Spain Travel Information
A large number of coronavirus cases have been
detected in Spain. Spanish authorities have introduced
exceptional conditions to stop the spread of the virus.
This includes closing the borders to Spain, prohibiting
travel in public places and closing down accommodations,
shops and eating places. People who do not live in Spain
are allowed to move in order to return to their country
of origin, such as airport transfers. Norwegian
authorities cooperate with airlines to help Norwegian
citizens return to Norway. For information about the
coronavirus and the state of emergency, see the section
Spain is generally a safe and well-functioning
country to visit, and most trips therefore go safely and
without special problems. You should, as usual, exercise
caution and take reasonable precautions, such as storing
valuables such as money, passports, credit cards,
cameras and cell phones in a proper manner, and ensuring
that you have valid travel insurance for your entire
stay. Unpleasant surprises, including pocket theft and
other crime, can occur both at typical tourist
attractions, especially in busy streets and on public
There has been an increase in people who report the
theft of valuables from the rental car at stops at gas
stations and supermarkets. Therefore, do not leave
valuables in the car or anywhere else unattended.
From February 2020, a new law has been introduced
against the negative consequences of high alcohol
consumption in some areas of Majorca and Ibiza. The
marketing, sale and consumption of alcohol is limited
compared to the past, and offense can result in fines.
Tourists may also be expelled from the hotel for
Spain is among the countries in Europe that have the
longest experience of terrorism and the country has a
good crisis management apparatus. However, the Basque
terrorist organization ETA is no longer active. By
contrast, terrorist attacks by extreme Islamist groups
are considered a threat in Spain. The latest terrorist
attack in Spain was carried out in Barcelona and
Cambrils on 17 August 2017. In the same way as in other
Western European countries, the terrorist threat is
currently considered high. Travelers should be vigilant
when staying in places where there are lots of people.
Otherwise, you should never leave luggage of any kind
unattended in public places.
Travelers are encouraged to stay away from large
crowds and political demonstrations.
- Countryaah: Madrid is the capital
of Spain. Check to find information of population, geography, history,
and economy about the capital city.
The Spanish road network is consistently high quality
and the car park is mainly modern. However, the traffic
picture is characterized by significantly higher speeds,
greater car density, more accidents and a more
aggressive driving pattern than the Norwegian one, and
it is advised to pay extra attention both as a motorist
and as a pedestrian.
Driving in an alcohol-affected state is prohibited,
talking on the cellphone, or having ear plugs (also for
direction guidance) while driving. Driver's license and
insurance certificate must always be carried in the car.
It is mandatory to have the following equipment in the
car: Two red warning triangles, luminescent vest (in
case of motorway accidents), extra tires and a set of
extra light bulbs. Chains are highly recommended when
driving in mountainous areas during winter.
Forest fires still occur in Spain. The most common
tourist areas have been less affected by the fires.
Floods, floods and landslides occur during longer rainy
periods. In most regions of Spain there is a certain
earthquake danger, and although no major earthquakes
have been recorded in recent years, regular earthquakes
of minor magnitude are recorded. There is also volcanic
activity in Spain in the world's third largest volcano,
Pico de Teide, on the Canary Island of Tenerife. This is
currently considered to be dormant, but there are
opportunities for outbreaks in the future, without
anyone predicting the time of such an outbreak.
During natural disaster situations and other major
events, Norwegians are asked to heed the directions and
recommendations of local authorities.
Direcci¨®n General de Protecci¨®n Civil has overall
responsibility for civil preparedness and crisis
management in natural disasters, while the autonomous
regions have operational responsibility. In addition,
the Spanish crisis management unit "Unidad Militar de
Emergencia" from the Spanish defense has a standing
Norwegian citizens staying in Spain for a shorter or
longer period are encouraged to register at
Local emergency number: 112
In crisis and emergency, the public is urged to
contact the Norwegian Embassy in Madrid:
Royal Norwegian Embassy
Calle Serrano 26, 5th Floor
Phone: +34 914 363 840
Fax: +34 913 190 969
E-mail: emb. [email protected]
Outside the embassy's opening hours, the public can
contact the UD's 24-hour operating center on tel.: +47
23 95 00 00 or by e-mail [email protected]
Please note that entry regulations may change. The
Foreign Service is not responsible if the following
information on entry regulations or visa requirements is
changed at short notice. It is the responsibility of the
traveler to ensure that travel documents are valid for
entry and to familiarize themselves with the current
entry rules for each country.
