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COVID-19: activity next semester and actual situation

Activity in the next semester (first semester 2020-2021, autumn semester)

For the 2021-2022 academic year, the UPC has prepared an academic teaching plan, taking into account the COVID-19 pandemic and its potential sanitary restrictions, according to the situation in that moment and the authorities' indications.

All UPC schools/faculties have planned the academic activities for the 2021-2022 academic year following the guidelines of the Universities sector plan, approved by the Catalan health authorities. This planning foresees as many presential activities as possible, and blended learning (combining online and face-to-face activities) when presential is not possible, and contingency plans if more restrictive measures were adopted.

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, as mentioned before, to try to have as many presential activities as possible. There will be presential and online activities. Orientatively, we can say that if the situation stays the same, a minimum of 70% of presential activities is foreseen.

The teaching mode depends on each subject. Please chech the details with your host UPC school.

Mid-term exams and final exams are presential.

Main security measures and restrictions (updated: 26.07.2021)



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, EXCEPT if you come from one of the following countries: INDIA, Brazil, South Africa, Botswana, Comoras Unon, Ghana, Kenia, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Peru and Colombia. If you come from one of these countries, at your arrival you have to be in STRICT QUARANTINE DURING 10 DAYS.







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)


Yes. In many cities in Catalonia and in Spain.
In Catalonia, there is a night curfew. We cannot be on the streets at night between 01.00h and 06.00h a.m.


Catalonia region





We can leave the region of Catalonia and move around freely in the country.




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 10 persons ( no limit of bubble groups, it is, from any different family units that live together).


Indoors or outdoors.




Bars and restaurants




- Bars, terraces and restaurants can open (maximum) from 06.00h to 00.30h and with restricted capacity.

At the moment, they have a capacity of maximum 50% indoors and 100% in the terrace, if any.

Drinking and eating is only allowed when sitting at the table (not near the bar counter or standing).
When having lunch or dinner, you have to wear your face mask ALL THE TIME, and take it out only in the lapses of time when you sip your drink or eat your food.


- 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 Saturday), including for non-essential products, at 70% capacity.
Restaurants in shopping centres are open from 26th April.( With the same limitations than the rest of the sector; see previous section, just above these lines).

Other shops




The shops can open between (maximum) 6h and 22h, but only with 70% of capacity.

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 24h/7, and now they have to close at 01.00h.


Discos and pubs




Since the end of June, discos and pubs are open again. They can be open until 00.30h.

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 70% user capacity. Swimming pools can open with a maximum of 50% user capacity. The maximum opening hours are from 06.00h to 01.00h. (Please check the specific opening hours of your gim or sports centre.)


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 70% of the capacity. Please maintain the personal distance in the facilities.


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 70% of its capacity (or a maximum of 500 persons).


The opening hours are also limited, as they have to close maximum at 00.30h.




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 could apply.





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.

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