The world is starting to reopen as the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is brought under control. That means that services and borders are opening up for those wanting to do the Camino de Santiago!
Here is what you need to know:
- Border controls have been lifted for EU citizens travelling inside the bloc (including the UK, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway).
- The EU has drafted a list of countries whose citizens are permitted to enter the EU. This list includes countries such as Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Japan and South Korea.
- Currently, countries such as the US, Mexico, Russia and Brazil are excluded from the list.
- This EU list will be updated every few weeks, so keep checking for updates.
- If you are required to quarantine on return from your trip this means that you should stay in your home and avoid all non-essential interactions.
Please remember to stay home and quarantine yourself in accordance with local guidelines if you feel unwell. Your support in helping to stop the spread of COVID-19 is vital in helping us all to get travelling again, safely.
Here is a summary of how the main Camino and pilgrimage countries stand as of the 21st of September:
The Camino is starting to open again, with limited accommodation and services available. All bookings made through us will have confirmed accommodation before departure.
- Spain is OPEN to visitors from Europe’s Schengen area! Spain is also open to visitors from the countries on the EU list.
- Some smaller areas are experiencing new restrictions based on localised outbreaks.
- There are quarantine requirements for people who are returning home from Spain in some countries, including the UK and Ireland.
You will need to wear face masks in indoor public spaces, and outdoors places. This applies to everyone older than six.
Portugal is welcoming visitors and has opened many of its accommodation and Camino services providers.
- Travel: Open to EU countries, Schengen area, the UK, Brazil, the Community of Portuguese Language Countries, the US, Canada, Venezuela and South Africa.
- The UK currently requires all travellers returning from Portugal to quarantine for 2 weeks when they get back.
- Restaurants, coffee shops, museums and beaches are mostly open.
The use of face masks is mandatory in public transport and services, shops and supermarkets, in closed spaces or in places with many people.
See Frances tourism website for the latest updates.
- Open to EU countries, EFTA nations (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland), and some others.
- People from other countries may travel to France but will need to quarantine for 14 days and complete a self-declaration that they don’t have symptoms.
- Travellers from the UK will still have to quarantine for 14 days.
Face masks are compulsory in enclosed public spaces, and in outdoors in busy parts of Paris. For anyone over the age of 11, face masks must currently be worn on public transport, while in taxis and while at the airport. Check the local mask requirements before you go, as these are constantly being updated.
You can find more information about travelling to Italy here.
- Open to visitors from the UK, the Schengen area, and the EU safe list – with the exception of Bulgaria and Romania.
- Tourists from countries not on this list are not able to enter.
- You will need to fill in a self-declaration if requested.
- Travellers who have been in Bulgaria or Romania in the 14 days prior to their arrival in Italy, will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. There is also a self-declaration form to fill in.
The use of masks remains mandatory in public spaces throughout the country, including restaurants, shops, and public transport.
All of our bookings are flexible and can be changed for free if restrictions push back your Camino holiday with us. You can safely book with us for later this year or for 2021.
Other important Camino locations –
The Cathedral, the Pilgrim’s Office and public hostels are open.
The cathedral of Santiago de Compostela is open and is celebrating its traditional pilgrim mass every day at 7:30 pm, with limited spaces available. You can find more information here.
The museum (permanent collection) and the Pórtico of the Glory are open to visitors from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm (Tuesday to Sunday). Book your tickets in advance.
The Pilgrim’s Office is open from 10:30 am to 6:30 pm.
There are a few places online where the community is sharing reopening information for private hostels.
If you have booked through us then we will only book your accommodation in guesthouses and hotels that are open and functioning to a high standard.
The Camino Society Ireland info centre is closed
Their website still has plenty of good information and they are responding to emails as quickly as they can. We will be able to help you with any queries related to our products.
They are also still processing online sales, so you can still order maps and books for any Celtic Caminos you would like to do. Some Celtic Camino locations are still open and able to stamp your pilgrim passport.
We will continue to update this post and our social media platforms as we learn more.
Remember to maintain high levels of hygiene, keep socially distanced from anyone who isn’t in your bubble, and be kind to one another.
If you are feeling unwell please immediately isolate yourself and stay safe
~ The Follow the Camino Team
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Originally published on 1st September 2020