado). Until this restriction is lifted, restaurants, bars, theaters, sports facilities and business establishments must limit their service to residents only. Students who live in other neighborhoods are permitted to enter only to go to and from SLU-Madrid's campus. All students must always carry their SLU-ID with them; we recommend they carry a print-out of their Spring 2021 class schedule as well. 
 
On campus, we ask you to:

  • Wear your face mask.
  • Maintain at least 1.5 meters of distance from others.
  • Practice hand hygiene.
  • Monitor your health.
  • Call Student Life or seek help if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms

Students: Student Life: (+34) 638 763 758
Employees: Human Resources: (+34) 915 54 58 58
Madrid COVID-19 Information Number: (+34) 900 102 112 

 

January 12, 2021

Spain continues to require all travelers from high-risk countries, which includes the U.S., to present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to entering Spain. In addition, as of December 22, the national government has suspended entry into Spain for individuals coming from the United Kingdom. Please review the Spain Travel Health website for additional information and the documentation needed to travel to Spain. 

The Madrid Province continues with restrictions that are already in place, including:

  • Masks and social distancing are mandatory throughout the region.
  • There is a curfew between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. 
  • Social gatherings are limited to six people.
  • All non-essential shops must close before 10 p.m.; restaurants/bars, at midnight.

The Madrid Province is implementing a free testing service for young people between the ages of 18 and 29, with the goal of detecting asymptomatic cases, identifying close contacts, and thus controlling the spread of COVID-19. For additional information or questions about the upcoming availability of testing, please contact the Office of Student Life (studentlife-madrid@slu.edu
 
SLU-Madrid's campus is located in a neighborhood that, as of January 11, continues to be identified as a “restricted zone” (Zona Básica de Salud Andrés Mellado). Until this restriction is lifted, restaurants, bars, theaters, sports facilities and business establishments must limit their service to residents only. Students who live in other neighborhoods are permitted to enter only to go to and from SLU-Madrid's campus. All students must always carry their SLU-ID with them; we recommend they carry a print-out of their Spring 2021 class schedule as well.

On campus, we ask you to:

  • Wear your face mask.
  • Maintain at least 1.5 meters of distance from others.
  • Practice hand hygiene.
  • Monitor your health.
  • Call Student Life or seek help if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

    Students: Student Life: (+34) 638 763 758
    Employees: Human Resources: (+34) 915 54 58 58
    Madrid COVID-19 Information Number: (+34) 900 102 112

We also ask that you download the Saint Louis University Mobile App so that we can notify you in case of on-campus emergencies and other important notifications: 

  • Search for the “Saint Louis University” Mobile App (blue logo).
  • Download the free app and open it.
  • On the “Choose your role” screen, select “Madrid.”
  • Sign in by entering your SLU Net ID and password.

Previous campus updates are available for reference