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.
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 May 25th, although it could be delayed in some provinces, depending on the level of infection. 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.
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.
Travel and holidays after the Covid-19 during Phase 3 in Malaga
After reaching Phase 3, the capacity of active tourism and visits to natural parks will increase.
It might be possible going to the beach without leaving the province in a recreational way and 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, Phase 3 should begin on 22nd June.
Can I swim at the beach or ride my bike?
You can ride your bike without leaving your municipality, as long as it is during the hours for sports and keeping a safe social distance.
Regarding swimming on the beach, you can swim as a sport, but recreational bathing is not allowed at the moment.
If you are wondering about bathing on the beach for the holidays after the Covid-19, surely you can do it during or after Phase 3.
People ask me about specific cases, which I will group in this section on family reunification.
According to the Guardia Civil, this can be done if you notify the authority beforehand, carry the necessary documentation to justify the trip and are within the same province.
It is advisable, however, to wait for Phase 1, in which you could already travel to visit family members within the same province.
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.
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.
When will I be able to travel from UK to Malaga?
Im afraid I do not have an answer yet to this question, but I hope it will be soon after Phase 3, that is by the end of June in Malaga.
Some British tour operators are already selling flights tickets for June, but we still have to wait to see what will happen.
Is Malaga in Phase 1 or not yet?
Malaga province and Granada still in Phase 0 as for 11 May. We will have to wait one week to be elegible for Phase 1; that means we will get to Phase 1 probably on May 18.
When will you be able to flight to UK?
According rumours there will be flights in June to UK, but you will be required a proof of residence where you will self-quarentine for 15 days.
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.
Schedules and regulations for going out
In municipalities with less than 5,000 inhabitants, residents may go out for walks or do sports at any time between 6 am and 11 pm. The rest of the hours will be only for emergencies, work or with justification.
Sports and walks without leaving the municipality and not going more than 1 kilometre away from your residence.
You can do grocery shopping at any time.
There is no restriction for emergencies, work or justified departures outside the following hours:
- 6 to 10 am: Walks or doing sports if you are between 14 and 69 years old.
- 10 to midday: Those over 70 can go for walks or do sports.
- Midday to 7 pm: Walks with a maximum of 3 children under 14 years.
- 7 to 9 pm: Those over 70 can go out for a walk or do sport.
- 8 to 11 pm: Walks or doing sports if you are between 14 and 69 years old.
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 Phase 2
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, if we move to Phase 2. 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: