Covid and Camino 2021: news and rolling updates

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All Covid-19 and Camino news of 2021 for Spain, France and Portugal. News and developments about the coronavirus; ; sanitary measures; impact on the Camino and pilgrims.
The most recent information is at the top of the article. Page updated regularly.

(Last update: January 21 2021)

This post only gives Covid info for 2021
See here to find open accommodations in 2021
See here for 2020 Covid/Camino-related events


A word on the quest for valid information

Covid/Camino situation at a glance:
In Spain
In France
In Portugal

2021 Covid/Camino timeline
2020 Covid/Camino events still having an effect in 2021

Covid/Camino: all of 2021 news and updates
Marion ~ Santiago in Love, CC BY-NC-SA
Covid/Camino: all of 2021 news and updates
Marion ~ Santiago in Love, CC BY-NC-SA

Yes, share this postand name its source! Content like this require a huge load of work and time… Sames goes for the pilgrim-virus illustration! Thanks in advance to respect this work
(Note: even more so considering my total lack of interest for media and politics: the amount of time and research invested for this post is a bit painful haha)

A word on the quest for valid information

A unanimous view about the Covid is its ability to create chaos! Governments, media, individuals, everyone give their own opinion. Valuable information changes regularly and is sometimes difficult to find…
To see clearly through all of it, keep a critical mind and sort things out.
Know the difference between:

  • a fact VS an opinion/a wish/a prediction/a preference
  • a measure that’s considered VS an ongoing measure VS an outdated measure
  • journalistic/political sensationalism VS real and well-founded information
  • the reality/practical application/consequences of current laws VS the personal choices/decisions of each individual (which is exactly that: personal!)

Considering the mass of information that goes around, it’s not easy to see clearly! Here are a few tools to help you in this quest:

  • Identify the media and its degree of reliability: social networks < news channels, broadcast and newspapers < government press releases < government websites < official journal (laws, decrees, orders, orders)
    • the lower the reliability of the media, the more important it is to check its source(s)
  • Identify the source of the information
  • Check the date of publication and/or update of the information
    • the older the date, the more outdated the information is likely to be!
    • Warning: it often happens that government pages are late in updating their information!
  • Look for information about all the places that are concerned by your trip: country of residency/departure/transit/arrival, regional and local measures
  • Check that the information applies to you
  • Keep informed, regularly and several times; cross and double-check the information you find (different solid sources)

Here you go! You are now (a little more) fitted out to face the tsunami of information that’s constantly drowning us! Good luck to you, stay safe and Buen Camino! 🙂


Covid/Camino situation at a glance:

Vocabulary point, as considered in the regulations related to this post:
EU and associated countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Metropolitan France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden + Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Romania + Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican + Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland + Ireland
Third countries authorized to enter Europe for non-essential purposes at the moment (list updated on December 16 2020): Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, China (if reciprocity)
Third countries ban to enter Europe for non-essential purposes at the moment: all countries not listed above
Note: the UK is in a special situation due to its current situation (Brexit and new Covid strain)

Spain

Official Covid governmental page: Ministry of Health (in Spanish)
Radar Covid app available on Google Play or Apple Store

Other official and useful sources in English: Reopen Europa / Tourism in Spain
See also the recommendations of your own country for trips to Spain: embassy, consulate (including here for the UK, here for Ireland, here for South Africa, here for Australia, here for New Zealand, here for the USA, here for Canada)

Useful numbers in Spain:
Call 112 for emergencies
One of the numbers below for information, depending on which autonomous community you’re in:

Covid emergency and information number per regions in Spain
Is it possible to do a Camino in Spain?

For Spanish residents:
If sufficient freedom of movement according to the measures in place at one's place of residence
YES, under conditions

  • For residents of a region in lockdown under municipal lockdown: Caminos within the territory of the said area only
  • For residents of region without a lockdown: Caminos in their region + those in other region(s) without lockdown
  • In any cases, respect local restrictions (including municipal lockdowns)

NO, for residents affected by specific measures (municipal lockdown, quarantine, etc.)


For residents of the EU, associated countries and authorized third countries: (see vocabulary point)
If sufficient freedom of movement according to the measures in place at one's place of residence
NO, for the majority of the Caminos
YES, for some rare sections in the following regions: Madrid region, (+ Castilla y Leon, under conditions).

Warning! Respect local restrictions: beware of exceptions and/or various conditions!


For unauthorized residents of third countries: (see vocabulary point)
NO!


For UK residents and travellers from the UK
NO! Entry prohibited from December 22 2020 to January 19 2021 at least (exception: nationals legally residing in Spain)


In any cases:

  • Doing a Camino falls under tourism regulation, so it's a non-essential trip!
  • Pilgrims must respect measures in place!
    See tabs: "Ongoing national restrictions" and "Ongoing regional restrictions and health measures" tabs
  • Each region has its own restrictions. Please refer yourself to the ones you pass through on your Camino to find out what measures apply!
    See tabs: "Ongoing regional restrictions and health measures" and "Regions crossed by Caminos"

Accommodations on the Caminos

Considering the current restrictions in Spain, Caminos are mostly not accessible

Depending on the ongoing regulation of each region, accommodations can however host guests (with respect for strict sanitary measures)


Some accommodation are open: check this page to find out which ones
(2021 update to come: for now please check thoroughly the update dates of the links suggested in the page)

Warning! Many accommodation are still closed, because of both the virus and the season. Check thoroughly if the accommodations you select are open!

Nearly all municipal, parochial and association albergues are close


In any case, it's strongly recommended that you:

  • prepare ahead: your stages and accommodation plan
  • contact accommodations directly to make sure they're open, to know their actual capacity and current conditions
  • book your bed, especially during the high season
Entry requirements for tourism in Spain

The requirements that are described here concern entries for tourism purposes, which apply to pilgrims wishing to do a Camino


Generalities

Residents of the EU, associated countries and authorized third countries (see vocabulary point)
Entry into Spain ok, in compliance with regional restrictions
Warning! Most regions are in lockdown at the moment and forbid entry/exit from their territory for tourism purposes. From a practical perspective, this makes entry in Spain impossible most of times! See this tab: "Ongoing regional rRestrictions and sanitary measures"
→ See also below for specific entry requirements by means of transportation

Unauthorized residents of third countries (see vocabulary point)
Entry prohibited

British residents and travelers from the UK
Entry prohibited from December 22 2020 to January 19 2021 at least
Exception: nationals who are legal residents of Spain


Entry requirements by means of transportation
(For travelers who can enter Spain, see above)

Entry by air or sea:

