These are the measures that the 17 autonomies are committed to




Euskadi and Navarra are analyzing with neighboring communities the possibility of establishing common restrictions. Catalonia has decreed a curfew, while Madrid and Castilla-La Mancha have not taken any special restrictions for these dates.

The Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve celebrations will be experienced differently in each of the 17 autonomies, the regional executives opt for a series of mandatory restrictions and recommendations. The Basque Autonomous Community and Navarra have begun conversations with the surrounding autonomous communities (Cantabria, Castilla y León and La Rioja) to analyze the possibility of activating common restrictions to cope with the sixth wave of the pandemic.

In this context, the toughest measures are those taken by Catalonia (curfew, limitation of social gatherings and closure of nightlife) and Murcia (closure of all non-essential activities at 1 in the morning), compared to Madrid and Castilla -La Mancha, which do not add restrictions, and Extremadura and Castilla y León, which do not take additional measures, but have launched a series of recommendations for family events on Christmas Eve and Christmas.

In Basque Country The covid passport is mandatory for hospitals, residences, all hotels and restaurants, concert halls, music festivals and other cultural and artistic events in closed spaces, sports centers and gyms. It is also recommended to reduce and limit family Christmas celebrations to a limited number and without changing their composition.

While in Navarra The covid passport is required to access special bars and nightclubs, restaurants with a capacity of more than 60 people and for all kinds of indoor cultural shows. It is recommended that Christmas gatherings and celebrations be limited to a maximum of ten people and two family units.

These are the measures that will be in force in the rest of the autonomous communities these days:


The covid passport or a negative diagnostic test is mandatory for the interior of hospitality, leisure and leisure establishments and for residences for the elderly and hospitals.

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It is recommended to limit Christmas meals to a maximum of two families, choose wide public roads to avoid crowds in the parades of the Kings or the end of the year bells or keep indoor tables with a maximum of ten people for the hospitality industry.


The covid passport is mandatory in hospitality for celebrations of more than ten people, nightlife, game rooms, visits in hospitals, specialized social centers and in large events of more than 500 attendees in closed and 1000 in open.


The covid passport is mandatory for access to social health centers, cultural, sports, restaurant or leisure facilities.


The covid passport is mandatory in restaurants with more than 50 seats, cocktail bars or celebrations that have more than 50 people. Also for health workers or, failing that, the performance of three PCRs weekly. The Balearic Government also wants to extend the certificate in all bars and in other areas.

Canary Islands

The covid passport is implemented in the Canary Islands on a voluntary basis. The owner of the establishment may or may not ask his clients for the vaccination certificate.

Family gatherings on Christmas Eve and Christmas will be limited to a maximum of ten people, except cohabitants, in Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and La Palma.


The covid passport is mandatory to access the interior of the hotel industry and nightlife, cultural events such as cinema, theater and other venues for shows and mass events and sporting events (in the case of the last two it is limited to those events in which eating and drinking is allowed).

Castile and Leon

No mandatory restrictions in Castilla y León for these dates of Christmas Eve and Christmas.

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It is recommended, of course, to limit the number of living units and people in family gatherings these days.

Castila-La Mancha

There are no additional restrictions in Castilla-La Mancha for these days of Christmas Eve and Christmas.


Curfew between 1:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m.

Closing of nightlife.

Capacity reduction to 70% in various sectors.

Limit social gatherings to a maximum of ten people.

The covid passport is required for hotels, gyms and to visit relatives in residences.


No mandatory restrictions in Extremadura for these dates of Christmas Eve and Christmas.

It is recommended that the tables are not more than ten people, and that the nuclei of cohabitants that meet are “the least possible”.


The covid passport is mandatory to access the hotel and restaurant industry, nightlife, tourist hostels, and health centers, services and establishments.

Stand-up cocktail events and reception events with aperitifs are prohibited.

Limitation in hospitality to eight diners indoors and fifteen on the terrace.

It is recommended that Christmas lunches and dinners do not exceed more than eight or ten people, preferably from the same family bubble.

The Rioja

The use of the covid passport is mandatory for people over 12 years of age to access nightlife venues, restaurants with a capacity of more than 50 diners, residences, party rooms and outdoor events for more than 1000 people in the public. that it is possible to consume food and drink.


There are no additional restrictions in Madrid for these days of Christmas Eve and Christmas.


Closing of all non-essential activities from 1 a.m.

Diners per table in bars and restaurants are limited to ten indoors and twelve outdoors.

In nightlife, the use of the dance floors is not allowed and consumption in the bar and outdoors will always be seated.

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The covid passport is required for nightlife, and optional in the premises of celebrations, restaurants and hotels.

It is recommended to avoid concentrations of people on public roads.

Valencian Community

The covid passport is required to access leisure and restaurant venues, regardless of capacity, in spaces dedicated to recreational and random activities with food, in events and celebrations of more than 500 people and to enter hospitals and social services residences, as well as in gyms or cinemas, circuses, sports facilities and venues where food or drink is consumed.

Ceuta and melilla

In Ceuta, a covid certificate is required for those over 12 years of age to access indoor hotel and restaurant venues with a capacity greater than 50 people, as well as to enter discos and other nightlife establishments or visit elderly people in residences or patients in hospitals.

In Melilla, the covid passport is mandatory to access the interior of hospitality establishments and inside and outside nightlife establishments or those in which activities such as dancing are carried out, as well as to access residences, hospitals and prisons.

Follow the recommendationss in the face of coronavirus from the health authorities. If you live in the CAV and have symptoms, call your usual health center. The Health Council will also attend to people on the phone 900 20 30 50, offering information and solving doubts about the coronavirus. If you live in Navarra, call the Health Council telephone number: 948 290 290. Remember that the most effective way to prevent the spread of covid-19 is to use a mask, ventilate spaces, keep a safe distance, and wash hands.

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