Confined Spain: guide to getting around at Christmas (if you really need to)


With the restrictions announced until yesterday Friday at noon by the communities (but which may still be modified) if your intention is to visit Castile and Leon on the most significant days of Christmas, only family members can do it, not close friends.

Meanwhile, enter or exit Navarre and Euskadi You will need to present a safe-conduct that specifies the address of the accommodation, reason, date and name of the person who is being visited.

If you reside in Aragon It will not be possible to travel to see a relative, only blood ties count while the Madrid’s community It has taken a step back and has modified the de-escalation plan by reducing social and family gatherings on the most significant days of Christmas from ten to six.

The Madrid community closes on the perimeter from December 23 to January 6, except for relatives and friends, but it maintains bars, restaurants and leisure activities at the same hours and capacity as in recent weeks.

Despite the general tightening of restrictions, some autonomies such as Andalusia or Cantabria They have announced that they will maintain their de-escalation plans.

In this way, if the option is to travel to Andalusia, you can enjoy a couple more hours in the hotel business (until 10:30 p.m.) or the Sierra Nevada ski resort, which opens with a capacity of 50 percent.

No trips to the Valencian Community, neither family nor close friends, only residents and Galicia It has also taken a step back and has closed its capital: Santiago de Compostela, and it has done so before Christmas and at the gates of Holy Year.

Visiting Ceuta on holidays is also complicated by a hotel business that has brought closure by two hours, going from 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. both at Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

Also in The Rioja, bars and cafes will close from December 23 to 26 and from January 30 to 2 two hours before, that is, at eight in the afternoon.

The community of Castilla la Mancha will wait for the Governing Council on December 21 to take a position and will do so based on the evolution data of the covid of the weekend.

Back home for Christmas

Come home for christmas This year is not a recommended option. Communities have stepped on the brakes on de-escalation plans and are tightening perimeter controls.

According to the latest data on the interactive map on the website of the Ministry of Health, six autonomous communities (Andalusia, Aragon, Castilla y León, the Basque Country, Catalonia and Murcia) maintain the perimeter limitation of the community and other territorial units.

Galicia will join this perimeter closure on December 23 and until January 6, after agreeing yesterday to shield its capital: Santiago de Compostela and several municipalities.

Another eight autonomies: Asturias, Cantabria, La Rioja, Navarra, Community of Madrid, Castilla-La Mancha, Canary Islands and Valencian Community have perimeter closure, but they have raised it in municipalities that were closed.

In general, these limitations fall on the most important days of Christmas so that family and friends can enjoy together. This will not be the case of the Valencian Community, which has been shielded until January 15 and will only allow those who prove habitual residence to pass.

In the case of the Canary Islands, the perimeter limitation is a sanitary control measure. Everyone can enter but with a previous diagnostic test with a negative result carried out 72 hours before arrival.

Extremadura does not have, at the moment, a perimeter limitation but it will shield borders from December 23 until January 6, except for relatives and friends.

Balearics It also does not have a perimeter closure and does not foresee, for the moment, to decree it.

Diners at the table and bubbles

The Christmas lunches and dinners that, initially, allowed ten people from two living units to meet has been drastically lowered to six in some autonomous communities fueled by fear of a greater spike in infections.

This is the case of the Valencian Community, the Community of Madrid, Galicia or the Balearic Islands. Precisely in this last community there are rules for each island.

In Catalonia, family reunions until the 11th will be a maximum of six people, but on December 24, 25, 26 and 31, January 1 and 6, ten out of two bubbles of cohabiters are allowed.

Andalusia, Navarra, the Basque Country, La Rioja, Aragón, Cantabria, Castilla-La Mancha, Castilla y León and Asturias also allow, for the moment, meetings of 10 people on Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Eve, as well as the Canary Islands. , Murcia and Extremadura.

In Asturias, it has been proposed to screen travelers between the ages of 18 and 30 who return home for Christmas and go to live with people over 65.

And in the Canary Islands the same rule applies as in most of the Peninsula, six diners at the table and ten on holidays except in Tenerife where the proportion is four in the first case and six in the Christmas festivities.


According to data published on the Health website, in general lines and until now, in the most festive period (night from 24 to 25 and night from 31 to 1) the curfew period is reduced, in general, by 1: 30 to 6:00 in the morning.

Another thing is the night circulation the rest of the days, from today until January 10.

In Andalusia, La Rioja, Murcia, Navarra, Aragon and Ceuta night traffic is prohibited between 11:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.

Also in the Canary Islands, except in Tenerife where nighttime driving is prohibited from ten o’clock at night.

In Asturias, a bit stricter, the curfew begins at 10:00 p.m. and ends at 6:00 p.m., as in Cantabria, Catalonia, the Basque Country, Castilla y León and Melilla.

Less strict are in the Balearic Islands where the curfew is cut from 00:00 to 6:00 in the morning, except for Mallorca, which starts the touchdown at 10:00 at night.

Castilla-La Mancha, Community of Madrid and Valencian Community are placed on the same line, which close night traffic between 00:00 and 6:00 with the exception of the nights of January 24 to 25 and from January 31 to 1 that delay the curfew at 1:30 a.m.

The same as Castilla-La Mancha does Extremadura with the exception that the curfew of the two festive nights begins a little earlier, at one in the morning.