Security Alert – October 19, 2019

Location: Barcelona, Catalonia

Event: Recent demonstrations in Barcelona and across Catalonia have turned violent. Protesters have set fires, vandalized public and private property and attacked security forces. Dozens of injuries have been reported and arrests have been made.

 A demonstration is expected today, October 19 at 6pm in Plaza Urquinaona.

Recent violent protest activity has taken place in downtown Barcelona between Via Laietana and Plaza Urquinaona as well as between Ronda Sant Pere and Plaza Universidad. Locations near these areas have also been affected. Other spontaneous demonstrations are likely to occur throughout Catalonia and many have taken place in front of government offices. There is a high potential for further violence during these demonstrations.

Protests are likely to affect services throughout the city and could affect services at the Barcelona airport throughout the weekend.

U.S. citizens are advised to avoid the areas of demonstrations, review the resources below and heed the instructions of government and law enforcement personnel.  Please see our Demonstrations in Spain webpage for more information as well as the resources below.

Actions to Take:

  • Avoid the areas of the demonstrations.
  • Exercise caution if in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests.
  • Monitor local media for updates.
  • Consider alternate means of transportation.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Keep a low profile.
  • Notify friends and family of your safety.

The Barcelona tourism office has set up a telephone line for tourists that are seeking information on what public services have been affected by the situation: +34 93 285 3834. For the latest information on travel disruptions, visit; English translation is available.

U.S. citizens may monitor English-language Spanish media at the following website:

Airport and flight information :

Public Transportation information: and

Also, view updates on Twitter, Facebook and Official Websites from the Mossos d’Esquadra (Regional Police), Barcelona City Police, Spanish National Police and Guardia Civil:

Mossos d’Esquadra (Regional Police)

Barcelona City Police


  • U.S. Embassy Madrid, Spain


  • U.S. Consulate General Barcelona, Spain


  • State Department – Consular Affairs

888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444