Healthy Brown
Information for Undergraduate Students

Daily Life

Effective April 20, 2022, the use of masks is only mandatory for all persons aged six years and over (except those exempt due to health reasons or in the case that, because of the nature of the activities, the use of the mask is incompatible, in accordance with the indications of the health authorities) on public transport (including taxis), in pharmacies and health centers, or if you work or visit a nursing home. For all other workplaces, staff are encouraged to consult with the appropriate risk prevention service unit for relevant masking guidelines. At CASA Barcelona offices, the staff and students are encouraged to wear masks. 

It is recommended that people with a positive COVID-19 diagnosis or who have symptoms compatible with Covid-19 and individuals who cannot maintain minimum physical distancing wear a mask. It is also advisable to keep the mask on in crowded and poorly ventilated spaces.

U.S. citizens entering Spain from the U.S. must be fully vaccinated and provide the appropriate documentation and vaccination certificate. Please see the U.S. Embassy website for full details: https://es.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/. All passengers must also present upon arrival in Spain a QR code generated through the Spain Travel Health portal, obtained through the website: https://www.spth.gob.es/. U.S. citizens entering Spain are not currently required to provide a negative Covid test prior to departure. (This could change at any time so all travelers must stay informed of all requirement updates.) Testing is currently not required once onsite in Barcelona.

Students who have an approved exemption from Brown for the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons must provide a negative PCR test within 48 hours of their flight to Spain. Testing is not free of charge unless ordered by a doctor. Tests are available at private clinics and will cost €60-€150. 

Starting February 1, 2022, U.S. travelers visiting Spain must be fully vaccinated and must have received the last required dose of their COVID vaccine no less than 14 days and no more than 270 days prior to arrival in Spain. If more than 270 days have passed since the last required dose, travelers must show proof of having received a booster shot at least 14 days prior to arrival. 
Spain accepts the vaccines approved by the World Health Organization, namely: Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Astra-Zeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Sinovac, and Sinopharm.

The metro and the bus run normally. The use of face masks is obligatory at all times, both inside vehicles and at stations and bus stops, and eating and drinking is prohibited on all public transport. As a precautionary measure, talking on public transport must be avoided. The Barcelona transport network (TMB) has a real-time information system for monitoring the estimated level of occupancy of metros and buses.

Service companies and retail trade are operating at full capacity. All COVID-19 preventive measures, including physical distancing, mask wearing, sanitary hygiene and adequate ventilation, remain in effect, and entrance to shops and retail stores is staggered. The operating hours for businesses, shops and services are informed by  relevant regulations so we encourage all students to continue to refer to those guidelines for relevant updates.

Some establishments including the International Relations Offices of public universities, banks and public administration offices are providing a hybrid model, such as online and/or over-the-phone consultations, in addition to in-person office hours.  

Hotels and restaurant interior dining areas are operating at full capacity, and their opening hours should follow the applicable regulations. There must be a minimum distance of 1.5 meters between tables. Masks must be worn at all times except when eating and drinking. 

Nightlife venues and concert halls are reopened and operating at full capacity. Masks must be worn at all times except when drinking.  

Libraries, museums and other cultural centers, as well as cinemas, theaters, auditoriums, sports events and enclosed sports venues such as gyms and sports halls are also operating at full capacity.

The EU digital COVID certificate is no longer required to access indoor areas such as restaurants and gyms, or for visitors to nursing homes, nightlife venues or concert halls.

Arrival Procedures

At this time, fully vaccinated individuals are not subject to any quarantine requirement unless directed by Spanish authorities upon arrival in Spain due to specific circumstances; students should be prepared to furnish proof of full vaccination.

Individuals with COVID-19 symptoms are no longer required to undergo isolation but are nevertheless encouraged to remain at home and maintain this isolation until the symptoms disappear to reduce virus transmissibility, which is greater during the first five days from the onset of symptoms, and can last up to ten days. It is also necessary to maximize individual protection measures, to reduce social interactions as much as possible, and to engage in constant and correct use of masks. In particular, contact with vulnerable people and participation in mass events should be avoided. Health professionals should be consulted in case of worsening of symptoms, if criteria of severity or poor evolution are present.

Also, if the student meets any of the following conditions:

  • is at high risk of contracting COVID-19
  • has contact with people who may be at high risk of contracting COVID-19,
  • has severe symptoms, or
  • has traveled in the last 14 days in a region where a new variant of the virus is circulating

The student will have to contact a health professional through their private insurance or the Catalan public system (phone numbers: 061 or, in case of an emergency, 112, which is the equivalent to US 911).

For CASA Barcelona students, the CASA Barcelona and the residence hall staff will be in contact with the student to ensure their well-being and provide support as needed.

Even though quarantine is no longer mandatory, it is still recommended for individuals with COVID-19 symptoms (please see answer to question “How is the quarantine period enforced and managed?”). Thus, if a symptomatic  student decides to quarantine, the residence hall staff will provide meal delivery to each student’s room during the isolation period.

Housing & Dining

CASA Barcelona students will be housed in a student residence in individual rooms with a private bathroom and a shared kitchen. All utilities, wifi, bed linens, towels and a weekly cleaning service will be provided. 

Receiving guests and/or family is not recommended if the student has contracted COVID-19 (please see answer to question “How is the quarantine period enforced and managed?”). 

Hosting guests will be permitted in line with residence hall policies at an additional cost. Due to changing regulations, students should verify policies and procedures before making any plans to host any guests at the residence hall.

Academic Policies & Campus Protocols

Yes. During the Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 semesters, classes will be offered in-person. Absences will be accepted in the case of quarantine or should a student be ill. In this case, students must contact their professors directly to request alternative teaching and evaluation procedures.

At this time, fully vaccinated students are not required to be tested in order to attend class. 

This academic year, all courses will be offered in-person at our local partner university campuses.

Our partner universities resumed normal activity in September. Sanitizing stations are offered and social distancing policies enforced when required. Face masks must be worn at all times on all University premises. CASA Barcelona Program activities will be mainly outdoors and limited to the local region. 

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