  1. Mandatory temperature control on arrival (since July 1st 2020)
  2. Spain Travel Health-SpTH health control form, individual and obligatory (since July 1st 2020)
  3. Presentation of a negative test proof, can be requested at any time
    • Measure in place since November 23 2020, amended on December 9 2020
    • Risk areas are those designated by the ECDC:
    • Travel and transportation organizations are required to inform you of this measure
    • For travelers over 6 years old
    • Done within 72 hours prior entry in Spain
    • PCR or TMA tests accepted. Warning, the others are not considered valid!
    • Results must be original, in English/Spanish/French/German, in paper or electronic format
    • The document must contain the following information: name of the traveler, ID number (if applicable, identical to the one used for the Spain Travel Health-SpTH form, see previous point), date of the test, identification and contact details of the testing center, technique used and the negative test result.
    • Travelers who are unable to present such proof, who present a non-compliant test or who are suspected of being infected must submit to a new test within 48 hours of their arrival in Spain and may be required to pay a fine

Entry by land:

  • Good to know: Spain's land borders are open
    • Spain-France since June 21 2020
    • Spain-Portugal since July 1st 2020
    • It's the regional restrictions in Spain that make crossing the border possible or not!
  • Entering Spain by car, bus, train
    • possible if the region of destination is in lockdown
    • impossible if the region of destination is in lockdown
    • transit is usually allowed in lockdown areas (= entry and exit during the day, no stop) and allows you to reach your destination
  • Entering Spain on foot
    → see dedicated tab

Warning! In any case, check travel conditions in your country and/or the country you are in! (departure and return)

  • The Spanish government proposes this list of restrictions by country for travelers coming from Spain
    Color code: red: travel ban or suspension; orange: quarantines; yellow: other restrictions; gray: no restrictions or no info
  • See also your government's travel advice for Spain for more detailed information

Ongoing national restrictions

State of alarm since October 25, 2020 and until May 9 2020 at least
This is a national measure. Its main purpose is to empower the regions, so that they can decide more freely on the restrictions they wish to apply on their territories

Only 2 guidelines are given:

  1. Curfew from 11pm to 6am (can be changed by +/- 1h by regions)
  2. Gatherings limited to 6 people (or less: at the regions' discretion)

Restrictions effective throughout Spain:

  • Mask mandatory from 6 years old in any public place where social distancing is impossible and in transportation
  • Social distance: 2m/5 feet at least
  • Smoking banned in public areas if a distance of 2m cannot be kept

Warning! In Spain, each region decides for themselves on the specific measures for its territory
To find out if a Camino is accessible, what restrictions apply and where, you must refer yourself to the regulations of each region you go through
→ see tabs: "Ongoing regional restrictions and sanitary measure" and "Regions crossed by Caminos".

Ongoing regional restrictions and health measures

In Spain, each region enforces measures specific to its territory

To find out if a Camino is accessible, what restrictions apply and where, you must refer yourself to the regulations of each region you go through

→ Check this tab: "Regions crossed by Caminos" to find out the regions your Camino passes through


Restrictions common to all regions:
→ Their implementation differs from one region to another: just keep in mind that you will have access to reduced offers and services... and anticipate! 🙂

  • Capacity limitation: public transport, hotels, restaurants, shops, places of worship, etc.
  • Specific health protocols in public transportation and for the tourism industy

Find below the regions in alphabetical order and the measures they enforce:

