Coronavirus COVID-19 and the Camino: rolling updates

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Review on the COVID-19 and the Caminos de Santiago in Spain, France and Portugal. News and developments about the coronavirus; its effect on the Camino and the pilgrim community. The most recent news are on top of the page. Post with rolling updates.

(Last update: September 18 2020)

This post is only about corona-updates. Check out this page to find out about the opened accommodations in Spain, France and Portugal!

Coronavirus situation at a glance
Spain ~~~ France ~~~ Portugal
Timline of the coronavirus events

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Yes, share this post… and name its source! Content like this require a huge load of work and time… Sames goes for the pilgrim-virus illustration! Also I normally have no-zero-zip-null-0 interest in politics, so info gathering and checking in this particular post was kind of a painful process ;P (edit: and it only gets worse… TnT) Thanks in advance to respect the work 🙂

Coronavirus situation at a glance

Since EU counties have started to reopen their borders, chaos rules! Please (re)(re)(re)(!)check out details of travel conditions that applies specifically between your country and the one you intend to visit.

Please also check the update date of the suggested links! Governmental pages are often late to release updated news…

Spain

Useful references in English: Reopen Europa / Tourism in Spain / your embassy in Spain

Useful numbers in Spain: call 112 for emergencies and one of the numbers below for information, depending on which autonomous community you’re at:

Coronavirus: emergency and information phone numbers in Spain
  1. Walking stages of a Camino is possible:
    • For Spanish residents
    • For residents from the UE/associated countries or countries allowed to enter Spain (see point 4)
    • Warning, many accommodations remain closed!! Thoroughly check them out on a case-by-case basis!! Check out this page to know who’s opened!!
    • Municipalities that were in lockdown in the past are not anymore (see point 5)
    • Warning! Galicia requires every person coming from areas where the virus is strong to register and give their personal details to the local health services (see point 5)
  2. State of alarm lifted, except for the Basque Country
  3. Entry from the EU/associated countries for tourism: yes, without restrictions
    • Warning! Mandatory individual health control form now required for arrivals by air and sea: download it here or use the free app Spain Travel Health (SpTH)
    • Warning! Some countries advise against/forbid travels to Spain and/or require their resident to quarantine upon return. Check out travel conditions that apply to your country! Check this list of travel restriction by countries, from the Spanish government (red: travel ban or suspension; orange: quarantines; yellow: other restrictions; grey: no restriction or no information)
  4. Entry from outside of the EU/associated countries: yes and no
    • Yes: with mandatory individual health control form for arrivals by air and sea (download it here or use the free app Spain Travel Health (SpTH)).
    • Yes: For residents of countries recommended by the European Council and authorized by Spain: Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay
    • No! for any country not mentioned on the list above.
  5. Deescalation procedures in progress: state of “new normality”: decisions left to the judgment of local authorities
    • The country is globally in stage 4, “return to normality”; the Basque Country reinstated the state of emergency
    • Warning! In Galicia, any person entering the Autonomous Community must, within 24h, register and give his-her personal details to the local health service: (list updated on September 16)
      • with the webpage Coronavirus Travellers (in English) or by phone at 881 00 20 21
      • if that person has been, during the previous 14 days, in Aragon, Cantabria, de Castille-La Mancha, Castille y Leon, Madrid (region), Melilla, Murcia, Navarra, Pais Vasco, La Rioja
      • or if that person was, during the previous 14 days, in one of the countries listed in this decree from the Public Health Council (“Resuelvo Primero” points a, b, c, d)
      • Your accommodation/tour must inform you of this measure and can help you with this formality
    • Lockdown is lifted in the following municipalities:
      • A Mariña (Galicia – Camino del Norte)
      • Segria (Lleida province, Catalonia – Caminos Catalan)
      • Santoña (Cantabria – Camino del Norte)
      • Alfaro (La Rioja – Camino del Ebro and Catalan)
  6. Free mobility within Spain: yes, local exceptions possible (see point 5 above)
    • During stage 2, mobility is limited within the borders of each province
    • During stage 3, mobility is limited within the borders of each region
    • During stage 4, mobility is back to normal
  7. Health and safety measures still ongoing, including:
    • Ban of smoking in public areas if social distancing is not possible
    • Mandatory mask in public from 6 years old; in public spaces and places opened to the public
    • Physical distance of 2m/5 feet
    • Specific protocols applied by the tourism sector: food service, accommodation, beaches and so on
    • Warning! Localities can apply stricter measures (see point 5)

