Covid-19 Plans: Madrid

As of January 5, 2023: Syracuse Abroad is unable to accommodate Covid-19 Vaccination and/or booster Exemptions. All students studying with our programs must be fully vaccinated, receive all eligible boosters and provide proof of inoculation prior to a published deadline for each program. In general, international governments have constraints on those unvaccinated such that robust participation in a study abroad program is not possible. The experience would be so compromised as to not meet the high standards of a Syracuse Abroad experience. Students with questions about this should reach out to their International Program Advisor.
Syracuse University students that have been formally granted exemption from the University’s Covid-19 vaccine and booster requirements, may, in some circumstances, be eligible to study abroad with a World  Program in locations where the host country and partner institution allow exemptions.  Please contact Syracuse Abroad at suabroad@syr.edu to request information and discuss your options.

Covid-19 plans updated November 2022.

Note: Subject to changes/modifications in accordance with local regulations and best practices


COVID Protocols

All protocols & requirements are subject to change at any point during the seminar and throughout the semester. Syracuse Madrid staff will inform you of any changes if they occur.

COVID Protocols: Seminars

COVID protocols will be applied during the seminar.  Since we must follow CDC as well as local requirements, all students, faculty, and staff are required to adhere to these guidelines during the full duration of the seminar: 

  1. REQUIRED COVID TEST BEFORE DEPARTURE FOR MADRID: take a PCR test three days (72 hours) in advance of travel OR an at-home antigen test on the day of departure. Please upload your results in “Covid-19 Test Results Upload” on TDS
  1. MASKS: will be required during all indoor lectures as well as on the bus. In addition, it is strongly recommended that you wear a mask during indoor site visits. Certain venues and restaurants may also require a mask, in which case the staff will inform you as needed. Please make sure to bring enough masks for the duration of the seminar, although they can also be purchased locally. 
  1. TESTING DURING THE SEMINAR: those students who develop recognized Covid symptoms will be asked to test or can test themselves. The staff will respond based on the results. 
  1. 5-DAY ISOLATION REQUIREMENT: a five-day isolation requirement will be in effect from the date of the onset of symptoms or the date of the positive test if someone is asymptomatic. You will also be required to wear a mask at all times for five days after the isolation period. The 5-day isolation requirement implies that you will have to stay in the city where you test positive, and you will have to miss all visits and activities. The staff will provide you with specific instructions if this happens.
  1. ROOMMATES: it is strongly recommended that you try to room with the same individuals throughout the seminar. This will facilitate contact tracing if your roommate develops symptoms.

Our main goal is to avoid any positive cases during the seminar. Due to the CDC’s 5-day isolation requirement following a positive test, and the fact that our seminar trips change location every few days, it is very likely that you would need to remain in one of the cities you’re visiting while the group moves on to the next one. This also means that you will miss the visits and activities covered during those days. Therefore, it is very important that everybody takes their health and safety, as well as that of others, very seriously by following these protocols.

COVID Protocols: During the semester

COVID protocols will be applied during your semester abroad.  Since we must follow CDC as well as local requirements, all students, faculty, and staff are required to adhere to these guidelines during the full duration of the program: 

  1. MASKSThe use of masks at the Instituto Internacional, inside of our offices and in the classrooms, is strongly recommended, but it is a personal choice in line with government guidelines. Masks will be available at our office for anyone requiring one. Important note: there will be specific instances either in classrooms or on-site visits when you may be required to wear a mask. This will be clearly communicated to all impacted students in advance.
  1. TESTING DURING THE SEMESTER: those students who develop recognized Covid symptoms will be asked to be tested by our Syracuse Madrid Nurse or can test themselves. The staff will respond based on the results. Tests will be available at our office for anyone requiring one.
  1. 5-DAY ISOLATION REQUIREMENTA five-day isolation requirement will be in effect from the date of the onset of symptoms or the date of the positive test if someone is asymptomatic. You will also be required to wear a mask at all times for five days after the isolation period. The staff will provide you with specific instructions if this happens.
  2. ROOMMATES THAT SHARE A ROOM: If two students share a room and one roommate tests positive, the negative student will be offered alternative housing for the 5-day isolation period; however, the negative student has the option to opt out of relocating. Following the 5-day isolation period, the positive student must commit to wearing a mask while in the room for 5 more days. Roommates who both test positive will continue to room together.

Current Requirements Prior to Arrival in Spain

Travel Health Form:

  • All travelers are required to fill out the Travel Health Form prior to departure (see more info below).
  • For the latest information about travel guidelines and requirements please visit: Travel Safe Spain

To enter Spain, as required by the Spanish Government, you must fill out the Spain Travel Health form to obtain your QR code which you must have either accessible on your phone or printed.


COVID-19 Resources

Utilize the following links for up-to-date COVID-19 information:

US Embassy – Covid information
Madrid Community Services
CDC Covid information