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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Madrid, U.S. Consulate General Barcelona
March 15, 2020

Location:  Spain

Event:  There is an ongoing outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) first identified in Wuhan, China.  The global public health threat posed by COVID-19 is high.

On March 14, the Department of State authorized the departure from any diplomatic or consular post worldwide of U.S. personnel and family members who have been medically determined to be at higher risk of a poor outcome if exposed to COVID-19. See https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/travel-advisory-alert-global-level-3-health-advisory-issue.html.

On March 14, the Government of Spain declared a 15-day, countrywide State of Alarm that severely restricts the movement of people and goods, as well as most commercial activity.  Air, sea and land transportation will be reduced to at least 50 percent of regular frequency.  Everyone in Spain, including U.S. citizens, is restricted from movement outside their home or place of temporary residence except for the following very limited purposes:

  • To obtain, food, medicine, and basic necessities
  • To obtain medical care
  • To go to and from work if you cannot telework
  • To return to your habitual place of residence (this includes travel to the airport for a flight to your home in the United States)
  • To assist and care for the elderly, minors, and vulnerable populations
  • To go to the bank, ATM, or other financial entity
  • To obtain gas for your vehicle
  • Due to force majeure or other emergency

Actions to Take:

  • Follow instructions of Spanish authorities. Not doing so could result in arrest.
  • Visit the Spanish Ministry of Health website for updated information.
  • Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in Spain.
  • Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the United States.
  • Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information on COVID-19.
  • Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information.
  • Work with your airline, travel provider, or hotel/lodging directly regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.
  • Call Spanish emergency numbers 112 and 061 right away if you believe you may have COVID-19 (or similar symptoms) or were exposed to someone who may have COVID-19 in the last six weeks. For a list of local COVID-19 emergency numbers, please visit this website.


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