France

Useful references in English: Reopen Europa / your embassy in France

Useful phone numbers in France: call 15 for medical advice or emergencies (call 114 for people having physical difficulties to speak or hear) and call 0 800 130 000 for information (24/7, free from a landline in France)

coronavirus: medical advice, emergency and information phone numbers in France
  1. The French Caminos are accessible
    • for French people living in green zones
    • for residents from the UE/associated countries
    • for residents out of the UE/associated countries that don’t enforce restriction towards France (see point 3)
  2. Entry in France from a UE/associated countries as a tourist: yes, without restrictions
    • Warning! According to French official directives, voluntary quarantine (14 days) is still applicable for UK residents! Directives from the French Consulate
    • Warning! Some countries advise against/forbid travels to France and/or require their resident to quarantine upon return. Check out travel conditions that apply to your country!
  3. Entry in France for tourism from a non-UE/associated countries country: yes and no
    • Yes: for residents of the recommended countries by the European council and authorized by France: Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay
    • No! For any country not mentioned above
  4. Deconfinement procedures in progress
  5. Full mobility within the country
  6. Health and safety measures still ongoing, including:
    • Mandatory mask from 11 years old in transportation, closed places, restaurants, cafés; in a growing number of municipalities
    • Physical distance of 1m/3.3 feet
    • Specific protocols applied by the tourism sector

Portugal

Useful references in English: Reopen Europa / Visit Portugal / your embassy in Portugal

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

coronavirus: symptom screening and information in Portugal
  1. Enter Portugal to walk the Camino is possible
    • for Portuguese residents
    • for UE/associated countries residents and authorized non-UE residents (see point 3)
    • Warning, many accommodation remain closed!! Thoroughly check them out on a case-by-case basis!! Check out this page to know who’s opened!!
    • Crossing the border Portugal-Spain is possible; no restriction between the 2 countries (in theory, if you could enter Portugal, you can also enter Spain)
  2. Entry from a UE/associated country for tourism: yes, without restrictions
    • Warning! Some countries advise against/forbid travels to Portugal and/or require their resident to quarantine upon return. Check out travel conditions that apply to your country!
  3. Entry from a non-UE/associated country for tourism: yes and no
    • Yes: for residents of countries recommended by the European council and authorized by Portugal (subject to reciprocity agreements): Australia, Canada, South Korea, Tunisia, China, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, Uruguay
    • No: any other country
  4. Differenciated deconfinement procedures in progress: various alert levels throughout the country
  5. Full mobility within the country
  6. Health and safety measures still ongoing, including:
    • Mandatory mask in transportation, closed places and gatherings
    • Physical distance of 2m/6.5 feet
    • Gatherings limited to 20 people
    • Specific protocols applied by the tourism sector: food service, accommodations, beaches, and so on

Timeline of the coronavirus events

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 🙂

September 16 2020

In Spain, lockdown is lifted in the municipality of Santoña (Cantabria). Pilgrims on the Camino del Norte can walk through

Source: Ifomo (in Spanish)

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 Aragon, Cantabria, Castille-La Mancha, Castille y Leon, Madrid (region), Melilla, Murcia, Navarra, Pais Vasco, La Rioja or one of the areas designated by decree (see list in the sources below; “Resuelvo Primero” points a, b, c, d, e). 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 that are concerned by the measure)(in Spanish)

September 15 2020

In Portugal, gradual de-escalation measures are continued. Measures implemented since August 14 are strengthened. All of continental Portugal is now in a state of contingency.