  1. Andalucia
    • Affects the Caminos: de la Plata, Mozarabe, Augusta, del Sur
    • Region in lockdown since October 31 2020, extended from January 11 2021 to January 25 2021 at least:
      Entry and exit of the region impossible without essential reason.
      Transit possible (= entry and exit of the region during the day)
    • Some municipalities in lockdown as well within the region
    • Misc: curfew from 10pm to 6am, gatherings limited to 4 people
    • Useful source: map of the region's restrictions
      .
  2. Aragon
    • Affects the Caminos: Aragonés, Catalan, del Ebro, Sagunto
    • Region in lockdown since October 28 2020, extended from January 16 2021 to February 15 2021 at least:
      Entry and exit of the region impossible without essential reason
      Transit possible (= entry and exit of the region during the day)
    • Provinces and some municipalities in lockdown (see which with the link below)
    • Free mobility within the provinces outside of municipalities in lockdown
    • Mandatory form for mobility through zones in lockdown (including transit, download it on this page)
    • Misc: curfew from 10pm to 6am, gatherings limited to 4 people
    • Useful source: details of ongoing measures
      .
  3. Asturias
    • Affects the Caminos: del Norte, Primitivo, del Salvador
    • Region in lockdown since October 29, 2020 and without time limit:
      Entry and exit of the region impossible without an essential reason
      Transit possible (= entry and exit of the region during the day)
    • Some municipalities in lockdown (see map below)
    • Free mobility in the rest of the region
    • Misc: curfew from 10pm to 6am, gatherings limited to 6 people
    • Useful source: map of ongoing measures in the region ("Mapa medidas" tab)
      .
  4. Canarias (the restrictions described here are those applicable to the island of Gran Canaria)
    • Affects the Camino:de Gran Canaria
    • Entry and exit of the region possible for tourism purposes: check entry requirement on this page
    • Misc: curfew from 11pm to 6am, gatherings limited to 4 people
      .
  5. Cantabria
    • Affects the Caminos: del Norte, Viejo, Vadiniense
    • Region in lockdown since October 30 2020, extended from January 16 2021 to February 17 2021 at least:
      Entry and exit of the region impossible without essential reason
      Transit possible (= entry and exit of the region during the day)
    • Free mobility within the region
    • Misc: curfew from 10pm to 6am, gatherings limited to 6 people
      .
  6. Castilla la Mancha
    • Affects the Caminos: from Lana and Levante
    • Region in lockdown from October 31 2020 until the end of the alarm state (scheduled for May 9 2021):
      Entry and exit of the region impossible without an essential reason
      Transit possible (= entry and exit of the region during the day)
    • All municipalities in lockdown
    • Misc: curfew from midnight to 6am, gatherings limited to 6 people
    • Useful source: map of the region's restrictions
      .
  7. Castilla y Leon
    • Affects the Caminos: Francés, Vasco, Viejo, Vadiniense, del Salvador, de Lana, Madrid, Levante, de la Plata, Invierno, Sanabrés
    • Region in lockdown since October 30 2020, extended from December 11, 2020 to January 10 2021, then extended from January 11 2021 to the end of the state of alarm (May 9 2021) at least:
      Entry and exit of the region impossible without essential reason
      Transit possible (= entry and exit of the region during the day)
    • Lockdown of the provinces
    • Free mobility within the provinces
    • Misc: curfew from 8pm to 6am, gatherings limited to 4 people
    • Warning! The region officially tolerates pilgrims under certain conditions: those who were in the region before October 30 2020 can continue their Camino
      Those who would like to enter and cross it on foot after October 30th 2020 are no longer accepted (they are considered to be going illegally through the region: fine to the key!) but they can take a bus to Pedrafita do Cebreiro (Galicia) to leave the region
    • Useful source : documentation and legislation of the Junta
      .
  8. Cataluña
    • Affects the Caminos: Catalan, de Girona, de Barcelona, de Tarragona, del Ebro
    • Region in lockdown since October 30 2020, extended from January 18 2021 to January 25 2021 at least:
      Entry and exit of the region impossible without essential reason
      Transit possible (= entry and exit of the region during the day)
    • All municipalities in lockdown
    • Misc: curfew from 10pm to 6am, gatherings limited to 6 people
    • Useful source : details of ongoing measures
      .
  9. Extremadura
    • Affects the Caminos: de la Plata, Mozarabe, del Sur
    • No regional lockdown
    • All municipalities in lockdown since January 14 2021, renewed from January 21st 2021 to February 3rd at least
      → applies to permanent and temporary residents
    • Misc: curfew from 10pm to 6am, gatherings limited to 6 people
    • Useful source: map of restrictions in the region ("Poblaciones con medidas especiales" tab)
      .
  10. Galicia
    • Affects the Caminos: Inglés, de Fisterra-Muxia, del Norte, Primitivo, Francés, Invierno, Portugués, Sanabrés
    • Santiago de Compostela is in lockdown: see the dedicated tab
    • Region in lockdown since December 23 2020, extended from January 6 2021 to February 1st 2021 at least:
      Entry and exit of the region impossible without essential reason
      Transit possible (= entry and exit of the region during the day)
    • Lockdown of a fluctuating number of municipalities since November 4, 2020: find the updated list on this page
      Entry and exit are forbidden but transits are allowed (Warning: stop, food and staying overnight impossible!)
    • Free mobility in the rest of the region
    • Misc: curfew from 10:00 pm to 6:00 am, limited gatherings of 4 people
    • Useful source: map of the restrictions in the region; see statement on current situation in the timeline of events below (January 16 2021)
    • Warning! Mandatory registration for travelers entering Galicia since July 28, 2020
      • Every traveler, regardless of nationality or place of residence
      • IF he/she comes from/has been in areas with a high incidence of Covid during the 14 days prior to arrival in Galicia
      • Mandatory declaration within 24 hours of entering Galicia
      • Via the Viajeros Coronavirus platform (in Spanish or English) or at 881 00 20 21
      • List of areas it applies to updated on January 9 2021. Including (but not limited to) the following Spanish provinces: Aragón, Baleares, Castilla-La Mancha, Cataluña, Comunidad Valenciana, Extremadura, Madrid, Melilla, La Rioja and the following countries: Germany, Austria, Portugal, Switzerland, the UK
      • Your accommodation/tour operator must inform you of this provision and can help you with this formality
        .
  11. La Rioja
    • Affects the Caminos: Francés, del Ebro, Vasco Interior/Via Bayona
    • Region in lockdown since October 23 2020, extended from  January 22nd 2021 to February 23rd 2021 at least:
      Entry and exit of the region impossible without essential reason
      Transit possible (= entry and exit of the region during the day)
    • All municipalities in lockdown
    • Misc: curfew from 10pm to 6am, gatherings limited to people from the same home
    • Useful source: detail of ongoin restrictions in the region
      .
  12. Madrid (region)
    • Affects the Caminos: from Madrid, from Lana
    • No regional lockdown
    • Some municipalities in lockdown: see which ones on this page
    • City of Madrid: accessible airport and public transport
    • Free mobility within the region (except in the municipalities in lockdown)
    • Misc: curfew from 11pm to 6am, gatherings limited to 6 people
    • Useful source: map of the restrictions in the region
      .
  13. Murcia
    • Affects the Caminos: /
    • Region in lockdown since October 30 2020, extended until at least February 3rd 2021:
      Entrance and exit of the region impossible without an essential reason
      Transit possible (= entry and exit of the region during the day)
    • Misc: curfew from 10pm to 6am, gatherings limited to people from the same home
      .
  14. Navarra
    • Affects the Caminos: Francés, Baztan, Aragonés, del Ebro
    • Region in lockdown since October 27 2020, extended from January 15 2021 to February 15 2021 at least:
      Entry and exit of the region impossible without essential reason
      Transit possible (= entry and exit of the region during the day)
    • Free mobility within the region
    • Misc: curfew from 11pm to 6am, gatherings limited to 6 people
    • Useful source : detail of ongoing restrictions in the region
      .
  15. Pais Vasco
    • Affects the Caminos: del Norte, Vasco Interior/Via Bayona, Viejo
    • Region in lockdown since October 31 2020, extended from January 13 2021 to February 1st 2021 at least:
      Entry and exit of the region impossible without essential reason
      Transit possible (= entry and exit of the region during the day)
    • Lockdown of the provinces and some municipalities as well within the region
      Find out which municipalities on this page, listed in the most recent resolution
    • Misc: curfew from 10pm to 6am, gatherings limited to 6 people
      .
  16. Valencia
    • Affects the Caminos: from Lana and Levante
    • Region in lockdown since October 30 2020, extended from January 5 2021 to January 31st 2021 at least:
      Entry and exit of the region impossible without essential reason
      Transit possible (= entry and exit of the region during the day)
    • Some municipalities in lockdown (see which ones on the 2nd map of this page)
    • Misc: curfew from 10pm to 6am, gatherings limited to 6 people
      .
Border-crossing on foot

This section details the possibilities of crossing the France-Spain and Portugal-Spain borders on foot


Good to know: Spain's land borders are open

  • Spain-France since June 21 2020
  • Spain-Portugal since July 1st 2020

→ It's the regional restrictions in Spain that can make it impossible to cross the border!


