2022: Covid / Camino, news and rolling updates

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All Covid-19 and Camino news in 2022 for Spain, France and Portugal. News and developments about Covid; health measures; impact on the Camino and pilgrims.
Most recent information at the top of the page. Page updated regularly.

(Last update: July 29 2022)

This post only gives Covid info for 2022
Check this page to find open accommodations in 2022
and these for archived posts for 2020 and 2021


A word on the quest for valid information

Covid / Camino situation at a glance:
Some concepts first (EU’s classification of countries, vaccination, EU’sDigital Green Certificate)
Situation in Spain,
Situation in France,
Situation in Portugal

Covid/Camino: all of 2022 news and updates
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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  • a measure that’s considered VS an ongoing measure VS an outdated measure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    • the older the date, the more outdated the information is likely to be!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 January 17 2022)(named “recommended countries” in the rest of the page): Bahrein, Chili, Colombia, Indonesia, Koweit, New-Zealand, Perou, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, EAU, Uruguay, 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


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

✖️ NO proof of health required
🔶️️ Vaccination is optional: test and/or recovery also valid
❗ Vaccination required

  • Spain
    1. Entry in the country for tourism: 🔶️️
    1. Mobility within the country: ✖️
    1. Access to places/events/activities: ✖️
  • France
    • Entry in the country for tourism: depending on the country’s classification
      • Green: 🔶️️
      • Orange: ❗
    • Mobility within the country: ✖️
    • Access to places/events/activities: ✖️ or 🔶️️
  • Portugal
    1. Entry in the country for tourism: 🔶️️
    1. Mobility within the country: ✖️
    2. Access to places/events/activities: ✖️

📗 DIGITAL GREEN CERTIFICATE 📗
(DGC below)
⇒ In effect in the EU from July 1st 2021 to June 30 2023 at least

  • A plan initiated by EU and enforced by each member state to ease mobility in the EU despite the virus
    • Certificado COVID Digital in Spain and Portugal
    • Pass sanitaire “frontières” in France (! Different from the Pass Sanitaire “activité”, required to access various places/events)
  • The DGC is valid everywhere in the UE + in the countries the UE has an agreement with
    • reciprocity: certificates issued by country that have an agreement with the EU are valid in the EU
  • The DGC is available for EU’s citizens/residents ONLY
    • If you come from a third country not listed in the link above, your QR code will not work in the EU
    • Simply present your proof of health through another format
  • The DGC allows to check travelers’ “health status”
    • registers a valid vaccination/test/recovery
    • displays a QR code
    • 2 formats: digital or paper
  • The DGC is NOT mandatory to travel, it simply allows to check your “health status” faster
    • Warning! It coexists with other entry requirements (specific to each country): think of checking what measures/restrictions apply to you!
  • More information: European Commission: Digital Green Certificate presentation; FAQ

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)

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

YES


All third countries
YES


UK
YES, if full vaccination/recovery


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 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

Public/religious/associative accommodations are more likely to be close than private ones


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 (May and September)
    • on weekends, holidays and during "fiestas"
    • in Galicia
Entry requirements for tourism in Spain + Galicia

The requirements described here concern entries for tourism, which apply to pilgrims who wish to do a Camino

You'll also need your usual travel documents (passport, visa, etc)

In this tab:

  1. Requirements for entries by air
    • From the EU/associated countries
    • From third countries + the UK
  2. Requirements for entries by land
    • From Portugal
    • From France
  3. Entry requirements specific to Galicia
  4. Various proves of health and condition for validity
    • Certificates
    • Vaccination
    • Tests
    • Recovery

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ENTRIES BY AIR

EU/associated countries (see vocabulary point)
Entry allowed

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. No proof of health or SpTH form required (since June 2 2022)
  3. Travelers who are suspected of being ill will have to submit to a medical exam and test

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All third countries, UK included (see vocabulary point)
Entry allowed