Crossing the borders into Spain is only allowed for
Spanish citizens, people with a residence permit in
Spain and people who can justify the need to enter
Spain. Citizens of EU/Schengen countries and people with
long-term visas in these countries can travel through
Spain to get to the country where they live. Airports
and ports are still open, but with limited capacity.
Passport is the only internationally valid travel and
identification document for Norwegian citizens.
Therefore, even though there is freedom of passport
within the Schengen area (Norway and Spain are members
of the Schengen agreement), the passport must therefore
always be brought on trips to Spain as it is a duty to
be able to identify with a valid identification
document. In addition, all airlines require that
passengers have a valid travel and identification
document on departure.
The passport must be valid throughout your stay.
Upon entry to/transit via Spain, the following valid
document (with the same validity requirement as the
passport) is also accepted:
- Emergency passports
- Refugee travel document (green travel document)
- Travel document for people staying on a
humanitarian basis (blue travel document). NB! This
is only accepted if it gives the holder unlimited
permission to return to Norway.
However, reservations are made that the entry rules
may be changed at short notice. It is therefore
recommended that the authorities of the relevant country
be contacted when planning a trip.
Coronavirus (covid-19): The Ministry
of Foreign Affairs recommends travel that is not
strictly necessary for Spain.
In order to limit the spread of the corona virus,
Spanish authorities have introduced a state of
emergency, which has so far been decided to last until
10 May 2020, but which is expected to be extended. A
gradual decline in the state of emergency until the end
of June is planned, depending on the pandemic's
development. It cannot be expected that one can move
freely in Spain before this.
The state of emergency gives the Ministry of the
Interior, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of
Transport and the Ministry of Defense, under the
direction of the Prime Minister, the authority to take
the necessary measures to secure necessary services and
protect the population.
Public agencies have the authority to carry out the
necessary checks to ensure that measures under the state
of emergency are respected. The population is obliged to
cooperate with representatives of public agencies and
not prevent measures being implemented. It may be
punishable not to respect the state of exception or not
to follow orders from representatives of public
The state of emergency involves, among other things,
- Crossing the borders into Spain is only allowed
for Spanish citizens, people with a residence permit
in Spain and people who can justify the need to
enter Spain. Citizens of EU/Schengen countries and
people with long-term visas in these countries can
travel through Spain to get to the country where
they live. Airports and ports are still open, but
with limited capacity.
- It is prohibited to travel in public places
throughout Spain unless it is critically necessary.
- Exceptions are given for moving to and from
work, purchasing food, medicines and indispensable
products, visits to doctors' offices and hospitals,
care for the elderly, minors, persons with
disabilities and persons in a vulnerable situation,
return to permanent residence, visits to banks,
movements resulting from force majeure and other
activities of a similar nature, if duly legitimate.
From April 26, three children are allowed to stay
for one hour a day in association with a parent.
From May 2, adults will be able to stay out an hour
- Exceptions are given for people who do not live
in Spain to relocate in order to return to their
country of origin, such as airport transfers.
Norwegian authorities cooperate with airlines to
maintain departures and assist Norwegian citizens
back to Norway. Flights information will be
available on the airlines website.
- Any necessary transfer must be made
individually, unless there is a need to assist
persons with disabilities. It is permissible to move
by car in the above exceptional situations, as well
as to refuel.
- All shops and restaurants are closed except for
grocery stores, pharmacies, and some other retail
and service locations. Eating in grocery stores will
not be allowed. It will be possible to order home
delivery of food from restaurants. A gradual opening
of shops and restaurants is planned during May.
- All hotels, places that offer short-term
accommodation, campsites etc. is closed. A gradual
opening is scheduled for May.
