Guide to traveling on the bridge with the COVID passport | Society

Millions of Spaniards are preparing to enjoy the long bridge of the Constitution at a time of uncertainty and concern about the increase in infections and the omicron variant and with the obligation of the COVID passport increasingly extended by the different communities.

In much of Spain, the obligation to present the COVID passport is already in force to access services such as hotels, nightlife or visits to health centers, although the requirements are different depending on the territories.

At the moment it will not be necessary to have it in the Community of Madrid, Castilla-La Mancha, Castilla y León, Extremadura, La Rioja and Asturias.

Andalusia wanted to implement it to access health centers and residences but has not obtained the endorsement of the Superior Court of Justice of Andalusia (TSJA) because it did not include the time horizon in the request. However, the regional government will formulate a new request specifying that the measure will be in force until Reyes.

The rest of the autonomies will require it for some services. The authorities consider that the measure promotes vaccination although it generates controversy in some experts, and is promoted at a time when the incidence of coronavirus has increased 17 points in the last day, to 234 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, with an increase in the transmission of 30% in the last week.

This is the guide to know in which sites you will not be able to enter without the certificate that proves to be vaccinated, recovered from a covid infection in the last 6 months or without having carried out an antigen test in the last 48 hours or PCR in 72.


Aragonese have lived with the COVID certificate for more than a week to access party rooms, dance halls and discos; to celebrations such as weddings, baptisms, communions and social, family, religious or civil celebrations in restaurants and bars, and to events that bring together five hundred people inside or a thousand outside.

Balearic Islands

From this Friday, to access restaurants with more than 50 seats, cocktail bars and celebrations where there are more than fifty participants, the COVID certificate will have to be in order. It was already necessary since October to go to discos and nursing homes in the Balearic Islands.


At the moment, Cantabria does not require the certificate, but this could change along the bridge. The Ministry of Health plans to request the endorsement of the Superior Court of Justice of Cantabria (TSJC) to implement it.

Canary Islands

The Government of the Canary Islands has agreed with the main employers’ associations of the islands that the owner of a business or the organizer of an event open to the public can voluntarily demand the COVID certificate from their clients and, in exchange, obtain a regime of capacity and restrictions more lax (corresponding to the one immediately below the current health alert level on your island).

The decision is pending ratification by the courts, so travelers and Canarians could find that it enters into force before the bridge. Of course, the Canary Islands can no longer be entered without the certificate, because what has already begun is the screening of national travelers who arrive to the islands by air or sea: all of them must present a certificate of vaccination against covid -19 or having overcome the disease, or a negative diagnostic test.


The requirement of the COVID certificate for restaurants, gyms and visits to residences has been reactivated since midnight in Catalonia, where the Generalitat had to suspend the requirement due to the saturation of the system. The use was already required since October 7 to enter indoor nightlife venues, and since the beginning of November also for banquets, celebrations and events held in hotels and restaurants with the possibility of dancing.

It also extends to cinemas, theaters, auditoriums and commercial galleries, among others, although only in the event that there is dance or catering activity inside the venues.

Valencian Community

Starting at midnight this Friday, it will be necessary to have a COVID passport in hotel, restaurant, leisure and entertainment venues, with a capacity of more than 50 people; in places of recreational activities and of chance, with restaurant service; at events, celebrations and music festivals with more than 500 people; visits to residences and hospitals.

To prove it, the certificate must be presented in digital or paper format plus personal identification. In the last seven days, more than 720,000 COVID certificates have been downloaded in the Valencian Community, with an average of 103,000 downloads per day. So far, more than 2.9 million Valencians have the certificate.


It has judicial authorization to apply for the COVID passport in four areas: nightlife, hostels that want to use 100% of the capacity, visits to hospitals and restaurants in the interior, and in bars and cafes starting at 9 p.m. hours. In addition, inside restaurants, bars and cafes, only eight people can meet at a table, and fifteen outside.


In Murcia it is likely that you do not need a covid passport, unless you want to go to a place of entertainment or a place of celebrations where the capacity is 100%. However, at present, nightlife, hospitality and celebrations in five municipalities in the Murcia Region (Abarán, Alhama, Fuente Álamo, Mazarrón and Torre-Pacheco) have an indoor capacity reduced to 30% because they are at very high risk. high incidence of coronavirus.

Basque Country

Anyone traveling to the Basque Country should know that the Health Emergency decree comes into force this Friday, which enables the Government to implement restrictive measures in the face of the worsening evolution of covid-19.

However, the need to show the covid passport in restaurants is not yet in force because, although the Supreme Court has already authorized it, the Basque Government is waiting to hear the sentence in full.

The idea was to require it to access restaurants with more than fifty diners and nightlife. Now the Lehendakari is considering extending it to other spaces.


The COVID passport requirement in Navarra to access certain hospitality establishments has been in force since last Saturday. It is needed for special bars and nightclubs, restaurants with a capacity of more than 60 diners and for indoor cultural shows with consumption of food or drink.

For the moment, Castilla y León “has no urgency” to apply the measure of requesting the COVID passport and Extremadura, Madrid, Asturias and Castilla-La Mancha also seem to reject it.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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