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. Travelers coming from within the EU countries/associated countries: no proof of health or SpTH for required (since June 2 2022)
  3. All travelers over 12 years old: a proof of health (since April 6 2022)
    ⇒ see below their validity conditions

    • full vaccination
    • negative test
    • recovery
  4. Acceptable formats
    • EU Digital Certificate (in this case, NO SpTH form required)
    • Other formats issued in the EU (in this case, SpTH form required: see below)
    • Certificate accepted as equivalent to the EU Certificate, issued by a third country that has an agreement with the EU (in this case, NO SpTH form required)
    • Certificates issued by other third countries (in this case, SpTH form required: see below)
  5. ONLY for travelers who do NOT own a EU certificate/equivalent: Spain Travel Health-SpTH health control form, individual and mandatory (since April 6 2022)
    • For ALL travelers, with no distinction of nationality/age/provenance
    • Fill it BEFORE your departure
      → Please note: you can start to fill the form but it can only be completed and validated 48h prior your departure
    • Get it on this page
    • Or via this free app: Spain Travel Health (SpTH); available on Google Play or App Store
  6. Travelers who are suspected of being ill will have to submit to a medical exam and test

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ENTRY BY LAND

Spain's land borders are open
Spain-Portugal since July 1st 2020
Spain-France since June 21 2020

Entry from Portugal: no requirements!

Entry from France: no requirements!

Entering Spain on foot: you enter the country... but ALSO a region that has its own Covid regulation
→ see dedicated tab

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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS SPECIFIC TO GALICIA

Registration is not required anymore: free entry for everyone

Mandatory registration for some travelers entering Galicia since July 28, 2020
This measure is in addition to Spain's entry requirements