Possibility of crossing from France to Spain, into:

  1. Pais Vasco
    • to reach the Camino del Norte
    • to follow the Camino de Baztan
    • entry currently impossible: the region is in lockdown from January 13 2021 to February 1st 2021 at least
  2. Navarra
    • to follow the Camino Francés
    • entry currently impossible: the region is in lockdown from January 15 2021 to February 15 2021 at least
  3. Aragon
    • to follow the Camino Aragonés
    • entry currently impossible: the region is in lockdown from January 16 2021 to February 15 2021 at least
  4. Cataluña
    • to follow the Caminos Catalan
    • entry currently impossible: the region is in lockdown from January 18 2021 to January 25 2021 at least

Possibility of passage from Portugal to Spain, into Galicia:

  1. On the Caminos Portugués interior and costal
    • entry currently impossible: Galicia is in lockdown from December 23 2020 to February 1st 2021 at least
Santiago de Compostela

The municipality of Santiago is in lockdown since December 15 2020 and until further notice


Entry in the city and stay are possible:
→ for pilgrims who were already on the Camino when new restrictions started to be enforced
→ proof with credential

Source: Junta de Galicia: find the source document in the timeline of events below (January 16 2021)


The cathedral and the pilgrims' office are open

Region crossed by Caminos

In Spain, each region enforces measures specific to its territory

To find out if a Camino is accessible, what restrictions apply and where, you must refer yourself to the regulations of each region you go through

→ Restrictions of each region are described in this tab: "Ongoing regional restriction and sanitary measures"


Below, a list of the Spanish Caminos and of the regions they're going through
(Camino Francés then alphabetical order)

  • Camino Francés: Navarra, La Rioja, Castilla y Leon, Galicia
    • for a start in Saint Jean Pied de Port or elsewhere in France, check out the situation in France
  • Aragonés: Aragon, Navarra
  • Via Augusta: Andalucia
  • Via Bayona: see Camino Vasco
  • Barcelona: Catalunya
  • Baztan: Navarra
  • Ebro: Catalunya, Aragon, Navarra, La Rioja
  • Fisterra-Muxia: Galicia
  • Inglés: Galicia
  • Interior: see Camino Vasco
  • Invierno: Castilla y Leon, Galicia
  • Lana: Valencia, Castilla La Mancha, Castilla y Leon
  • Lebaniego/Vadiniense: Cantabria, Castilla y Leon
  • Levante: Valencia, Castilla la Mancha, Madrid, Castilla y Leon
  • Madrid: Madrid, Castilla y Leon
  • Mozarabe: Andalucia, Extremadura
  • Norte: Pais Vasco, Cantabria, Asturias, Galicia
  • Olvidado/Viejo: Navarra, Pais Vasco, Cantabria, Castilla y Leon
  • Via de la Plata: Andalucia, Extremadura, Castilla y Leon
  • Portugués: Galicia
  • Primitivo: Asturias, Galicia
  • Salvador: Castilla y Leon, Asturias
  • Sanabrés: Castilla y Leon, Galicia
  • Sur: Andalucia
  • Sureste: see the Caminos de Lana and Levante
  • Vadiniense: see Camino Lebaniego
  • Vasco/Interion/Via Bayona: Pais Vasco, La Rioja, Castilla y Leon
  • Viejo: see Camino Olvidado

France

Official Covid governmental page: Info Coronavirus
Tous Anti Covid app available on Google Play or Apple Store

Other official and useful sources in English: Reopen Europa / France Diplomacy
See also the recommendations of your own country for trips to France: embassy, consulate (including here for the UK, here for Ireland, here for Australia, here for New Zealand, here for the USA, here for Canada)

Useful phone numbers in France:
Call 112 for medical advice or emergencies (call 114 for people having physical difficulties to speak or hear)
Call 0 800 130 000 for information (24/7, free from a landline in France)

Civid emergency and information phone number france
Is it possible to do a Chemin in France?

For French residents:
YES, with respect for the measures in place
Warning! Residents coming from certain areas may be subject to special restrictions: see the section "Entry requirement for tourism in France"


For residents of the EU, associated countries and authorized third countries: (see vocabulary point)
If sufficient freedom of movement depending on the ongoing measures at one's place of residence
YES, with respect for the measures in place


For residents of third countries banned from the EU: (see vocabulary point)
NO!


For British residents or travelers from the UK
YES, for French/EU nationals; for British nationals who normally live in France
→  Check the entry requirements! See tab: "Entry requirements for tourism in France"
NO, in any other case: entry into France from the UK is prohibited for non-essential reasons since December 22nd 2020


In any case:

  • Doing a Camino falls under tourism regulation, so it's a non-essential trip!
  • Pilgrims must respect measures in place!
    See this tab: "Ongoing restrictions and sanitary measures"
  • Warning! Accommodations may be closed! Please check on a case-by-case basis
    Check this page to find out which accommodations are open

Accommodations on the Chemins

Considering the current restrictions in France, the Chemins are accessible and accommodation are allowed to host guests (with respect for strict sanitary measures)


Some accommodation are open: check this page to find out which ones
(2021 update to come: for now please check thoroughly the update dates of the links suggested in the page)

Warning! Many accommodation can still be closed, because of both the virus and the season. Check thoroughly if the accommodations you select are open!

Nearly all municipal, parochial and association albergues are close


In any case, it's strongly recommended that you:

  • prepare ahead: your stages and accommodation plan
  • contact accommodations directly to make sure they're open, to know their actual capacity and current conditions
  • book your bed, especially during the high season

Entry requirements for tourism in France

Requirements described here concern entries for tourism purposes, applicable to pilgrims wishing to do a Camino

In addition to the regular requirements that apply to you


French nationals
French citizens arriving in metropolitan France may be subject to special restrictions depending on their departure point:

  • some French overseas territories: see this page
  • United Kingdom: see below
  • other: check the conditions of return to France with the French embassy/consulate of the country you're departing from

Residents of the EU, associated countries (see vocabulary point)
Entry without restriction
→ Travel for non-essential reason is strongly discouraged

Residents of authorized third countries (see vocabulary point)
Entry authorized
→ Travel for non-essential reason is strongly discouraged
Warning! From January 18 2021, the following requirements are mandatory
:

  • Travelers older than 11 years old
    1. result of a negative PCR test, done 72h prior departure (of the first flight, if connection-s)
      → to show to your transportation company and border control
      other type of test are not accepted!

      • if a PCR test can't be done prior departure:
        ⊗ ask a "Dispense de test PCR" document at the French embassy/consulate (! delivered for essential travels!)
        ⊕ mandatory upon arrival: test + 7-days isolation + new test
        ⊗ BEWARE of the specific conditions that come with this process: take information directly from the embassy/consulate!
    2. sworn statement: (download it on this page: section 1A, "Déclaration pour voyageurs de 11 ans et plus")
      • vouching for the absence of symptoms of Covid infection,
      • vouching for the absence of contact with a known positive case of Covid infection within 14 days prior of departure,
      • accepting the possibility to be tested upon arrival,
      • pledging to respect a 7-days isolation period upon arrival, then to take another PCR test
        .
  • For travelers under 11 years old:
    1. sworn statement: (download it on this page: section 1A, "Déclaration pour voyageurs de moins de 11 ans")
      • vouching for the absence of symptoms of Covid infection,
      • vouching for the absence of contact with a known positive case of Covid infection within 14 days prior of departure,
      • pledging to respect a 7-days isolation period upon arrival

.


