Travel Alert October 2019: Civil Unrest Continues in Barcelona

If Barcelona is in your travel plans this week, you may want to consider delaying your travel — or, at least, keep yourself updated as to the latest information pertaining to civil unrest in that city which has continued since Friday, October 11, 2019.

Travel Alert October 2019: Civil Unrest Continues in Barcelona

The United States Embassy and Consulate in Spain and Andorra has issued this official demonstration alert for Wednesday, October 16, 2019, which is the latest report available at the time this article was written…

Significant demonstration activity in Catalonia is expected to continue this week in response to the verdict in the trial of 12 pro-independence Catalan leaders. Some protests on October 15 included violence.

A protest is expected today, October 16, at 7pm at the intersection of Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes and Carrer Marina. There is a high potential for more clashes during this protest.

Demonstrations are also likely to disrupt roadways leading into Barcelona from various towns throughout the region, including marches on major highways from Tarragona, Tarrega, Berga, Vic and Girona.  In addition to clashing with law enforcement, protesters in some areas have disrupted public transportation, damaged traffic lights, and obstructed rail lines and road access to the Barcelona airport.  Some protests have been taking place near Spanish delegation and law enforcement offices and injuries to protesters and police personnel have been reported.

Some groups have called for a general strike on Friday, October 18, that will likely affect services throughout Catalonia, including public transportation and private business services.  Protesters have also called for demonstrations at Barcelona airport during the weekend.

For further information, visit the Demonstrations in Spain web site of the United States Embassy in Spain.

No official security alert has been issued as a result of the civil unrest; but increased caution should be exercised due to terrorism.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to Barcelona this week, expect delays and cancellations of flights. Keep up to date on the latest information pertaining to the civil unrest which may adversely affect your travel plans. Better yet, postponing or canceling your trip might be a better option — no matter which mode of travel you plan on taking.

If you have a flight scheduled, your flight may be delayed or canceled — and you may be eligible for a waiver of a fee to change your itinerary. If you are driving in any of these areas, watch out for deteriorating conditions and traffic problems.

Here are five airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of this civil unrest:

  • American Airlines has issued a travel alert for Barcelona for Monday, October 14, 2019 through Sunday, October 20, 2019; and Friday, November 1, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Delta Air Lines has issued a travel alert for Barcelona for Friday, October 18, 2019; and Friday, Sunday, October 20, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • United Airlines has issued a travel alert for Barcelona for Wednesday, October 16, 2019 through Sunday, October 20, 2019; and Friday, November 1, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Iberia has issued a travel alert for Barcelona for Friday, October 18, 2019; and Wednesday, October 23, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has issued a travel alert for Barcelona for Friday, October 18, 2019; and Monday, October 21, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.

Summary

Be sure to contact your airline or transportation provider for the latest information pertaining to your travels — if they are adversely affected — and please: travel safely.

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

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