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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. Covid Certificates
    • of the EU (Digital Green Certificate, DGC)(called "Certificado Covid Digital" in Spain): all QR code produced in the EU/associated coutries/the UK are accepted
      • Note 1: the DGC, digital or paper, allows to check the validity of your proof of health more quickly. It's not mandatory to travel, you can present your proof of health directly
      • Note 2: any QR code from the UE is ALSO valid in Spain: no need to ask for a "Spanish"
    • from third countries that have an agreement with the EU, including the UK's NHS Covid Pass: works with the EU's DGC system
    • Other third countries: your QR codes are not working with the EU's system! Conversion is not possible in Spain. Simply present your proof of health directly!
  2. Vaccines and vaccination certificates:
    • Full vaccination
    • Approved vaccines
    • Last dose of the primary vaccination (1 or 2 doses) received at least >14 days and at most <270 days before travel
      • 270 days = about 9 months
      • a booster is mandatory after that, except for people under 18 years old
    • 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
    • If not a EU certificate/equivalent, the certificate must be original and 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. Negative diagnostic test certificate
    • Accepted tests:
      • NAAT (RT-PCR, RT-LAMP, TMA) <72h
      • antigenic <24h
    • The certificate must include the following information:
      • full name of the traveler
      • date and type of test
      • country where the certificate was issued
    • If not a EU certificate/equivalent, the certificate must be original and 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
      .
  4. 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
    • If not a EU certificate/equivalent, the certificate must be original and 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 April 20 2022
    • NOT mandatory indoor and outdoors
    • mandatory from 6 years old in health centers (hospitals, pharmacies, etc) and in all shared transport
    • not mandatory either: in case of a medical condition that could be aggravated by wearing a mask, for people who are not able to put on/take off their masks by themselves
  • 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
    • Caminos: de la Plata, Mozarabe, Augusta, del Sur
    • No regional lockdown
    • Free mobility within the region
    • No proof of health necessary
    • Useful source: map of the region's restrictions (check the update date!)
      .
  2. Aragon
    • Caminos: Aragonés, Catalan, del Ebro, Sagunto
    • No regional lockdown
    • Free mobility within the region
    • No proof of health necessary
    • Useful sources:
  3. Asturias
    • Caminos: del Norte, Primitivo, del Salvador
    • No regional lockdown
    • Free mobility within the region
    • No proof of health necessary
    • Useful sources:
      • map of ongoing measures in the region ("Mapa medidas" tab)
      • Covid FAQ for the region
        .
  4. Canarias (restrictions described here are those applicable to the island of Gran Canaria)
    • Camino:de Gran Canaria
    • No regional lockdown
    • Some restrictions apply depending on the island's risk level
    • Useful sources:
  5. Cantabria
    • Caminos: del Norte, Viejo, Vadiniense
    • No regional lockdown
    • Free mobility within the region
    • No proof of health necessary
    • Useful source: the region's Covid page
      .
  6. Castilla la Mancha
    • Caminos: Lana and Levante
    • No regional lockdown
    • Free mobility within the region
    • No proof of health necessary
    • Useful source: region's Covid page
      .
  7. Castilla y Leon
    • 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
    • Caminos: Catalan, de Girona, de Barcelona, de Tarragona, del Ebro
    • No regional lockdown
    • Free mobility within the region
    • No proof of health necessary
    • Useful source : details of ongoing measures
      .
  9. Extremadura
    • Caminos: de la Plata, Mozarabe, del Sur
    • No regional lockdown
    • Free mobility within the region
    • No proof of health necessary
    • Useful source: situation in the region (not well updated!)
      .
  10. Galicia
    • 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
    • No proof of health necessary
    • Useful sources:
      1. measures in the region
    • Good to know:
      • NO vaccination requirement for travelers entering Galicia!
      • 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
        .
  11. La Rioja
    • Caminos: Francés, del Ebro, Vasco Interior/Via Bayona
    • No regional lockdown, the region is in risk level 2
    • Free mobility within the region
    • No proof of health necessary
    • Useful sources:
  12. Madrid (region)
    • Caminos: from Madrid, from Lana
    • No regional lockdown
    • Free mobility within the region
    • No proof of health necessary
    • City of Madrid: airport and public transport accessible
    • Useful sources:
  13. Murcia
    • Caminos: Sureste
    • No regional lockdown
    • Free mobility within the region
    • No proof of health necessary
    • Useful source: region's Covid page
      .
  14. Navarra
  15. Pais Vasco
    • Caminos: del Norte, Vasco Interior/Via Bayona, Viejo
    • No regional lockdown
    • Free mobility within the region
    • No proof of health necessary
    • Useful source: the region's Covid page
      .
  16. Valencia
    • Caminos: Lana and Levante
    • No regional lockdown
    • Free mobility within the region
    • No proof of health necessary
    • Useful source: the region's Covid document
      .

Caminos per regions

In Spain, each region enforces measures specific to its territory

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

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


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

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

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"
    .

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

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 close (reopening later in 2022)(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

Get tested

Where and how can you get tested?

For people who are not residents of Spain, tests are done in testing centers or in private labs

The price of a test is generally between 100-150€

There is no website that lists those places, you need to search for them yourself:
⇒ centro de prueba PCR/antigenico + name of the city you're in
⇒ laboratorio de prueba PCR/antigenico + name of the city you're in
You'll get a list of labs that offer those tests

For some cities only, you can do a search via Doctoralia:
→ chose "Prueba COVID-19" (Covid tests), then the city you're in

For some airports only, you can get a test there before you leave: check this page

Good to know:

  • Most of time, you'll have to book an appointment
  • Make sure you're getting a test that works for you
  • Plan with the time needed to get your results...!
  • Keep the receipt if your insurance/country covers the cost of the test

In Santiago de Compostela

Here's a list of labs where you can get a test, even on weekend (for some)
List from Santiago's tourist office; shared by Johnniewalker (thanks!)

  • Laboratorio Clínico COMPOSTELA
    • Rúa Xeneral Pardiñas 10 - 12, Semisótano 8 - 15701 Santiago de Compostela
    • Tel: +34 981 562 462
    • Mondays to Fridays 8:30am-1pm and 5pm-7pm / Saturdays: with an appointment
    • info@laboratorioclinicocompostela.es
  • LABORATORIO J. DE SOTO
    • Dr. Teixeiro, 19 - Santiago de Compostela
    • Tel: +34 981 566 332
    • Mondays to Fridays 8am-2pm et 5pm-7pm
  • LIFECLINIC
    • República do Salvador, 23 – 1ºA - Santiago de Compostela
    • Tel: +34 881 293 441 / +34 722 707 063
    • Open 10am-6pm
    • info@lifeclinic.es
  • HOSPITAL HM ROSALEDA
    • Rúa de Santiago León de Caracas, 1 - 15701 Santiago de Compostela
    • Tel. +34 981 551 200
  • QUIRÓN PREVENCIÓN
    • Av. Liberdade, 11 - 15706 Santiago de Compostela
    • Tel. +34 981 534 470
    • Mondays-Fridays 7:30am-3pm
    • Also E-quironsalud / Tel. +34 91 122 14 52
  • CLÍNICA GAIAS
    • Rúa do Pintor Xaime Quesada, 2, 4
    • Tel +34 981 56 68 01
    • PCR: Mondays-Thursdays 12pm-12:15pm, 48h before the flight
    • Antigenic: Mondays-Fridays 12pm-1:30pm
  • Revimedic
    • Rúa de Santo Domingo de la Calzada, 6, 2ºC
    • Tel: +34 981 59 52 23
  • SUEVIA SERVICIOS GENERALES
    • Rúa Magdalena, 11- bajo 6. - 15895 Milladoiro (Ames) (! 6 km away from Santiago)
    • antigenic tests on Saturdays and Sundays with an appointment, 9am-8pm
    • Tel. +34 881 087 551 / +34 676 470 775 / +34 628 221 719
    • info@suevia.gal
In case of symtoms / potential exposure / positive test
Warning! No opinion below, no medical advice!
I only relay official information from the government

In case of symptoms/positive test:
(Source: Gobierno de España)

  • isolate yourself for at least 10 days from the moment the 1st symptoms appear: it's a quarantine, you're in lockdown with interdiction to go out!
  • contact the specific regional Covid line, depending on where you are: you will be guided to know what to do
    ⇒ see those number just above the tabs
    ⇒ don't leave your isolation before you could contact the regional line
  • have a phone close by
  • monitor your health

In case of a medical emergency, contact the 112

More details:
→ infographic "How to react if you're having symptoms"
→ infographic "10 guidelines to comply with if you have symptoms"
→ infographic "Quarantine"
→ infographic "Recommendations for isolation"


If you've potentially been exposed:
(Sources: Gobierno de España)

  • isolate yourself for at least 10 days after your last contact
  • avoid going out and contact with others
  • monitor your health and the eventual apparition of symptoms

For more details:
→ infographic "I've been in contact with someone who tested positive to Covid"
→ infographic "Recommandations for isolation


Reminder of the symptoms for Covid
(Source: OMS)

Symptoms of Covid:
  • Common:
    • Fever
    • Dry cough
    • Fatigue
  • Less common:
    • Loss of taste or smell,
    • Nasal congestion,
    • Conjunctivitis (also known as red eyes)
    • Sore throat,
    • Headache,
    • Muscle or joint pain,
    • Different types of skin rash,
    • Nausea or vomiting,
    • Diarrhea,
    • Chills or dizziness

Symptoms of severe form of Covid:
⇒ in this case, contact the emergency number: 112

  • Common:
    • Shortness of breath,
    • Loss of appetite,
    • Confusion,
    • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest,
    • High temperature (above 38 °C)
  • Less common:
    • Irritability,
    • Confusion,
    • Reduced consciousness (sometimes associated with seizures),
    • Anxiety,
    • Depression,
    • Sleep disorders,
    • More severe and rare neurological complications such as strokes, brain inflammation, delirium and nerve damage
Find / contact a doctor

Ask your hospitaliero

Ask in a pharmacy

On the website Doctoralia

  • select "Visita Presencial" for an appointment in person, then select "Médico General" and the city you're in
  • select "Online" for an appointment online, then enter the city you're in
  • the result page allows you to add a filter to find doctors who speak English
    → Todos los filtros > Idioma > Inglés

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

.


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

YES

.


Third counties ranked as orange countries:
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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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


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!

Many municipal, parochial and association albergues are still 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, applicable to pilgrims who wish to do a Camino

In addition to the regular travel requirements that apply to you

In this tab:

  1. Entry requirements for
    • Green countries
    • Orange countries
  2. Entry requirements for the UK
  3. Proves of health accepted in France and validity conditions
    • Certificates
    • Vaccination
    • Negative test
    • Recovery

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France classifies country based on their health situation
Since June 9 2021
→ Entry requirements depend on this classification
→ The exact list is adjusted as the situation evolves


Green countries: entry allowed
→ negligible or moderate circulation of the virus, in the absence of an emerging variant of concern

At the moment: list on this page

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

  1. Proof of health: age 12 and older
    • Full vaccination + its certificate
    • negative test: PCR <72h or antigenic <48h
    • recovery
      .

Orange countries: under conditions
→ active circulation of the virus, absence of an emerging variant of concern and showing no vaccine or immune escape

At the moment: list on this page (includes the UK)

Vaccinated travelers: entry allowed
Non-vaccinated travelers: entry for tourism denied

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

  1. All travelers: sworn statement (fill it up yourself; get it on this page)
  2. Proof of vaccination

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UK: same conditions than orange countries

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Proves of health accepted in France and validity conditions:

  1. Digital Green Certificate (DGC)
    • Holds a proof of vaccination/tests/recovery
    • A QR code, delivered to EU residents by their respective countries
      • Travelers from third countries can't get a DGC
    • The DGC is not mandatory, proves of health can be presented in a different way!
    • Note: the French "Pass sanitaire" can be for borders control (Pass Sanitaire frontières) or activities (Pass Sanitaire activités): validity conditions are not the same for both!
      ⇒ conditions below apply to border control
  2. Covid certificates delivered by third countries
    • Countries having an agreement with the EU (see wich ones on this page)
      ⇒ their certificates are valid in the EU
    • Countries without an agreement with the EU (not listed in the previous link)
      ⇒ their certificates are NOT valid in the EU
      ⇒ present your proof of health another way
  3. Vaccination certificates:
    • Vaccines recognized by the EMA :
      • 7 days after injection (double dose, or previous infection + one dose)
      • 4 weeks after injection (single dose)
      • Travelers over 18 years old: booster required within 9 months of the primary vaccination (1 or 2 doses)
    • Vaccines recognized by WHO
      • 7 days after a booster with a vaccine recognized by the EMA
  4. Negative diagnostic test certificate
    • Acceptable tests: RT-PCR <72h or antigenic <24h
    • To be presented upon boarding
  5. Recovery
    • PCR proving recovery, at least >11 days at most <6 months

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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

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

.


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

.


Measures for the "management of the exit of the health crisis"
→ Valid from June 2 2021 to July 31 2022
→ Replaces the health emergency state (that ended on June 1st 2021)

Current measures, of interest for pilgrims:

⇒ End of vaccination requirement (Pass Vaccinal)
NO proof of health necessary to access public/social places (exception below)

⇒ Proof of health mandatory

  1. To access health care establishments (except emergency or Covid test)
  2. People between 12 and 15 years old: access to places listed above
  3. Are accepted:
    • Full vaccination
    • negative test <24h (PCR, antigenic, supervised self-test in pharmacies)
    • recovery

.


Proves of health and validity conditions
(WARNING! Those requirements are different than the ones that apply upon entry in France! To know about those, check the relevant tab)

  1. Pass sanitaire activité
    • To access places where a proof of health is required
    • Show valid vaccination/negative test/recovery (see conditions below)
    • QR code, digital (with the app "TousAntiCovid") or paper
    • Officially, converting your vaccination certificate into a French "Pass" is no longer possible (third countries)
    • Note: the French "Pass sanitaire" can be for borders control (Pass Sanitaire frontières) or activities (Pass Sanitaire activités): validity conditions are not the same for both!
      ⇒ conditions below apply to activities
  2. Covid certificates from third countries
    • Countries having an agreement with the EU (see wich ones on this page)
      ⇒ their certificates are valid in the EU
    • Countries without an agreement with the EU (not listed in the previous link)
      ⇒ their QR codes are NOT valid in the EU
      ⇒ present your proof of health another way
  3. Full vaccination
    • Vaccines recognized by the EMA or the ANSM are valid:
      • 7 days after 2nd shot (2-shots vaccines or 1-shot vaccine for whom recovered from Covid)
      • 28 days after the shot (1-shot vaccine)
      • for people over 18 years old: a recovery OR a booster is required in addition to the primary vaccination (if older than 4 months)
      • 7 days after receiving a complementary vaccination to the primary vaccination, with an ARN vaccine
    • Vaccines recognized by WHO (but not by EMA or ANSM) are valid:
      • 7 after a booster (RNA vaccine) completes a primary vaccination
  4. Negative test
    • PCR or antigenic or supervised self-test in phharmacies
    • <24h
  5. Recovery
    • negative PCR test following a positive test
    • negative test must be issued at least 11 days-at most 6 months after the positive test result
  6. Medical certificate of contraindication to vaccination
    • done by a doctor
    • exempt to present any proof of health (vaccination/test/recovery)

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Other health measures:

  • Masks: people over 6 years old:
    • Mandatory only in healthcare establishments and transports
    • specific rules may apply, decision of local authorities
  • Social distancing: 2m/6 feet at least
TousAntiCovid app, Pass vaccinal/sanitaire, get a Pass

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"

The French "Pass Sanitaire" makes a difference between:

  • the "Pass Sanitaire frontière", used for border control within the EU (French version of the EU's Digital Green Certificate)
  • the "Pass Sanitaire activité", used in France only to allow access to places/services/events where it's required (the "Pass Vaccinal" doesn't exist anymore)

In both cases:

  • vaccination/test/recovery certificates received in the EU generate a QR code
  • this QR code is to be presented at checkpoints
    • it's scanned by someone authorized to check your health status
    • this person only see your name, date of birth and Pass valide/Pass invalide, not your personal information or the type of proof you have
  • the use of the Pass is not mandatory
    • the EU's Digital Green Certificate system (Pass frontière, "border") clearly states you can present your proof of health another way
    • the decree that defines the current measures doesn't mention the "Pass Sanitaire": it only requires that people produce a valid proof of health
      → note however no one seems to know that...
    • when a proof of health is required, you can present it in another way

Despite that, be careful! The 2 Pass are to present valid proves of health (vaccination/test/recovery) BUT the conditions for their validity are different between the Pass frontière and the Pass activité!

  • See requirements for the Pass frontière (border control) in the tab "Entry requirements for tourism in France"
  • See requirements for the Pass activité / Pass vaccinal in the tab "Ongoing restrictions and health measures"

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Convert your vaccination certificate into a French QR code for the "Pass sanitaire"

  • officially, not possible anymore
  • present your proof of health another way 🙂

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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

.

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!

In case of symptoms / potential exposure / positive test

Warning! No opinion below, no medical advice!
I only relay official information from the government


Summary
(French only)
Infographic for the procedure to follow depending on your situation
Infographic of the types of tests


In case of symptoms:
(Sources: Info Covid)

  • isolate yourself, keep your distances with others, respect and comply with protective measures
  • contact a doctor for a appointment in person or online; to have a test prescription
  • get tested
  • monitor your health

In case of a medical emergency, call 15 or 112

For more details:
infographic "I have Covid symptoms" (French only)

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In case of contact with a positive case:
(Source: Info Covid)

  • isolate yourself, keep your distances with others, respect and comply with protective measures
  • get tested  (immediately if you live with the person, 7 days later if you don't)
  • monitor your health

For more details:
(French only)
→ infographic "I was in contact with someone who is sick with Covid"
→ infographic "I was in contact with someone who was tested positive for Covid"

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In case of a positive test:
(Source: Info Covid)

  • quarantine yourself for a minimum of 10 days
    • from the 1st symptoms
    • from the moment you get tested, if you don't have any symptoms
    • in case of a fever on the 10th days, extend your isolation for 48h
  • keep your distances with others, respect and comply with protective measures
  • list and contact people you may have contaminated
    • if you have symptoms: people you met during the past 48h
    • if you have no symptoms: people you met during the past 7 day before you got tested
  • monitor your health
    • contact a doctor if symptoms appear or get worse
    • in case of emergency, call 15 or 112

For more details:
(French only)
→ infographic "My test is positive, what should I do?"

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Reminder of the symptoms for Covid
(Source: OMS)

Symptoms of Covid:
  • Common:
    • Fever
    • Dry cough
    • Fatigue
  • Less common:
    • Loss of taste or smell,
    • Nasal congestion,
    • Conjunctivitis (also known as red eyes)
    • Sore throat,
    • Headache,
    • Muscle or joint pain,
    • Different types of skin rash,
    • Nausea or vomiting,
    • Diarrhea,
    • Chills or dizziness

Symptoms of severe form of Covid:
⇒ in this case, contact the emergency number: 15 or 112

  • Common:
    • Shortness of breath,
    • Loss of appetite,
    • Confusion,
    • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest,
    • High temperature (above 38 °C)
  • Less common:
    • Irritability,
    • Confusion,
    • Reduced consciousness (sometimes associated with seizures),
    • Anxiety,
    • Depression,
    • Sleep disorders,
    • More severe and rare neurological complications such as strokes, brain inflammation, delirium and nerve damage
Find / contact a doctor

Find/contact a doctor:

  • look on Doctolib;
  • ask in a pharmacy
  • ask your host at your accommodation

in case of emergency, call 15 (SAMU) or 112 (European emergency nimber)
(or a message at 114 for the hearing impaired)


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 (see vocabulary point)
YES


All third countries: (see vocabulary point)
YES


UK
YES


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"
  • No restriction to cross to Spain. No proof of health required, you may be asked to fill in a form upon entry in Galicia
    → See information for Spain
Accommodation on the Caminhos

The Caminhos are accessible and accommodations are allowed to host guests (no proof of health required)


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

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

Public/religious/associative accommodations are more likely to be close than privates ones


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

In addition to regular travel requirements (passport, visa, etc.)

.


ALL COUNTRIES
EU/associated countries + all third countries
Entry allowed

Entry requirements for entries by air

  1. The Passenger Locator Form is no longer mandatory
    • if you still want to have it, find it on this page: fill in 4 days within your departure (after check-in and before departure)
  2. Present a proof of health
    • travelers over 12 years old
    • Are accepted:
      • EU's Digital Green Certificate (vaccination/test/recovery)
        ⇒ NOT available for travelers from third countries!
      • Certificate from a third country under an agreement with the EU (vaccination or recovery)(check those countries on this page)
      • Negative NAAT test <72h (RT-PCR, RT-LAMP, TMA)
      • Negative antigenic test <24h

Entry requirements for entries by land

  1. Present a proof of health
    • travelers over 12 years old
    • Are accepted:
      • Digital Green Certificate (vaccination or recovery)
        ⇒ NOT available for travelers from third countries!
      • Negative NAAT test <72h (RT-PCR, RT-LAMP, TMA)
      • Negative antigenic test <24h

.


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

Ongoing restrictions and sanitary measures

Continental Portugal in a state of alarm since February 19 2022


Free mobility within the country

Free access to all places/event


Ongoing sanitary measures throughout the country:

  • Mask
    • Not mandatory in general (indoors and outdoors)
    • Mandatory mask from 10 years old, in transports and health care facilities
  • Social distance: 2m/6.5 feet at least
  • 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

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 🙂

Take care and stay healthy! 🙂

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