Below you fill find updated information about Covid-19 in the city of Malaga. While we endeavor to keep this information as up-to-date and accurate as possible, some of the information below may change without notice due to the ever-changing nature of the sanitary situation.
Current facts and figures
14-day incidence per 100,000 inhabitants in the city of Malaga: 1710
Vaccination in Spain: 90% (population over 12 years of age) has received both shots (Spain has a total population of 47,451,000)
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Latest news: Please note that from Monday 20th December 2021 up to Saturday 15th January 2022, a “COVID passport” is necessary to enter a bar or restaurant in the autonomous region of Andalusia. You can use the official COVID passport issued by any European country with QR code, or a negative test result (72 hours for PCR or 48 hours for antigen test). This is valid for everyone aged 12 or older.
General rules in Spain
The nationwide State of Emergency ended in Spain on 9th May 2021. After that date, the 17 autonomous regions may apply their own restrictions when needed; regions will however not be allowed to impose a curfew as this measure can only be imposed at national level.
From Saturday 26th of June 2021, face masks are no longer required to be worn in open spaces (outside) but it must be worn in closed spaces, public transportation etc. It is however recommended to avoid transmission, especially during peak holiday season events, for instance Christmas and New Year when there are traditionally more crowds.
Smoking is not allowed in public spaces. If you need to take your mask off to smoke, you need to stay 2 meters away from others and keep that minimum distance. On outdoor sitting cafés, you will most likely be asked to leave the area to smoke away from the crowd.
On the beach, you are not required to wear a mask, however, common sense prevails and it is recommend to try and maintain social distancing.
As a general rule, the Spanish government sends four keys messages to avoid exposure to the virus:
- Wash your hands frequently, use a mask, avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Cover your mouth and nose with your elbow when you cough or sneeze
- Keep a distance from others of a least 1.5 meters. Limit your social contacts
- Choose spaces that are outdoors. Keep frequently ventilated closed spaces
- Stay at home if you have COVID-19 symptoms, are in isolation or are in quarantine
Free travel insurance
From 1st January 2021, the autonomous region of Andalusia provides all non-residents international travelers with free COVID insurance for stays in the region between 1st January and 31st December 2021 at any type of regulated establishments which include Solaga Holiday Homes. This insurance may be extended for the first six months of 2022 as well (this is yet to be confirmed at a later date).
The insurance covers all non-residents who arrive for a holiday in the region by any means of transport (air, sea, or land). It covers all age groups (there no age limits). To qualify, you must stay in registered and regulated accommodation such as Solaga Holiday Homes)
Type of coverage included: medical, surgical and hospitalization costs, medical costs of transportation and repatriation, costs for the extended stay at a hotel by the insured and companions (including quarantine)
For more information, check the government’s official site, here.
Each country may impose different travel restrictions at any given time. Before traveling, please make sure to check both the situation of your government and the place you are traveling to. You should also check with your airline before going to the airport.
As a general rule, you should not travel if you have symptoms compatible with COVID-19: fever, cough, breathing difficulties, during the last 14 days.
The Ministry of Health of the Government of Spain has launched a series of sanitary and hygiene control measures to protect the health of its citizens and all people who travel to our country. One of these measures is the Spain Travel Health Program.
The Spanish government provides a very useful website with important information including Sanitary Control Protocols, Health Control Forms, Prevention Measures etc. Check here.
From July 1st, 2020, if you fly to Spain from other countries (including children of any age), it is mandatory to fill a basic Health Control Form (HCF) associated with your trip in order to present it to the Health Control at your airport of arrival. This form can be filled from the website or the app. You can send the form to the health authorities from 48 hours before your flight. Once sent, you will receive an email with a QR code that will allow you to access Malaga airport. You must have it printed or on your available on your mobile phone.
Once you arrive at the airport, you must show the QR code that will be scanned at the health control booth in order to access the terminal and collect you luggage.
As of November 23rd 2020, all passengers who come from a high-risk country in relation to COVID-19 coronavirus must show a certificate with a negative test result to enter Spain (RT-PCR or other molecular techniques for detecting viral RNA with equivalent reliability) carried out in the 72 hours prior to your arrival. You can consult the list of risk countries in this link.
A frequent question: “What if I’m already vaccinated against COVID-19, do I have to present a test on arrival in Malaga?” The answer is yes. At the present time, until such time an official “vaccine passport” has been implement in Europe and the rest of the world, the fact of having received vaccination against COVID-19 does not exempt anyone from the presentation of a test.
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Traveling between regions
Malaga’s municipal borders are open, you can travel to other municipalities in the province. From 9th May 2021, you can also travel within the 8 provinces of Andalusia and also in and out of the region.
Restrictions in certain towns may apply in case the incidence levels are unusually high (there may be restrictions in town that reach more than 500 or 100 cases per 100.000 inhabitants). If you wish to travel within Andalusia, please check first what the status of the region is.
Municipal lock down in Andalusia: municipal boundaries will close if the rate of infection rises above 500 per 100,000 people in 14 days. This means you cannot travel outside your municipal borders unless you have a justifiable reason (e.g. work purposes, taking your children to school, healthcare etc). In municipalities with infection rates over 1,000 per 100,000 people in 14 days, all non-essential services must close (shops, restaurants, bars etc). Restrictions are usually reviewed on a weekly basis. Currently, the city of Malaga is under level 3
Check out what restrictions, if any, are currently being implemented in each town, here.
From 9th May 2021 onward: towards the new normalcy. Easing of lockdown measures
Once the nationwide state of alarm ends on 9th May, there will be 3 different phases of “normalization” to ease up restrictive measures and get back to a state of “normalcy”:
The first phase is called the Stabilization Phase. It begins on May 9th and ends on May 31, 2021. During this phase restaurants and bars can open until midnight and allow groups up to 8 people inside and 10 people outside, as long as the level of alert in the municipality allows it. Nightclubs are allowed to stay open until 2am although with limitations as to the number of people. There will no longer be a limit on the number of people who can get together in private homes.
On June 1, 2021 the Advancement Phase will begin. It will last throughout the month of June. Again the level of alert decreed will allow to increase schedules and capacity in shows such as theater, bullfights or concerts.
In the Normalization Phase, the last of the de-escalation process, which would begin on June 30, 2021, it is expected that 70% of the population will have received at least one dose of the vaccine and 40% of the population will be completely immunized. In this phase, the aim is to achieve the so-called “new normal”, which would allow a summer in Andalusia to be as close to the one before the pandemic.
Restaurants, cafés and outdoor seating
Please note that from Monday 20th December 2021 up to Saturday 15th January 2022, a “COVID passport” is necessary to enter a bar or restaurant in the autonomous region of Andalusia. You can use the official COVID passport issued by any European country with QR code, or a negative test result (72 hours for PCR or 48 hours for antigen test). This is valid for everyone aged 12 or older.
Currently, bars and restaurants in Malaga can serve food all day, without any time restrictions.
At bars, cafés and restaurants you should wear the mask when you arrive and when you leave (also in the bathroom). While sitting a the table, you may take it off to eat or drink. As soon as you have finished it is recommended to put it back on to protect yourselves and the rest of people around you.
Before going: if you have any COVID-19 symptoms, are in COVID-19 isolation or are in quarantine because you have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19, stay at home. Call in advance to book a table and find out about the establishment’s safety measures, for instance the maximum number of people per group, changes in opening hours etc. Wash your hands with soap and water before leaving your home. If you have to wait before entering the establishment, stay socially distanced. Try to find spaces that are outdoors and smoke-free.
While there: stay socially-distanced with your companions (only those who live together can be less than 1.5 meters apart (and from staff). Don’t joint tables together. Limit your movements within the venue to only those that are necessary and follow the establishment’s rules. Wash you hands with soap and water or sanitizing gel before eating or drinking. Only remove your mask when eating or drinking. Don’t smoke.
Shops, monuments, museums and beaches
Currently, shops, monuments and museums are allowed to stay open until normal hours. Please remember that some business close in Spain during the “siesta” lunch period (usually from 14:00-17:00). There are no restrictions to enter most business except to wear a mask, keep the distance and respect the maximum occupancy levels. In front of each shop or store, you will see a sign showing you the maximum number of people allowed inside at any given time.
General recommendations for shopping: only go out if you do not have any COVID-19 symptoms, are not in isolation and are not in quarantine. Maintain a distance of at least 1.5 meters and avoid crowds. Use disposable gloves to choose fruit and vegetables, as you have always done. Do not touch your face, and when you return home, wash your hands. Always show empathy and respect to others!
Beaches are currently open as normal. Masks are required when walking around the beach, except when you go swimming.
In Spain, from Saturday 26th June 2021, face masks are no longer required in open spaces (outdoors), but they are still required in closed spaces and public transportation. Social distancing measures are also in place. Children of 6 years of age and older must wear masks. For 3, 4 and 5 years old, it is recommended but not mandatory. You can buy surgical face masks in most shops and supermarkets (the maximum price that masks can legally be sold for is 0.72€). In most supermarkets, you can best 10 surgical masks for approximately 1€.
Traditionally, people in Spain tend to wear masks in outdoors spaces anyways, although they are not mandatory.
Where I can get a COVID-19 test done?
For international travel, you may be required to take a COVID-19 test prior to going back home.
There are numerous places in the city of Malaga where you can get a PCR test done. You can normally go to any laboratory, health centers or private clinics (e.g. Mapfre 110€, Laboratorios Bioclon 100€, Clinica Muelle Heredia 98€, Laboratorios Echevarne 120€), Hospital Doctor Galvez etc. Prices may vary. You can also book an apointment online directly at Hospital Quiron. (98€)
Please note that Malaga-Costa del Sol airport itself offers numerous COVID-19 tests (in Terminal T2). For instance, you can get a PCR test for 58.68€ (results in 12 hours), a rapid antigen test for 24.45€ (results in 15-20 minutes) and a rapid antibody test for 29.34€ (results in 15-20 minutes). You can book your test online.
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What should I do if I have health problems during my stay in Malaga?
If you have booked an apartment with Solaga Holiday Homes, please contact us right away so we can assist you (firstname.lastname@example.org)
In general, if you present symptoms of acute respiratory infection (fever, cough or respiratory distress) or other symptoms compatible with COVID-19 such as decreased smell and taste, chills, sore throat, muscle aches, headache, weakness in general, diarrhea or vomiting, you should:
Self-isolate yourself and contact the local health service authorities on +34 900 400 061 or +34 955 545 060. In case you are experiencing more serious symptoms such as shortness of breath or chest pain, call 112.
For more information about the current situation in Malaga or should you require any assistance during your stay with us, please contact us at email@example.com
Special measures taken by Solaga to clean and sanitize its apartments
In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, Solaga has implemented a thorough plan of action that includes rigorous cleaning and disinfection processes to ensure the safety of both our guests and staff. For more information, check our special section here.