On Monday, May 4, the de-escalation phases began in Spain. Many of us wonder how and when will be the holidays after the Covid-19 in Malaga. We will learn about the Phases in Malaga and when it will be possible to go to the beach, to the countryside or to travel in general; I will propose ideas and give you the active schedule for doing activities.
End of Phases from 22 June in Malaga.
When will you be able to go on holiday after the Covid-19? You can do active tourism from Phase 1 and always following the basic rules of social distancing.
Andalusia is one of the areas less affected by the Coronavirus in Spain.
There are four Phases in Malaga before returning to normality after the Coronavirus. Each phase will last at least 2 weeks, something that will depend on each province.
One week before the start of Phase 0 in Malaga, children under 14 were already allowed to go out on the streets with an adult. From the first Saturday before Phase 0, you can also go out for sports following a schedule.
From Monday 4th May, it is possible to go to hairdressers and small shops by appointment. It is also possible to pick up food at restaurants.
With regard to transport, 1 person can go in each row of the vehicle; with the exception of people living in the same household, who can sit next to the driver.
It will not be possible to drive outside the municipality.
Public transport has a maximum occupation of 50%. On bus trips the row behind the driver must be unoccupied. The use of a mask is compulsory when using public transport.
The use of a private vehicle is not allowed except for going to work, to the pharmacy, supermarket, doctor, tobacconist or hairdresser.
Phase 1 in Malaga begins on May 18th.
With regard to private transport, restrictions are maintained except for people who share a home.
It is possible to travel by car to tourist accommodations, always maintaining safe distances from other people and with a limited capacity of terraces or bars. You may also visit family and friends, but always within the same province where you live.
Meetings are limited to 10 people.
Public transport will increase to 100%.
50% of capacity for medium and long distance trains and buses
Travel and holidays during Phase 1 in Malaga
After reaching Phase 1 you will be able to do active tourism and visit natural places in limited groups if you do not leave the province.
The museums open with limited capacity and without the use of common spaces.
Phase 2 should start on 1st of June. What new measures are there?
It is still not possible to leave the province where you live, although you can go to a second home in the same province.
Establishments of more than 400 square meters can open their doors, although with limited capacity. During this phase it will be possible to go to shopping centres, cinemas or restaurants, but with limited capacity and without using the common areas.
From Phase 2, people walking with children and those who practice sports will be able to do without restrictions.
Travel and holidays during Phase 2 in Malaga
It is still possible to do active tourism and visit natural places in limited groups and without leaving the province. The prohibition to use the common areas disappears but the limitation of the capacity in bars or common terraces of the lodgings remains.
The museums are still open and have limited capacity.
The last phase of the de-escalation plan should start on 8 June, although it will depend on the municipality. What does it consist of?
During this phase 3, open air concerts and leisure activities will be allowed. It will be possible to go to discos, bars and gyms as long as social distance can be maintained.
The beaches are open, to which you will be able to go if they are in your own province.
Leaving the province of residence is still restricted.
Possibility of increasing the occupation of medium and long distance trains and buses.
Masks are mandatory always, especially in closed spaces, public transport or when there are other people around.
There is no schedules during Phase 3 onwards.
New Normality in Malaga
After phase 3, the new normality arrives in Malaga, during which a series of measures will be maintained to prevent a possible resurgence of the Coronavirus.
Among the measures are some like maintaining the maximum occupation of hotel pools at 50%, in the case of a residential pool the percentage rises to 75%.
Fairs and events may be held, provided that a distance of more than 1.5 meters between people can be maintained. In the case of attractions, you will only be able to sit next to someone who lives in your own home, thus avoiding proximity to strangers.
Masks must be worn at all times, especially in enclosed spaces. The aim is to avoid possible contagion where there is little air circulation.
At the end of Phase 3, travel within the Autonomous Community is permitted. From July onwards, flights from Europe to Malaga airport are allowed; you can read more about this in the airport news.
Travel and holidays after the Covid-19 in Malaga
After reaching Phase 3, the capacity of active tourism and visits to natural parks increase.
It might be possible going to the beach, always keeping the social security distances.
Malaga’s museums can increase the minimum capacity.