Source: French ambassy in Portugal (in French)

In Spain, lockdown is lifted in the municipality of Alfaro (La Rioja). Pilgrims on the Camino del Ebro and Catalan can walk through

Source: Nuevecuatrouno (in Spanish)

September 8 2020

In Spain, the municipality of Alfaro (La Rioja) is in lockdown for 7 days. Entry and stay within its limits are impossible without essential reasons. Impacts the Camino del Ebro and Catalan.

Source: La Vangardia (in Spanish)

September 3 2020

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 Aragon, Balearic islands, Castilla y Leon, La Rioja, Navarra, Pais Vasco, Madrid region or one of the areas designated by decree (see list in the sources below; “Resuelvo Primero” points a, b, c, d, e). This list is normally reevaluated every 15 days.

Sources: Official Journal of Galicia (decree itself / decree listing the areas that are concerned by the measure)(in Spanish)

September 2 2020

In Spain, La Rioja enforces new restrictions. Including: touristic accommodation are reduced to 40% of normal capacity, ban on accommodating people from different homes in the same room. Put simply, less beds available!

Source: Official journal of La Rioja (in Spanish)

In Spain, the municipality of Santoña (Cantabria) is in lockdown for 14 days. Entry and stay within its limits are impossible without essential reasons. Impacts the Camino del Norte.

Source: 20 Minutos (in Spanish)

September 1st 2020

In Portugal, differentiated de-escalation measures are renewed until September 14th. The measures implemented on until August 14 continue to apply. Continental Portugal is in a state of emergency, the region of Lisbon and Tage Valley (including all of Lisbon Metropolitan Area) is in a state of contingency.

Source: France embassy in Portugal (in French)


August 24 2020

In Spain, the government announces new measures giving more power to the regions against the coronavirus. Military personnel is made available; an app is created to follow up cases. The government reminds the regions they have the power to decide for themselves if they want to enforce an emergency state within their borders or not.

Source: Euractiv

August 19 2020

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 Aragon, Navarra, Pais Vasco, Madrid region or one of the areas designated by decree (see list in the sources below; “Resuelvo Primero” points a, b, c, d, e). This list is normally reevaluated every 15 days.

Source: Official Journal of Galicia (decree itself / decree listing the areas that are concerned by the measure)(in Spanish)

August 16 2020

In Spain, the Basque Country reinstates the state of emergency. No lockdown but stricter health measures. Such as: closure of bars, limitation of opening hours of restaurants.

Source: El Pais (in Spanish)

August 15 2020

In Portugal, differentiated de-escalation measures are renewed until August 31st. The measures implemented on until August 14 continue to apply. Continental Portugal is in a state of emergency, the region of Lisbon and Tage Valley (including all of Lisbon Metropolitan Area) is in a state of contingency.

Source: Ambassade du Portugal (in French)

August 14 2020

Spain bans smocking in public places if social distancing can’t apply.

Source: El Mundo (in Spanish)

August 12 2020

In Spain, Galicia bans smocking in public places if social distancing can’t apply.

Source: Galician Official Bulletin (in Spanish)

August 8 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* (subject to confirmation of reciprocity): Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay and China. Recommendations are reevaluated every 15 days.

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. See above for list of countries allowed respectively by Spain, France and Portugal

*Residents of the countries that are not mentioned are still denied entry in the UE

Source: European Council

August 5 2020

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 Aragon, Catalonia, Navarra, Pais Vasco, Madrid region or one of the areas designated by decree (see list in the sources below; “Resuelvo Primero” points a, b, c, d, e). The new list now excludes La Rioja and Portugal. This list is normally reevaluated every 15 days.

Source: Official Journal of Galicia (decree itself / decree listing the areas that are concerned by the measure)(in Spanish)

August 1st 2020

In Portugal, differentiated de-escalation measures are renewed and updated. The new measures are in effect until August 14. Continental Portugal is in a state of emergency, the region of Lisbon and Tage Valley (including all of Lisbon Metropolitan Area) is in a state of contingency.

Source: French ambassy in Portugal (in French)


July 30 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* (subject to confirmation of reciprocity): Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay and China. Recommendations are reevaluated every 15 days.

*Residents of the countries that are not mentioned are still denied entry in the UE

Source: European Council

In Spain, lockdown is lifted in the comarca of Segria (Lleida province, Catalonia). Restrictions are still enforced.

