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COVID-19 Information for partners


COVID-19 situation in Spain & restrictions
Restrictions in the Valencia Region
Restrictions and Regulations at UPV
Travelling to Spain - Entry requirements and controls
University Services
Teaching system , classes and exams
Healthcare Recommendations
Protocol in case of COVID symptoms, suspected or confirmed case

DISCLAIMER: while every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completedness of this information, no guarantee is given nor responsibility taken for errors or omissions in this information. This summary is provided as a curtesy for incoming exchange students and/or their coordinators and it does not replace official sources of information

(updated: 10/10/2021)

As of 8 October, 79.6 %of the Spanish population (<12 years old) have received at least 1 dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 77,7% are fully vaccinated (78.84% in the Valencia Region). Opposition to COVID-19 vaccines in Spain is minimal.

All epidemiological indicators are low are relatively stable . Full details available in this link

(updated: 10/10/2021)

Restrictions remain in effect throughout Spain and vary widely by region.  International students are encouraged to monitor regional governments’ websites and local press reports for more information.  Students must ensure that th eyare familiar with local requirements before traveling between regions in Spain, specially if when travelling to the Canary Islands or the Balearic Islands. Common restrictions or rules in all of Spain are:

  • Using a facemask covering mouth and nose in any public closed spaces.
  • Using a facemask outdoors if there is less than 1.5 meters of physical distance between individuals.
  • Public or private gatherings limited to a certain number of persons (depends on the Region)
  • Some limits in opening hours of nightclubs, bars and pubs
  • In some Regions or cities, EU COVID passports, PCR or antigen tests are mandatory in nightclubs, music festivals, etc.

Guide to restrictions by Region or city (official website of RTVE, Spanish Public Radio & Television)
Autonomous Communities (Spanish regions) official website

Current COVID Restrictions for all of Spain (Spain in English, online newspaper )
El PAÍS English Edition (online newspaper)

Current restrictions in the Valencia Region (province of Valencia, Alicante and Castellón)
(from 9 October 2021 onwards)

  • Situation almost back to normal, with a few minor restrictions
  • Maximum 10 people seating at the same table in restaurants or bars
  • Some restrictions in danceclubs, bars with live music and bars.

Coronavirus official website - Valencian Department of Public Health

Restrictions on UPV campus (at least during the first semester 2021-22)

  • Using a facemask covering your mouth and nose indoors and outdoors at all times (except when eating or drinking)
  • Limited capacity of classrooms, conference rooms, laboratories and all indoors spaces, in order to maintain at least 1.5 meters of distance
  • Eating and drinking in closed spaces is only allowed in official cafeterias and restaurants (ventilation will be ensured).


All persons entering Spain from other countries, must complete a Health Control Form and obtain a QR code to present at boarding and health controls upon arrival in Spain.

Effective 7 June 2021, all passengers from a country/area that has a SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus risk must present a certificate confirming that they are not infected, with 3 options:

a) document certifying vaccination against COVID-19
b) recent negative test result

c) certificate of COVID19 recovery

The list of risk countries/areas can be seen in this link.

EU residents + residents in Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein may present an EU Digital COVID certificate. Residents in other countries may present any of the 3 kinds of certificates listed above, as long as they fulfill all the requirements published in the website Spain Travel Health.

Spain Travel Health – Full information and access to the online Health Control online Form

Spain Travel Health - FAQs

Passengers coming from a few countries countries must quarantine upon arrival for 10 days.
For the latest updates, we suggest you check the Twitter profile of the Spanish Embassy or Consulate in your country of residence.

(updated: 10/10//2021)

UPV campuses are fully open to students, with some adjustments and restrictions. Most administrative services for students do not have open receiving hours. Drop-in hours are generally replaced by remote consultations (email and Policonsulta or via online drop-ins with Microsoft Teams meetings). Some services do have receiving hours students must make an appointment first.

Each UPV School/Faculty has its own International Office. The staff in each faculty-level International Office will take care of student enrollment, orientation and any documents or certificates to be signed.

The General UPV Info Days (welcome speeches + presentation of UPV services and general information) for the 2nd semester 2021-22 (February-June 2022) will most likely place face-to-face. All incoming exchange students will receive an email confirming this information in early January.