Residents of third countries banned from the EU (see vocabulary point)
Entry prohibited


British residents and travelers from the UK
Entry prohibited from December 22 2020 to January 6 2021 at least
Exception: entry is possible for French/European area nationals, for British/third country nationals who normally live in France.
In these cases, from January 18 2021, the following requirements are mandatory:

  • Travelers older than 11 years old
    1. travel certificate specific for the UK: download it on this page (Section 3, "Attestation pour un voyageur en provenance du Royaume-Uni")
    2. result of a negative PCR test, done 72h prior departure (of the first flight, if connection-s)
      → to show to your transportation company and border control
      → other type of test are not accepted!

      • if a PCR test can't be done prior departure:
        ⊗ ask a "Dispense de test PCR" document at the French embassy/consulate (! delivered for essential travels!)
        ⊕ mandatory upon arrival: test + 7-days isolation + new test
        ⊗ BEWARE of the specific conditions that come with this process: take information directly from the embassy/consulate!
    3. sworn statement: (download it on this page: section 3, "Déclaration pour voyageurs de 11 ans et plus")
      • vouching for the absence of symptoms of Covid infection,
      • vouching for the absence of contact with a known positive case of Covid infection within 14 days prior of departure,
      • accepting the possibility to be tested upon arrival,
      • pledging to respect a 7-days isolation period upon arrival, then to take another PCR test
        .
  • For travelers under 11 years old:
    1. sworn statement: (download it on this page: section 3, "Déclaration pour voyageurs de moins de 11 ans")
      • vouching for the absence of symptoms of Covid infection,
      • vouching for the absence of contact with a known positive case of Covid infection within 14 days prior of departure,
      • pledging to respect a 7-days isolation period upon arrival

See the page of the French consulate  in London for more details


Warning! In any case, check travel conditions in your country and/or the country you are in! (departure and return)

Ongoing restrictions and health measures

Restrictions apply throughout all of metropolitan France


State of health emergency since October 17 2020, extended on November 15 2020 until February 16 2021 at least


Free mobility throughout the territory: national lockdown was lifted on December 15 2020

Curfew since December 15 2020:
authorization form mandatory for anyone out during the following hours  (essential movements only; to fill up yourself and have with you; can be requested at any time) Find it on this page

  • from 6pm to 6am (for the whole country since January 16 2021)

Sanitary measures:

  • Mandatory mask from 11 years old: in enclosed public spaces; outdoors when social distances cannot be respected; in some municipalities by decision of mayors/prefects
  • Social distancing: 1m/3.3 feet at least
  • Gatherings limited to 6 people
France-Spain border: crossing on foot

This section details the possibilities of crossing the French-Spanish border on foot


The French-Spanish border is open since June 21 2020.
→ It's the regional restrictions in Spain that can make it impossible to cross the border!


Possibility of crossing from France to Spain at destination of:

  1. Pais Vasco
    • to reach the Camino del Norte
    • to continue the Camino de Baztan
    • entry currently impossible: the region is in lockdown from January 13 2021 to February 1st at least
  2. Navarra
    • to follow the Camino Francés
    • entry currently impossible: the region is in lockdown from January 15  2021 to February 15 2021 at least
  3. Aragon
    • to follow the Camino Aragonés
    • entry currently impossible: the region is in lockdown from January 16 2021 to February 15 2021 at least
  4. Cataluña
    • to go on the Caminos Catalan
    • entry currently impossible: the region is in lockdown from January 18 2021 to January 25 2021 at least

For more details on the situation in Spain, entry requirements and ongoing restrictions, please see the dedicated section

Where can you do a test?

Find on this page the coordinates of laboratories and testing centers closest to your location
Check the type of test centers offer to perform!


Portugal

Official Covid governmental page: Estamos On
StayAway Covid app available on Google Play or Apple Store

Other useful sources in English: Reopen Europa / Tourism in Portugal
See also the recommendations of your own country for trips to France: embassy, consulate (including here for the UK, here for Ireland, here for Australia, here for New Zealand, here for the USA, here for Canada)

Useful phone number in Portugal:
Call 808 24 24 24, dedicated SNS24 line, for symptom screening and coronavirus information

covid info and emergency phone number portugal
Is it possible to do a Caminho in Portugal

For Portuguese residents:
NO


For residents of the EU, associated countries and authorized third countries: (see vocabulary point)
NO


For residents of unauthorized third countries: (see vocabulary point)
NO!


For UK residents and travelers from the UK
NO! Entry prohibited from December 21 2020 (exception: Portuguese nationals and/or residents)


In any case:

  • Doing a Camino falls under tourism regulation, so it's a non-essential trip!
  • Pilgrims must respect measures in place!
    See this tab: "Ongoing restrictions and sanitary measures"
  • Warning! Crossing the border Portugal-Spain is currently impossible! See tab "Portugal-Spain: crossing the border on foot"

Accommodation on the Caminhos

Considering the current restrictions in Portugal, the Caminhos are accessible and accommodations are allowed to host guests (with respect for strict sanitary measures)


Some accommodation are open: check this page to find out which ones
(2021 update to come: for now please check thoroughly the update dates of the links suggested in the page)

Warning! Many accommodation can still be closed, because of both the virus and the season. Check thoroughly if the accommodations you select are open!

Nearly all municipal, parochial and association albergues are close


In any case, it's strongly recommended that you:

  • prepare ahead: your stages and accommodation plan
  • contact accommodations directly to make sure they're open, to know their actual capacity and current conditions
  • book your bed, especially during the high season
Entry requirement for tourism in Portugal

The requirements described here apply for entries for tourism purposes, which applies to pilgrims wishing to do a Caminho


Residents of the EU, associated countries and authorized third countries (see vocabulary point)
Entry without restrictions
Warning! You have to comply with ongoing measures once you are there!


