View on board the ferry to the Balearic Islands

Latest updates on COVID-19 and ferry travel in Spain

What you need to know for the perfect ferry trip!

Do I need a Covid-19 test to catch a ferry in Spain this summer? How can I travel safely by ferry to the Spanish islands in 2021?

Find all latest updates for ferry travel and coronavirus in Spain. Learn about the new ferry travel measures and regulations, and read tips to stay safe from COVID-19 during your ferry journey.

Ferry departing from Menorca

Leaving the port of Ciutadella in Menorca

Latest COVID-19 ferry travel updates for Spain

Starting 9th May 2021, travelers can visit Spain and the Spanish islands for their 2021 vacation! You can catch a ferry to the Spanish islands from all mainland ports and you can also go island-hopping!

There are currently no movement restrictions between different communities or destinations in the same community.

Traveling to Spain from abroad in 2021

If you're traveling to Spain from abroad, you are required to fill out a form and present a negative Covid-19 test (PCR) upon arrival at the airport. You need to take the test within 72 hours prior to arrival.

Travel regulations for international travelers depend on the country of origin. You can view all regulations per country of origin and find the necessary forms on Spain's official tourism website. Simply enter your country of origin and follow the instructions on the screen.

Traveling by ferry in Spain in 2021

You are allowed to travel between and within autonomous communities in Spain this summer. There is no coronavirus test requirement for mainland traveling or traveling within the same island group. This means you can go crazy on island-hopping!

Remember, that each community can set its own entry requirements for visitors.

Here are the latest ferry travel regulations for the Balearic Islands and the Canaries:

  • Balearic Islands ferry travel: The Balearic Islands require ferry passengers to submit a negative PCR test or antigen test performed 72 hours in advance. Moreover, travelers need to complete an online form and get a code/pass, which they present upon arrival at the port. There are no travel requirements for ferry trips between the Balearic Islands.
  • Canary Islands ferry travel: The Canary Islands require ferry passengers to submit a negative PCR test or antigen test performed 72 hours in advance. There are no travel requirements for ferry trips between the Canary Islands.

    Tip: Find more information about visiting the Canary Islands and stay up-to-date with the latest Covid-19 travel information for the Canaries.

Important: Travel measures in Spain are subject to change depending on the spread of COVID-19 per community.

Ferries from mainland Spain - coronavirus travel updates

Ferries from mainland Spain normally travel to the Balearic Islands, Canary Islands, as well as North Africa, Italy, and France. The main mainland ports where ferries operate in 2021 are:

  • Barcelona (Catalonia)
  • Dénia (Valencia)
  • Valencia (Valencia)
  • Málaga (Andalusia)
  • Motril (Andalusia)
  • Almería (Andalusia)
  • Huelva (Andalusia)
  • Cádiz (Andalusia)
  • Algeciras (Andalusia)

As of 9th May 2021, locals and international travelers visiting Spain from abroad can freely travel by ferry from all ports of Catalonia, Andalusia and Valencia to the Balearic Islands and the Canaries.

Most scheduled routes to North Morocco and Algeria have been suspended, while you can still travel to Ceuta and Melilla under specific circumstances.

Tip: Find available ferry routes on Ferryhopper’s Map of ferries, and check availability on our search engine.

The coast of La Savina in Formentera

White lighthouse next to the port of La Savina in Formentera

How to stay safe during your ferry trip in Spain?

Staying safe during your 2021 ferry trip in Spain starts with individual protective measures. Depending on travel regulations, try to avoid crowded indoor spaces, wash your hands thoroughly, and avoid touching your mouth and nose. Also, bear in mind that the use of protective face masks is mandatory in all indoor ferry spaces. Some ferry companies require passengers to wear masks in outdoor areas as well, so make sure you follow the crew instructions.

Make sure you have all the necessary protective equipment, before starting your trip, and get acquainted with the ferry company measures and local guidelines.

In case you feel unwell or you exhibit any coronavirus-related symptoms before or after you start your trip, consult a medical professional as soon as possible, and try to avoid unnecessary traveling.

Passenger with protective gloves at a port in Spain

Wearing protective gloves makes it easier to sanitize your hands without harming your skin

Here’s a list with 12+1 useful tips on how to stay safe and healthy when traveling by ferry in Spain:

  1. Bring your own mask, gloves, hand-sanitizer, and water bottle on board the ferry.
  2. Thoroughly and regularly wash your hands with warm water and plenty of soap. You can also use a hand sanitizer after washing.
  3. Book a cabin to stay with your family and friends, to avoid coming in contact with other passengers.
  4. Try to stay at the outdoor deck area of the ferry if the weather conditions are good.
  5. Refrain from sharing food and drinks, and carefully disinfect any products you purchase on board.
  6. Adjust your itinerary or postpone your ferry trip in case you’re experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms.
  7. Closely monitor the coronavirus situation in your departure point and the final destination, to make sure you can have an enjoyable and safe journey.
  8. Make sure your health insurance is up-to-date and that you can easily seek medical help in Spain.
  9. Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.
  10. Wash or sanitize your hands immediately after touching communal surfaces, toilet sinks, door handles, and luggage racks.
  11. Arrange a medical check before starting your trip.
  12. Cover your mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing.

Tip: You can download the official Radar Covid app that uses bluetooth technology, alerting users they’d been in close proximity with people who were tested positive for Covid-19 in Spain.

Suitcase with masks and sanitizers

Make sure you pack enough masks and sanitizers for your ferry trip

What coronavirus safety measures do ferry companies in Spain follow?

Ferry companies in Spain follow enhanced safety protocols as a response to the COVID-19 outbreak. They follow all official state regulations as regards crew coronavirus tests, temperature checks and safety training, and they follow updates on the situation in Spain. More specifically:

  • Communal and private spaces are regularly and professionally cleaned with certified products, both at the terminals and waiting areas, as well inside the ferry.
  • Some companies have introduced contactless check-in and boarding procedures, to minimize contact with crew and other passengers, avoiding long lines at the terminals.
  • Hand sanitizers are placed in all passenger areas at specific hygiene points, as well as staff quarters, to make sure everyone stays safe during the trip. 
  • Random temperature checks are in place before boarding, both for staff and passengers.
  • Social distancing on board the ferry, as well as during boarding and disembarkation, is implemented by the crew who monitor movement of passengers at all times.
  • Ferries in Spain operate with a reduced passenger capacity to allow for more space on board, and enhance social distancing.
  • COVID-19 tips and info are frequently displayed on the ferry lounge monitors to further educate passengers on ways to stay safe during the crossing.

Professional crew disinfecting the outdoor ferry deck

Professional cleaner disinfecting the outdoor space of a ferry

Where to find more information about traveling in Spain amidst COVID-19?

For more information on traveling and coronavirus, you can have a look at our FAQ page, contact the ferry company serving your route, get acquainted with the guidelines provided by the World Health Organisation, and visit the official Spanish tourism website for all queries related to the coronavirus situation in Spain.