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PRACTICAL INFORMATION

For those traveling to Barcelona, you'll find useful information to consider for your trips!

Traveling to Spain

As part of the measures implemented by the Government of Spain to protect the general public's health when traveling to Spain, all passengers from a high-risk country must present a negative PCR or TMA for SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus carried out in the 72h before arrival. You can access the list of countries considered at risk here

Note that all passengers traveling to Spain from other countries, have to fill a health control form prior to their trip. Please access this website for all information about these measures: Spain Travel Health Portal. We also recommend everyone traveling to attend ICPP5 to keep up to date with all information issued by your country of residence and the Spanish embassy within your countries. 

 

VISA

A holder of a Uniform Schengen visa can travel to all 26 member countries of the Schengen Area. Schengen Area covers most of the EU countries, except Ireland and countries such as Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia and Cyprus. Although not all of the members of the EU, countries like Norway, Iceland, Switzerland and Lichtenstein are part of the Schengen zone. The visa policy of the Schengen Area is set by the European Union and applies to the Schengen Area and to other EU member states except for Ireland. The visa policy allows nationals of certain countries to enter the Schengen Area via air, land or sea without a visa for stays of up to 90 days within a 180-day period. 

Please click on the following link to check if you need a Schengen visa: https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/who-needs-schengen-visa/

Also, note that due to the COVID19 pandemic, your ability to travel in July highly depends on the restrictions imposed by Spain and Cataluña on people entering or leaving their territory. We will keep you updated as soon as we have more information, but we recommend you approach the Spanish Embassy in your country for specific information for each case. 

*This information is given by IPPA for informational purposes only, being exempt from any responsibility in the visa process.

Practical Guide

Climate

The climate of Barcelona is the Mediterranean, with mild, relatively rainy winters and hot, sunny summers.
The monthly average temperature ranges from 13 °C (48 °F) in January to 30 °C (86°F) in August. During June, the average temperature is 25 °C (77 °F).

Language

The region of Catalonia has two official languages. Spanish and Catalan, of which are both spoken. More people are talking English in Spain. 

Time zone

Central European Summer Time

Time zone in Barcelona, Spain (GMT+2)

Taxes

Barcelona raises its tourist tax to a maximum of four euros for every night spent by visitors to the city in hotels, guestrooms, tourist accommodation, and cruise ships.

Tipping

In Barcelona and in Spain generally speaking, you do not have to tip, unless you want to. If you feel like tipping because you feel that you have been very well looked after, then, by all means, tip 5% for good service and 10% for excellent service, but generally tipping is not expected and locals do not tip.

WiFi hotspots

Free WiFi is widely available in Barcelona. In 2011 the city council launched Barcelona WIFI and installed antennas throughout the city. You can also get online for free in shopping centres, bars & restaurants and at the airport.

Currency, Credit Cards and Exchange Rate

Currency in Spain, Barcelona is the euro €. There are not that many exchange offices anymore since the launching of the euro. You can exchange currencies at the airport for sure. Credit cards are accepted almost everywhere, particularly in hotels, department stores and restaurants. Note that most institutions charge a fee for the use of the card in foreign countries.

Exchange Rate: €1 Euro equals $1.20 United States Dollar (last updated: 2021-04-15)

Emergency Number

Nationwide emergency numbers

  • Police, ambulance, fire brigade: 112
  • Local Police: 092
  • Fire brigade: 080
  • Accident / Ambulance: 061
  • English-speaking police officers: +34 932 903 000 (police headquarters), Via Laietana 43

Tourist Police departments

  • Nou de la Rambla, Tel: +34 932 902 844
  • Rambla 43, Tel: +34 932 902 845
  • Metro Plaza Catalunya, Tel: +34 934 121 469
  • Central Station Sants, Tel: +34 932 905 231
  • Port Barceloneta, c / Juan de Borbon 64, Tel: +34 932 240 600

Business Hours

Bank Hours: Monday to Friday from 8.30 to 2.30 pm. All banks are closed on the weekend. However, ATMs are available around the clock.

Shops in Barcelona: Opening hours are usually from 9:00 - 13:00/14:00, 16:30 - 20:00/22:00. Most of the stores are only open in the morning on Saturdays. Department stores are open non-stop until 20:00/22:00, even on Saturdays.
Most shops are closed on Sundays and holidays.

Tourist Infos are opened daily. Opening hours are usually from 8:30 - 20:30. During the summer months, a lot of little tourist info in containers are opened in the whole city.

Voltage

The mains voltage is in Barcelona as in the whole of Europe 230 volts AC, plug adapters are hardly necessary. The flat European standard fit into the Spanish sockets.