Unauthorized residents of third countries (see vocabulary point)
Entry prohibited


British residents and travelers from the UK
Entry prohibited from December 21 2020
Exception: entry is possible for Portuguese nationals and/or residents. In these cases travelers must present:

  • proof of a negative test
  • in the absence of such proof, travelers will be isolated, tested and detained until the test result is received

Warning! In any case, check travel conditions in your country and/or the country you are in! (departure and return)

Ongoing restrictions and sanitary measures

Continental Portugal in a state of emergency since November 9 2020, renewed on January 15 2020 until January 31 2021 at least


Continental Portugal is in lockdown until January 31st 2021 at least

  • Ban on mobility except for essential reason
  • Non-essential shops closed
  • Restaurants closed, exept for deliveries or take away

Municipalities are ranked into 4 levels of pandemic severity and corresponding restrictions: moderate, high, very high and extremely high risk
See a map of risk levels on this page


Ongoing sanitary measures throughout the country:

  • Mandatory mask from 10 years old in public spaces and when social distances cannot be respected.
  • Social distance: 2m/6.5 feet at least
  • Gatherings forbidden in public spaces
  • Alcohol: Consumption prohibited on public places and sale prohibited after 8 pm
  • Carrying out tests and temperature checks is authorized for access to certain places

Portugal-Spain border: crossing on foot

This section details the possibilities of crossing the Portugal-Spain border on foot


The Portugal-Spain border is open since June 21, 2020
→ It's the regional restrictions in Spain that can make it impossible to cross the border, in this case the one in Galicia!


At the moment, crossing the border into Galicia is impossible

  • On both the inland and coastal Caminhos
  • Due to the lockdown of Galicia from December 23 2020 to February 1st 2021 at least

For pilgrims going from Spain to Portugal:

In theory, crossing the border is impossible:

  • On both the inland and coastal Caminhos
  • Due to the confinement of Galicia from December 23 2020 to February 1st 2021 at least, which prohibits entry but also exit from its territory for non-essential reasons

2021 Covid/Camino timeline

Green highlights show information that are still valid at the time of the page’s update

Tip! Use an online translator to access sources that are not in English! Copy the texts and paste in the translator. I personally use DeepL or Google Translate 🙂

January 22nd 2021

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of La Rioja adjusts its restrictions until February 23rd 2021 at least. Lockdown of the region and all municipalities. Gathering limited to member of the same home.
Affects the Caminos: Francés, del Ebro, Interior-Vasco-Via bayona
Source: Junta de La Rioja

January 21st 2021

In Spain, all municipalities of the Autonomous Community of Extremadura are in lockdown until February 3rd 2021 at least.
Affects the Caminos: Francés, Baztan, Aragonés, del Ebro
Source: Junta de Extremadura

January 18 2021

In France, the government reinforces border control.
The following becomes mandatory for travelers coming from third countries (UK included, authorized third countries excluded): negative PCR test to present before departure, 7-days isolation, 2nd test to do at the end of the isolation period
Sources: Service public (information update still in process)

In Spain, lockdown is extended for the Autonomous Community of Cataluña, until January 25 2021 at least. Lockdown of every municipalities as well.
Affects the Caminos: Catalan, de Girona, de Barcelona, de Tarragona, del Ebro
Source: Junta de Catalonia

January 16 2021

In France, the government adjusts the current restrictions. The curfew from 6pm to 6am is extended to the all of metropolitan France
Mandatory authorization form for anyone out during curfew hours (essential movements only; to fill up yourself and have with you; can be requested at any time)(find it via the link below)
Sources: Service public and Ministry of Internal Affairs (form)

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Galicia publishes an update of the situation regarding pilgrims, the Camino and accommodation
Pilgrims already in Galicia can do their Camino freely outside of municipalities in lockdown (and respecting sanitary measures). Reminder: the region is in lockdown, so it’s not possible for pilgrims outside of Galicia to enter it to continue/start their Camino!
Transit is possible through municipalities in lockdown (no stop no spending the night!)
In the case of Santiago (currently in locdown): pilgrims already on their Camino before new restrictions are enforced can enter and stay in the city (proof with credential)
Source: Junta de Galicia (document below)

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of La Rioja extends its lockdown until January 31st 2021 at least. Entry and exit impossible unless essential reason. Lockdown as well for municipalities of Logroño, Lardero, Villamediana de Iregua
Affects the Caminos: Francés, del Ebro, Interior-Vasco-Via bayona
Source: Junta de La Rioja

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Castilla y Leon modifies its restrictions, announced to be effective until the end of the state of alarm (May 9 2021 at least).
Regional lockdown is still ongoing (last extension on January 11 2021, until the end of the state of alarm as well. Lockdown of the provinces. Entry/exit impossible without essential reason. Curfew from 8pm to 6am
The region officially allows pilgrims to be on the Camino under the following condition: the ones who where in the region before October 30 can continue their Camino; the ones who would want to enter and walk through the region after October 30 will not be accepted (they would be considered as illegally walking in Castilla and subject to sanctions!) but they can board a bus to Pedrafita do Cebreiro (Galicia) to go through the region.
Affects the Caminos: Francés, Vasco, Viejo, Vadiniense, del Salvador, de Lana, de Madrid, Levante, de la Plata, Invierno, Sanabrés
Source: Junta de Castilla y Leon: regional lockdown / provincial lockdown / curfew

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Cantabria extends its lockdown until February 17 2021 at least. Entry and exit impossible unless essential reason; free mobility within the region.
Affects the Caminos: del Norte, Viejo, Vadiniense
Source: Junta de Cantabria

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Aragon adjusts its restrictions until February 15 2021 at least. Lockdown of the region, the provinces and some municipalities.
Affects the Caminos: Aragonés, del Ebro, Sagunto
Source: Junta de Aragon

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Madrid modifies its restrictions. Lockdowns are limited to various areas and extended until January 25 or February 1st depending on the area. Passage of pilgrims in the region is possible; same in the municipality of Madrid (only a few districts are affected by lockdowns). Airport and public transportation are accessible.
Sources: Junta de Madrid / map of zones in lockdown

January 15 2021

In Portugal, the government reevaluates restrictions in place, meant to be until January 31st 2021
The state of emergency is extended, classification of municipalities as well: division into 4 levels of pandemic severity, each with specific restrictions: risk zones that are moderate, high, very high and extremely high.
In addition, lockdown of the whole country: mobility only for essential reasons
Sources: Estamos On (detail of the measures) / Health Ministry (map)

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Galicia modifies its restrictions.
The regional lockdown continues (measure of January 9 2021). Entry and exit of the region forbidden without essential reason, until February 1st 2021
63 municipalities become maximal-risk areas, in lockdown
The rest of the municipalities are medium-high-risk areas, no lockdown. Exception: Lugo, Vigo, Pontevedra that are also in lockdown
In any cases, severe restrictions of social and public life
Affects the Caminos: Inglés, Fisterra-Muxia, del Norte, Primitivo, Francés, Invierno, Portugués et Sanabrés
Sources: Junta de Galicia: regional lockdown / municipalities ranking

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Navarra extends its lockdown until February 15 2021 at least. Entry and exit impossible unless essential reason.
Affects the Caminos: Francés, Baztan, Aragonés, del Ebro
Source: Junta de Navarra