Souce: Euro Weekly News

July 28 2020

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Galicia enforces a new health measure upon any person entering its territory. Within 24h upon arrival, mandatory registration and submission of personal information to the local health authorities. For people arriving from Aragon, Catalonia, Navarra, Pais Vasco, La Rioja or one of the areas designated by decree (see list in the sources below; “Resuelvo Primero” points a, b, c, d, e) This list is reevaluated every 15 days.

Source: Official Journal of Galicia (decree itself / decree listing the areas that are concerned by the measure)(in Spanish)

July 23 2020

In Spain, lockdown is lifted in Burela. Free circulation is now possible throughout all of the comarca of A Mariña. Pilgrims could already walk through the comarca since July 15.

Source: ABC Galicia (in Spanish)

July 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*: Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay and (subject to confirmation of reciprocity) China. Recommendations are reevaluated every 15 days.

*Residents of the countries that are not mentioned are still denied entry in the UE

Source: European Council

July 15 2020

In Spain, lockdown is lifted for the comarca of A Mariña, except for the municipality of Burela.

Pilgrims on the Camino del Norte can now walk through the area.

Source: El Correo Gallego and Camino de Santiago Galicia (in Spanish)

At the same time and after some twists, lockdown is extended in the comarca of Segria (Lleida province, Catalonia) for 15 days. It is impossible for pilgrims on the Caminos Catalan to walk and stay within the area.

Source: El Pais (in Spanish)

July 11 2020

In metropolitan France, the state of health emergency is lifted.

Source: The Connexion

July 10 2020

In Spain, lockdown is lifted for half of the municipalities of the A Mariña comarca. The other half are still in lockdown.

Source: La Vanguardia

July 6 2020

In Spain, the comarca of A Mariña (Lugo province, Galicia) reinstates local lockdown for at least 5 days (until July 10 included). It is impossible for pilgrims on the Camino del Norte to walk and stay within the area.

*Since July 10, only half of the municipalities are still in lockdown.

Sources: BBC / Camino de Santiago (in Spanish)

July 4 2020

In Spain, the comarca of Segria (Lleida province, Catalonia) reinstates local lockdown for 15 days maximum. It is impossible for pilgrims on the Caminos Catalan to walk and stay within the area.

Source: ABC Cataluña (in Spanish)

Spain reopens its borders to non-UE tourists, based on the recommendation list issued by the European Council.

The following countries are allowed entry: Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay. Algeria and Morocco are still excluded form entry, despite their presence on the list. Residents of any other country not mentioned are also still forbidden to enter Spain.

Source: Schengen Visa Info

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

Portugal instates the differentiated de-escalation measures presented on June 25 (to last until July 14). Continental Portugal is in a state of emergency, Lisbon Metropolitan Area is in a state of contingency, 19 districts of Lisbon are in a state of calamity and in lockdown again.

Source: differentiated de-escalation plan (French ambassy in Portugal, in French)

At the same time, Portugal reopens its borders to non-EU tourists, based on the recommendation list issued by the European council. Only a handful of the countries mentioned on the list are allowed entry in Portugal, through direct flights: Algeria, Canada, Morocco, South Corea, Tunisia and China (each under condition of reciprocity agreements). Residents of countries not mentioned above are still denied entry in Portugal.

Source: entry in Portugal (Portugal diplomatic page, in Portuguese)

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

The following countries are allowed entry in France: Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay. Resident of countried not mentioned above are still denied entry in France.

Source: Explore France

Reopening of the cathedral and the pilgrim’s office in Santiago, as well as of public albergues in Galicia

*Since that date, some albergues have been forced to close again because of the recent outbreaks in Galicia

Source: El Correo Gallego (in Spanish)


June 30 2020

The European Council 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: Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay and (subject to confirmation of reciprocity) China. Recommendations will be reevaluated every 15 days.

