Demonstrations are commonplace in Spain. They may range in number from a few people to several thousand. Prior police approval is required for public demonstrations, and police routinely provide oversight. Nonetheless, situations may develop which could pose a threat to public safety. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. Exercise caution when in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.
Demonstrations in Madrid, March 5-12, 2021 (PDF 668K)
Demonstrations in Barcelona, March 5-12, 2021 (PDF 278K)
For further information about security in Spain:
See the State Department’s Travel Advisory and Country Information for Spain.
Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
Contact the U.S. Embassy in Madrid, located at Calle Serrano, 75, via email at AskACS@state.gov or by phone at + (34) 91-587-2200, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, except holidays. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
Contact the U.S. Consulate in Barcelona, located at Paseo Reina Elisenda, in the neighborhood of Sarria, via email at BarcelonaACS@state.gov or by phone at + (34) 93 280 2227, 08:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, except holidays. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
For an after-hours emergency involving a U.S. citizen anywhere in Spain, call +(34) 91-587-2200.
Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).