In 2021-22 all academic activities will take place face-to-face (classes and exams).

Incoming exchange students should be on campus during the entire semester.

.Healthcare recommendations

Facemasks are mandatory in Spain in any public space indoors, on public transport and also outdoors when it is not possible to keep at least 1.5 meters of distance with other people.

Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or disinfecting gel.

• Maintain the safety distance (1.5-2 m) with respect to others and always use a facemask

• Avoid touching your face: especially your eyes, nose and mouth.

• Avoid greetings that involve physical contact

• Avoid sharing work items (computers, pens, phones, etc.). If you have to, always disinfect them before and after sharing them.

• When coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with your elbow flexed.

• Follow all the indications and instructions displayed inside UPV buildings

• Outside university, a good ventilation is essential in closed spaces when you are with other people in the same room

More UPV information about COVID at: http://www.upv.es/covid-19/index-es.html

Access to medical services

If you have a European Health Insurance Card (ESIC), you are entitled to receive medical care from the public Spanish Healthcare System (transferred to the 17 Autonomous Communities). In that case, you may search your primary healthcare center in your neighbourhood (wait until you have a stable address in Spain). You can contact the reception to request a regional health system health card (SIP card) and you will be assigned a family doctor (GP). This doctor will refer you to a specialist or hospital, if necessary (except in emergencies, when you can go to any hospital).

If you have private healthcare insurance, ask your insurance provider how to proceed in case you need medical attention in Spain.


1. Do not go to classes and isolate yourself if:

  • you have been in close contact (*) with someone who tested positive for COVID19 in the last 14 days
  • you develop any compatible symptoms (fever, persistent feeling of being tired, difficulty to breath, sore throat or lack of smell).

(*) Close contact: if you have shared a poorly ventilated space or if you were less than 1 meter apart from the other person for over 15 minutes while they were infectious (2 days before onset of symptoms to 10 days after).

If unsure, you may take a quick antigen test. Students in the Valencia campus may take a free test in the Medical Center on campus. Follow these instructions:

Step 1. Write your personal details and the reason for the test (close contact / symptoms) on the online form available in this LINK ; in the question “NIF/NIE”, type your UPV identification number, based on your passport or identity card number, starting with a “P”.

Step 2. Go to the yellow tent just outside building 6E of campus map and call 963877407 to inform that you are waiting outside to take an antigen test (test de antígenos). Not available on weekends.

You may also buy a quick antigen test in many pharmacies. If you test positive, you will have to isolate yourself and report it to the Sanitary Authorities.

Covid19 Quarantine Guidelines

Recommendations for home isolation

2. Report to the Healthcare Authorities

In Valencia, Gandia or Alcoy (or anywhere in the Valencia Region) call the toll-free number 900 300555 to receive further instructions. If you are elsewhere in Spain, check the most direct number in in this LINK.

Please contact the public Healthcare Authorities regardless of your medical insurance in Spain (also if you have private insurance). COVID19 is a public health issue and all cases must be reported by national authorities.

3. Report any suspected or confirmed COVID case to the management team of your UPV host School/Faculty

This step does not replace reporting to the Health Authorities. However, it is important to follow the protocol and guidelines of your host UPV School or Faculty for two reasons:
- For tracking purposes
-To inform that you will be absent from face-to-face classes or exams during a quarantine at home

UPV School / Faculty or campus

Protocol, guidelines and contact persons

EPSA (Alcoy campus)


EPSG (Gandia campus)


ETSA – School of Architecture


ETSIAMN – School of Agricultural Engineering the Environment


ETSIE -School of Building Engineering


ETSICCP – School of Civil Engineering


ETSID – School Design Engineering


ETSIGCT – School of Engineering in Geodesy, Cartography & Surveying


ETSII – School of Industrial Engineering


ETSINF – School of Informatics


ETSIT – School of Telecommunications Engineering


FADE – Faculty of Business Administration and Management


FBBAA – Faculty of Fine Arts


4. Report any confirmed COVID19 case or quarantine at home to the International Office of your host UPV School/Faculty

This step not mandatory, but we do recommend it. The staff in the International Office will check on you and assist you if you need help with any of the previous steps, either through the office staff directly or by contacting your Mentor student.

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