Information regarding the coronavirus and the impact on tourism in Cordoba, Spain
28 March 2020
The new date for the Feria de Mayo might be the week from 17 to 25 October 2020. This proposal has been made by the organizers to the city administration.
25 March 2020
The city of Córdoba announced today that the May Crosses Event will not take place this year. The Patios Festival and Feria de Mayo Funfair will be postponed to a later date not before September.
22 March 2020
The Spanish government announced today the extension of the current state of alert and the associated restrictions for at least 15 days. The start of a return to normal life has therefore been postponed to April 11th.
20 March 2020
In response to the current expansion of the corona virus, the 2020 Cata del Vino Wine Fest was canceled today. The fest was planned to take place between April 22 an 26.
The Spanish government announces the temporary closure of all accommodation facilities. This measure must be implemented within one week.
18 March 2020
So far, Cordoba seems to be going through the corona crisis lightly. There are currently 78 active infections reported in the entire province. Meanwhile, public life has literally come to a standstill.
16 March 2020
The Spanish government announced today that the country's borders will be closed for entry from midnight. After that, entry will only be possible for Spanish citizens, persons who have their main residence in Spain, and commuters. The borders with Gibraltar and Andorra are not affected by this travel ban.
15 March 2020
Starting on Monday, March 16th, 2020, practically all public life in Spain will come to a halt. The government declared a so-called state of alert and imposed a nationwide curfew which begins on Monday 8 AM and will last 15 days. Exceptions apply only to emergencies, such as visiting a doctor or to shop for groceries or go to work.
14 March 2020
2020 Easter processions canceled
The Diocese of Cordoba, the city council and the Brotherhood Association decided on March 14 to cancel all of this year’s Holy Week processions.
13 March 2020
To contain the coronavirus, Spain’s President Pedro Sánchez will declare a state of emergency for the whole country tomorrow, Saturday, March 14, 2020.
Although details are not yet known, considerable restrictions on freedom of travel have to be expected. We will keep you informed.
- Corona panic has arrived in Córdoba: Various attractions close until the end of March or until further notice:
Mezquita Cathedral (until April 1)
Medina Azahara (until March 30)
Synagogue (until March 30th)
Botanical Garden (until March 30th)
Torre de la Calahorra (until further notice)
Tourist Offices (until further notice)
- The recently imposed U.S. travel ban for Europeans will likely affect scheduled flights over the Atlantic, so visitors traveling from the United States should check with their airlines for the status of their flights.
- Several Cordoba events canceled or postponed
- At least three officially confirmed Covid-19 cases reported in Cordoba.
- All flights to Spain from Italy are canceled until further notice.
Our point of view regarding the new type of corona virus is still that the hysteria that can currently be observed in many cases is without basis. Being cautious is reasonable, but there is currently no reason for any exaggeration. Unfortunately, various events have been canceled or postponed and touristic facilities are closed until further notice. We will keep you up to date on the latest developments.
Questions and answers
Is Cordoba a safe destination?
Cordoba and the province, as well as the rest of Andalusia, are still safe, in our opinion, and there is currently no reason to panic. Even if no one can predict how the situation will develop in the future, in our judgement the risk of an infection or developing an illness is low. However, as of now travel would hardly be possible due to the “state of alert” which means a nationwide lockdown.
Are there restrictions on public facilities and events?
Until the end of March, the government of Spain issued a state of emergency throughout the country. This means that virtually all public life across the country is locked down. All gastronomic facilities, cultural and leisure facilities, amusement parks, universities, colleges and kindergartens are closed.
The following facilities may open:
- Supermarkets and other grocery stores
- Medical centers
- Hairdressers and dry cleaners
- Shops for optics and orthopedics
- Pet food shops
- Technology stores
It is strongly recommended that these facilities be visited only if necessary.
How can I protect myself from possible contagion?
We recommend the usual precautions, especially the following:
- Avoid close contact with other people.
- Wash your hands.
- Avoid shaking hands or cheek kissing in a greeting.
- Cough or sneeze in the crook of the arm and not in the hand.
- Avoid touching your face with your hands.
When should I review or cancel my travel plans?
Regardless of the current situation, the general rule here is that you should stay home if you have respiratory issues and / or are affected by fever and cough. This is primarily for your own recovery, but also to protect others from unnecessary infections.