Last updated on: 27 May 2021
COVID Safety Measures at Madrid-Barajas Adolfo Suárez Arpt
Madrid is one of Europe's busiest aviation hubs, and millions of people enter Spain via Barajas Airport every year. If you are one of those people, you'll notice a few changes at the airport due to COVID-19. But which COVID-19 safety measures at Madrid-Barajas Adolfo Suárez Airport should travellers look for? Let's outline how the airport has adapted.
What airport measures are currently in place for travellers?
Madrid-Barajas Adolfo Suarez Airport has had to adapt just like all international airports, and many measures will be familiar to regular travellers. Social distancing of 1.5 metres is being enforced, passengers must complete Health Control Forms upon arrival, and guests or greeters aren't allowed inside the terminal site. Face masks must be worn by most visitors at all times, sanitizer is available throughout the airport, and cleaning measures have been stepped up. Temperature checks have been added to passport control.
Do immigration or security checkpoints have new procedures?
Yes, during the COVID-19 emergency, arrivals at Madrid-Barajas Airport must now undergo temperature scanning when they touch down. If they are found to be running a temperature, Covid tests will be administered and quarantine may be required. All travellers need to fill out Health Control Forms before arriving, which testify that they have received a negative Covid test. This can be done via paper forms or by using a smartphone QR code, which may be easier. Otherwise, passport control and security function as normal, with extra plastic screens for the safety of workers.
Are there any screening or testing facilities at Madrid-Barajas?
Temperature scans are now mandatory, but Madrid-Barajas does not have an on-site COVID-19 testing centre. Instead, travellers will need to arrange an off-site test if they want to check their status upon arrival. PCR tests are available, but will come with a fee, often close to 120 euros.
What are the social distancing and face covering policies at Madrid-Barajas airport?
Madrid-Barajas has introduced a policy of keeping all passengers at least 1.5 metres apart, and floor markings have been added to public spaces to make this easier to achieve. Hand sanitiser has been added across the airport, while face masks have been made obligatory at all times - except for children under six years of age. Replacement masks can be purchased cheaply from vending machines if required. And all trays used to screen personal items at security are being disinfected for each pass-through, reducing the risk of contamination.
Is there a clinic at Madrid-Barajas Airport?
Small medical assistance offices can be found in Terminal 4, the Terminal 4 Satellite annexe, and in Terminal 2's Arrivals Hall. These centers provide basic first aid assistance and emergency response, but will not provide COVID-19 testing.
How often is Madrid-Barajas Airport being cleaned during the COVID-19 crisis?
All check-in, passport control, and security check areas have been subjected to much more regular and intensive cleaning during the COVID-19 emergency. Protective screens have also been added for the benefit of customers and workers. Special attention is paid to high-traffic areas such as baggage collection or check-in booths.
Are shops, cafes and restaurants at Madrid-Barajas open for business as usual?
Yes. Shops and restaurants at Madrid-Barajas are gradually opening, even though they may operate with limited opening hours and capacity, depending on the restrictions putted in place by the government.Check with AENA to see which businesses are open when you arrive.
Are there any special guidelines or other information travellers should be aware of?
Travellers should note that it is not permitted for drivers or friends and relatives to enter the terminal at Madrid-Barajas. Instead, they are advised to wait in short haul parking areas. This does not apply to those with reduced mobility or those picking up unaccompanied children. Buses from Barajas may be a better option, as the authorities have laid on additional vehicles to keep crowding low.
Are there any links to government websites for travellers to consult?
The main Madrid-Barajas website provides a brief run down of COVID-19 safety measures and bookmarking it may be advisable if you intend to fly into Madrid with BudgetAir. The Spanish government also offers regular Covid updates regarding travel restrictions and issues like accessing tests.