Health Alert – Potential Delays in Passport Processing – U.S. Embassy Madrid, U.S. Consulate General Barcelona

Health Alert   Potential Delays in Passport Processing – U.S. Embassy MadridU.S. Consulate General Barcelona (7 April 2020)

Location:  Spain – Level 4:  Do Not Travel 

Event:  Because of public health measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, on March 20, the U.S. Department of State began to limit its passport operations.  Effective April 2, the Department of State further limited its passport operations.  This may affect processing of non-emergency passport and Consular Report of Birth Abroad applications that were accepted at the U.S. Embassy in Madrid, the U.S. Consulate General in Barcelona, and the five consular agencies in Spain.  

If you have applied for, but not received, a passport or Consular Report of Birth Abroad in Spain, please contact us by email – we may be able to issue an emergency passport.  You may apply for an emergency passport in either Madrid or Barcelona with a prior appointment.  U.S. citizens with immediate travel plans to the United States who do not have a valid passport, but have some form of government-issued identification, may ask their airline for assistance boarding their flight at the airport.

Actions to Take

  • To make an appointment for an emergency service in Madrid, email
  • To make an appointment for an emergency service in Barcelona, email 
  • Call Spanish emergency numbers 112 and 061 right away if you believe you may have COVID-19 (or similar symptoms). For a list of local COVID-19 emergency numbers, please visit this website.
  • Visit the Spanish Ministry of Health website for updated information (click here for general information in English) about COVID-19.
  • Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in Spain.