Covid situation in Malaga – FAQs

Every week, Guide to Malaga receives lots of requests for information on the Covid situation in Malaga. This article intends to answer many of those questions and help you with information about what’s happening in the city virus-wise at the moment.

Regular updates

This article gets a weekly update – usually on Fridays. So, if you’re tracking the Covid situation in Malaga or need information when you plan to visit, bookmark the page and check back regularly.

And of course, if we’ve missed anything, let us know.

Information sources

All our information comes from official figures from government sources (links are always included) and our experience out and about in Malaga.

What’s the Covid rate in Malaga?

On 15 October 2021, Malaga city had a 7-day incidence of 15 cases per 100,000 people, lowest since June 2020. You can see the Covid rates here (Malaga city is about half way down (Málaga distrito).

And the Covid rate on the Costa del Sol?

On 15 October 2021, the provincial 7-day rate (including the Costa del Sol) was 16.5. The population of Malaga province is 1.64 million.

Find out the latest rates for Covid on the Costa del Sol (scroll down to Costa del Sol for individual towns and resorts).

What’s the Covid situation in Malaga now?

Malaga city and the Costa del Sol have both seen rates go down sharply since August. Numbers for hospitalisations and deaths are also much lower.

On 15 October 2021, Malaga and Andalusia had the following figures:

  • No. of new cases of covid-19 in Malaga province in last 7 days: 279
  • No. of people hospitalised for covid-19 in Malaga province in last 7 days: 26 (0 in ICU).
  • No. of people died from covid-19 in Malaga province in last 7 days: 3
  • Population of Malaga province: 1.64 million
  • No. of new cases of covid-19 in Andalusia region in last 7 days: 1,027
  • No. of people hospitalised for covid-19 in Andalusia in last 7 days: 70 (4 in ICU).
  • No. of people died from covid-19 in Andalusia in last 7 days: 16
  • Population of Andalusia: 8.4 million

You can check the latest figures (in Spanish only) here. They are updated daily.

Are there any travel restrictions into Malaga by air?

Malaga Airport is open and allowing travellers from this list to enter Spain.

This list changes so check it regularly.

If your country is on the list and you come to Malaga, you will be allowed in. This applies even if your country has advised against travel to Spain.

Update: from 7 June, all travellers who have full immunisation from Covid (2 doses of Pfizer, Moderna or AstraZeneca, 1 dose of Janssen or the full dose from other WHO-approved vaccines) are allowed to enter Spain. This includes citizens from the US and Canada.

Can British citizens travel to Malaga?

As from Monday 24 May 2021, UK nationals and residents who have been in the UK for the 14 days prior to their arrival in Spain are allowed in.

Note that as of Friday 2 July, UK nationals (12 years and over) must show a negative Covid-19 test (PCR or antigen) taken within 48 hours of arrival or a vaccination certificate (full dose).

Are Brazilian and South African nationals allowed into Malaga?

Yes, but some restrictions apply. See below.

Are there any travel restrictions into Malaga by land?

No, but if you enter Spain via France or Portugal, you may need to show proof of a vaccination certificate or negative Covid test (see below). Note that Portugal’s borders with Spain reopened on 1 May 2021.

graphic showing how to wear masks in Malaga
How to wear a mask in Malaga 😉
What do I need to do to enter Spain?

There are two requirements:

  • You must fill out a Health Control Form (Formulario de Control Sanitario/FCS) via the website or mobile phone app before you arrive. All travellers must fill out an FCS including children.
  • Vaccination certificate proving you have required the full dose of a WHO-approved vaccine. Or proof of a negative PCR, TMA or RAT (antigen) test for covid-19 carried out within 48 hours of your arrival in Spain. You carry the certificate with you (in English, French, German or Spanish, in paper or digital form) and will be asked to show it on entry.
    As from Friday 2 July, this applies to UK nationals as well.

Find out what you need to enter Spain.

Is there quarantine to enter Spain?

No, Spain has no quarantine requirements unless you come from countries considered high risk. You can check the list here.

What are the travel restrictions in Malaga city?

On several occasions since March 2020, Malaga’s municipal borders have been closed as a sort of local lockdown. If this happens, you cannot go beyond them without a justifiable reason (e.g. work, health or education).

Situation now: Malaga’s municipal borders are open and you can travel to other municipalities in the province that are also open with no restrictions.

From 29 April, you can travel within Andalusia and Spain with no restrictions.

The map below shows you the boundaries of Malaga municipality – as you can see, Malaga is big so it isn’t too much of a hardship not being able to leave!

map of municipality of Malaga
Map showing the borders of Malaga municipality
What are the restrictions in Malaga at the moment?
  • From 7 October until further notice:
  • Malaga entered Level 0 that means no restrictions on travel within the province, Andalusia or Spain or on capacity in restaurants, shops and cultural venues.
  • Beaches are closed 11pm to 7am.
  • No curfew .
How do I find out what the latest Covid situation is in Malaga?

Check the latest restrictions and lockdown in Malaga and the Costa del Sol. Put the name of the place in ¿Dónde vives? and click on Entrar. This information (in Spanish only) is updated daily so bookmark the page and check if you plan to travel.

What rules do I need to follow in the current Covid situation in Malaga?

There are several rules in place:

Face masks – Note that from Saturday 26 June, masks will no longer be compulsory outside as long as you can keep at least 1.5m from people who are not part of your social/family bubble. In practice, this means wearing a mask in most places in central Malaga. You must wear a mask in all indoor public spaces. There are fines of €100 for non-compliance.

Social distancing – while not an enforced rule, you’re asked to keep at least 1.5m from anyone else. You’ll see lines on the floor in shops indicating where to stand in the queue; many venues have separate entrances and exits (follow the arrows); and the seafront promenades have arrows indicating you should walk on the right.

Social distancing on the beach – you’ll see signs at the entrances to all beaches telling you what to do. Basically, you need to sit at least 2 metres from other people.

What measures are in place in Malaga for Covid safety?

Since Spain left total lockdown in early May last year, Malaga has gone the extra mile to implant health and hygiene measures. They include:

  • Weekly antigen tests for employees at businesses and associations in many sectors including tourism, hospitality and public transport. Participating businesses display the sign Malaga Safe For You.
  • Malaga has the World Tourism & Travel Council Safe Travels seal, guaranteeing that the city complies with WTTC health and hygiene protocols for Covid.
  • All venues including museums, concert halls, restaurants and shops have limits on the number of people allowed in at a time.
  • Busy areas including streets in the centre and the seafront promenades are disinfected daily (including benches).
covid-19 rules on Malaga beaches
Covid beach rules in Malaga
What about staying at hotels?

Since the summer, we have stayed at several hotels in Andalusia and in Malaga city itself. All had impeccable hygiene and stringent Covid measures in place. We felt extremely safe at all times.

What about Covid insurance in Malaga?

From 1 January 2021, all non-resident foreign tourists staying in registered accommodation have guaranteed covid-19 insurance. The policy covers any circumstances caused by the virus and includes hospital healthcare, accommodation in an apartment and repatriation. Read our guide to covid-19 insurance in Andalucia.

What about getting a Covid test in Malaga?

You may need a test while you’re in Malaga to return to your home country or because you’ve been in contact with someone who has tested positive. Read how and where to get a Covid test in Malaga.

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