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COVID-19: activity in this spring semester and actual situation

Activity in this second semester (spring semester)

For the 2020-2021 academic year, the UPC has prepared an academic teaching plan in anticipation of a context of sanitary restrictions.

All UPC schools/faculties have planned the academic activities for the 2020-2021 academic year following the guidelines of the Universities sector plan, approved by the Catalan health authorities. This planning foresees blended learning (combining online and face-to-face activities) in many cases, and contingency plans if more restrictive measures were adopted (such as, for example, those affecting displacements of students and workers).

We are constantly tracking the pandemic situation. The contextual situation will be periodically reevaluated to establish the appropriate measures from among those foreseen in the academic-teaching planning of the UPC schools/faculties.

Please note that the activity foreseen is NOT having a university 100% online. There will be presential and online activities. The teaching mode depends on each subject. Please chech the details with your host UPC school.

Mid-term exams and final exams will be presential, like the ones we have done in the first semester (winter semester).

Main security measures and restrictions (updated: 23.03.2021)



It is compulsory
to wear a face mask





Indoors and outdoors. Everywhere. In transportation means, on the street, in cafés, etc. etc.
Remember to wear it correctly! (Not the nose outside, or so).


If not, an IMPORTANT FINE could be applied.


Only exceptions:

- When doing sport. (Note: having a longer or shorter walk around is not considered sport.)

- Special health conditions in which wearing a face mask would put in risk the health of the person. Carry along a copy of your medical certificate. For example, difficulties to breathe (asthma, etc.) or other situations (i.e. cardiac problem, etc.)




the social distance




Please keep a minimum distance of 1,5m with other people.


No hugging or kissing when greeting.


Wash your hands,

save lifes (yours included)




Clean your hands frequently. Many times every day. If you cannot use water and soap, clean them with hidroalcoholic gel that you carry along with you.










At preent, there is no order of quarantine when arriving after a trip.







At present, there is no order of confinement.


Night curfew




(ENG: Curfew / ESP: Toque de queda / FR: Couvre feu / DE: Ausganssperre / IT: Coprifuoco / PT:Toque de recolher)


In Catalonia the night curfew for the moment is at 22.00h and it ends at 06.00h am.



I cannot go out, neither to a café/bar, nor to see a friend in his/her house.
Yes, I can go to the hospital if needed.

Yes, I can go to work.

Yes, I can go to study to my campus on the days that I have to go. (For example, if my class start early and I have to take a train to be there early.)

Yes, I can travel to go to take care of some elder or dependant person.

Yes, I can arrive to Spain with a flight of late or early arrival, and go to straight to my home.
Yes, I can go back to my home country with an early or late flight, if it's the case (i.e. my Erasmus stay has finished, etc.)



IMPORTANT: Remember to fill in and bring with you the corresponding self-responsible statement and possible documents that justify your movement. (From one city to another, or from where you live and to the airport if you are leaving.)

Catalonia region





We cannot leave the region of Catalonia, unless it's not one of the foreseen exceptions (see below).



I cannot go on excursion to another city in another region (i.e. from Barcelona to Madrid), to the mountains, to the beach in another city, etc.

I cannot go to see a friend that lives in another city in a region outside Catalonia.

Yes, I can go back to my home country if it's the case (i.e. my Erasmus stay has finished, etc.)


IMPORTANT: Remember to fill in and bring with you the corresponding self-responsible statement and possible documents that justify your movement.




Smoking on the street is forbidden, unless you can assure that you respect a minimum of 2 metres of distance with any other person.


Gatherings of people, groups, meetings




Maximum 6 persons (2 bubble groups, it is, from maximum 2 different family units that live together).


Indoors or outdoors.




Bars and restaurants




- Bars, terraces and restaurants can open :07.30h to 17h and with restricted capacity.

At the moment, they have a capacity of maximum 30% indoors and 100% in the terrace, if any.
Many of them are open only for take away.
It is possible to collect take away food (or to call for it, to be brought at home) until just before 22h (when starts the curfew).