**China has not reopened its borders since the recommendation was issued: Chinese residents are still denied entry in the EU

Source: Council of the European Union

June 29 2020

Reopening of the pilgrim’s office in Saint Jean Pied de Port

Source: Accueil des amis du chemin de St Jacques (June 5 post, in French) and a comment from the president of the association on the French post: 100% official source! 🙂

June 25 2020

Portugal presents a differentiated de-descalation plan that will take effect from July 1st to July 14

Source: Le Petit Journal de Lisbonne (in French)

June 23 2020

In Spain, some localities in Huesca province, Aragon, are back to the 2nd stage of the deescalation plan. The Spanish government would eventually consider to reinstate a mandatory lockdown if the national sanitary status requires it.

Source: The Olive Press

In Portugal, the city of Lisbon reinstates restrictive measure to hold back coronavirus recurrence.

Source: The Telegraph

June 21 2020

France moves on to stage 3 of its deconfinement procedure.

Source: Forbes

Spain terminates the state of alarm. The whole country is in stage 4 of the deescalation procedure (return to normality). Madrid finished its deescalation slower than the rest of the country. The borders with France are opened; residents from the EU/Schengen area are welcome again, without quarantine. The border with Portugal remains closed (until July 1st). Non-UE citizens are still not be allowed in (gradual re-opening from July 1st, official list still pending).

Sources: El Pais: return to normality / opening the borders

June 15 2020

France continues deconfinement procedure in stage 2. Mainland France is completely in green zone. The country 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

June 14 2020

Spain continues its deescalation procedure. Most of the country is in stage 3, some provinces remain in stage 2. Galicia is the only region that is in stage 4, or “new normality”. Borders remain closed (until June 21 for the France-Spain border; until July 1st for the Portugal-Spain border and for non-EU/Schengen area citizens)

Source: Spain in English

Portugal ends it deconfinement process. Borders with Spain remain closed (until July 1st): entry in Portugal by land is impossible for tourists. Airways are the only entry option from the UE/Schengen area/handful of authorized countries (the UK, Venezuela, the USA, Canada, South Africa and Brazil and CPLP). Mobility within the country is normal again

Source: Re-open Europa

June 2nd 2020

France starts the 2nd stage of its deconfinement procedure. End of many restrictions regarding mobility and the opening of public places. The country is still divided in green and orange areas (where particular measures are maintained) Borders remain closed.

Source: France 24

June 1st 2020

Spain continues its deescalation procedure. Most of the country enters the 2nd stage, or are maintained in stage 1

Source: El Pais

Portugal starts the 3rd stage of its deconfinement procedure, planned to last form June 1st to 14. More severe restrictions are still in place in the Lisbon metropolitan area.

Source: Portugal Resident


May 20 2020

In France, the association Sur les Pas de Saint Jacques, working with a group of accommodation hosts, release a guide dedicated to help accommodation along the Caminos to establish health protocols

Source: ACIR (in French)

18 mai 2020

Portugal starts the 2nd stage of its deconfinement protocol, planned from June 18-31.

Source: Portugal News

May 11 2020

France begins stage 1 of its deconfinement procedure. The country is divided in green (end of lockdown) and orange (end of lockdown with still strict restrictions) areas.

Source: Reuters

Spain continues its deescalation procedure. Half of the country remains in stage 0, the other half starts stage 1.

Source: El Pais

May 4 2020

In Spain, start of the deescalation procedure. 4 stages will allow, under conditions, to restart activities gradually and end restrictions.

Source: Time Out

Portugal begins its 3-stages procedure to ease its lockdown. Stage 1 is planned June 4-17.

Source: France 24

In Spain, the Municipal Association of the Camino de Santiago (AMCS) publishes a document explaining health protcocols 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)

May 2nd 2020

Portugal revoke the state of emergency. The country is now in a “state of calamity”. Planned to last until June 28.

Source: The Portugal News


April 24 2020

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

Source: “Clean & Safe” official page

April 17 2020

Portugal renews the state of emergency, planned to last until May 2nd

Source: Reuters

April 15 2020

The European Commission votes and delivers directives to member states to fight and overcome the coronavirus. It recommends control over the epidemic, sufficient heath care and stronger oversight of the global health situation in each country.