In Spain, all municipalities of the Autonomous Community of Extremadura are in lockdown until January 20 2021 at least. Entry and exit impossible unless essential reason. Applies to permanent or temporary residents of the region.
Tourists in the region before the measure took effect are free to exit the municipality they’re in, to leave the region.
No information on how this affects pilgrims!
Affects the Caminos: Francés, Baztan, Aragonés, del Ebro
Source: Junta de Extremadura

January 13 2021

In Spain, lockdown is extended for the Autonomous Community of Pais Vasco for 20 days at least (February 1st 2021). Entry and exit impossible unless essential reason. Warning! Lockdown as well for the provinces and some municipalities.
Affects the Caminos: del Norte, Vasco, Viejo
Source: Junta de Pais Vasco

January 12 2021

In France, the government adjusts the current restrictions. The curfew from 6pm to 6am (enforced in regions that are especially hit by the Covid) is extended to the following region: Var, Drôme
Region already affected by the measure: since January 2nd: Hautes-Alpes, Alpes-Maritimes, Ardennes, Doubs, Jura, Marne, Haute-Marne, Meurthe-et-Moselle, Meuse, Nièvre, Haute-Saône, Saône-et-Loire, Vosges, Territoire de Belfort, Moselle; since January 10: Allier, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, Bouches-du-Rhône, Cher, Côte-d’or, Bas-Rhin, Haut-Rhin, Vaucluse
Original curfew remains for all other regions (8pm to 6am)
Mandatory authorization form for anyone out during curfew hours (essential movements only; to fill up yourself and have with you; can be requested at any time)(find it via the link below)
Sources: Service public and Ministry of Internal Affairs (map and form)

January 11 2021

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Castilla y Leon extends its lockdown until the end of the state of alarm (May 9 2021 at least). Entry/exit impossible without essential reason. Free mobility within the region.
The region officially allows pilgrims to be on the Camino under the following condition: the ones who where in the region before October 30 can continue their Camino; the ones who would want to enter and walk through the region after October 30 will not be accepted (they would be considered as illegaly walking in Castilla and subject to sanctions!) but they can board a bus to Pedrafita do Cebreiro (Galicia) to go through the region.
Affects the Caminos: Francés, Vasco, Viejo, Vadiniense, del Salvador, de Lana, de Madrid, Levante, de la Plata, Invierno, Sanabrés
Source: Junta de Castilla y Leon

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Andalucia extends its lockdown until January 25 2021 at least. Entry and exit impossible unless essential reason; lockdown of some municipalities as well.
Affects the Caminos: de la Plata, Mozarabe, Augusta, del Sur
Source: Junta de Andalucia

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Madrid modifies its restrictions. Lockdowns are limited to various areas and extended until January 18 or 25 depending on the area. Passage of pilgrims in the region is possible; same in the municipality of Madrid (only a few districts are affected by lockdowns). Airport and public transportation are accessible.
Sources: Junta de Madrid / map of zones in lockdown

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Canarias in lockdown until January 24 2021. Entry and exit possible for tourism purposes.
Affects the Camino de Gran Canarias
Source: Junta de Canarias

January 10 2021

In France, the government adjusts the current restrictions. The curfew from 6pm to 6am (enforced in regions that are especially hit by the Covid) is extended to the following regions: Allier, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, Bouches-du-Rhône, Cher, Côte-d’or, Bas-Rhin, Haut-Rhin, Vaucluse
Region already affected by the measure: Hautes-Alpes, Alpes-Maritimes, Ardennes, Doubs, Jura, Marne, Haute-Marne, Meurthe-et-Moselle, Meuse, Nièvre, Haute-Saône, Saône-et-Loire, Vosges, Territoire de Belfort, Moselle.
Original curfew remains for all other regions (8pm to 6am)
Mandatory authorization form for anyone out during curfew hours (essential movements only; to fill up yourself and have with you; can be requested at any time)(find it via the link below)
Sources: Service public and Ministry of Internal Affairs (map and form)

January 9 2021

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Galicia extends its lockdown until February 1st 2021 at least. Entry and exit of the region forbidden without essential reason; about 60 municipalities in lockdown, free mobility in the rest of the region. Santiago de Compostela is in lockdown
Affects the Caminos: Inglés, Fisterra-Muxia, del Norte, Primitivo, Francés, Invierno, Portugués et Sanabrés
Source: Junta de Galicia

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Galicia updates the list of provenances requiring travelers to register upon entry. Since July 28, Galicia enforces a new health measure upon people entering its territory.
Within 24h upon arrival, mandatory registration and submission of personal information to the local health authorities (see below).
For people arriving from the following regions of Spain: Aragón, Baleares, Castilla-La Mancha, Cataluña, Comunidad Valenciana, Extremadura, Madrid, Melilla, La Rioja. Or one of the areas designated by decree (see list in the sources below; “Resuelvo Primero” points a, b, c, d, e), among which Germany, Austria, Portugal, Switzerland, the UK.
This list is normally reevaluated every 15 days.

Procedure: submit your registration within 24h upon arrival in Galicia, with the webpage Coronavirus Travellers (in English) or by phone at 881 00 20 21.
Your accommodation/tour must inform you of this new measure and can help you comply to this formality.

Source: Official Journal of Galicia (decree itself / decree listing the areas affected by the measure)

January 8 2021

In Portugal, the government extends the state of emergency until January 18 2021 and reevaluates restrictions on its territory. Municipalities are divided into 4 levels of pandemic severity, each with specific restrictions: risk zones that are moderate, high, very high and extremely high.
In moderate risk municipalities: “civil duty of home confinement”. High risk municipalities, same than lower risk municipality, plus: curfew from 11pm to 5am; closure of shops at 10pm, ban on mobility between 1pm and 5am on January 9 and 10. In very high risk and extremely high risk municipalities, same than lower risk municipality, plus: ban of mobility from 1pm-5am on Saturdays and Sundays; shop closure at 10pm in weekdays and at 1pm on Saturdays and Sundays
Sources: Estamos On (detail of the measures) / Health Ministry (map)

January 7 2021

In Spain, lockdown is extended for the Autonomous Community of Cataluña, until January 18 2021 at least. Lockdown of every municipalities as well.
Affects the Caminos: Catalan, de Girona, de Barcelona, de Tarragona, del Ebro
Source: Junta de Catalonia

January 6 2021

In Spain, lockdown is extended for the Autonomous Community of Aragon until January 31st at least. Lockdown is also maintained for the provinces of Zaragoza, Huesca and Teruel. Lockdown is lifted for the municipalities of Zaragoza, Huesca and Teruel. Affects the Caminos: Aragonés, del Ebro, Sagunto
Source: Junta de Aragon