Covid-19 Coronavirus travel questions and answers
I will try to answer some questions that I receive in the mail and others that I think can be useful both for planning your vacation after the Covid-19 and for any other reason.
I will update as new questions come in.
When will it be possible to travel on holiday after the Covid-19 to another province?
I have been asked about a bus trip from Malaga airport to Granada. I have looked for information and found the following, which applies to interprovincial travel:
You will be able to travel to another province when both have passed Phase 3 of de-escalation.
For example, if you are in Seville during August and you want to go to Malaga beach during your holidays after the Covid-19; both Seville and Malaga must have passed Phase 3.
If your second residence is in the same province, you will be able to go to it from Phase 2 onwards. If in another province, you will only be able to do so after having passed Phase 3.
In the best case scenario, end of Phase 3 should begin on 22nd June.
Can I swim at the beach or ride my bike?
In Malaga during Phase 3 and after you can swim or ride your bike without limitation, but always taking special consideration to social distancing and mask where necessary.
When can travel after the Covid-19 to the beach?
It depends on whether the beach is in your province or not. It will be from the end of June or the end of Phase 3 when you might be able to go to the beach on holiday. This question is answered more extensively and with examples above.
According to the latest news, Andalusia plans to open the beaches on June 8-10 and to allow travel between provinces. We will still have to wait to know exactly what the plans are for going to the beach.
From the New Normality and Phase 3, you can go to enjoy the beach and swim.
Are there any rental cars during de-escalation?
Yes, the companies that can adapt and give security to the client continue renting cars in Malaga. Besides, it is a great option if you plan to go on holiday to some rural destination within the province.
If you are planning to go on holiday after the Covid-19 in Malaga and you do not have a vehicle, you may be interested in renting one; rural tourism might be one of the most popular activities this summer.
Public transport is less recommended due the situation, to again a rental car in Malaga is recommended.
When will I be able to travel from UK to Malaga?
Looks like the flights will start to arrive to Malaga airport from July onwards. You can read more about latest Malaga airport news in our blog.
When will you be able to flight to UK?
If you are an expat looking for fliying back to UK, then you should contact your embassy. I will provide useful links at the bottom of this article.
Post-Covid-19 travel Plans
Let’s see some suggestions that we will expand as we receive information about activities and trips after the Covid-19 and during the different phases of the de-escalation in Malaga
One of the options that Spaniards are considering this summer is rural tourism. If everything goes as it should, from May 11 or Phase 1, you can make use of tourist accommodation, so you can start enjoying your holidays.
If you want to know charming villages in Malaga, I wrote an article about some of them.
- There will be restrictions from May 11, such as the ban on using common areas or the 30% limit on the capacity of bars or terraces.
- From May 25th or Phase 2: It will be possible to make use of the common areas although the restrictions on bars and terraces will continue.
- It would be from June 8th or Phase 4, when the tourist accommodations will return practically to normality.
If you are interested in travelling after Covid-19 to a village and renting rural accommodation but do not have a vehicle, remember that you can rent a car in Malaga. The companies we recommend are ready to continue working with all the guarantees.
King’s Path will open from 12 June
It can be an opportunity to enjoy this fantastic place of great beauty, you can learn more about the King’s Path in our official guide.
The Malaga Provincial Council is planning to open it in June. Remember that it closed its entrance from March 13th.
Tickets could be available from May 14th. It is also proposed that in mid-June a mobile application will allow the purchase of the ticket specifying the schedule.
If you want you can take a virtual tour, to know it without leaving home.
More information and sources about the Covid-19
For more basic information about Coronavirus, how to protect yourself and possible updates of schedules or phases of de-escalation, I leave you official links and others of great utility.
- Official page of the Spanish government: Although it is not my source of information I must put it; it can be useful to know schedules and possible official updates
- Dr. Gaona, with videos with useful information and analysis about the Pandemic if you understand Spanish:
- Pablo Fuente is perhaps the most reliable source for information on Coronavirus in Spanish:
For information about flights cancellations regarding Coronavirus, you can check our other article.
If you need help or to contact your consulate, use the following url:
For official information about returning to UK from Spain: