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; health measures; impact on the Camino and pilgrims.
The most recent information is at the top of the article. Page updated regularly.

(Last update: July 29 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:
Some concepts first (country classification, vaccination, Digital Green Certificate)
Situation in Spain
Situation in France
Situation 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

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(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  • a measure that’s considered VS an ongoing measure VS an outdated measure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:

Some concepts first

🗺️ COUNTRY CLASSIFICATION 🗺️
As considered by the EU (used in Spain and Portugal; France has its own classification system)
In any case, check the current entry requirements of each country in its dedicated section

EU, associated countries, third countries:
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: all countries that are not listed above

Third countries: according to the EU’s recommendations:
Entry allowed for non-essential purposes (tourism) for the following countries (list updated on July 15 2021)(named “recommended countries” in the rest of the page): Ukraine, Albania, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Canada, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Lebanon, Montenegro, New Zealand, Qatar, Moldova, North Macedonia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, United States of America, China (if reciprocity)
Ban on non-essential travel for the following countries (named “non-recommended countries” in the rest of the page): all countries not listed above
→ Warning! Each member state is still free to follow/ignore/adapt those recommendations

Note: the UK is now a third country but is in a special situation due to its current situation (Brexit and Covid strains)


💉 VACCINATION 💉
In any case check the details of the current measures of each country in the dedicated section

At the date of the update:
Case of Spain: depends on each country
EU/associated countries/third countries “NOT at risk”: vaccination is NOT mandatory (no other proof of health needed either).
EU/associated countries “at risk”, vaccination is NOT mandatory, entry is ALSO possible with proof of a negative test.
Third countries “at risk”: vaccination mandatory
Since July 2nd 2021: UK: vaccination not mandatory, entry is ALSO possible with a negative NAAT test
Case of France: depends on each country’s classification.
Green countries: vaccination is NOT mandatory, entry is ALSO possible with proof of a negative test.
Amber countries: vaccination allows entry for tourism
Red countries: vaccination allows entry for tourism
Case of Portugal: vaccination doesn’t change anything to current travel requirements, except for the UK (vaccination or quarantine)

⇒ Being vaccinated doesn’t give more rights/freedom regarding ongoing restrictions in Spain/France/Portugal


📗 DIGITAL GREEN CERTIFICATE 📗
(DGC below)
⇒ More information: European Commission: Digital Green Certificate presentation; FAQ

The DGC in a nutshell
⇒ Called “Certificado COVID Digital” in Spain and Portugal, “Pass sanitaire ‘frontières’ ” in France
⇒ A plan initiated by EU and enforced by each member state to ease mobility in the EU despite the virus
⇒ The DGC is NOT mandatory to travel, it simply allows to check your “health status” faster
⇒ The DGC makes it possible to check is a traveler is vaccinated OR has a negative diagnostic test OR recovered from Covid. The DGC doesn’t make vaccination mandatory! The idea of making vaccination mandatory for mobility has been put aside a long time ago (using the terms “vaccination passport or certificate” is incorrect!)
The DGC is ONLY a mean to check a traveler’s “health status”, it coexists with other entry requirements (specific to each country): think of checking what measures/restrictions apply to you!

How does it work?
Here it is, the DGC is operational!
At the moment, the DGC can only be used by residents of the EU. Its compatibility with health certificated issued by third countries is a work in progress: planned but not there yet. In the meantime, travelers from third countries must refer themselves to the current entry requirements of Spain/France/Portugal
⇒ Each member state of the EU implements the DGC via the digital platform of its choice (eg: Spain via each region’s plateform; France via the app TousAntiCovid; Portugal via the portal SNS24)
⇒ The traveler’s certificates of vaccination/negative test/recovery are registered on the platform chosen by its country of residence (EU residents only at the moment)
⇒ The system “translates” those certificates into a QR code the traveler present at the check-points: this QR code is neutral, it allows to check if the person is in order without showing personal health information
A QR code issued by a DGC platform is valid everywhere in the EU, whatever country/platform issued it. As a resident of the EU, get your QR code simply and only through the chosen platform of your country. (Eg: if you’re a French resident and you want to travel to Spain, present your French “Pass sanitaire” if required. No need to ask Spain fro a Spanish DGC!)
⇒ The use of the DGC in its digital version is not mandatory: travelers can as well show their DGC QR code on paper (and as a reminder, a digital/paper DGC is not mandatory: you can chose to present your proves of health directly. Checking your “health status” will take longer, that’s all!)

Timeline
⇒ End of 2021: the idea of the DGC emerged in the EU
⇒ March 17 2020: the project of the DGC is presented at the European Commission
⇒ April 29 2021: its regulation is adopted by the European parliament
⇒ May 20 2021: the Coreper committee endorsed the DGC
⇒ Over June 2021: the DGC starts to be used by member states
July 1st 2021: the DGC is officially operational in the EU, with a transition period of 6 weeks to leave time to member states to make it fully operational
⇒ August 12 2021: the DGC in fully operational in every member state of the EU
no specific date: compatibility with health certificated issued by third countries. In the meantime, travelers from third countries must refer themselves to the current entry requirements of Spain/France/Portugal


Spain

Official Covid governmental page: Ministry of Health (in Spanish)
Radar Covid app available on Google Play or Apple Store
Spain SpTH form (registration for any traveler entering Spain by air)

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)

Resource for the Caminos Francés and Aragonés: map from the AMCS (updated every Tuesday)

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?

Spanish residents:
If sufficient freedom of movement according to the measures in place at one's place of residence

YES


EU/associated countries and authorized third countries:
If sufficient freedom of movement according to the measures in place at one's place of residence

YES


EU/associated countries listed "at risk":
If sufficient freedom of movement according to the measures in place at one's place of residence

YES, under conditions


Third countries listed "at risk"
YES, under conditions: vaccinated travelers only

Warning! NO, if the country is under a ban on non-essential travel


UK
YES, under conditions


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

All the Caminos are accessible

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


Some accommodation are open: check this page to find out which ones

Warning! Many accommodations 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



The Digital Green Certificate (DGC) in Spain

More info in the part dedicated to the DGC

The DGC is a system within the EU that allows to check your "health status" when you travel in the EU
In Spain, it's called "Certificado COVID Digital" and, for Spaniards, can be obtained from the region they live in

  • It only allows to check your "health status": you still need to comply with other entry requirements!
  • Its use is NOT MANDATORY, you can travel without it and simply show your proves of health directly
  • At the moment, it only works with proves of health issued by member states of the EU/associated countries
    • Residents of the EU: whatever country/platform issued your DGC's QR code,this code is valid in Spain: no need to ask for a Spanish code!
      • Eg: you are Belgian, you own a DGC QR code issued by Covid Safe (the platform Belgium created to enable the DGC): you've got everything you need to enter Spain
    • If your proof of health has been issued by a third country, it can't yet be recognized by the EU's DGC platforms
      • Eg: you're Canadian, you can't yet get a DGC QR code from Spain. Simply present a comprehensive health certificate

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Generalities, when coming from:

EU/associated countries (see vocabulary point)
Entry allowed

Requirements for entries by land:
See conditions a bit below

Requirements for entries by air:
Travel and transportation organizations are required to inform you of the following measure and can help you comply with them

  1. Mandatory temperature control on arrival (since July 1st 2020)
  2. Spain Travel Health-SpTH health control form, individual and mandatory (since July 1st 2020)
  3. Only for every traveler coming from a risk countries/areas: presentation of a health certificate
    (since November 23 2020, amended on June 7 2021)

    • For travelers over 12 years old
    • Risk countries/areas are those designated by the ECDC:
    • Accepted certificates: vaccination OR negative diagnostic test OR recovery
      ⇒ see a bit below the specific conditions for each type of certificate
    • Certificates must be original, in English/Spanish/French/German
      → if the original certificate can't be issued in one of those languages, it must be presented with a translation done by a sworn translator
    • Use of the Digital Green Certificate is possible
    • Travelers who are suspected of being ill will have to submit to a medical exam and test

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Third countries authorized by the EU (see vocabulary point)
Entry allowed

Requirements for entries by land:
See conditions a bit below

Requirements for entries by air:
Travel and transportation organizations are required to inform you of the following measure and can help you comply with them

  1. Mandatory temperature control on arrival (since July 1st 2020)
  2. Spain Travel Health-SpTH health control form, individual and mandatory (since July 1st 2020)
    • Fill it or download it on this page
    • Or via this free app: Spain Travel Health (SpTH); available on Google Play or App Store
    • Travelers who are suspected of being ill will have to submit to a medical exam and test

Note: those countries are all considered "risk-free", no health certificate is required to enter Spain


Third countries listed "at risk" (see vocabulary point)
Entry allowed only for fully vaccinated travelers

Exception: countries under ban of non-essential travel by Spain: entry prohibited

Requirements for entries by land:
See conditions a bit below

Requirements for entries by air:
Travel and transportation organizations are required to inform you of the following measure and can help you comply with them

  1. Mandatory temperature control on arrival (since July 1st 2020)
  2. Spain Travel Health-SpTH health control form, individual and mandatory (since July 1st 2020)
  3. For every traveler: full vaccination and presentation of a vaccination certificate
    (since November 23 2020, amended on June 7 2021)
    ⇒ see a bit below the specific conditions for vaccines and vaccinations certificates

    • For travelers over 12 years old
    • All non-authorized third countries are considered to be "risk areas"
    • Certificates must be original, in English/Spanish/French/German
      → if the original certificate can't be issued in one of those languages, it must be presented with a translation done by a sworn translator
    • Travelers who are suspected of being ill will have to submit to a medical exam and test

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Travelers from the UK
Entry allowed

Requirements for entries by land:
See conditions a bit below

Requirements for entries by air: since July 2nd!
Travel and transportation organizations are required to inform you of the following measure and can help you comply with them

  1. Mandatory temperature control on arrival (since July 1st 2020)
  2. Spain Travel Health-SpTH health control form, individual and mandatory (since July 1st 2020)
  3. Presentation of a health certificate
    (since November 23 2020, amended on June 29 2021)

    • For travelers over 12 years old
    • Accepted certificates: vaccination OR negative NAAT test (RT-PCR, RT-LAMP, TMA)
      ⇒ Antigenic tests are NOT accepted
      ⇒ see a bit below the specific conditions for each type of certificate
    • Certificates must be original, in English/Spanish/French/German
      → if the original certificate can't be issued in one of those languages, it must be presented with a translation done by a sworn translator


Entry by land:

  • Spain's land borders are open
    1. Spain-Portugal since July 1st 2020
    2. Spain-France since June 21 2020
  • Travelers from Portugal: no entry requirements
  • Travelers from France: presentation of a health certificate since June 7 2021
    • For all travelers older than 12 years old
    • Regardless of their transportation (car, train, bus, foot, etc.)
    • For travelers coming from a risk area identified by the ECDC (in dark red, red, orange and grey)
      ⇒ at the moment = travelers coming from the following region must present a health certificate: Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Bretagne, Grand Est, Hauts-de-France, Ile-de-France (=Paris), Normandie, Nouvelle-Aquitaine ( = crossing at Hendaye, SJPP, Somport), Occitanie, Pays de la Loire, PACA
    • Accepted certificates: vaccination OR negative diagnostic test OR recovery
      ⇒ see a bit below the specific conditions for each type of certificate
  • Entering Spain on foot: you enter the country but ALSO a region that has its own restrictions
    → see dedicated tab

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Specific conditions for each type of certificate:
(Reminder: residents of the EU can use the Digital Green Certificate, if the country of residence already issues it)

  1. Vaccination certificate:
    • Full vaccination (no travel with only 1 dose out of 2!)
    • Vaccines authorized by the EMA or on the OMS emergency list only
    • Last dose received at least 14 days before travel
    • The certificate must include the following information:
      ⊗ full name of the traveler
      ⊗ date of vaccination (and of last injection)
      ⊗ type of vaccine
      ⊗ number of doses received
      ⊗ country where the certificate was issued
      ⊗ identification of the center that issued the certificate
    • Reminder: the certificate must be original, in English/Spanish/French/German
      → if the original certificate can't be issued in one of those languages, it must be presented with a translation done by a sworn translator
      .
  2. Negative diagnostic test certificate
    • Accepted tests:
      • NAAT (RT-PCR, RT-LAMP, TMA) <72h
      • antigenic <48h
      • Warning! Travelers from the UK: NAAT tests only!
    • The certificate must include the following information:
      ⊗ full name of the traveler
      ⊗ date and type of test
      ⊗ country where the certificate was issued
    • Reminder: the certificate must be original, in English/Spanish/French/German
      → if the original certificate can't be issued in one of those languages, it must be presented with a translation done by a sworn translator
      .
  3. Recovery certificate
    • Issued by a relevant or medical authority
    • Issued at least 11 days after the first positive test (test RT-PCR, RT-LAMP or TMA)
    • This certificate is valid for 180 days after this test
    • The certificate must include the following information:
      ⊗ full name of the traveler
      ⊗ date and type of test
      ⊗ country where the certificate was issued
    • Reminder: the certificate must be original, in English/Spanish/French/German
      → if the original certificate can't be issued in one of those languages, it must be presented with a translation done by a sworn translator
      .


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
  • See also your government's travel advice for Spain for more detailed information
Ongoing national restrictions

State of alarm ended since May 9th 2020

Free mobility in all of Spain

There may be some local exceptions
→ see tabs: "Ongoing regional restrictions and sanitary measure"


Restrictions effective throughout Spain:

  • Masks: since June 26 2021
    • mandatory from 6 years old indoors, in transportation, outdoors (if social distances can't be observed -except for people from the same household- and if participation to an event/gathering)
    • NOT mandatory outdoors (except for situations mentioned above)
    • Spanish etiquette: Despite this new law, Spaniards keep wearing masks even in situation where it seems/is not necessary. Eg in the streets, when sitting at the restaurant when the waiters there, etc. Good to know to eventually understand why people give you funny looks as you wander around without your mask… 😉
  • Social distance: 1.5m/~4 feet at least
  • Smoking banned in public areas if a distance of 2m cannot be kept

Warning! In Spain, each region decides for itself  what measures apply on 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 sanitary measures

In Spain, each region enforces measures that are 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 industry

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

  1. Andalucia
    • Affects the Caminos: de la Plata, Mozarabe, Augusta, del Sur
    • No regional lockdown
    • Free mobility within the region
    • Curfew from 2am-7am
    • Some municipalities can be in lockdown (see map)
      transit is allowed through municipalities in lockdown (! no mention if it applies to transit on foot as well) meaning no stop no stay!
    • Useful source: map of the region's restrictions (check the update date!)
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  2. Aragon
    • Affects the Caminos: Aragonés, Catalan, del Ebro, Sagunto
    • No regional lockdown
    • Free mobility within the region
    • Misc: gathering limited to 10 people
    • Some municipalities can be in lockdown
      transit is allowed through municipalities in lockdown (! no mention if it applies to transit on foot as well) meaning no stop no stay!
      → see municipalities in lockdown on this page and find the declaration from at the bottom)
    • Useful sources:
  3. Asturias
    • Affects the Caminos: del Norte, Primitivo, del Salvador
    • No regional lockdown
    • Free mobility within the region
    • Some municipalities can be in lockdown (see map)
      transit is allowed through municipalities in lockdown (! no mention if it applies to transit on foot as well) meaning no stop no stay!
    • Useful sources:
      • map of ongoing measures in the region ("Mapa medidas" tab)
      • Covid FAQ for the region
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  4. Canarias (restrictions described here are those applicable to the island of Gran Canaria)
    • Affects the Camino:de Gran Canaria
    • No regional lockdown
    • Some restrictions apply depending on the island's risk level
    • Misc: gatherings limited to 4 people
    • Useful sources:
  5. Cantabria
    • Affects the Caminos: del Norte, Viejo, Vadiniense
    • No regional lockdown
    • Free mobility within the region
    • Curfew 11pm-6am in some municipalities
    • Some municipalities can be in lockdown
      transit is allowed through municipalities in lockdown (! no mention if it applies to transit on foot as well) meaning no stop no stay!
    • Misc: gatherings limited to 6 people
    • Useful source: the region's Covid page
      .
  6. Castilla la Mancha
    • Affects the Caminos: from Lana and Levante
    • No regional lockdown
    • Free mobility within the region
    • No municipal lockdown
    • Useful source: region's Covid page
      .
  7. Castilla y Leon
    • Affects the Caminos: Francés, Vasco, Viejo, Vadiniense, del Salvador, de Lana, Madrid, Levante, de la Plata, Invierno, Sanabrés
    • No regional lockdown
    • Free mobility within the region
    • No municipal lockdown
    • Useful sources :
  8. Cataluña
    • Affects the Caminos: Catalan, de Girona, de Barcelona, de Tarragona, del Ebro
    • No regional lockdown
    • Free mobility within the region
    • Curfew 1am-6am in some municipalities
    • No municipal lockdown
    • Misc: gatherings limited to 10 people
    • Useful source : details of ongoing measures
      .
  9. Extremadura
    • Affects the Caminos: de la Plata, Mozarabe, del Sur
    • No regional lockdown
    • Free mobility within the region
    • Some municipalities can be in lockdown
      transit is allowed through municipalities in lockdown (! no mention if it applies to transit on foot as well) meaning no stop no stay!
    • Useful source: situation in the region (not well updated!)
      .
  10. Galicia
    • Affects the Caminos: Inglés, de Fisterra-Muxia, del Norte, Primitivo, Francés, Invierno, Portugués, Sanabrés
    • Santiago de Compostela is open: see the dedicated tab
    • No regional lockdown
    • Free mobility in the whole region, regardless of local levels of risk
    • Differentiated restrictions from July 24 2021 depending on the risk-level of each municipality; regular reevaluation of the situation (See map in link below)
      • In all municipalities:
        capacity limitations
        gatherings limited to 6 people (inside), 10 people (outside); except for people from the same household or groups made of 2 different households max
      • Maximal level of risk:
        proof of health mandatory to access accommodation and restaurants: full vaccination or negative test (NAAT or antigenic <72h) or recovery
        ban on public gatherings from 1am-6am (except people from the same household)
      • High level of risk:
        proof of health mandatory to access accommodation and restaurants: full vaccination or negative test (NAAT or antigenic <72h) or recovery
        ban on public gatherings from 1am-6am (except people from the same household)
      • Medium level of risk:
        ban on public gatherings from 3am-6am (except people from the same household)
      • Medium-low level of risk:
        ban on public gatherings from 3am-6am (except people from the same household)
    • Useful sources:
    • Good to know:
      • NO vaccination requirement for travelers entering Galicia! → Mandatory vaccination is a local law that applies only to Galician residents
      • Covid Pass is an app specific to Galicia
        → Its use is not mandatory
        → It notifies and details ongoing restrictions in the region and each municipality
        → It alerts the user in case of contact with a confirmed Covid case or frequentation of a "establishment at risk":
        ⊗ Since March 5 2021, food and accommodation establishments are required to have a QR code that works with the Covid Pass app
        ⊗ Users scan the establishment QR code they go to; if another users who was there is tested positive to Covid, the establishment is considered "at risk"; app users are alerted
        →  The app allowed to register at the Xunta through the "Chave 365" system for a more personalized use: alert in case of contact with a positive person, sharing one's contacts/list of establishments frequented
    • Warning! Entry requirement
      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 July 28 2021. Including (but not limited to) the following Spanish provinces: Aragón, Asturias, Baleares, Cantabria, Castilla y León, Cataluña, Navarra, La Rioja and the following countries: Portugal, the UK
      • Your accommodation/tour operator must inform you of this provision and can help you with this formality
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  11. La Rioja
    • Affects the Caminos: Francés, del Ebro, Vasco Interior/Via Bayona
    • No regional lockdown, the region is in risk level 2
    • Free mobility within the region
    • No municipal lockdown in the region
    • Useful sources:
  12. Madrid (region)
    • Affects the Caminos: from Madrid, from Lana
    • No regional lockdown
    • Free mobility within the region
    • Some municipalities in lockdown (see map)
      transit is allowed through municipalities in lockdown (! no mention if it applies to transit on foot as well) meaning no stop no stay!
    • City of Madrid: airport and public transport accessible
    • Useful sources:
  13. Murcia
    • Affects the Caminos: Sureste
    • No regional lockdown
    • Free mobility within the region
    • Useful source: region's Covid page
      .
  14. Navarra
    • Affects the Caminos: Francés, Baztan, Aragonés, del Ebro
    • No regional lockdown
    • Free mobility within the region
    • Misc: recommendation to limit gatherings to 10 people (public and private places)
    • Some municipalities in lockdown
      transit is allowed through municipalities in lockdown (! no mention if it applies to transit on foot as well) meaning no stop no stay!
    • Useful sources:
  15. Pais Vasco
    • Affects the Caminos: del Norte, Vasco Interior/Via Bayona, Viejo
    • No regional lockdown
    • Free mobility within the region
    • No municipality in lockdown
    • Useful source: the region's Covid page
      .
  16. Valencia
    • Affects the Caminos: from Lana and Levante
    • No regional lockdown
    • Free mobility within the region
    • Curfew 1am-6am for some municipalities (see link below)
    • No municipality in lockdown
    • Misc: gatherings limited to 10 people
    • Useful source: the region's Covid document
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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
    .
  • Since June 7: health certificated mandatory for some travelers coming from risk zones of France by land
    → see details in tab "Entry requirements"
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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 possible: no regional lockdown
  2. Navarra
    • to follow the Camino Francés
    • entry currently possible: no regional lockdown
  3. Aragon
    • to follow the Camino Aragonés
    • entry currently possible: no regional lockdown
  4. Cataluña
    • to follow the Caminos Catalan
    • entry currently possible: no regional lockdown

Passage from Portugal to Spain possible.

Be aware of ongoing entry requirements in Galicia!
→ see details in tab "Ongoing regional restrictions and sanitary measures"

Passage from Spain to Portugal: possible

Santiago de Compostela

The municipality of Santiago free of access

Entry/exit of the city possible

See tab "Ongoing regional restrictions and health measures" for more details on current measures in Galicia


Pilgrim's welcome center:
The registration office is open (to get the Compostela, ground floor)
The foreign pilgrim welcome groups are open since July 1st (meeting space for pilgrims hosted by volunteers, upstairs)

The cathedral is open
The abrazo is forbidden, the crypt is accessible
The cathedral's museums are open

Accommodations and restaurants are open

Regions 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
  • 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 (info and chains of contamination), 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?

French residents:
YES

Warning! Residents coming from certain areas may be subject to special restrictions: see the section "Entry requirement for tourism in France"

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EU/associated countries, all ranked as green countries: (see vocabulary point)
If sufficient freedom of movement depending on the ongoing measures at your place of residence

YES

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Third counties ranked as green countries:
If sufficient freedom of movement depending on the ongoing measures at your place of residence

YES

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Third counties ranked as orange countries:
Currently: all countries that are neither green or red (UK included)
If sufficient freedom of movement depending on the ongoing measures at your place of residence

YES (vaccinated travelers)
NO
(non-vaccinated travelers: essential travel only)

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Third counties ranked as red countries:
YES (vaccinated travelers)
NO
(non-vaccinated travelers: essential travel only)

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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

The Chemins are accessible. Accommodation are allowed to open and host pilgrims

It's prohibited by law for accommodations to require a proof of health from their clients (since May 31st 2021)
Macron's announcements have not been voted/enforced yet!


To find out which accommodations are open and prepare your Chemin, check this page

Warning! Always check thoroughly if the accommodations you select are indeed 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 travel requirements that apply to you



The Digital Green Certificate (DGC) in France

More info in the part dedicated to the DGC

The DGC is a system within the EU that allows to check your "health status" when you travel in the EU
In France, it's called "Pass sanitaire" and, for French people, can be obtained with the app Tous Anti Covid

  • It only allows to check your "health status": you still need to comply with other entry requirements!
  • Its use is NOT MANDATORY, you can travel without it and simply show your proves of health directly
  • At the moment, it only works with proves of health issued in France

    • Residents of the EU: whatever country/platform issued your DGC's QR code,this code is valid in France: no need to ask for a French code!
      • Eg: you are Belgian, you own a DGC QR code issued by Covid Safe (the platform Belgium created to enable the DGC): you've got everything you need to enter France
    • If your proof of health has been issued by a third country, it can't yet be recognized by the EU's DGC platforms
      • Eg: you're Canadian, you can't yet get a DGC QR code from France. Simply present a comprehensive health certificate

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France adopts a new country classification, based on their health situation. Since June 9 2021
→ Entry requirements depend on this classification
→ The exact list will be adjusted as the situation evolves


Green countries: entry allowed
→ no active circulation of the virus, no concerning variants

At the moment (list updated on July 23), there may be some delay in the page update...): UE/associated countries, Albania, Australia, Bosnia, Brunei, Canada, Hong-Kong, Israel, Japan, Kosovo, Lebanon, Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Taïwan, Ukraine, the United States, Union of Comoros and Vanuatu.

Entry requirements:
→ see a bit below the specific conditions for each type of certificate

  1. All travelers: Certificate of international travel (download it or fill it on this page)
  2. Vaccinated travelers:
    • Full vaccination + its certificate
  3. Non-vaccinated travelers:
    • negative PCR or antigenic test <72h
    • Warning! Travelers from Spain, Portugal, Cyprus, the Netherlands and Greece: PCR or antigenic test <24h!
      .

Orange countries: entry under conditions
→ Active circulation of the virus but under control, without spread of concerning variants

At the moment (list updated on July 18, there may be some delay in the page update...): all countries that are not in green or red (includes the UK)

Entry requirements:
→ see a bit below the specific conditions for each type of certificate

  1. All travelers: Certificate of international travel (download it or fill it on this page)
  2. Vaccinated travelers: entry allowed, with:
    • full vaccination + its certificate
    • no test, no isolation
  3. Non-vaccinated travelers: entry prohibited

    • Travel for essential purposes only
    • A few exceptions: Transit <24h or UE/French citizens or travelers from other nationalities who have their main residency in the EU/France
      • in this case: negative test to present when boarding (PCR <72h or antigenic <48h or UK: <24h) + its certificate + random antigenic test on arrival + self-isolation for 7 days (except transit) + another test after isolation
        .

Red countriesentry under conditions
Travel for essential purposes only
→ active circulation of the virus and concerning variants

At the moment (list updated on July 18, there may be some delay in the page update...): Afghanistan, Argentina, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa-Rica, Cuba, Democratic Republic of Congo, Indonesia, Maldives, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan,Paraguay, Russia, Seychelles, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Tunisia, Uruguay and Zambia.

Entry requirements:
→ see a bit below the specific conditions for each type of certificate

  1. All travelers: Certificate of international travel (download it or fill it on this page)
  2. Vaccinated travelers: entry allowed, with:
    • full vaccination + its certificate
    • no test, no quarantine
  3. Non-vaccinated travelers: entry prohibited

    • Travel for essential purposes only
    • A few exceptions: Transit <24h or UE/French citizens or travelers from other nationalities who have their main residency in the EU/France
      • in this case: negative test to present when boarding (PCR or antigenic <48h) + its certificate + mandatory antigenic test on arrival + mandatory 10 days quarantine (except transit) + another test after quarantine
        .


Specific conditions for each type of certificate:
Residents of the EU can use the Digital Green Certificate

  1. Vaccination certificates:
    • Only vaccines that are recognized by the EMA + AZ-Covishield
    • Warning! Entry allowed:
      • 7 days after injection (double dose, or previous infection + one dose)
      • 28 days after injection (single dose)
        .
  2. Negative diagnostic test certificate
    • Acceptable tests: RT-PCR, antigenic
    • To be presented upon boarding
    • Have the test done:
      • Green countries: PCR or antigenic <72h
      • Spain, Portugal, Cyprus, the Netherlands and Greece: PCR or antigenic <24h
      • Orange countries: PCR <72h or antigenic <48h
      • UK: PCR or antigenic <24h
      • Red countries: PCR or antigenic <48h

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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

The extension of the Pass sanitaire to "daily life" places has NO OFFICIAL REALITY so far

The Parliament/Senate have agreed on a draft bill. It now has to be discussed by the Constitutional council.
They will give their decision on August 5 2021

At the moment and until then, NOTHING is done or decided

Sources: Assemblée Nationale, Sénat and Conseil constitutionnel

Current draft bill and what is of interest for pilgrims:

  • Entry in France: proof of health mandatory
  • Access to the following activities: proof of health mandatory
    • leisure
    • food services
    • health care establishments (except emergency)
    • long distance public transports
  • Proof of health: no mention of the Pass Sanitaire, you can present your proof in another way


Restrictions apply throughout all of metropolitan France (if exception, specified below)


State of health emergency ended on July 1st

The law of May 31st 2021 replaces it from June 2nd to September 31 2021 and sets the legal framework within which the government can manage the pandemic


Free mobility in all of France: all Chemins are completely accessible

End of curfew since June 20 2021


Plan to lift restrictions
May be adapted if the situation worsen.

The "carnet de suivi" (follow-up book) is introduced, to help track positive cases and clusters. Customers must register through one of the following way:
→ digital: scan the QR code of the establishment with the app Tous Anti Covid (see below)
→ paper: leave your information on sheets provided by the establishment

Since July 1st 2021: all shops and services are open (eventually with limitation of capacity)

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App Tous Anti Covid (October 22nd 2020) and Pass sanitaire (June 9 2021).

The app Tous Anti Covid is primarily meant to help track positive cases and clusters:

  • Its use is NOT MANDATORY
  • Allows you to be alerted or to alert others in case of contact with the virus
  • Allows you to store your health certificates
  • It's this app you need to use to register for the "carnet de suivi" (follow up book) (eg. at restaurants)
    • use the app to scan the QR code of the establishment
    • if a contaminated person was at the same place, you will be notified

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The Pass sanitaire is a functionality of same app: Tous Anti Covid, it's meant to check one's "health status"

  • It only works with French certificates
  • Its use is NOT MANDATORY, you can show your proves of health ON PAPER
  • Creates a QR code you show at checkpoints
    • The QR code creates a verification screen that only states "Pass valide/invalide" but doesn't show you private health information
  • 2 types of Pass sanitaire
    1. Pass sanitaire "activités" (activities):
      ⊗ Since July 21st 2021: to access establishments/places/events of 50+ people
    2. Pass sanitaire "frontières" (borders): border control; put into effect the EU's Digital Green Certificate

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All "everyday life" establishments are prohibited to required a proof of health to allow access to their services (shops, public services, restaurants, accommodations, etc.)

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Sanitary measures:

  • Masks: since June 17
    • Not mandatory outdoors (except for gatherings)
    • Mandatory indoors
    • specific rules may apply, decision of local authorities
    • since July 21st 2021: Not mandatory at establishments/places/events for which a proof of health is required
  • Social distancing: 1m/3.3 feet at least

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.


Passage from France to Spain to:

  1. Pais Vasco
    • to reach the Camino del Norte
    • to continue the Camino de Baztan
    • entry currently possible: no lockdown
  2. Navarra
    • to follow the Camino Francés
    • entry currently possible: no lockdown
  3. Aragon
    • to follow the Camino Aragonés
    • entry currently possible: no lockdown
  4. Cataluña
    • to go on the Caminos Catalan
    • entry currently possible: no lockdown

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


Passage from Spain to France:
No restriction

Warning! Make sure you comply with entry requirements!

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:
YES


EU/associated countries and authorized third countries: (see vocabulary point)
YES


Unauthorized third countries: (see vocabulary point)
NO


UK
YES, under conditions


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

The Caminhos are accessible and accommodations are allowed to host guests (with respect for strict sanitary measures)


To help you find out which accommodations are open, check this 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


Access to tourism accommodations only with a negative test or a Digital Green Certificate
→ see tab "Ongoing restriction and sanitary measures"


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, which applies to pilgrims wishing to do a Caminho

NO vaccination requirements
Until further notice: if you're vaccinated, it doesn't give you any more right to enter Portugal that what is described below


The Digital Green Certificate (DGC) in Portugal

More info in the part dedicated to the DGC

The DGC is a system within the EU that allows to check your "health status" when you travel in the EU
In Portugal, it's called "Certificado COVID Digital" and, for Portuguese residents, can be obtained from the service SNS24

  • It only allows to check your "health status": you still need to comply with other entry requirements!
  • Its use is NOT MANDATORY, you can travel without it and simply show your proves of health directly
  • At the moment, it only works with proves of health issued by member states of the EU/associated countries
    • Residents of the EU: whatever country/platform issued your DGC's QR code, this code is valid in Portugal: no need to ask for a Portuguese code!
      • Eg: you are Belgian, you own a DGC QR code issued by Covid Safe (the platform Belgium created to enable the DGC): you've got everything you need to enter Portugal
    • If your proof of health has been issued by a third country, it can't yet be recognized by the EU's DGC platforms
      • Eg: you're Canadian, you can't yet get a DGC QR code from Portugal. Simply present a comprehensive health certificate

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EU/associated countries and authorized third countries (see vocabulary point)
Entry allowed

Entry requirements

  • negative test mandatory
    For all travelers older than 12 years old
    PCR <72h prior or antigenic <48h

Unauthorized third countries (see vocabulary point)
Entry prohibited


UK
Entry allowed under conditions

Entry requirements

  • Mandatory registration form, see this page
  • Mandatory negative test
    • For all travelers older than 12 years old
    • PCR <72h prior or antigenic <48h
  • Either:
    • Full vaccination
    • 14 days quarantine

Vaccination requirements:

  • Vaccines allowed by the EMA
  • Last dose received at least 14 days before entry

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 calamity since May 1st 2021


Free mobility within the country

Exception: high and very high risk municipalities (see below): ban on mobility from 11pm-6am


National plan to lift restrictions

Restrictions vary within the country
Different restrictions apply depending on each municipality's situation

Overview of the measures affecting the Caminhos
More details on this page

General rules for the whole country

    • All of Portugal except a handful of municipalities
    • Everything is open, with little restrictions of both capacity and opening time

Additional rules for:

High-risk municipalities

  • Incidence rate above 120 cases/100,000 inhabitants over the past 14 days (or 240 for municipalities with a low density of population)
  • Everything is open, with more restrictions of both capacity and opening time than the general rules.
  • Including:
    • ban on mobility in public space from 11pm to 6am
    • restaurants/cafés open until 10:30pm (max. 6 people per group indoors ; 10 people per group outdoors)
    • Access to restaurants/cafés only with one of the following proves of health on Fridays after 7pm and on Saturdays/Sundays/holidays
      • negative test PCR <72h
      • negative antigenic <48h
      • negative antigenic self-test validated by a health professional <24h
      • negative self-test done at the accommodation before a representative of the establishment)
      • a Digital Green Certificate

Very high-risk municipalities

  • Incidence rate above 240 cases/100,000 inhabitants over the past 14 days (or 480 for municipalities with a low density of population)
  • Everything is open, with more restrictions of both capacity and opening time than the zones with lower incidence.
  • Including:
    • ban on mobility in public space from 11pm to 6am
    • restaurants/cafés open until 11:30pm on weekdays and 3:30pm on weekends and holidays (max. 4 people per group indoors ; 6 people per group outdoors)
    • Access to restaurants/cafés only with one of the following proves of health on Fridays after 7pm and on Saturdays/Sundays/holidays
      • negative test PCR <72h
      • negative antigenic <48h
      • negative antigenic self-test validated by a health professional <24h
      • negative self-test done at the accommodation before a representative of the establishment)
      • a Digital Green Certificate
    • food stores open until 9pm on weekdays and 7pm on weekend and holidays
    • other stores open until 9pm and 3:30pm on weekends and holidays

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


At the moment, crossing the border into Galicia is possible

  • On both the inland and coastal Caminhos

For pilgrims going from Spain to Portugal:

Crossing the border is possible:

  • On both the inland and coastal Caminhos


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 🙂

In France, the extension of the “Pass sanitaire” to “daily life places” has NO OFFICIAL REALITY so far
The Parliament/Senate have agreed on a DRAFT bill, that now has to be checked by the Constitutional Council. They can either validate the draft or censor it partially or completely.
The Constitutional Council announced they will share their decision on August 5 2021.
At the moment and until then, NOTHING is 100% done or decided
Sources: Assemblée Nationale, Sénat, Conseil constitutionnel

Juy 28 2021

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Galicia updates the list of provenances making registration mandatory upon entry. Since July 28 2021, 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 who arrive from/have been within the 14 previous days in the following regions of Spain: Aragón, Asturias, Baleares, Cantabria, Castilla y León, Cataluña, Navarra, 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 Portugal, 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)

July 27 2021

In Spain, the government adjusts the list of third countries allowed to enter its territory without restrictions. It now includes only the countries authorized by the EU (Albania, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Canada, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Lebanon, Montenegro, New Zealand, Qatar, Moldova, North Macedonia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Ukraine, United States of America, China).
Source: BOE

July 26 2021

Portugal adjusts its entry requirements, effective until August 8 2021
Entry allowed for travelers from the EU/associated countries/authorized third countries. Every traveler older than 2 years old, both nationals or foreigners, must present a negative test (PCR <72h or antigenic <48h) or a Digital Green Certificate
All other countries: essential travel only
Exception for the UK: mandatory registration to the authorities (online, see link below) + either 14 days quarantine OR full vaccination
Sources: Official journal of Portugal and SEF: registration

July 24 2021

In Spain, Galicia adjusts its sanitary measures
Continued: classification of municipalities based on risk-levels (medium-low, medium, high, maximal) and capacity limitations
All of Galicia: public gatherings limited to 6 people (inside) and 10 people (outside); except people from the same household or group of 2 different households
Municipalities at high and maximal risk-levels: proof of health mandatory to access accommodation and restaurants (full vaccination or negative test <72h or recovery); ban on public gatherings from 1am-6am (except people from the same household)
Municipalities at medium-low and medium risk-levels: ban on public gatherings from 3am-6am (except people from the same household)
Sources: Xunta de Galicia: access to restaurants/accommodations and gatherings / Municipal restrictions

July 21 2021

France adjusts its sanitary measures
Every person over 18 must present a proof of health (the “Pass sanitaire” is not necessary, you can present your health certificate directly) to access a establishment/event/place where 50+ people can gather
Masks are not mandatory in those places, except if ordered by local government
Accommodations and restaurants are NOT subject to this measure, the modification of the current law is still being discussed at the Parliament/Senate! (see July 12 2021)
Source: Légifrance: primary text / amendment

July 18 2021

France adjust its entry requirements
See details of conditions and necessary documents in the section dedicated to France, tab “Entry requirements”
The Certificate of international travel is still mandatory for every traveler
Requirements depend on the country’s classification, which is based on its health situation. The exact list is adjusted as the situation evolves.
All travelers: Certificate of international travel (see below)
Green countries: no active circulation of the virus, no concerning variants. Entry for tourism is allowed.
Vaccinated* travelers: no test
Non-vaccinated travelers: PCR or antigenic test <72h or warning for Spain, Portugal, Cyprus, the Netherlands and Greece: <24h!
Amber countries: active circulation of the virus but under control, without spread of concerning variants.
Vaccinated* travelers: entry for tourism allowed, no test
Non-vaccinated travelers: entry for tourism prohibited (some exceptions)
Red countries: active viral circulation has been reported, including relevant variants.
Vaccinated* travelers: entry for tourism allowed, no test
Non-vaccinated travelers: entry for tourism prohibited (some exceptions)
*Warning! Vaccines recognized by the EMA only. Last dose received at least 7 days before travel (double dose, or previous infection + one dose); 28 days before travel (single dose)
Sources: Gouvernement / Certificate of international travel

July 15 2021

The European Council updates and releases recommendations on lifting restrictions for non-essential travel from third countries to the EU.
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*: Ukraine, Albania, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Canada, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Lebanon, Montenegro, New Zealand, Qatar, Moldova, North Macedonia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, United States of America, China (if reciprocity).
Warning! This is a recommendation, not an obligation. 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 theoretically denied entry in the UE for non-essential purposes. Theoretically, because ultimately it’s up the each member state
Source: European Council

July 14 2021

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Galicia updates the list of provenances making registration mandatory upon entry. Since July 28 2021, 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 who arrive from/have been within the 14 previous days in the following regions of Spain: Andalucía, Aragón, Asturias, Baleares, Cantabria, Castilla y León, Cataluña, Comunidad Valenciana, Extremadura, Navarra, País 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), among which Portugal, 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)

July 13 2021

In Spain, the government adjusts the validity criteria for Covid tests
NAAT tests are now considered valid for 72h (against 48h until now)
Antigenic tests reman valid for 48h
Source: BOE

July 12 2021

Portugal adjusts its entry requirements, effective until July 25 2021
Entry allowed for travelers from the EU/associated countries/authorized third countries. Every traveler older than 2 years old, both nationals or foreigners, must present a negative test (PCR <72h or antigenic <48h) or a Digital Green Certificate
All other countries: essential travel only
Exception for the UK: mandatory registration to the authorities (online, see link below) + either 14 days quarantine OR full vaccination
Sources: Official journal of Portugal and SEF: registration

July 10 2021

In Portugal, the government adjusts the measures that apply within the country
The Caminhos are accessible and accommodations can open
The state of calamity continues
The plan to lift restrictions in a differentiated way continues. Regular evaluation of the situation, with adjustments if needed
Municipalities are in different phases depending on their Covid situation (see link below)
Overview of the measures affecting the Caminhos: (details in link below)
General rule for the whole country: Everything is open, with restrictions of both capacity and opening time
Access to tourism accommodations only with a negative test (PCR <72h or antigenic <48h or antigenic self-test validated by a health professional <24h or a self test done at the accommodation before a representative of the establishment) or a Digital Green Certificate
Additional restrictions
High risk municipalities: For municipalities with an incidence rate above 120 cases/100,000 inhabitants over the past 14 days (or 240 for municipalities with a low density of population):
Everything is open, with more restrictions of both capacity and opening time than the general rules.
Note: restaurants/cafés open until 10:30pm (max. 6 people per group indoors ; 10 people per group outdoors); ban on mobility in public space from 11pm to 6am; Access to restaurants/cafés only with a negative test (PCR <72h or antigenic <48h or antigenic self-test validated by a health professional <24h or a self test done at the accommodation before a representative of the establishment) or a Digital Green Certificate on Fridays after 7pm and on Saturdays/Sundays/holidays
Very high risk municipalities: For municipalities with an incidence rate above 240 cases/100,000 inhabitants over the past 14 days (or 480 for municipalities with a low density of population)
Everything is open, with more restrictions of both capacity and opening time than the zones with lower incidence.
Note: restaurants/cafés open until 11:30pm on weekdays and 3:30pm on weekends and holidays (max. 4 people per group indoors ; 6 people per group outdoors); food stores open until 9pm on weekdays and 7pm on weekend and holidays; other stores open until 9pm and 3:30pm on weekends and holidays; ban on mobility in public space from 11pm to 6am; Access to restaurants/cafés only with a negative test (PCR <72h or antigenic <48h or antigenic self-test validated by a health professional <24h or a self test done at the accommodation before a representative of the establishment) or a Digital Green Certificate on Fridays after 7pm and on Saturdays/Sundays/holidays
Warning! Entry in Portugal is still subject to restrictions
Sources: Estamos On / DRE and DRE of reference

July 8 2021

In Spain, the government adjusts the list of third countries allowed to enter its territory without restrictions. It now includes only the countries authorized by the EU (Albania, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Canada, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Lebanon, Montenegro, New Zealand, Qatar, Moldova, North Macedonia, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, United States of America, China).
Source: BOE

July 2nd 2021

In Spain, the government adjusts the list of third countries allowed to enter its territory without restrictions. It now includes only the countries authorized by the EU (Albania, Australia, Israel, Japan, Lebanon, New Zealand, Macedonia, Rwanda, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, USA, China). The UK is no longer on that list.
Source: BOE

In Spain, the government adjust entry requirements for travelers from the UK.
It’s now mandatory to present either a proof of full vaccination OR negative NAAT test (RT-PCR, RT-LAMP, TMA)
Source: BOE

In Portugal, mobility ban at Lisbon Metropolitan Area from July 2nd 2021 at 3pm to July 5 2021 at 6am, except essential reasons
Tourists who have booked an accommodation can enter the area (with proof)
In any cases, negative test mandatory to enter the area (PCR <72h or antigenic <48h)
Source: DRE

July 1st 2021

The Digital Green Certificate (DGC) is officially operational in Europe. A transition period is planned (until August 12 2021) to allow member states to finalize their chosen operating system.
See more information in the section dedicated to the DGC
Source: European Commission

The European Council updates and releases recommendations on lifting restrictions for non-essential travel from third countries to the EU.
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*: Albania, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Canada, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Lebanon, Montenegro, New Zealand, Qatar, Moldova, North Macedonia, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, United States of America, China (if reciprocity).
Warning! This is a recommendation, not an obligation. 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 theoretically denied entry in the UE for non-essential purposes. Theoretically, because ultimately it’s up the each member state
Source: European Council

Portugal adjusts its entry requirements
Travelers can enter Portugal if they possess a valid Digital Green Certificate
Source: DRE


June 30 2021

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Galicia updates the list of provenances making registration mandatory upon entry. Since July 28 2021, 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 who arrive from/have been within the 14 previous days in the following regions of Spain: Andalucía, Navarra, País 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), among which the Netherlands, 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)

June 29 2021

Portugal adjusts its entry requirements, effective until July 11 2021
Entry allowed for travelers from the EU/associated countries/authorized third countries. Every traveler older than 2 years old, both nationals or foreigners, must present a negative test (PCR <72h or antigenic <48h)
All other countries: essential travel only
Exception for the UK: mandatory registration to the authorities (online, see link below) + either 14 days quarantine OR full vaccination
Sources: Official journal of Portugal and SEF: registration

June 26 2021

Spain adjusts measures in place.
Masks are not mandatory anymore in open spaces when a distance of 1.5m can be observed
Masks are still mandatory from 6 years old indoors, in transport and outside when a distance of 1.5m can NOT be observed (exception of people from the same household) or when attending events/gatherings
Note on Spanish etiquette. Despite this new law, Spaniards keep wearing masks even in situation where it seems/is not necessary. Eg in the streets, when sitting at the restaurant when the waiteris there, etc. Good to know to eventually understand why people give you funny looks as you wander around without your mask… 😉
Source: BOE

June 24 2021

In Spain, the government adjusts the list of third countries allowed to enter its territory without restrictions. It now includes the countries authorized by the EU (Albania, Australia, Israel, Japan, Lebanon, New Zealand, Macedonia, Rwanda, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, USA, China) and the UK.
Source: Official journal of Spain

June 20 2021

France adjusts measures in place.
End of curfew
Source: Gouvernement Covid

June 18 2021

The European Council updates and releases recommendations on lifting restrictions for non-essential travel from third countries to the EU.
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*: Albania, Australia, Israel, Japan, Lebanon, New Zealand, Macedonia, Rwanda, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, USA, China (if reciprocity).
Warning! This is a recommendation, not an obligation. 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 theoretically denied entry in the UE for non-essential purposes. Theoretically, because ultimately it’s up the each member state
Source: European Council

June 17 2021

France adjusts measures in place.
Masks are not mandatory anymore in open spaces (except for gatherings). They remain mandatory indoors
Source: Gouvernement Covid

June 16 2021

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Galicia updates the list of provenances making registration mandatory upon entry. Since July 28 2021, 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 who arrive from/have been within the 14 previous days in the following regions of Spain: Andalucía, País 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), among which the Netherlands.
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)

June 15 2021

Portugal adjusts its entry requirements, effective until June 14 2021
Entry allowed for travelers from the EU/associated countries/authorized third countries. For the UK and the USA as well. Warning! Limitations below apply!
Every traveler older than 2 years old, both nationals or foreigners, must present a proof of negative test, done 72h prior entry
For travelers coming from countries with 500 cases for 100,000 people during the 14 previous days: essential travel only; mandatory 15 days quarantine at home or at a place designated by the Portuguese authorities (see below, appendix 1 from document) and mandatory registration to the authorities (online, see link below)
Sources: Official journal of Portugal and SEF: registration

June 14 2021

In Portugal, the government adjusts the measures that apply within the country
The Caminhos are accessible and accommodations can open
The state of calamity continues
The plan to lift restrictions in a differentiated way continues. Regular evaluation of the situation, with adjustments if needed
Municipalities are in different phases depending on their Covid situation (see link below)
Overview of the measures affecting the Caminhos: (details in link below)
General rule: Everything is open, with restrictions of both capacity and opening time
Exceptions
:For municipalities with an incidence rate above 120 cases/100,000 inhabitants over the past 14 days (or 240 for municipalities with a low density of population): Everything is open, with more restrictions of both capacity and opening time than the general rules. Including: restaurants/cafés open until 10:30pm (max. 6 people per group indoors ; 10 people per group outdoors); ban on mobility in public space from 11pm to 6am
For municipalities with an incidence rate above 240 cases/100,000 inhabitants over the past 14 days (or 480 for municipalities with a low density of population): Everything is open, with more restrictions of both capacity and opening time than the zones with lower incidence. Including: restaurants/cafés open until 11:30pm on weekdays and 3:30pm on weekends and holidays (max. 4 people per group indoors ; 6 people per group outdoors); food stores open until 9pm on weekdays and 7pm on weekend and holidays; other stores open until 9pm and 3:30pm on weekends and holidays; ban on mobility in public space from 11pm to 6am
Warning! Entry in Portugal is still subject to restrictions
Source: Estamos On

June 9 2021

Portugal adjusts its entry requirements: antigenic tests are now accepted
Source: Official journal of Portugal

France adjust its entry requirements
See details of conditions and necessary documents in the section dedicated to France, tab “Entry requirements”
The Certificate of international travel is still mandatory for every traveler
Adoption of a new country classification, based on their health situation. Entry requirements depend on this classification. The exact list will be adjusted as the situation evolves.
Green countries: no active circulation of the virus, no concerning variants. Entry for tourism is allowed. Vaccinated* travelers: no test needed. Non-vaccinated travelers: negative test mandatory
Orange countries: active circulation of the virus but under control, without spread of concerning variants. Vaccinated* travelers: entry for tourism allowed, negative test mandatory. Non-vaccinated travelers: entry for tourism prohibited (some exceptions)
Red countries: entry for tourism prohibited (some exceptions)
*Warning! Vaccines recognized by the EMA only. Last dose received at least 2 weeks before travel (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and people who have recovered from Covid); 4 weeks before travel (Johnson & Johnson)
Sources: Gouvernement / Certificate of international travel

In France, the government starts its plan to lift restrictions: 4 stages planned from May 3rd to June 30 2021. Under condition, depends on the situation in each département. May be adapted if the situation worsen.
Stage 1, May 3rd: lockdown is lifted. Free mobility across the country, mobility form not required anymore. Curfew is continued from 7pm to 6am, curfew waivers are still mandatory. From this date, the Chemins in France are fully accessible again
Stage 2, May 19: curfew is changed: from 9pm to 6am, waiver mandatory. Reopening of shops, terraces, museums, with limited capacity
Stage 3, June 9: curfew is changed: from 11pm to 6am, waiver mandatory. Reopening of cafés and restaurants (indoors)
Stage 4, June 30: curfew ends
Sources: Gouvernement Covid / Ministère de l’intérieur (curfew waiver)

France introduces the “Pass sanitaire“. Its use is NOT MANDATORY
Allow to check on the user’s “health status” via the app Tous Anti Covid, has 2 uses:
Pass sanitaire “activités” (activities): only needed for events and gatherings of 1000+ people
Pass sanitaire “frontières” (borders): for international travel within the EU, allows the use of the EU’s Digital Green Certificate
The app allows you to store your proves of health (vaccine, negative tests, recovery) and converts them in to an “anonymous” page to present when needed (the only info available on screen are your name, date of birth and the mention “pass valide/invalide”)
If you don’t want to use the app, you can present your proves of health in paper form
In any cases, “everyday” establishments are prohibited to require a proof of health for access to their services (shops, public services , restaurants, accommodations, etc)
Sources: Service Public / Tous Anti Covid on Google Play or Apple Store

June 7 2021

Spain adjusts its entry requirements
See details of conditions and necessary documents in the section dedicated to France, tab “Entry requirements”
Except countries under a ban of non-essential travel, all countries can eventually enter Spain for tourism, with respect for conditions that apply
All entries by air: SpTH form
Special measures for entries from France by land: travelers coming from risk areas must present a proof of vaccination*/negative test/recovery. Risk areas are the ones designated by the ECDC: dark red, red, amber and grey
Travelers coming from the UE/associated countries listed “at risk”: entry allowed. With proof of vaccination*/negative test/recovery
Travelers coming from the UE/associated countries listed “NOT at risk” + authorized third countries + the UK: entry allowed, no proof of health needed
Travelers coming from non-authorized third countries (all are considered as risk zones): entry allowed. Full vaccination + certificate mandatory.
*Warning! Vaccines recognized by the EMA or on the OMS emergency list, last dose received at least 14 days prior travel
Sources: Official Journal of Spain: new entry requirements / details of health measures / mesures specific to France

June 3 2021

The European Council updates and releases recommendations on lifting restrictions for non-essential travel from third countries to the EU.
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*: Japan, Israel, Australia, New-Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, 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

June 2nd 2021

In France, the state of sanitary emergency ends. New measures replace them, effective until September 30
Those new measures set the frame within which the government can act to manage the pandemic.
The law forbids to require proof of vaccination/negative test/recovery to accept customers, except for entry/exit of France and in case of large gatherings
Source: Légifrance

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Galicia updates the list of provenances making registration mandatory upon entry. Since July 28 2021, 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: Andalucía, Aragón, Madrid, Melilla, País 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), among which Canada, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland.
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)

June 1st 2021

The Digital Green Certificate will gradually become operational in Europe. Detailed entry requirements are still not known, they’re up to each member state.
Source: European Commission


May 31st 2021

Portugal adjusts its entry requirements, effective until June 14 2021
Entry allowed for travelers from the EU/associated countries/authorized third countries. Warning! Limitations below apply!
Every traveler older than 2 years old, both nationals or foreigners, must present a proof of negative test, done 72h prior entry
For travelers coming from countries with 500 cases for 100,000 people during the 14 previous days: essential travel only; mandatory 15 days quarantine at home or at a place designated by the Portuguese authorities (see below, appendix 1 from document) and mandatory registration to the authorities (online, see link below)
Sources: Official journal of Portugal: entry requirements / text of reference and SEF: registration

In France, the government adjusts the entry requirements
Find details on the link below or the part dedicated to France
Entry allowed for tourism, with proof of negative PCR test + travel form + agreement to conditions: from the UE/associated countries + Australia, South Korea, Israel, Japan, New-Zealand, Singapore
Entry prohibited for tourism: from all countries not mentioned above
Entry prohibited for tourism: from the UK (essential motives only, exception for French and EU residents); in all cases, mandatory PCR test and 7-days isolation
Sources: Ministère de l’intérieur: modalities and travel form and Gouvernement Covid

May 24 2021

In Spain, the government adjusts the list of third countries to enter its territory. It now includes the countries authorized by the EU (Israel, Australia, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, China ) and Japan and the UK.
Source: Official journal of Spain

May 22nd 2021

Portugal adjusts its requirements for entries by land and air, effective until May 30 2021
Entry allowed for travelers from the EU/associated countries/authorized third countries. Warning! Limitations below apply!
Every traveler older than 2 years old, both nationals or foreigners, must present a proof of negative test, done 72h prior entry
For travelers coming from countries with 500 cases for 100,000 people during the 14 previous days: essential travel only; mandatory 15 days quarantine at home or at a place designated by the Portuguese authorities (see below, appendix 1 from document) and mandatory registration to the authorities (online, see link below)
Sources: Official journal of Portugal: entry by land and air / text of reference and SEF: registration

May 21st 2021

The European Commission endorses the Digital Green Certificate. It will start to be operational from June 1st.
Source: European Commission

May 20 2021

The European Commission updates and releases its recommendations for the reopening of the EU’s external borders for non-essential reasons
Restrictions are lifted for countries: that have a number of cases stable or decreasing over the last 14 days (no more than 75 cases for 100 000 inhabitants); more than 300 tests done for 100 000 inhabitants over the previous 7 days (with a maximum of 4% of positive results); the nature of the virus present in the country; a crisis management that is considered trustworthy and efficient.
The following countries are thus suggested to be granted entry in the EU*: Israel, Australia, New-Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, China (if reciprocity) *Residents of the countries that are not mentioned are still denied entry in the UE New update since
Restrictions can be lifted for fully vaccinated travelers who come from countries that are NOT on the list above: up to each member state. Vaccination with the last dose of a vaccine authorized by the EMA (or on the OMS emergency list) at least 14 days before the journey. Subject to the reciprocity principle. This measure will be integrated to the Digital Green Certificate.
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.
Source: European Council: travel and transportation measures / details about recent modifications

May 19 2021

In France, the government starts its plan to lift restrictions: 4 stages planned from May 3rd to June 30 2021. Under condition, depends on the situation in each département. May be adapted if the situation worsen.
Stage 1, May 3rd: lockdown is lifted. Free mobility across the country, mobility form not required anymore. Curfew is continued from 7pm to 6am, curfew waivers are still mandatory. From this date, the Chemins in France are fully accessible again
Stage 2, May 19: curfew is changed: from 9pm to 6am, waiver mandatory. Reopening of shops, terraces, museums, with limited capacity
Stage 3, June 9: curfew is changed: from 11pm to 6am, waiver mandatory. Reopening of cafés and restaurants (inside)
Stage 4, June 30: curfew ends
Sources: Gouvernement Covid / Ministère de l’intérieur (curfew waiver)

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Galicia updates the list of provenances making registration mandatory upon entry. Since July 28 2021, 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, Cataluña, Madrid, Melilla, Navarra, País 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), among which Canada, the USA, Germany, Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Switzerland.
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)

May 17 2021

Portugal adjusts its requirements for entries by land and air, effective until May 30 2021
Entry allowed for travelers from the EU/associated countries/authorized third countries (except Israel). Warning! Limitations below apply!
Every traveler older than 2 years old, both nationals or foreigners, must present a proof of negative test, done 72h prior entry
For travelers coming from countries with 500 cases for 100,000 people during the 14 previous days: essential travel only; mandatory 15 days quarantine at home or at a place designated by the Portuguese authorities (see below, appendix 1 from document) and mandatory registration to the authorities (online, see link below)
Sources: Official journal of Portugal: entry by land and air and SEF: registration form

Portugal allows entry to travelers from the UK
Every traveler older than 2 years old, both nationals or foreigners, must present a proof of negative test, done 72h prior entry
Sources: (Article 23) Official Journal of Portugal / reference document

May 11 2021

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Navarra adjusts its restrictions, effective until May 20 2021
Regional lockdown is lifted: mobility is free within the region
The High Court released its decision: curfew is cancelled and gathering limitations are continued
Sanitary measures that limit public life: opening schedule and capacity of shops, accommodations, food services and touristic/cultural places. Rather than researching details of those measures for each regions (they change regularly!), I suggest you to simply keep in mind you will have access to limited options, to organize your Camino accordingly and to see on site what measures apply.
Affects the Caminos: Francés , Baztan, Aragonés, del Ebro
Source: Junta de Navarra / Tribunal Superior de Navarra

May 9 2021

In Spain, the state of alarm legally ends (enforced on October 25 2020 and extended on November 25 2020)
The measures it allowed must now be permitted by a Court of Justice to be legally enforced.
Regional lockdown are lifted: mobility is free again everywhere Spain, all the Camino are fully accessible again on May 9th (warning, there may be municipal lockdowns)
Curfews are lifted everywhere, some exceptions
Public gathering are allowed without limitation, some exceptions
→ Places of worship are freely accessible everywhere
All region keeps sanitary measures in place to limit public: opening schedule and capacity of shops, accommodations, food services and touristic/cultural places. Rather than researching details of those measures for each regions (they change regularly!), I suggest you to simply keep in mind you will have access to limited options, to organize your Camino accordingly and to see on site what measures apply.

The end of the state of alarm, how does it work?
Until now, the state of alarm was allowing regions to easily and legally restrict fundamental freedom. Once it’s lifted, it will be impossible for regions to directly:
→ impose a regional, provincial, municipal lockdown
→ impose a curfew
→ forbid gatherings
→ limit the attendance capacity of places of worship
Starting on May 9th, each region must again follow the normal legal procedure to be able to impose such restrictions on its territory:
→ the regional government defines what they want to enforce
→ the project is submitted to the High Court of the region, which can approve it or not
→ if the project is approved, the measures are enforced
→ if the project is not approved, the measures can’t be enforced but the government can appeal to the Supreme Court of Spain, that holds the final decision to approve the measures or not
→ if the project is approved, the measures are enforced
→ if the project is not approved, the measures can’t be enforced at all
Note: other restrictions fall under regional jurisdiction and are not reassessed by the end of the state of alarm, like the capacity limitations for accommodations and food services

Measures announced by the reginal governments:
Sources: official announcements delivered by regional governments:
AndaluciaAragonAsturiasCanarias – Cantabria** – Castilla La ManchaCastilla y LeonCataluñaExtremaduraGalicia*** – La RiojaMadridMurciaNavarra* – Pais VascoValencia
* In the case of Navarra: some measure are still to be allowed by the High Court of the region. Until this decision is made public, curfew and gathering limitations are ongoing. The High Court released its decision: curfew is cancelled and gathering limitations are continued
** In the case of Cantabria: the region has no specific plan, the measures allowed by the state of alarm simply come to an end
*** In the case of Galicia: some measure are still to be allowed by the High Court of the region. Until this decision is made public, municipal lockdowns, curfew and gathering limitations are ongoing. The High Court released its decision: all measures have been approved

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Andalucia adjusts its restrictions
Regional lockdown and curfew are lifted: mobility is free within the region but warning, some municipalities can still be in lockdown!
Some measurees still need to be allowed by the High Court: to be continued…
3-phases plan to transit out of the state of alarm: it depends on the vaccination campaign and the sanitary situation in the municipalities (that are split into 4 risk levels); each phase brings public life a bit more to normal: opening schedules and capacity of shops, accommodations and food services)
From May 9th, stabilization phase; from June 1st, advanced phase; from June 21st, normalization phase
Sanitary measures that limit public life: opening schedule and capacity of shops, accommodations, food services and touristic/cultural places. Rather than researching details of those measures for each regions (they change regularly!), I suggest you to simply keep in mind you will have access to limited options, to organize your Camino accordingly and to see on site what measures appy.
Affects the Caminos: de la Plata, Mozarabe, Augusta, del Sur
Sources: Junta de Andalucia / reference document / map of lockdowns and measures (check the update date!)

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Aragon adjusts its restrictions
Regional lockdown and curfew are lifted: mobility is free within the region but warning, some municipalities can still be in lockdown!
Sanitary measures that limit public life: opening schedule and capacity of shops, accommodations, food services and touristic/cultural places. Rather than researching details of those measures for each regions (they change regularly!), I suggest you to simply keep in mind you will have access to limited options, to organize your Camino accordingly and to see on site what measures apply.
Affects the Caminos: Aragonés, del Ebro, Sagunto
Source: Junta de Aragon / reference document / list of municipalities in lockdown

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Asturias adjusts its restrictions
Regional lockdown and curfew are lifted: mobility is free within the region but warning, some municipalities can still be in lockdown!
System 4+: municipalities are organized depending on their sanitary situation, from 1-4 and 4+ risk
Sanitary measures that limit public life: opening schedule and capacity of shops, accommodations, food services and touristic/cultural places. Rather than researching details of those measures for each regions (they change regularly!), I suggest you to simply keep in mind you will have access to limited options, to organize your Camino accordingly and to see on site what measures apply.
Affects the Caminos: del Norte, Primitivo, del Salvador
Source: Junta de Asturias: decree of reference for risk levels 1-4 and risk level 4+ / map of the situation and restrictions (tab « mapa medidas »)

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Canarias adjusts its restrictions
Curfew has been denied by the High Court
Gathering limitations are continued
System of levels of alert: island are organized depending on their sanitary situation, from 1-4 risk
Sanitary measures that limit public life: opening schedule and capacity of shops, accommodations, food services and touristic/cultural places. Rather than researching details of those measures for each regions (they change regularly!), I suggest you to simply keep in mind you will have access to limited options, to organize your Camino accordingly and to see on site what measures apply.
Affects the Camino de Gran Canarias
Source: Junta de Canarias: alert levels by islands / restrictions by alert levels / information for travelers

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Cantabria adjusts its restrictions
Regional lockdown and curfew are lifted: mobility is free within the region
Sanitary measures that limit public life: opening schedule and capacity of shops, accommodations, food services and touristic/cultural places. Rather than researching details of those measures for each regions (they change regularly!), I suggest you to simply keep in mind you will have access to limited options, to organize your Camino accordingly and to see on site what measures apply.
Affects the Caminos: del Norte, Viejo, Vadiniense
Source: Junta de Cantabria (reference document)

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Castilla y Leon modifies its restrictions
Regional lockdown and curfew are lifted: mobility is free within the region
Sanitary measures that limit public life: opening schedule and capacity of shops, accommodations, food services and touristic/cultural places. Rather than researching details of those measures for each regions (they change regularly!), I suggest you to simply keep in mind you will have access to limited options, to organize your Camino accordingly and to see on site what measures apply.
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 (measures that apply: “Guía de aplicación por niveles de alerta, Posterior al estado de alarma” )

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Castilla La Mancha adjusts its restrictions
Regional lockdown and curfew are lifted: mobility is free within the region
Sanitary measures that limit public life: opening schedule and capacity of shops, accommodations, food services and touristic/cultural places. Rather than researching details of those measures for each regions (they change regularly!), I suggest you to simply keep in mind you will have access to limited options, to organize your Camino accordingly and to see on site what measures apply.
Affects the Caminos: de Lana, Levante
Source: Junta de Castilla-La Mancha

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Cataluña adjusts its restrictions, effective until May 24 2021
Regional lockdown and curfew are lifted: mobility is free within the region
Warning, gatherings are still limited: 6 people (private and public places)
Sanitary measures that limit public life: opening schedule and capacity of shops, accommodations, food services and touristic/cultural places. Rather than researching details of those measures for each regions (they change regularly!), I suggest you to simply keep in mind you will have access to limited options, to organize your Camino accordingly and to see on site what measures apply.
Affects the Caminos: Catalan, de Girona, de Barcelona, de Tarragona, del Ebro
Source: Junta de Cataluña

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Extremadura adjusts its restrictions
Regional lockdown and curfew are lifted: mobility is free within the region but warning, some municipalities can still be in lockdown!
Level of alert of the region: level 1
Sanitary measures that limit public life: opening schedule and capacity of shops, accommodations, food services and touristic/cultural places. Rather than researching details of those measures for each regions (they change regularly!), I suggest you to simply keep in mind you will have access to limited options, to organize your Camino accordingly and to see on site what measures apply.
Affects the Caminos: de la Plata, Mozarabe, del Sur
Source: Junta de Extremadura

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Galicia adjusts its restrictions, effective until May 22nd 2021
Regional lockdown and curfew are lifted: mobility is free within the region but warning, some municipalities can still be in lockdown!
Differentiated municipal lockdown still ongoing, according to restriction levels: maximal, high, medium, medium-low.
Mobility: free within the region except for municipality in maximal risk level (in lockdown)
Gatherings: in municipalities in high/medium/medium-low restriction levels, limited to 6 people (outside, private and public places) or 4 people (inside private and public places) and prohibited from 1am-6am (except people from the same household). In municipalities in maximal restriction level, limited to people from the same household (everywhere)
Sanitary measures that limit public life: opening schedule and capacity of shops, accommodations, food services and touristic/cultural places. Rather than researching details of those measures for each regions (they change regularly!), I suggest you to simply keep in mind you will have access to limited options, to organize your Camino accordingly and to see on site what measures apply.
Affects the Caminos: Inglés, Fisterra-Muxia, del Norte, Primitivo, Francés, Invierno, Portugués et Sanabrés
Sources: Junta de Galicia: end of the restrictions allowed by the state of alarm / new restrictions (allowed by the High Court, see here) / map of restrictions by municipalities (check the update date!)

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of La Rioja adjusts its risk level to level 3, effective until further notice
Regional lockdown and curfew are lifted: mobility is free within the region
Level of alert of the region: level3, some municipalities are in level 3 enhanced (restrictions are tighter, but no lockdown)
Sanitary measures that limit public life: opening schedule and capacity of shops, accommodations, food services and touristic/cultural places. Rather than researching details of those measures for each regions (they change regularly!), I suggest you to simply keep in mind you will have access to limited options, to organize your Camino accordingly and to see on site what measures apply.
Affects the Caminos: Francés, del Ebro, Interior-Vasco-Via Bayona
Sources: Junta de La Rioja: decree / reference document / infography: level of alert and restrictions

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Madrid adjusts its restrictions.
Regional lockdown and curfew are lifted: mobility is free within the region but warning, some municipalities can still be in lockdown!
Sanitary measures that limit public life: opening schedule and capacity of shops, accommodations, food services and touristic/cultural places. Rather than researching details of those measures for each regions (they change regularly!), I suggest you to simply keep in mind you will have access to limited options, to organize your Camino accordingly and to see on site what measures apply.
Airport and public transportation are accessible.
Affects the Caminos: de Madrid, de Lana
Sources: Junta de Madrid / map of zones in lockdown

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Navarra adjusts its restrictions, effective until May 20 2021
Regional lockdown is lifted: mobility is free within the region
Warning! Some measures still need to be allowed by the High Court. Until this decision is made public, curfew and gathering limitations are ongoing
Sanitary measures that limit public life: opening schedule and capacity of shops, accommodations, food services and touristic/cultural places. Rather than researching details of those measures for each regions (they change regularly!), I suggest you to simply keep in mind you will have access to limited options, to organize your Camino accordingly and to see on site what measures apply.
Affects the Caminos: Francés , Baztan, Aragonés, del Ebro
Source: Junta de Navarra

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Murcia adjusts its restrictions
Regional lockdown and curfew are lifted: mobility is free within the region
Sanitary measures that limit public life: opening schedule and capacity of shops, accommodations, food services and touristic/cultural places. Rather than researching details of those measures for each regions (they change regularly!), I suggest you to simply keep in mind you will have access to limited options, to organize your Camino accordingly and to see on site what measures apply.
Affects the Caminos: Sureste
Source: Junta de Murcia

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Pais Vasco adjusts its restrictions
Regional, provincial and municipal lockdowns and curfew are lifted: mobility is free within the region
Sanitary measures that limit public life: opening schedule and capacity of shops, accommodations, food services and touristic/cultural places. Rather than researching details of those measures for each regions (they change regularly!), I suggest you to simply keep in mind you will have access to limited options, to organize your Camino accordingly and to see on site what measures apply.
Affects the Caminos:del Norte, Vasco, Viejo
Source: Junta de Pais Vasco

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Valencia adjusts its restrictions, effective until May 24 2021
Regional lockdown is lifted: mobility is free within the region
Warning! Curfew continues from midnight to 6am and gatherings are limited to 10 people
Sanitary measures that limit public life: opening schedule and capacity of shops, accommodations, food services and touristic/cultural places. Rather than researching details of those measures for each regions (they change regularly!), I suggest you to simply keep in mind you will have access to limited options, to organize your Camino accordingly and to see on site what measures apply.
Affects the Caminos: de Lana et Levante
Source: Junta de Valencia

May 7 2021

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Extremadura adjusts its restrictions
The regional lockdown is lifted
Curfew is adjusteed from May 7-9: it’s now midnight-6am
Affects the Caminos: Francés, Baztan, Aragonés, del Ebro
Source: Junta de Extremadura

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Andalucia adjusts its restrictions
The regional lockdown continues until May 9th. Free mobility within the region but some municipalities in lockdown
Curfew on May 8 is extended until midnight
Affects the Caminos: de la Plata, Mozarabe, Augusta, del Sur
Source: Junta de Andalucia: reference document / amendment / map of lockdowns and measures

May 6 2021

The European Council updates and releases recommendations on lifting restrictions for non-essential travel from third countries to the EU.
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*: Israel, Australia, New-Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, 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

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Galicia updates the list of provenances making registration mandatory upon entry. Since July 28 2021, 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: Andalucía, Aragón, Cantabria, Castilla La Mancha, Cataluña, Ceuta, Madrid, Melilla, Navarra, País 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), among which Germany, Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Switzerland.
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)

May 3rd 2021

In France, the government starts its plan to lift restrictions: 4 stages planned from May 3rd to June 30 2021. Under condition, depends on the situation in each département. May be adapted if the situation worsen.
Stage 1, May 3rd: lockdown is lifted. Free mobility across the country, mobility form not required anymore. Curfew is continued from 7pm to 6am, curfew waivers are still mandatory. From this date, the Chemins in France are fully accessible again
Stage 2, May 19: curfew is changed: from 9pm to 6am, waiver mandatory. Reopening of shops, terraces, museums, with limited capacity
Stage 3, June 9: curfew is changed: from 11pm to 6am, waiver mandatory. Reopening of cafés and restaurants (inside)
Stage 4, June 30: curfew ends
Sources: Gouvernement Covid / Ministère de l’intérieur (curfew waiver)

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Cataluña adjusts its restrictions, effective until May 9 2021 at least. Lockdown of the region
Affects the Caminos: Catalan, de Girona, de Barcelona, de Tarragona, del Ebro
Source: Junta de Cataluña

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Madrid adjusts its restrictions.
No regional lockdown
Lockdowns are limited to various areas and effective until May 9th 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.
Affects the Caminos: de Madrid, de Lana
Sources: Junta de Madrid / map of zones in lockdown

May 1st 2021

Portugal adjusts its requirements for entries by land and air, effective until May 16 2021
Entry allowed for travelers from the EU/associated countries/authorized third countries. Warning! Limitations below apply!
Every traveler older than 2 years old, both nationals or foreigners, must present a proof of negative test, done 72h prior entry
For travelers coming from countries with 150 cases for 100,000 people during the 14 previous days: essential travel only (see below, appendix 2 from document)
For travelers coming from countries with 500 cases for 100,000 people during the 14 previous days: essential travel only; mandatory 15 days quarantine at home or at a place designated by the Portuguese authorities (see below, appendix 1 from document) and mandatory registration to the authorities (online, see link below)
Sources: Official journal of Portugal: entry by land and air and SEF: registration form

In Portugal, the government adjusts the measures that apply within the country
The Caminhos are accessible and accommodations can open
The state of emergency is replaced by the state of calamity
The plan to lift restrictions in a differentiated way continues. Started on March 15 and planned until May 3rd 2021, with an evaluation of the situation every 15 days
Municipalities are in different phases depending on their Covid situation (see link below)
Overview of the measures affecting the Caminhos: (details in link below)
Phase 1 (since March 15), public life starts to resume
Phase 2 (since April 5), cultural places (museums, monuments) and terraces start to reopen and outdoor activities are allowed (in groups up to 4 people)
Phase 3 (since April 19), reopening of all stores, restaurants, cafes and outdoor activities allowed (in groups up to 6 people)
Phase 4 (from May 1st), outdoor activities allowed without restrictions for groups
More details on the relaxation of restrictions in the link below
Restrictions and controls at the land border of Portugal-Spain end.
Warning! Entry in Portugal is still subject to restrictions
Source: Estamos On


April 29 2021

The European Parliament adopts the Digital Green Certificate regulation.
Source: European Parliament / European Commission (about the DGC)

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Andalucia adjusts its restrictions, effective until May 9 2021 at least. Regional lockdown is extended: entry and exit impossible unless essential reason
Free mobility between provinces; some municipalities in lockdown (see map in the link below)
Affects the Caminos: de la Plata, Mozarabe, Augusta, del Sur
Sources: Junta de Andalucia: text of reference / amendment / map of lockdowns and restrictions

April 26 2021

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Madrid adjusts its restrictions.
No regional lockdown
Lockdowns are limited to various areas and effective until May 3rd or 9th 2021, depending of 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.
Affects the Caminos: de Madrid, de Lana
Sources: Junta de Madrid / map of zones in lockdown

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Cataluña adjusts its restrictions, effective until May 3rd 2021 at least. Lockdown of the region
Affects the Caminos: Catalan, de Girona, de Barcelona, de Tarragona, del Ebro
Source: Junta de Cataluña

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Valencia changes its restrictions, effective until May 9 2021 at least. Regional lockdown extended; free mobility within the region
Public gatherings limited to 6 people
Affects the Caminos: de Lana, Levante
Source: Junta de Valencia

April 23rd 2021

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Navarra adjusts its restrictions, effective until May 8 2021 at least.
Regional lockdown: entry and exit impossible unless essential reason.
Affects the Caminos: Francés, Baztan, Aragonés, del Ebro
Source: Junta de Navarra

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of La Rioja reevaluates the risk level of the region: level 4, effective until further notice
Lockdown of the region; gathering limited to 6 people.
Affects the Caminos: Francés, del Ebro, Interior-Vasco-Via bayona
Source: Junta de La Rioja: decree / document of reference / infographics of the restrictions based on risk levels

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Andalucia adjusts its restrictions, effective until April 29 2021 at least. Regional lockdown is extended: entry and exit impossible unless essential reason
Lockdown of all provinces and some municipalities extended as well (see map in the link below)
Affects the Caminos: de la Plata, Mozarabe, Augusta, del Sur
Sources: Junta de Andalucia: text of reference / amendment / map of lockdowns and restrictions

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Extremadura adjusts its restrictions, effective until May 9 2021 at least. Regional lockdown; some municipalities in lockdown too
Affects the Caminos: Francés, Baztan, Aragonés, del Ebro
Source: Junta de Extremadura

April 21st 2021

The AMCS publishes a map of the current restrictions along the Caminos Francés and Aragonés. Updates every Tuesday
Source: AMCS

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Galicia updates the list of provenances making registration mandatory upon entry. Since July 28 2021, 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: Andalucía, Aragón, Castilla y León, Cataluña, Ceuta, Madrid, Melilla, Navarra, País 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), among which Germany, Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Switzerland.
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)

April 19 2021

In Portugal, the government adjusts the country’s plan to lift restrictions, planned from March 15 to May 3rd 2021, with an evaluation of the situation every 15 days
The state of emergency is ongoing
The plan is now differentiated: municipalities are in different phases depending on their Covid situation: 10 municipalities remain in phase 1 or 2, the rest of the country moves on to phase 3
Overview of the measures affecting the Caminhos:
Phase 1 (since March 15), public life starts to resume
Phase 2 (since April 5), cultural places (museums, monuments) and terraces start to reopen and outdoor activities are allowed (in groups up to 4 people)
Phase 3 (since April 19), reopening of all stores, restaurants, cafes and outdoor activities allowed (in groups up to 6 people)
Phase 4 (from May 3rd), outdoor activities allowed without restrictions for groups
More details on the relaxation of restrictions in the link below
Source: Estamos On / map of phases depending on the municipality (red=phase 1, orange=phase 2, grey=phase 3)

Portugal also adjusts its requirements for entries by air, effective until April 30 2021
Entry allowed for travelers from the EU/associated countries/authorized third countries. Warning! Limitations below apply!
Every traveler older than 2 years old, both nationals or foreigners, must present a proof of negative test, done 72h prior entry
For travelers coming from countries with 150 cases for 100,000 people during the 14 previous days: essential travel only (see below, appendix 2 from document “entry by air”)
For travelers coming from countries with 500 cases for 100,000 people during the 14 previous days: essential travel only; mandatory 15 days quarantine at home or at a place designated by the Portuguese authorities (see below, appendix 1 from document “entry by air”) and mandatory registration to the authorities (online, see link below)
Sources: Official journal of Portugal: entry by air and SEF: registration form

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Madrid adjusts its restrictions.
No regional lockdown
Lockdowns are limited to various areas and effective until April 26 or May 3rd 2021, depending of 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.
Affects the Caminos: de Madrid, de Lana
Sources: Junta de Madrid / map of zones in lockdown

April 17 2021

Spain restricts passage and re-establishes controls at the border with Portugal until at least May 1st 2021.
May enter Spain: Spanish citizens (under conditions) and residents and their families; citizens and residents of the UE/associated countries, for essential reasons or transit through Spain.
This measure applies in addition to those existing in Portugal and Galicia: the passage of pilgrims between Spain and Portugal is all the more prohibited.
Source: Official Journal of the State of Spain

April 16 2021

Portugal renews the state of emergency, effective for 15 more days (until April 30 2021)
Source: Official Journal of Portugal

Portugal also adjusts its requirements for entries by air, effective until April 18 2021
allowed for travelers from the EU/associated countries/authorized third countries. Warning! Limitations below apply!
Every traveler older than 2 years old, both nationals or foreigners, must present a proof of negative test, done 72h prior entry
For travelers coming from countries with 150 cases for 100,000 people during the 14 previous days: essential travel only (see below, appendix 2 from document “entry by air”)
For travelers coming from countries with 500 cases for 100,000 people during the 14 previous days: essential travel only; mandatory 15 days quarantine at home or at a place designated by the Portuguese authorities (see below, appendix 1 from document “entry by air”) and mandatory registration to the authorities (online, see link below)
Sources: Official journal of Portugal: entry by air and SEF: registration form

Portugal also adjusts its requirements for entries by land, effective until April 30 2021
Cross-border traffic suspended without an essential reason
For travelers coming from countries with 500 cases for 100,000 people during the 14 previous days: mandatory 15 days quarantine at home or at a place designated by the Portuguese authorities (see below, appendix 1 from document “entry by land”) and mandatory registration to the authorities (online, see link below)
Sources: Official journal of Portugal: entry by land and SEF: registration form

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Cantabria adjusts its restrictions, effective until the end of the state of alarm (May 9 2021). 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 Cataluña adjusts its restrictions, effective until April 26nd 2021 at least. Lockdown of the region and all municipalities
Affects the Caminos: Catalan, de Girona, de Barcelona, de Tarragona, del Ebro
Source: Junta de Cataluña

April 12 2021

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Valencia changes its restrictions, effective until April 25 2021 at least. Regional lockdown extended; free mobility within the region
Public gatherings limited to 6 people
Affects the Caminos: de Lana, Levante
Source: Junta de Valencia

April 10 2021

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Aragon adjusts its restrictions, effective until May 9 2021 at least. Lockdown of the region, free mobility within the region
Affects the Caminos: Aragonés, del Ebro, Sagunto
Source: Junta de Aragon

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Navarra adjusts its restrictions, effective until April 22 2021 at least.
Regional lockdown: entry and exit impossible unless essential reason.
Affects the Caminos: Francés, Baztan, Aragonés, del Ebro
Source: Junta de Navarra

April 9 2021

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Andalucia adjusts its restrictions, effective until April 23 2021 at least. Regional lockdown is extended: entry and exit impossible unless essential reason
Lockdown of all provinces and some municipalities extended as well (see map in the link below)
Affects the Caminos: de la Plata, Mozarabe, Augusta, del Sur
Sources: Junta de Andalucia: text of reference / amendment / map of lockdown and restrictions

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Cataluña adjusts its restrictions, effective until April 19 2021 at least. Lockdown of the region and all municipalities
Affects the Caminos: Catalan, de Girona, de Barcelona, de Tarragona, del Ebro
Source: Junta de Cataluña

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Extremadura adjusts its restrictions, effective until April 22 2021 at least. Regional lockdown; some municipalities in lockdown too
Affects the Caminos: Francés, Baztan, Aragonés, del Ebro
Source: Junta de Extremadura

April 7 2021

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Galicia updates the list of provenances requiring travelers to register upon entry. Since July 28 2021, 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: Asturias, Cataluña, Ceuta, Madrid, Melilla, Navarra, País Vasco. 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, the Netherlands, France, Switzerland.
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)

April 5 2021

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Madrid adjusts its restrictions.
No regional lockdown
Lockdowns are limited to various areas and effective until April 12 or 19 2021, depending of 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.
Affects the Caminos: de Madrid, de Lana
Sources: Junta de Madrid / map of zones in lockdown

April 3rd 2021

France adjusts its restrictions, effective from 7pm and for 4 weeks (May 3rd 2021)
The new “reinforced containment measures” apply to all of France
Mobility is restricted: curfew continues from 7pm to 6am; all type of mobility is allowed with 10km of one’s home (no authorization form required but you should be able to present a proof of adress); ban on non-essential mobility beyond the 10km radius and between regions (authrisation form mandatory otherwise; exceptions don’t apply to the Chemin)
Sources: Gouvernement Covid / Geoportail (calculating the 10km radius) / Ministère de l’intérieur (curfew and mobility forms)

Spain restricts passage and re-establishes controls at the border with Portugal until at least April 16 2021.
May enter Spain: Spanish citizens (under conditions) and residents and their families; citizens and residents of the UE/associated countries, for essential reasons or transit through Spain.
This measure applies in addition to those existing in Portugal and Galicia: the passage of pilgrims between Spain and Portugal is all the more prohibited.
Source: Official Journal of the State of Spain

April 1st 2021

Portugal renews the state of emergency, effective for 15 more days (until April 15 2021)
Source: Official Journal of Portugal

Portugal also adjusts its entry requirements, effective until April 15 2021
Entry by air: allowed for travelers from the EU/associated countries/authorized third countries. Warning! Limitations below apply!
Every traveler older than 2 years old, both nationals or foreigners, must present a proof of negative test, done 72h prior entry
For travelers coming from countries with 150 cases for 100,000 people during the 14 previous days: essential travel only (see below, appendix 2 from document “entry by air”)
For travelers coming from countries with 500 cases for 100,000 people during the 14 previous days: essential travel only; mandatory 15 days quarantine at home or at a place designated by the Portuguese authorities (see below, appendix 1 from document “entry by air”) and mandatory registration to the authorities (online, see link below)
Entry by land: cross-border traffic suspended without an essential reason
For travelers coming from countries with 500 cases for 100,000 people during the 14 previous days: mandatory 15 days quarantine at home or at a place designated by the Portuguese authorities (see below, appendix 1 from document “entry by land”) and mandatory registration to the authorities (online, see link below)
Sources: Official journal of Portugal: entry by air / entry by land and SEF: registration form


March 30 2021

Spain strengthen entry requirements, for travelers coming by land from high risk zones of France (at the moment = all of France) and until the government announces the end of the crisis
All traveler older than 6 years old must be able to present a Covid-negative diagnostic proof (PCR, TMA or other), done 72h prior entry
Applies to any entry by land: by car, train, bus, foot, etc.
Risk zones are the ones identified by the ECDC: zones in dark red, red, orange and grey (at the moment = all of France)
Exception only for transporters, trans-border workers and people living next to the border (in this case, mobility allowed without a test within 30km of their home)
Source: Official journal of the state of Spain / Re-Open Europa (map of risk zones)

March 29 2021

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Cataluña adjusts its restrictions, effective until April 9 2021 at least. Lockdown of the region; limited mobility within the region
Affects the Caminos: Catalan, de Girona, de Barcelona, de Tarragona, del Ebro
Source: Junta de Cataluña

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Madrid adjusts its restrictions. No regional lockdown
Lockdowns are limited to various areas and effective until April 5 or 12 2021, depending of 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.
Affects the Caminos: de Madrid, de Lana
Sources: Junta de Madrid / map of zones in lockdown

March 27 2021

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Pais Vasco adjusts its restrictions, effective for 20 days at least (April 12 2021).
Regional lockdown: entry and exit impossible unless essential reason. Free mobility within the region.
Affects the Caminos: del Norte, Vasco, Viejo
Source: Junta de Pais Vasco

March 26 2021

In Spain, special restrictions apply from March 26 to April 9 for the Holy Week and Easter
Lockdown of all regions (except the Canarias and Baleares islands)
Curfew from 11pm to 6am
Gathering limited to 4 people (public places, interior); 6 people (public places, exterior); people from the same household (private places)
Source: Official Journal of Spain

In Portugal, ban on mobility between municipalities from March 26 to April 5 2021, for vacations and weekend of Easter
Source: Estamos On

In France, the government adjusts the current restrictions.
Curfew continues from 7pm to 6am to all of metropolitan France. Mandatory authorization form for anyone out during curfew hours (essential mobility only; to fill up yourself and have with you; can be requested at any time)(find it via the link below)
Lockdown continues for the 16 départements that were closed on March 20 (for 4 weeks, until April 16): Paris (75), Seine-et-Marne (77), Yvelines (78), Essonne (91), Hauts-de-Seine (92), Seine-Saint-Denis (93), Val-de-Marne (94), Val-d’Oise (95), Aisne (02), Nord (59), Oise (60), Pas-de-Calais (62), Somme (80), Eure (27), Seine-Maritime (76), Alpes-Maritimes (06)
3 new départements in lockdown (for 4 weeks, until April 16): Aube (10), Nièvre (58), Rhône (69)
Lockdown rules: ban on inter-region mobility without essential reason; mobility allowed for non essential reasons within 10km of residence (no time limit but mandatory authorization form: find it via the link below); essential shop only can open. Affects the following départements:
Affects the Paris-Tours and Vézelay route and secondary itineraries in these départements.
Source: Service public / Authorization form for curfew + lockdown / Dossier familial (visual map)

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Navarra adjusts its restrictions, effective until April 9 2021 at least.
Regional lockdown: entry and exit impossible unless essential reason.
Affects the Caminos: Francés, Baztan, Aragonés, del Ebro
Source: Junta de Navarra

March 23 2021

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Galicia updates the list of provenances requiring travelers to register upon entry. Since July 28 2021, 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: Asturias, Cataluña, Ceuta, Madrid, Melilla, País Vasco. 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, the Netherlands, France, Switzerland.
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)

March 20 2021

In France, the government adjusts the current restrictions.
Curfew is modified, now from 7pm to 6am to all of metropolitan France. Mandatory authorization form for anyone out during curfew hours (essential mobility only; to fill up yourself and have with you; can be requested at any time)(find it via the link below)
16 départements are in lockdown for 4 weeks (April 16): ban on inter-region mobility without essential reason; mobility allowed for non essential reasons within 10km of residence (no time limit but mandatory authorization form: find it via the link below); essential shop only can open. Affects the following départements: Paris (75), Seine-et-Marne (77), Yvelines (78), Essonne (91), Hauts-de-Seine (92), Seine-Saint-Denis (93), Val-de-Marne (94), Val-d’Oise (95), Aisne (02), Nord (59), Oise (60), Pas-de-Calais (62), Somme (80), Eure (27), Seine-Maritime (76), Alpes-Maritimes (06). Affects the Paris-Tours route and secondary itineraries in these départements.
Source: Service public / Authorization form for curfew + lockdown / Le Parisien (map)

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Aragon adjusts its restrictions, effective until April 9 2021 at least. Lockdown of the region, free mobility within the region
Affects the Caminos: Aragonés, del Ebro, Sagunto
Source: Junta de Aragon

March 19 2021

In Portugal, ban on mobility between municipalities from March 19 at 8pm to March 22nd at 5am, for Saint Joseph’s Day
Source: Estamos On

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Galicia adjusts its restrictions, effective without an end-date, to be regularly reevaluated (normally on Tuesdays and Fridays)
The regional lockdown continues
Differentiated municipal lockdown, according to risk levels: maximal, high, medium, medium-low. Free mobility within the region except for municipality in maximal risk level (in lockdown)
Restrictions of social and public life: curfew; gatherings are limited; albergues can reopen
Affects the Caminos: Inglés, Fisterra-Muxia, del Norte, Primitivo, Francés, Invierno, Portugués et Sanabrés
Sources: Junta de Galicia (new decrees are published twice a week with a new list for municipalities: just check on mobility status with the next link) / map of restrictions by municipalities (warning, a bit of delay between measure and page update, check the update date!)

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Andalucia adjusts its restrictions, effective until April 9 2021 at least. Regional lockdown is extended: entry and exit impossible unless essential reason
Lockdown of all provinces and some municipalities extended as well (see map in the link below)
Affects the Caminos: de la Plata, Mozarabe, Augusta, del Sur
Sources: Junta de Andalucia / map of lockdown and restrictions

March 17 2021

In Spain, special restrictions apply from March 17-21 for Saint Joseph’s holidays
Lockdown of the following regions: Valencia, País Vasco, Navarra, Murcia, Madrid, Galicia, Extremadura
Curfew from 11pm to 6am
Gathering limited to 4 people (public places, interior); 6 people (public places, exterior); people from the same household (private places)
Source: Official Journal of Spain

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Cantabria adjusts its restrictions, effective until April 16 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

March 16 2021

Spain restricts passage and re-establishes controls at the border with Portugal until at least April 6 2021. May enter Spain: Spanish citizens (under conditions) and residents and their families; citizens and residents of the UE/associated countries, for essential reasons or transit through Spain.
This measure applies in addition to those existing in Portugal and Galicia: the passage of pilgrims between Spain and Portugal is all the more prohibited.
Source: Official Journal of the State of Spain

March 15 2021

In Portugal, the government is implementing the country’s plan to lift restrictions, supposed to take from March 15 to May 3rd 2021, with an evaluation of the situation every 15 days (and possible adjustments)
The state of emergency is extended (March 17-31st at least)
Duty to remain home continues until Easter included
Mobility is prohibited between municipalities from March 19 at 8 pm to March 22nd at 5 am and from March 26 to April 5
Portuguese residents are once again allowed to leave the country
Overview of the measures affecting the Caminhos: from March 15, public life starts to resume; from April 5, cultural places (museums, monuments) and terraces start to reopen and outdoor activities are allowed (in groups up to 4 people); from April 19, reopening of all stores, restaurants, cafes and outdoor activities allowed (in groups up to 6 people); from May 3rd, outdoor activities allowed without restrictions for groups
More details on the relaxation of restrictions in the link below
Source: Estamos On

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Galicia adjusts its restrictions, effective without an end-date, to be regularly reevaluated
The regional lockdown continues
Differentiated municipal lockdown, according to risk levels. Maximal level of restrictions: individual municipal lockdown (entry/exit from the municipal territory prohibited except for essential motives; mobility allowed within the municipality only). High level of restrictions: multi-municipalities lockdown (entry/exit from each sanitary area prohibited, except for essential motives; mobility allowed with each sanitary area only). Medium level of restrictions: lockdown lifted (mobility allowed between municipalities of the same level of restrictions)
Severe restrictions of social and public life: curfew (10pm-6am), gatherings limited to people living together, albergues can reopen (at 30% capacity)
Affects the Caminos: Inglés, Fisterra-Muxia, del Norte, Primitivo, Francés, Invierno, Portugués et Sanabrés
Sources: Junta de Galicia: text of reference / amendment / map of restrictions by municipalities (warning, a bit of delay between measure and page update, check the update date!)

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of La Rioja reevaluates the risk level of the region: level 3, effective until further notice
Lockdown of the region; gathering limited to 6 people.
Affects the Caminos: Francés, del Ebro, Interior-Vasco-Via bayona
Source: Junta de La Rioja: decree / document of reference / infographics of the restrictions based on risk levels

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Cataluña adjusts its restrictions, effective until March 29 2021 at least. Lockdown of the region; free mobility within the region
Affects the Caminos: Catalan, de Girona, de Barcelona, de Tarragona, del Ebro
Source: Junta de Cataluña

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Madrid adjusts its restrictions. No regional lockdown
Lockdowns are limited to 1 areas and effective until March 29 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.
Affects the Caminos: de Madrid, de Lana
Sources: Junta de Madrid / map of zones in lockdown

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Valencia changes its restrictions, effective until April 12 2021 at least. Regional lockdown extended; free mobility within the region
Public gatherings limited to 4 people
Affects the Caminos: de Lana, Levante
Source: Junta de Valencia

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Extremadura enforces new restrictions, effective until April 9 2021 at least. Regional lockdown; some municipalities in lockdown too
Affects the Caminos: Francés, Baztan, Aragonés, del Ebro
Source: Junta de Extremadura

March 13 2021

In France, the Pilgrim’s Office in Saint Jean Pied de Port announces it will remain close until May at least. A hotline is available; reopening date subject to changes
Source: Facebook page of the office

In France, Nice and the Alpes Maritimes enforce a lockdown on March 13-14 from 6am to 6pm. Mobility without essential reason is prohibited
In the Alpes Maritimes, increased border control, ban on public drinking. Affects the Via Aurelia
Source: Service Public

March 12 2021

In France, the government adjusts the current restrictions.
Entry in France become possible for some more countries: (find details on the link below or the part dedicated to France)
Entry allowed for tourism, with proof of negative PCR test + travel form + agreement to conditions: from the UE/associated countries + Australia, South Korea, Israel, Japan, New-Zealand, the UK, Singapore
Entry prohibited for tourism: from all countries not mentioned above
Sources: Ministère de l’intérieur: curfew pass form / modalities and travel form and France Diplomacie

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Galicia adjusts its restrictions, effective without an end-date, to be regularly reevaluated
The regional lockdown continues
Differentiated municipal lockdown, according to risk levels. Level of maximal restrictions: individual municipal lockdown (entry/exit from the municipal territory prohibited except for essential motives; mobility allowed within the municipality only). Level of high restrictions: multi-municipalities lockdown (entry/exit from each sanitary area prohibited, except for essential motives; mobility allowed with each sanitary area only). Level of medium restrictions: lockdown lifted (mobility allowed between municipalities of the same level of restrictions)
Severe restrictions of social and public life: curfew (10pm-6am), gatherings limited to people living together
New: albergues can reopen (at 30% capacity)
Affects the Caminos: Inglés, Fisterra-Muxia, del Norte, Primitivo, Francés, Invierno, Portugués et Sanabrés
Sources: Junta de Galicia: text of reference / amendment / map of restrictions by municipalities (warning, a bit of delay between measure and page update, check the update date!)

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Navarra adjusts its restrictions, effective until March 25 2021 at least.
Regional lockdown: entry and exit impossible unless essential reason.
Affects the Caminos: Francés, Baztan, Aragonés, del Ebro
Source: Junta de Navarra: text of reference / amendment

March 9 2021

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Pais Vasco adjusts its restrictions, effective for 20 days at least (March 28 2021).
Regional lockdown: entry and exit impossible unless essential reason. Free mobility within the region.
Affects the Caminos: del Norte, Vasco, Viejo
Source: Junta de Pais Vasco

March 8 2021

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Galicia adjusts its restrictions, effective without an end-date, to be regularly reevaluated
The regional lockdown continues
Differentiated municipal lockdown, according to risk levels. Level of maximal restrictions: individual municipal lockdown (entry/exit from the municipal territory prohibited except for essential motives; mobility allowed within the municipality only). Level of high restrictions: multi-municipalities lockdown (entry/exit from each sanitary area prohibited, except for essential motives; mobility allowed with each sanitary area only). Level of medium restrictions: lockdown lifted (mobility allowed between municipalities of the same level of restrictions)
Severe restrictions of social and public life: curfew (10pm-6am), gatherings limited to people living together, closure of accommodations and restaurants, closure of essential shops at 6pm
Affects the Caminos: Inglés, Fisterra-Muxia, del Norte, Primitivo, Francés, Invierno, Portugués et Sanabrés
Sources: Junta de Galicia / map of restrictions by municipalities (warning, a bit of delay between measure and page update, check the update date!)

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Cataluña adjusts its restrictions, effective until March 15 2021 at least. Lockdown of the region and all its municipalities
Affects the Caminos: Catalan, de Girona, de Barcelona, de Tarragona, del Ebro
Source: Junta de Cataluña

March 6 2021

In France, the département of Pas-de-Calais is in lockdown every weekend of March
Ban on non essential mobility from Saturdays at 6am to Sundays at 6pm. Affects the Chemins in the département
Specific measures can be taken by local authorities elsewhere in France; 23 départements are under enhanced surveillance
Source: Service Public

March 5 2021

In France, Dunkerque and the Alpes Maritimes enforce a lockdown from March 5 at 6pm to March 8 at 6am. Mobility without essential reason is prohibited (see where in the link below)
In the Alpes Maritimes, increased border control, ban on public drinking. Affects the Via Aurelia
Source: Service Public

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Galicia updates the list of provenances requiring travelers to register upon entry. Since July 28 2021, 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, Asturias, Cataluña, Ceuta, Madrid, Melilla, País Vasco. Or one of the areas designated by decree (see list in the sources below; “Resuelvo Primero” points a, b, c, d, e), among which France, Portugal, 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)

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Galicia adjusts its restrictions, effective without an end-date, to be regularly reevaluated
The regional lockdown continues
Differentiated municipal lockdown, according to risk levels. Level of maximal restrictions: individual municipal lockdown (entry/exit from the municipal territory prohibited except for essential motives; mobility allowed within the municipality only). Level of high restrictions: multi-municipalities lockdown (entry/exit from each sanitary area prohibited, except for essential motives; mobility allowed with each sanitary area only). Level of medium restrictions: lockdown lifted (mobility allowed between municipalities of the same level of restrictions)
Severe restrictions of social and public life: curfew (10pm-6am), gatherings limited to people living together, closure of accommodations and restaurants, closure of essential shops at 6pm
Affects the Caminos: Inglés, Fisterra-Muxia, del Norte, Primitivo, Francés, Invierno, Portugués et Sanabrés
Sources: Junta de Galicia / map of restrictions by municipalities (warning, a bit of delay between measure and page update, check the update date!)

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Andalucia adjusts its restrictions, effective until March 19 2021 at least. Regional lockdown is extended: entry and exit impossible unless essential reason
Lockdown of all provinces and some municipalities extended as well (see map in the link below)
Affects the Caminos: de la Plata, Mozarabe, Augusta, del Sur
Sources: Junta de Andalucia / map of lockdown and restrictions

March 2nd 2021

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Aragon adjusts its restrictions, effective until March 19 2021 at least. Lockdown of the region, the provinces and some municipalities.
Affects the Caminos: Aragonés, del Ebro, Sagunto
Source: Junta de Aragon: document of reference / amendement

March 1st 2021

Spain restricts passage and re-establishes controls at the border with Portugal until at least March 16 2021. May enter Spain: Spanish citizens (under conditions) and residents and their families; citizens and residents of the UE/associated countries, for essential reasons or transit through Spain.
This measure applies in addition to those existing in Portugal and Galicia: the passage of pilgrims between Spain and Portugal is all the more prohibited.
Source: Official Journal of the State of Spain

In Portugal, the government reevaluates restrictions in place, effective until March 16 2021 at least.
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.
National lockdown extended as well: mobility for essential reasons only! Ban on mobility on weekends, from Fridays 8pm to Mondays 5am
In addition, Portuguese residents are forbidden to leave the country, except for essential reasons. Borders remain open
Sources: Estamos On (detail of the measures) / Health Ministry (map)

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Cataluña adjusts its restrictions, effective until March 8 2021 at least. Lockdown of the region and all its municipalities
Affects the Caminos: Catalan, de Girona, de Barcelona, de Tarragona, del Ebro
Source: Junta de Cataluñia

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Valencia changes its restrictions, effective until March 14 2021 at least. Regional lockdown extended
Public gatherings limited to 4 people
Affects the Caminos: de Lana, Levante
Source: Junta de Valencia

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Madrid adjusts its restrictions. No regional lockdown
Lockdowns are limited to various areas and effective until March 8 or 15 2021 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.
Affects the Caminos: de Madrid, de Lana
Sources: Junta de Madrid / map of zones in lockdown


February 27 2021

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Andalucia adjusts its restrictions, effective until March 5 2021 at least. Regional lockdown is extended: entry and exit impossible unless essential reason
Lockdown of all provinces and some municipalities extended as well (see map below)
Affects the Caminos: de la Plata, Mozarabe, Augusta, del Sur
Sources: Junta de Andalucia / map of lockdown and restrictions

February 26 2021

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Galicia adjusts its restrictions, effective without an end-date, to be regularly reevaluated
The regional lockdown continues
Differentiated municipal lockdown, according to risk levels. Level of maximal restrictions: individual municipal lockdown (entry/exit from the municipal territory prohibited except for essential motives; mobility allowed within the municipality only). Level of high restrictions: multi-municipalities lockdown (entry/exit from each sanitary area prohibited, except for essential motives; mobility allowed with each sanitary area only). Level of medium restrictions: lockdown lifted (mobility allowed between municipalities of the same level of restrictions)
Severe restrictions of social and public life: curfew (10pm-6am), gatherings limited to people living together, closure of accommodations and restaurants, closure of essential shops at 6pm
Affects the Caminos: Inglés, Fisterra-Muxia, del Norte, Primitivo, Francés, Invierno, Portugués et Sanabrés
Sources: Junta de Galicia / map of restrictions by municipalities (warning, a bit of delay between measure and page update, check the update date!)

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Navarra adjusts its restrictions, effective until March 11 2021 at least.
Regional lockdown: entry and exit impossible unless essential reason.
Affects the Caminos: Francés, Baztan, Aragonés, del Ebro
Source: Junta de Navarra

In France, Dunkerque and the Alpes Maritimes enforce a lockdown from February 26 at 6pm to March 1st at 6am. Mobility without essential reason is prohibited (see where in the link below)
In the Alpes Maritimes, increased border control, ban on public drinking. Affects the Via Aurelia
Source: Service Public

February 23rd 2021

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Galicia updates the list of provenances requiring travelers to register upon entry. Since July 28 2021, 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: Andalucía, Aragón, Asturias, Castilla y León, Ceuta, Comunidad Valenciana, Madrid, Melilla, País Vasco. Or one of the areas designated by decree (see list in the sources below; “Resuelvo Primero” points a, b, c, d, e), among which France, Portugal, 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)

February 22nd 2021

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of La Rioja adjusts its restrictions, effective until reevaluation of the risk level of the region, currently at level 4.
Lockdown of the region; gathering limited to 6 people.
Affects the Caminos: Francés, del Ebro, Interior-Vasco-Via bayona
Source: Junta de La Rioja: decree / document of reference / infographics of the restrictions based on risk levels

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Cataluña adjusts its restrictions, effective until March 1st 2021 at least. Lockdown of the region and all its municipalities
Affects the Caminos: Catalan, de Girona, de Barcelona, de Tarragona, del Ebro
Source: Junta de Catalonia

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Madrid adjusts its restrictions. No regional lockdown
Lockdowns are limited to various areas and effective until March 1st or 8 2021 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.
Affects the Caminos: de Madrid, de Lana
Sources: Junta de Madrid / map of zones in lockdown

February 17 2021

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Galicia adjusts its restrictions, effective until March 3rd 2021 at least
The regional lockdown continues; all municipalities are classified as maximal-risk areas, so also in lockdown
Severe restrictions of social and public life: curfew (10pm-6am), gatherings limited to people living toghether, closure of accommodations and restaurants, closure of essential shops at 6pm
Affects the Caminos: Inglés, Fisterra-Muxia, del Norte, Primitivo, Francés, Invierno, Portugués et Sanabrés
Sources: Junta de Galicia: decree of reference / amendment

February 16 2021

In France, the government extends the state of emergency, effective until June 1st 2021 at least.
Source: Légifrance

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Navarra adjusts its restrictions, effective until February 25 2021 at least.
Regional lockdown: entry and exit impossible unless essential reason.
Affects the Caminos: Francés, Baztan, Aragonés, del Ebro
Source: Junta de Navarra

February 15 2021

In Portugal, the government reevaluates restrictions in place, effective until March 1st 2021 at least.
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.
National lockdown extended as well: mobility for essential reasons only! Ban on mobility on weekends, from Fridays 8pm to Mondays 5am
In addition, Portuguese residents are forbidden to leave the country, except for essential reasons. Borders remain open
Sources: Estamos On (detail of the measures) / Health Ministry (map)

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Pais Vasco adjusts its restrictions, effective for 20 days at least (March 6 2021).
Regional lockdown: entry and exit impossible unless essential reason.
Lockdown as well for municipalities, with exceptions. The one that may concern pilgrims (no official statement): mobility between municipalities allowed to pursue outdoor sport practices
Affects the Caminos: del Norte, Vasco, Viejo
Source: Junta de Pais Vasco

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Andalucia adjusts its restrictions, effective until February 27 2021 at least. Regional lockdown is extended: entry and exit impossible unless essential reason
Lockdown of all provinces and some municipalities extended as well (see map below)
Affects the Caminos: de la Plata, Mozarabe, Augusta, del Sur
Sources: Junta de Andalucia: reference / amendment / map of lockdown and restrictions

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Cantabria adjusts its restrictions, effective until March 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 Madrid adjusts its restrictions. No regional lockdown
Lockdowns are limited to various areas and effective until February 22 or March 1st 2021 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.
Affects the Caminos: de Madrid, de Lana
Sources: Junta de Madrid / map of zones in lockdown

February 12 2021

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Extremadura adjusts its restrictions, effective until February 18 2021 at least. Some municipalities are in lockdown
Affects the Caminos: Francés, Baztan, Aragonés, del Ebro
Source: Junta de Extremadura

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Valencia changes its restrictions, effective until March 1st 2021 at least. Regional lockdown extended
Municipalities of more than 50,000 inhabitants are in lockdown too: on weekends, from Fridays at 3pm to Mondays at 6am; plus on holidays, from 3pm the previous day to 6 am the next day
Public gatherings limited to 2 people
Affects the Caminos: de Lana, Levante
Source: Junta de Valencia

February 10 2021

Spain restricts passage and re-establishes controls at the border with Portugal until at least March 1st, 2021. May enter Spain: Spanish citizens (under conditions) and residents and their families; citizens and residents of the UE/associated countries, for essential reasons or transit through Spain.
This measure applies in addition to those existing in Portugal and Galicia: the passage of pilgrims between Spain and Portugal is all the more prohibited.
Source: Official Journal of the State of Spain

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Aragon adjusts its restrictions, effective until March 4 2021 at least. Lockdown of the region, the provinces and some municipalities.
Affects the Caminos: Aragonés, del Ebro, Sagunto
Source: Junta de Aragon

February 9 2021

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Galicia updates the list of provenances requiring travelers to register upon entry. Since July 28 2021, 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: Andalucía, Aragón, La Rioja, Asturias, Castilla-La Mancha, Castilla y León, Ceuta, Comunidad Valenciana, Extremadura, Madrid, Melilla, Murcia, País Vasco. Or one of the areas designated by decree (see list in the sources below; “Resuelvo Primero” points a, b, c, d, e), among which Portugal, 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)

In France, the National Assembly votes the extension of the state of emergency until June st, 2021. Warning, the procedure is not yet finalized and therefore, is neither official nor effective.
Source: National Assembly

February 8 2021

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Cataluña extends its restrictions until February 22nd 2021 at least. Lockdown of the region and all its municipalities
Affects the Caminos: Catalan, de Girona, de Barcelona, de Tarragona, del Ebro
Source: Junta de Catalonia

February 6 2021

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Extremadura extends its restrictions until February 12 2021 at least. All municipalities are in lockdown
Affects the Caminos: Francés, Baztan, Aragonés, del Ebro
Source: Junta de Extremadura

February 1st 2021

The European Council adopts recommendation for new travel restriction in the EU.
A new level of risk area (dark red) is added to the preexisting ones (green, orange, red, grey). It signals areas where the virus is circulating at very high level (500 per 100 000 people or more for 14-day period), including because of more infectious strains of the Covid. Reminder: this color coding is used by the ECDC to issue report on the situation in EU areas and travel recommendation, as on official EU website Re-open Europa
Member states should discourage all non-essential travel to red and dark red areas, while at the same time seeking to avoid disruptions to essential travel
Member states should enforce some form of control for travelers coming from risk areas, like tests, quarantines, self-isolation, etc.
Source: European Council

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Andalucia adjusts its restrictions, ongoing until February 15 2021 at least. Regional lockdown is extended: entry and exit impossible unless essential reason
Lockdown of all provinces and some municipalities extended as well (see map below)
Affects the Caminos: de la Plata, Mozarabe, Augusta, del Sur
Source: Junta de Andalucia: reference / amendment / map of lockdown and restrictions

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Madrid adjusts its restrictions. Lockdowns are limited to various areas and extended until February 8 or 15 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.
Affects the Camino: de Madrid, de Lana
Sources: Junta de Madrid / map of zones in lockdown


January 31st 2021

In France, the government adjusts the current restrictions.
Curfew is extended, still from 6pm to 6am to the all of metropolitan France. Mandatory authorization form for anyone out during curfew hours (essential mobility only; to fill up yourself and have with you; can be requested at any time)(find it via the link below)
Entry in France become a lot more strict: (find details on the link below or the part dedicated to France)
From the UE/associated countries: entry allowed, with proof of negative PCR test + travel form + agreement to conditions
From authorized third country: entry prohibited for tourism
From non-authorized third country or for travelers who were in those countries within the 30 previous days: entry prohibited for tourism
From the UK: entry prohibited for tourism
Sources: Ministère de l’intérieur: curfew pass form / modalities and travel form

Spain restricts passage and re-establishes controls at the border with Portugal until at least February 10, 2021. May enter Spain: Spanish citizens (under conditions) and residents and their families; citizens and residents of the UE/associated countries, for essential reasons or transit through Spain.
This measure applies in addition to those existing in Portugal and Galicia: the passage of pilgrims between Spain and Portugal is all the more prohibited.
Source: Official Journal of the State of Spain

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January 28 2021

The European Council updates and releases recommendations on lifting restrictions for non-essential travel from third countries to the EU.
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, New-Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, 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

In Portugal, the government reevaluates restrictions in place, meant to be until February 14 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.
National lockdown extended as well: mobility for essential reasons only! Ban on mobility on weekends, from Fridays 8pm to Mondays 5am
In addition, Portuguese residents are forbidden to leave the country, except for essential reasons. Borders remain open
Sources: Estamos On (detail of the measures) / Health Ministry (map)

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 27 2021

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Galicia modifies its restrictions, until February 17 2021 at least
The regional lockdown continues; all municipalities are classified as maximal-risk areas, so also in lockdown
Severe restrictions of social and public life: curfew (10pm-6am), gatherings limited to people living toghether, closure of accommodations and restaurants, closure of essential shops at 6pm
Affects the Caminos: Inglés, Fisterra-Muxia, del Norte, Primitivo, Francés, Invierno, Portugués et Sanabrés
Sources: Junta de Galicia

January 25 2021

In Spain, lockdown is extended for the Autonomous Community of Pais Vasco for 20 days at least (February 14 2021). Entry and exit impossible unless essential reason. Warning! Lockdown as well for the provinces and all municipalities.
Affects the Caminos: del Norte, Vasco, Viejo
Source: Junta de Pais Vasco

In Spain, lockdown is extended for the Autonomous Community of Cataluña, until February 7 2021 at least. Lockdown of all municipalities as well.
Affects the Caminos: Catalan, de Girona, de Barcelona, de Tarragona, del Ebro
Source: Junta de Catalonia

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Madrid modifies its restrictions. Lockdowns are limited to various areas and extended until February 1st or 8 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.
Affects the Camino: de Madrid, de Lana
Sources: Junta de Madrid / map of zones in lockdown

January 24 2021

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Valencia changes its restrictions, effective until February 15 2021 at least. Regional lockdown extended
Municipalities of more than 50,000 inhabitants are in lockdown too: on weekends, from Fridays at 3pm to Mondays at 6am; plus on holidays, from 3pm the previous day to 6 am the next day
Public gatherings limited to 2 people
Affects the Caminos: de Lana, Levante
Source: Junta de Valencia (and correction of errors)

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, the Autonomous Community of Galicia updates the list of provenances requiring travelers to register upon entry. Since July 28 2021, 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: Andalucía, Aragón, La Rioja, Baleares, Castilla-La Mancha, Castilla y León, Cataluña, Comunidad Valenciana, Extremadura, Madrid, Melilla, Murcia. Or one of the areas designated by decree (see list in the sources below; “Resuelvo Primero” points a, b, c, d, e), among which 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)

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 19 2021 bis

The European Commission adopts recommendations to strengthen measure against the pandemic and to coordinate actions between member States
The recommendation is to: accelerate the vaccination process and “continue to apply physical distancing, limit social contacts, fight disinformation, coordinate travel restrictions, ramp up testing, and increase contact tracing and genome sequencing to face up to the risk from new variants of the virus”
Source: European Commission

January 19 2021: a fake news birth and analysis

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is holding the 113th session of its Executive Council in Madrid. As a representative of the country hosting this meeting, the Spanish President Pedro Sánchez delivers a speech. This one, wrongly reported by the press, gives birth to a fake news that spread widely in pilgrim communities:
“Spain Won’t Welcome Tourists Until ‘The End Of The Summer'” (in EuroWeekly for example).

So, TRUE OR FALSE?
Short answer: FALSE, NOTHING like that has been decided at State level. The right or not to enter Spain for tourism and relevant modalities have not changed with this speech!

At state level, Spain is already open to international tourism at the time of the speech (since 1 July 2020 for EU countries/associated countries/authorized third countries!), with the exception of non-authorized third countries
It’s currently the restrictions enforced by each region that prohibit access to almost all of Spain, not the State!
(Find details of the current travel conditions in the section dedicated to Spain)

So where does the idea that Spain doesn’t want tourists come from?
Context: The UNWTO’s Executive Council’s purpose is to observe the state of international tourism, discuss the impact of the pandemic on world tourism, study possible solutions to revive tourism in a safe way (travel arrangements, tests, vaccines, etc.) and make relevant recommendations, which will be implemented by member states.
Sánchez’s speech took place in this context: it was meant to present Spain’s recovery plan for tourism and to position itself as a world-leading country in tourism recovery and innovation.
(Listen to nearly allo fo the speech on this page – a few minutes of introduction are missing- Time: ~15 minutes, in Spanish)
Quotes of interest, what was really said: (at about 10’10”-10’53” of the video)
“Only mass vaccination will open the way to the normality we all desire”.
“Our national strategy includes working to vaccinate at the highest possible rate, to reach 70% of the immunized population by the end of the summer“.
“This national strategy will allow Spain to be progressively better prepared to welcome international tourists“.
Headlines’ magic and birth of the idea: Have you ever heard the sophism “All cats die. Socrates is dead. Therefore Socrates is a cat”? That’s about what happened here… The same kind of logic allowed to put together the sentences underlined above to tinker and create a new piece of information… that’s perfectly sensationalist. We know what happend next, the news created a buzz and went around at top speed in pilgrim communities…

Well, that logic isn’t too crazy, what confirms that it’s a fake news?
The context of the speech: it was not an official statement for a new national measure, but an intervention as a guest at a UNWTO summit.
The absence of change in current measures: tourism is still allowed at a state level; the list of countries allowed to travel to Spain for non-essential reasons is also still the same, as well as the relevent modalities/restrictions
Other parts of the same speech: Sánchez never syas anything about a ban on tourism, quite the contrary: he insists on the measures already implemented by Spain to allow safe international tourism. For example, from the same video:
“Spain is leading the way for the revival of international tourism, working actively to solve the problem of international mobility, which is at the root of the crisis in the sector” (8’30”-8’50”)
“To solve this problem, Spain is implementing various initiatives to facilitate international and national travel” (9’17”-9’30”)
“For example, […] since November, travellers coming from other countries must present, in our country, a proof of negative diagnosis” (9’27”-10’10”)
The official communiqué reporting the intervention does not mention any new ban on tourism, nor a date for the reopening of tourism at state level (logically, since it was not prohibited at the time of the speech, except for third countries…).
An intervention of the Minister for Tourism Reyes Maroto, 3 days later (January 22nd, 2021), which reaffirms that Spain hopes that international tourism will resume as soon as possible, namely from the end of spring. Find the official communiqué of this declaration on this page
The situation of non-authorized third countries: the logic of an opening of tourism at the end of the summer makes the most sense when applied to these countries. However, there is no guarantee that they will be able to travel freely at that time. This decision depends above all on the health situation in each of these countries and on travel agreements decided by the EU. It has little to do with the State of Spain and the progress of its vaccination campaign.

Conclusion:
What has changed: NOTHING, right of entry for tourism in Spain and the relevant modalities are still the same following this speech.
Warning! Independently of this speech which has not changed anything to date, it’s impossible to know what the coming months will bring: the current measures can change at any time.
Also, the fact that tourism is legal at state level doesn’t mean it is at the regional level, nor that it’s currently advisable (as I write these lines, it’s quite the opposite!).
With all that, what can we do? Stay informed and follow closely eventual change in measures. And be vigilant about information that go around!
Spot fake news so you don’t get fooled. I would be too bad to cancel a Camino because of spoilt news! This page can help you find valid info, but learn how to search, find and check your own info. Nowadays, it’s become an vital skill! Go to this section to learn how to do it 🙂

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

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 17 2021

In Spain, the Autonomous Community of Andalucia extends its lockdown until February 1st 2021 at least. Entry and exit impossible unless essential reason; lockdown of all provinces and some municipalities as well.
Affects the Caminos: de la Plata, Mozarabe, Augusta, del Sur
Source: Junta de Andalucia, reference / amendment

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 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

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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2 thoughts on “Covid and Camino 2021: news and rolling updates”

  1. Charlotte Helbig

    I have seen a lot of “hype” about entry into Spain for “fully vaccinated” but haven’t seen any info regarding those who have had the virus and have immunities and/or those who cannot get the vax for medical reasons. Also, I just saw that the June 7 date only applies to those coming off cruise ships and that air passengers are still not allowed entry until June 30, which of course could be extended yet again. Do you have any information about these topics? Thank you so much for your updates. Thank you. BC

    1. Hi Charlotte, thanks for your appreciation 🙂
      The measure that allows entry for fully vaccinated travelers is a bypass of the current measure in place (=the EU’s ban on non-essential travel for third countries): it allows some non-essential travel until the Digital Green Certificate is ready. There’s no date for the DGC’s implementation with third countries yet (maybe the reason why there’s no hype about it) but when it will be, travel will be possible with a proof of vaccination or negative test or recovery/immunity. So, those who have had the virus and have immunities and those who cannot be vaccinated will have to wait until the DGC is ready to travel to Spain. Until then… patience…
      Entry by sea are ruled by specific decrees, the latest of which does indeed state that travelers will be allowed in Spain from June 7.
      There is a decree that extends the ban on non-essential travel until June 30 but my understanding of it is, it’s merely a continuation of current measures (=still the Eu’s ban on non-essential travel). Entry for vaccinated travelers would be a distinct measure that need this legal framework to work. There’s still a lot of unknown here, but I think a new decree will be published about it this week.
      I hope I could help make it clearer 🙂

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