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Covid19 - Información para estudiantes de intercambio 21-22
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COVID-19 situation in Spain & restrictions
Restrictions in the Valencia Region
Restrictions and Regulations at UPV
Traveling to Spain - Entry requirements and controls
University Services - Contacting your International Office
Teaching system, classes, and exams
Health Recommendations & Access to medical care
Protocol in case of COVID symptoms, suspected or confirmed case

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

(updated: 03/02/2022)

The country is currently coming out of the sixth wave. Full details available in this link

Vaccines are not obligatory for any group or community yet. 80,7% of the Spanish population (90,8%>12 years old) have completed the initial vaccination scheme (generally 2 doses, except 1 for Janssen). 86% of the population over 20 has received a booster dose (3rd dose in most cases, 2nd dose for Janssen).

Healthcare authorities are currently busy with the administration of the booster vaccine to the younger age groups.

(updated: 03/02/2022)

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.  You should ensure you are familiar with local requirements before traveling between regions in Spain, especially if you wish to travel to the Canary Islands or the Balearic Islands. Remember to follow the instructions of local authorities.  Common restrictions or rules in all of Spain are:

  • Using a facemask covering your mouth and nose in any public closed spaces.
  • Using a facemask outdoors if there are 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)
(until 28 February at least)

  • The situation is almost back to normal, with a few minor restrictions
  • COVID Pass obligatory in restaurants, bars, cafés, and hospitality services
  • Maximum 10 people seated at the same table in restaurants or bars
  • Some restrictions in dance clubs, bars with live music and bars.

Coronavirus official website - Valencian Department of Public Health

Restrictions on UPV campus

  • Using a facemask covering your mouth and nose indoors (preferably FP2).
  • Limited capacity of classrooms, conference rooms, laboratories and all indoors spaces, in order to maintain at least 1.5 meters of distance


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 on 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 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 a few adjustments. Most administrative services for students have limited 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 face-to-face receiving hours but you have to schedule an appointment first through the app Poli[cita].

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

(updated: 10/10//2021)

In 2021-22 the teaching system is 100% face-to-face (classes and exams). Strict health protection protocols are observed.

The capacity of classrooms and laboratories has been reduced to maintain at least 1.5 meters between students and all indoor spaces will be regularly ventilated. This has two main consequences:

  • In a few courses (subjects), online classes remain, combined with face-to-face teaching. The solution is different in each degree, depending on the number of students enrolled, the seating capacity of classrooms, and the specific type of course. In some cases, part of the students attend courses face-to-face while part of the students follows them online (synchronously); in other cases, theory classes may take place online for all students while practical classes take place in person in laboratories or workshops.
  • The number of seats (spots) in some courses has been reduced and sometimes it might be impossible to obtain a place in a specific course or timetable choice. Exchange students must be flexible in their choice of courses. Double degree students will have priority for registration.

Any remote classes will take place on the Microsoft Teams platform, available through your personal UPV intranet. Further information and details are in the links below:

How to enter Office 365 Teams (video in Spanish)

Virtual UPV website – online learning

.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 from 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

• 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, 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 care

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 for 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 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).

All public healthcare is free of charge. In the Valencia Region, medication prescribed by a doctor in the public system is subsidized in a percentage that varies depending on income and other factors (in your case, it should be a 60% discount on the final price). Medication and treatments administered in a hospital are free of charge.

If you have private healthcare insurance, check with your insurance provider on how to proceed in case you need medical attention in Spain. You will probably have a list of specific doctors and hospitals where you can go. Depending on your insurance, you may have to pay in advance and then request a reimbursement or maybe most services are covered as long as the doctor or hospital is included in the list authorized by your insurance company.


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 the 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 the campus map and call 963877407 to let them know 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 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 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 is 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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