- You must avoid groups of people and keep at
least one meter distance to customers and service.
- All public transport and transport services
performed by private operators are significantly
reduced (about 50 per cent capacity).
- All educational institutions are closed, but
digital education will be carried out if possible.
It is not planned to open until September.
- All cultural and leisure activities are
canceled, and institutions are closed. A gradual
opening is planned during May and June.
Follow local authorities' advice, guidance and
directions on how to deal with the situation on
Enfermedad por nuevo coronavirus.
You can find more information and guidance from the
Norwegian health authorities on the website of the
Norwegian Institute of Public Health. See also UD's
answers to frequently asked questions about travel and
People with symptoms of viral infection should not
call the usual Spanish emergency number 112, which is
reserved for emergency emergencies. Coronavirus
infection numbers have been set up in most regions, see
||955 54 50 60
||112 or 061
|C. La Mancha
||900 122 112
|C. Y Le¨®n
||900 222 000
||900 720 692
||900 102 112
||900 300 555
||900 400 116
||900 11 20 61
||941 29 83 33
||900 12 12 12
||948 29 02 90
|Basque Country (Pa¨ªs Vasco)
||900 20 30 50
Spain has a well-developed health care system with
both public and private hospitals. Non-Hispanic patients
may experience difficulty communicating with physicians
and other staff.
Holders of a valid European Health Insurance Card are
entitled to emergency treatment in public hospitals, on
par with the nationals of the country of residence.
Information on the European Health Insurance Card and
how to obtain this can be found on the Health Norway
Keep in mind that European health insurance cards do
not cover home travel, private health care or treatment
of non-acute illnesses.
It is therefore necessary to take out private travel
and health insurance before leaving. You should check
what is included to make sure that the insurance covers
the type of activities you plan to do and that it is
valid throughout your stay. Good travel insurance will
cover, among other things, expenses related to injuries,
accidents, illness, home transport and death.
If the purpose of the trip is to receive treatment
abroad, one should think about what should be done and
how to finance special transport to Norway, should it be
necessary after the treatment has been completed. For
example, ambulance flights can be very expensive. If the
treatment journey is arranged through a Norwegian
hospital, these issues should be addressed with the
hospital in advance.
The area code for calls from Norway to Spain is +34.
The telephone network is stable. There is no time
difference between mainland Spain (including the
Balearic Islands) and Norway. The Canary Islands are an
hour after Norway. The whole of Spain changes to summer
time as in Norway.
The mains in Spain are 220 volts with European plugs.
The mobile network is well developed, and there is GSM
coverage in 90 per cent of the country. The postal
system works quickly and efficiently. There is wireless
internet coverage in many restaurants, cafes and hotels.
The Internet domain is.es
The currency unit in Spain is the euro (EUR). Most
international credit cards are accepted. Note that taxis
often require cash payments.
Normal opening hours for banks and public offices are
Monday to Friday 8: 30-14: 00. The usual opening hours
for shops are Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 13:30 and
17:00 to 20:00. Larger malls are open all day from 10am
to 9pm. Many centers and shops are also open on Sundays.
Most restaurants have closed between lunch (13: 30-16:
00) and dinner (20: 30-23: 30). The Spaniards eat dinner
late, usually at 1am. 22:00 - and there are generally
few guests at the restaurants before 21:00 - 21:30.
National holidays: January 1, January 6, Cutting
Thursday, Good Friday, August 15, October 12 (National
Day), December 6 (Constitution Day), December 8 and
December 25. In addition, each region of Spain has its
own local holidays which can vary from year to year.
As in Norway, it is common for tourists to give some
tips/tips on eating places and to taxi drivers.
It should be noted that the Spanish proficiency in
English is generally poorer than what we are used to in
Norway. This applies to both public employees
(hospitals, police, etc.) and employees in banks,
restaurants, shops, etc. Please note that there is
normally an additional charge of around three euros for
luggage by taxi.
Possession of all forms of drugs is illegal in Spain.
The dress code in Spain is generally formal.
Spaniards dress formally in work, and somewhat less
formally in their spare time.