- Drinking alcohol in group on the street ("botellón") is forbidden (in Barcelona and in all Catalonia). If you try to, important fines would be applied (3.000 to 15.000euros).


Shopping malls





Shopping malls have reopened again on 01-03-2021. They are open every day of the week (Monday to Friday), including for non-essential products, at 30% capacity.
Restaurants in shopping centres will remain closed.

Other shops




If the surface of the shop is bigger than 800 m2, it can open but only partially with that maximum size and with 330% of capacity.

All shops are open during week days (Monday to Friday). During weekend, only essential shops (for food, it is, supermarkets and small grocery shops) are open. The rest of shops are closed in the weekends (i.e. shoe shop, etc.).


Bookshops can open Mondays to Saturdays, regardless of their surface area.

Note: Small grocery shops that are in all neighborhoods and that used to be open for many hours in the day are still open, but they have to close earlier because of the night curfew. Many were open from 9h until midnight (and even, some of them 24h/7), and now they have to close by the curfew time (22h).


Discos and pubs




Discos and pubs are closed. 

Sports facilities

and gyms






In general, sports facilities and gyms are open depending on the moment of the pandemic, but with capacity restrictions, COVID security measures and (in most of them) previous appointment.


In this moment, gyms and indoor sports facilities can be open, at 30% user capacity. Swimming pools can open with a maximum of 50% user capacity.


Please also note that in many of them:

- some activities have been cancelled

- other activities have reduced capacity

- there are signs on the floor to indicate how to circulate around, and which is the personal space for some activities, etc.

Please check the situation of the facility you intend to go, before going.


Public libraries




Public libraries are open but with capactity restrictions that may vary depending on the moment.
At present, they have a limitation to 50% of the capacity.


and barber shops




Hairdresser saloons and barber shops are open, but with capacity restrictions, security measures and (in most of them) previous appointment.

Musems, cinemas, exhibition halls, and other cultural activities







If they open, it is with a restriction to a maximum of 50% of its capacity (or a maximum of 500 persons).


The opening hours are also limited, as they have to close maximum at 22h (due to the night curfew).




Other limitations




Barcelona city:

Remember that drinking alcohol in group on the street ("botellón") is forbidden (in Barcelona and in all Catalonia). If you try to, important fines would be applied (3.000 to 15.000euros).

If you are going to another city (i.e. Hospitalet de Llobregat, Castelldefels, etc.), please check in their townhall website the specific limitations and recommendations that may apply.


Please note that the COVID-19 restrictions could sometimes affect just one quarter or zone of a specific city.




Travelling to Spain and arrival at the airport terminal (i.e. Barcelona)

  • Please check your flight status before travelling. In this COVID-19 situation, as many flights could be rescheduled or cancelled.
  • Please check the indications of your airport of departure. For example, when travelling from any Spanish airport to another country, it is forbidden to access the facilities before 4 hours prior to the flight departure and only travellers are allowed to access the airport terminal (no accompanying people).
  • Please check the pandemic status and restrictions of your arrival region and city (Catalonia and, for most of you, Barcelona).
    The situation evolves and there could be some changes from one week to another.

Important: YOU SHOULD NOT TRAVEL if you have symptoms compatible with COVID-19: fever, cough, breathing difficulties, in the last 14 days.

Before coming, you have to:

- Fill in the form of the portal Spain Travel Health (this, only of you travel by plane).

- You have to bring with you the document of your negative PCR test, done in the 72 hours before travelling. Antigen tests are not valid.The document should be in English or in Spanish.
Please have this document ready and with easy access in your hand luggage, as it could be requested to you in any moment at the origin airport, or when arriving in Barcelona. If you don't have this negative PCR test, you could maybe not travel or, if requested when arriving, you could face an important fine.

- Fill in and print your corresponding self-responsible statement according to the situation (to move from the airport to your city - breaking the municipality confinement- and, if necessary, to move at night during the night curfew).

When arriving to the Spanish airport, please follow the security measures and steps indicated by the staff and signs in the facilities.

Useful link: Barcelona airport.

Situation of the spread

Other useful links with information about COVID-19