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 from 1 July. 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 two weeks, so keep checking for updates.
Here is a summary of how the main Camino and pilgrimage countries stand as of the 6th of July:
The first post-COVID pilgrim arrived in Santiago in mid-June.
You can find more information on Spain’s official tourism website here.
Update: Spain has temporarily reimposed lockdown in Galicia until Friday 10th of July due to another wave of COVID-19 cases. We will continue to monitor this situation.
- Travel without quarantine: Spain is OPEN to visitors from Europe’s Schengen area!* Spain is also open to visitors from the 15 countries on the EU list.
- Restaurants: Many are open.
- Hotels: Many are open.
- The land border between Spain and Portugal is open.
*On May 20, Spain made it compulsory to wear masks in indoor public spaces, and outdoors places where is not possible to keep more than 2 metres apart, this applies to everyone older than six.
Portugal was less badly hit than its neighbour, Spain, and is welcoming visitors.
- Travel: Open to EU countries, Schengen area, the UK, Brazil, the Community of Portuguese Language Countries, the US, Canada, Venezuela and South Africa.
- Hotels: About 75% of hotels are open already, with more opening every day.
- Restaurants: Most restaurants are open.
See Frances tourism website for the latest updates.
- Travel: Open to EU countries, EFTA nations (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland), and some others. Travellers from the UK will still have to submit to a 14-day quarantine. The rest of the world will be able to enter from the beginning of July but details have not been confirmed.
- Hotels: Many are open.
- Restaurants: Mostly open, with reduced capacity.
You can find more information about travelling to Italy here.
- Travel: Open to visitors from the U.K. and the Schengen area.
- Hotels: Open with limited capacity.
- Restaurants: Open – some are still takeaway only.
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.
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.
~ The Follow the Camino Team
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Originally published on 13th March 2020, updated on