January 5 2021

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Galicia extends its lockdown until January 11 2021. Entry and exit of the region forbidden for tourism; about 60 municipalities in lockdown, free mobility in the rest of the region.
Affects the Caminos: Inglés, Fisterra-Muxia, del Norte, Primitivo, Francés, Invierno, Portugués et Sanabrés
Source: Junta de Galicia

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Valencia extends its lockdown until January 31st 2021 at least. Entry and exit impossible unless essential reason; some municipalities are also in lockdown (until January 20 at least.
Affects the Caminos: de Lana, Levante
Source: Junta de Valencia

January 4 2021

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Madrid modifies its restrictions. Lockdowns are limited to various areas and extended for 7-14 days depending on the zone (January 11-18 2021). Passage of pilgrims in the region is possible; same in the municipality of Madrid (only a few districts are affected by lockdowns). Airport and public transportation are accessible.
Sources: Junta de Madrid / map of zones in lockdown

January 2nd 2021

In France, the government adjusts the current restrictions. A curfew from 6pm to 6am is enforced in regions that are especially hit by the Covid: Hautes-Alpes, Alpes-Maritimes, Ardennes, Doubs, Jura, Marne, Haute-Marne, Meurthe-et-Moselle, Meuse, Nièvre, Haute-Saône, Saône-et-Loire, Vosges, Territoire de Belfort et Moselle. Original curfew remains for all other regions (8pm to 6am) as well as the mandatory authorization form for anyone out during curfew hours (essential movements only; to fill up yourself and have with you; can be requested at any time)
Sources: Service public and Ministry of Internal Affairs (map and form)


2020 Covid/Camino events still having an effect in 2021

December 22 2020

The European Commission adopts a recommendation for a coordinated approach to travel and transport measures in the EU, following the emergence of the new coronavirus mutation in the UK. Non-essential travel is discouraged. EU residents and UK citizens living in the EU retain their freedom to travel (possibly through testing or quarantine). Each member state is free to follow and/or adapt this recommendation.
See the situation in each country to know current detail on measures applying to travelers from the UK
Source: Commission Européenne

December 16 2020

The European Council updates and releases recommendations on reopening the EU external borders. Restrictions are lifted for countries: that have a global heath situation similar or better than the EU’s; a number of cases stable or decreasing over the last 15 days; a crisis management that is considered trustworthy and efficient. The following countries are thus suggested to be granted entry in the EU*: Australia, Japan, New-Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Corea, Thailand, China (if reciprocity).
Warning! Each state is free to maintain entry restriction to the countries mentioned in the list. Each state is also free to design its own entry conditions and/or complementary restrictions.
*Residents of the countries that are not mentioned are still denied entry in the UE
Source: European Council

December 15 2020

In France, the government lifts the national lockdown. Mobility is allowed on the whole territory, a curfew is enforced from 8pm to 6am
Source: Légifrance

December 9 2020

In Spain, the government modifies the requirements regarding the mandatory presentation of a negative test for travelers coming from a Covid-risk area. All travelers older than 6 years old and entering by air or sea have to comply to enter in the country without restrictions. Travel and transportation agencies must let you know of this new measure.
Risk areas are the one designed by the ECDC: UE/EEE areas that are color-coded red or gray; third countries that have an incidence above 150 for 10,000 people during the previous 14 days.
The test must be done 72h prior of entry in Spain and proof can be asked at any moment. PCR and TMA tests are accepted, but warning: others are not recognized as valid!
Result must be original, in English/Spanish/French/German, in paper or digital format.
The document must include the following information: name, ID number (if applicable, identical to the one used for the Spain Travel Health-SpTH form), date of test, identification and address of the analysis center, method used for the test and negative test result.
Travelers who can’t provide a proof of negative PCR test, provide a non-approved one or who are suspected of having the virus are required to take a new test within 48h upon arrival in Spain and may be required to pay a fine
This applies in addition to other existing measures (see above for the situation in Spain)
Sources: Official journal of Spain: original bill and amendment / See current list of risk zones on the section dedicated to the situation in Spain

November 9 2020

In Spain, the government officially extends the state of alarm on it territory until May 9 2021. A 10pm-6am curfew is in place, adaptable by +/- 1 hour by the regions. The power is given to the regions to limit fundamental freedoms (such as the right to gather or the right to mobility: confinements, drastic limitation of private gatherings) without going through the judicial system.
Source: Official journal of the State of Spain

October 31 2020

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Castilla La Mancha is in lockdown as long as the the state of alarm is ongoing. Entry and exit impossible unless essential reason. Affects the Caminos: de Lana, Levante
Source: Junta de Castilla-La Mancha

October 29 2020

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Asturias is in lockdown without an end date. Entry and exit impossible unless essential reason; strict social restrictions. Affects the Caminos: del Norte, Primitivo, del Salvador
Source: Junta de Asturias

October 25 2020

In France, the pilgrim office in Saint Jean Pied de Port closes at 9pm. A hotline is available; no specific reopening date (suggested in March 2021)
Source: Facebook page of the office

October 16 2020

In France, the health emergency state is declared. Gatherings are limited to 6 people
Source: Service Public

September 4 2020

The European Commission votes a guideline to coordinate and clarify measures taken by Member States, including movement within the EU. Adoption of a color code: green, orange, red, grey. Details below.
Source: European Commission

July 1st 2020

Spain and Portugal reopen their shared border
Source: Schengen Visa Info

Spain instates a mandatory individual health control form for any non-Spanish resident entering Spain (Download document via the link below)
Source: Gobierno de Espana

France reopen its borders to non-EU tourists, based on the recommendation list issued by the European council.
Source: Explore France

June 15 2020

France reopens its borders with UE/Schengen area countries, with a principle of reciprocity. Passage between France and its neighboring countries is free again, except for Spain (tourism forbidden until June 21). Check out other UE/Schengen area countries for specificities. Non-UE/Schengen area citizens still not allowed in.
Source: Re-open Europe

May 4 2020

In Spain, the Municipal Association of the Camino de Santiago (AMCS) publishes a document explaining health protocols and standards to apply in accommodations as the Camino reopens. It adapts the OMS health recommendations. Work in collaboration with the International Fraternity of the Camino de Santiago (FICS) and the association of the traditional albergues in Castilla y Leon.
Source: AMCS (notice Protocolo Albergues de Peregrinos, in Spanish), Pèlerins de Compostelle (summary in French, easier and faster to translate)

April 24 2020

Portugal launches a health protocol for the tourism industry, and its label: “Clean & Safe”
Source: “Clean & Safe” official page

Restez en bonne santé! 🙂

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