COVID-19 SITUATION IN SPAIN
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.
COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS IN SPAIN
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
TRAVELLING TO SPAIN – ENTRY HEALTH REQUIREMENTS AND CONTROLS
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.
COVID-19 AND UNIVERSITY SERVICES – CONTACTING YOUR INTERNATIONAL OFFICE
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.
TEACHING SYSTEM, CLASSES AND EXAMS
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