Source: European Parliament

April 13 2020

France extends its lockdown until May 11.

Source: The Guardian

April 2nd 2020

Portugal extend the state of emergency, planned until April 17.

Source: Reuters


March 28 2020

Spain strengthens lockdown measures by stopping more non-essential economical activities.

Source: El Pais

March 27 2020

France extends lockdown until April 15 at least.

Source: Reuters

March 23 2020

France strengthens its lockdown.

Source: RFI

Section of French Le Puy Camino in Aveyron, central France, is officially closed to the public until March 31st (from Saint Chély d’Aubrac to Livinhac le Haut)

Source: Préfecture de l’Aveyron (in French)

March 19 2020

Portugal declares the state of emergency, for 15 days initially. Mobility within the country is reduced

Source: The Portugal News

March 17 2020

France closes its borders.

Source: France 24

The UE closes its external borders for at least 30 days. Until July 1st

Source: Euronews

March 16 2020

Spain closes its borders. Until June 21st (France-Spain) and July 1st (Portugal-Spain)

Source: El Mundo (in Spanish)

France officially enforces a mandatory national lockdown for 15 days at least. Non-essential activities are banned, borders are closed

Source: France 24

March 14 2020

France enters stage 3 of ORSAN REB plan. It should help reduce the effect of the epidemic wave. All non-essential public places are closed down.

Source: Euractiv

Spain officially enforces a mandatory national lockdown. Mobility is restrained, non-essential public places are closed down.

Source: The Guardian

March 13 2020

Spain declares the state of alarm for at least 15 days (extended several time, on going at the time until June 21)

Source: El Pais

The Spanish Caminos and related infrastructures are closed down to the public. Local Camino associations announce the closures of their albergues all across the country

Selection of sources: FICS, Caminos de Galice , Albergue de Roncesvalles (in Spanish, March 13 post)

The cathedral of Santiago de Compostela is closed to the public. So goes for the pilgrim’s office: pilgrims are to leave their passport in a mail box, that will be sent back to them along with their Compostela.

Source: El Espanol (in Spanish), Pilgrim office

The International Fraternity of the Camino de Snatiago (FICS) publishes a notice addressed to pilgrims, hosts and Camino representatives. It advises people not to come on the Spanish Caminos and cancels volunteers engagements.

Source: FICS (March 12 and 13 posts)

Portugal declares the sate of emergency until April 14 at least. Borders with Spain are closed.

Source: The Portugal News

March 11 2020

The OMS classifies the coronavirus as a pandemic because of the alarming propagation of the coronavirus, its severity and the lack of reaction from the authorities.

Source: OMS

8 mars 2020

Italie is the first European country to enforce an mandatory lockdown in the regions that are severely hit by the coronavirus. The Northern regions are locked down, quickly followed by the rest of the country

Source: Bloomberg

March 6 2020

The Spanish Episcopal Conference (CEE) recommends devotees to avoid physical contact with cult items.

Source: Conferencia episcopal española (in Spanish)

Quickly followed by the ban to hug the statute of Saint James at the cathedral of Santiago.

Source: ABC Galicia (in Spanish)

March 2 2020

In Portugal, the 1st cases of the coronavirus are officially confirmed

Source: Reuters


February 28 2020

France enters stage 2 of ORSAN REB plan. It should help to slow down the spread of the coronavirus contamination throughout France.

Source: France 24

23 février 2020

France starst stage 1 of ORSAN REB plan. It should help to slow down the introduction of the coronavirus in France as well as to prepare heath care services ready for an outbreak.

Source: The Connexion


January 31 2020

In Espagne, a 1st case of the coronavirus is officially confirmed

Source: El Pais (in Spanish)

January 28 2020

The UE activates Civil Protection Mechanism

Source: European Communication Strategies

January 24 2020

France officially confirms 1st cases of coronavius in the country: 1st official cases of the coronavirus in Europe

Source: Politico

January 5 2020

The OMS officially confirms the apparition of a new coronavirus in the Wuhan region in China.

Source: OMS


November-December 2019

Apparition of the new coronavirus in Wuhan, China

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