COVID-19 Measures in South Africa
We are taking all necessary precautions to ensure a smooth event in a safe and protected environment.
The situation in Catalonia, Spain is continuously under review by the Municipalities together with the Catalan Government. From ISF’s side, we are monitoring the evolution of the situation very closely.
You can follow the last updates from Barcelona on the following websites:
- Spanish Health Ministry – https://www.sanidad.gob.es/en/profesionales/saludPublica/ccayes/alertasActual/nCov/spth.htm
- Barcelona City Council – https://www.barcelona.cat/covid19/en
- Barcelona Tourism Office – https://www.barcelonaturisme.com/wv3/en/page/3143/covid19.html
Getting Tested for COVID-19
Delegates and participants who require a COVID-19 PCR or Antigen test to travel back to their country of origin may book an appointment at Quiron Salud.
- DATE OF BIRTH
- IDENTIFICATION NUMBER OR PASSPORT NUMBER
- REQUESTED APPOINTMENT DATE
Quiron Salud is a private hospital. Delegates are responsible for settling their own payments
About South Africa
Barcelona is a city with a wide range of original leisure options that encourage you to visit time and time again. Overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, and famous for Gaudí and other Art Nouveau architecture, Barcelona is one of Europe’s trendiest cities.
It’s a hub of new trends in the world of culture, fashion and cuisine. It combines the creativity of its artists and designers with respect and care for local traditions. The charm and slower pace of the old town, the avant-garde vibe of more modern neighbourhoods, and the fast pace of one of the world’s most visited cities coexist in Barcelona.
Barcelona is a showcase for the latest developments in fashion. Strolling around its streets you can discover a world of options for a day of shopping. From glamour and major brands in iconic stores set in emblematic buildings, such as the Paseo de Gracia or Avinguda Diagonal, to alternative and innovative design in areas such as the Born district. Barcelona is also brimming with traditional shops and you can visit century-old stores and ateliers that will surprise you with their attention to detail.
The Mediterranean character and streets full of ambience also set the trend in Barcelona. The possibilities are almost endless, ranging from popular options such as a stroll down Las Ramblas or traditional markets such as La Boquería, to relaxing moments on the city beaches or the many pavement cafés in the old town. You can even discover the city in an original way with Barcelona Tourist Office’s programme of tours. These include guided and themed tours; routes in vintage cars, or on Segways or bicycles; boat tours, and helicopter flights.
A city to visit again
Barcelona draws visitors to its famous sights, like the Sagrada Familia, Parc Güell, Casa Batlló and La Pedrera. But they can also discover a city full of pleasant surprises on each trip.
A walk along the seafront, evenings on a rooftop terrace with views over the city skyline, spacious parks such as Parc de Montjüic or Ciutadella, the marina, Olympic village, and everything to do with FC Barcelona; a range of options for new experiences on each visit.
Culinary options are also varied, with world renowned haute cuisine restaurants, traditional Catalan dishes, food markets, and establishments that take you around the world with their flavours…
The city’s cultural agenda also includes major art centres, like the Picasso Museum, the National Art Museum of Catalonia, and CaixaForum; a wide range of festivals and one of Spain’s leading opera houses, Gran Teatre del Liceu.
For touristic brochures, please visit the website: www.barcelonaturisme.com
Getting to South Africa
Barcelona Airport – El Prat is the main airport in Barcelona, located 16 km southwest from the city center, and the main airport of Catalonia. Barcelona Airport features high-tech processing, high international security standards, world-class duty-free shopping, a number of fast casual dining restaurants, and all the regular amenities, such as mobile phone kiosks and forex exchange outlets.
Barcelona Time is in the Central European Time Zone. Central European Standard Time (CET) is 1 hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+1).
Spain is in the Eurozone and the euro (EUR/€) is its official currency. Foreign currency can be exchanged at banks (Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 2pm) and at the “bureaux de change” also open every day in Barcelona city center.
Health and Medical Services
Spain presents no special health risks, meaning you do not have to get inoculated before going to Barcelona. The quality of the food is excellent, and Barcelona has some of the top restaurants in the world. The tap water is also treated and therefore, drinkable. The quality of the Spanish healthcare system is very good, with professionals that will treat you with care and attention.
Catalonia has its own language: Catalan. Most of the people who live in Barcelona are bilingual and speak Catalan and Spanish, which is also an official language. Street names and most road and transport signs are in Catalan. Many restaurants, especially those in the city centre, have menus in several languages. Many people from Barcelona understand English and French, although it helps to look up common Catalan expressions to get around.
In Spain, the standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz. The power plugs and sockets are of type F (two round pin plug; also known as “Schuko”). This socket also works with plug C and plug E. Most Europeans do not need to buy an adapter plug for Spain. Swiss and US standard plugs need an adapter.
ENTRY REGULATIONS AND VISA APPLICATION
Requirements for visitor’s visas differ from country to country. Please visit the website of the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs to get information on entry and visa requirements: https://www.exteriores.gob.es/
Please note that only finalised participants will be able to require for the invitation letter.
Transfers from/to the airport
There are no Congress organized transfers from/to the airport. Therefore, you may take a taxi, Uber or use the public transportation, at your own expense.
Taxis are available at Barcelona – El Prat airport, as well as throughout the city center. More information are available: www.taxi.amb.cat.
Barcelona Aerobús (A1 and A2) are also available. For further information about the Barcelona Aerobús: Tel. +34 902 100 104. You can buy tickets at VisitBarcelona Tickets.
There are also night bus (N17 and N16) that operate from Ronda Universitat / Plaça Catalunya to Barcelona Airport T1 and T2, stopping at Pl. d’Espanya. Further information about the night bus service to Barcelona Airport is available on the website: www.ambmobilitat.cat.
Barcelona has several public transportation.
Metro and FGC: Barcelona currently has eight metro lines and it also has an urban and metropolitan rail network the Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat (FGC) which cover a huge part of the city. For further information about Barcelona’s metro and rail services: Metro: Tel. +34 902 075 027 | www.tmb.cat / FGC: Tel. 012 | www.fgc.cat
Tram: The Tram route provides easy access to Barcelona’s major industrial areas, shopping centres and residential zones. There are 2 Tram lines in Barcelona: the Trambaix (T1, T2, T3) and The Trambesòs (T4, T5, T6). For further information about Tram services: Tel. + 34 900 701 181 | www.tram.cat
Bus: Barcelona has a transport fleet of more than 1000 buses which operate on
over 100 routes and connect all the city’s districts and the metropolitan area. For further information about Barcelona’s bus network: Tel. +34 902 075 027 |
Transport passes can be used on the metro, Barcelona’s tram, city-centre lines of the Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat (FGC).