This article has complementary and updated information in the post 'The new normal on the Camino de Santiago after Covid-19'
Spain begins to regain normality after the serious crisis of Covid-19 and, with the country, the Camino de Santiago. Since this Sunday, June 21, the state of alarm decreed on March 14 has ended and for 100 days it prevented free movement between Spanish territory, in addition to another series of limitations.
Since June 21 it is therefore possible to move from one province to another and from one autonomous community to another. At the same time, Spain has opened its borders to the countries of the European Union except Portugal, which has decided to delay free movement until July 1. From that date, the borders will be opened to the rest of the countries, although the Government will establish a list depending on the epidemiological situation of each country.
This situation implies that it is already possible to carry out all the Jacobean Routes with total normality as regards mobility. Starting on July 1, the Cathedral of Santiago, the Pilgrim's Office and the public hostels in Galicia will reopen. As for the rest of the Routes, the accommodations begin to open their doors and point to July as the month to recover their activity. However, and due to this exceptional situation, we recommend checking with the establishments if they are open or not before starting the Camino.
The Camino de Santiago experienced an unusual situation this year. For the first time in its life, the Jacobean Routes were emptied of pilgrims while the country lived a prolonged confinement under the declaration of a state of alarm. To regain normality, Spain had to go through several phases that ended on July 21 and which we will summarize:
PHASE 0. Spain is still in a state of alarm, a situation that will last until May 10, and which is expected to last until June. However, relief measures are established that allow people to gradually return to the situation prior to this crisis.
In this phase 0, which begins on Saturday, May 2 and lasts until May 10, confinement is maintained, although they will allow children to go out, individual sports and walks with people who share a home.
PHASE 1. If the sanitary conditions allow it, on May 11 a new phase will begin in each province of the Spanish territory in which they will be able to open hotels and other tourist accommodation, excluding the common areas.
The areas which start this fase on May 11th are: Andalucía (except Málaga and Granada), Aragón, Asturias, Baleares, Canarias, Cantabria, Extremadura, Galicia, Murcia, Navarra, País Vasco, La Rioja, Ceuta and Melilla.
Starting Monday, May 24, fifteen days after most of the Spanish territories, the Community of Madrid, Barcelona and part of Castilla y León enter Phase 1.
Other measures are important for the Camino de Santiago, such as the opening of places of worship and museums - such as the Cathedral of Santiago - with a third of the capacity and with control of crowds in rooms. They will also open the bar terraces to 50% of their capacity, as well as small shops and open-air markets. It will be possible to practice active tourism.
PHASE 2. Fifteen days later, phase 2 will be entered. It allows the opening of common areas of hotels and tourist accommodation but reducing its capacity to a third. They will allow consumption of goods inside restaurants, cafes or bars but only at the table and guaranteeing security separation between customers. The capacity will be limited to one third.
The places of worship increase their capacity to 50% and the shopping centers will be opened without access to common areas.
On Monday, May 24, the following territories pass to Phase 2: Galicia, Asturias, Cantabria, Canary Islands, Extremadura, Balearic Islands, Basque Country, Aragon, Murcia, Navarra, La Rioja, Ceuta, Melilla and three health areas of Catalonia, all the provinces of Andalusia minus Malaga and Granada; Castilla La Mancha passes Cuenca and Guadalajara.
On June 8, Castilla y León, Comunidad Valenciana, Madrid, Barcelona and some health areas of Catalonia, Toledo, Albacete, Ciudad Real and Ceuta go to Phase 3.
PHASE 3. On June 8, if all the sanitary conditions allow it, the third and last phase would begin in this return to normalcy. At this stage, the plan is to open all of the activities, keeping the capacity at 50% in shops, restaurants, cafes and bars.
On June 8, the following communities pass to phase 3: Andalucía, Aragón, Asturias, Canarias, Cantabria, Cuenca y Guadalajara de Castilla La Mancha, Cataluña (with the exception of Barcelona and its metropolitan area), Euskadi, Extremadura, Galicia, Baleares, La Rioja, Navarra and Murcia.
On June 15, these territories will pass to phase 3: Toledo, Ciudad Real and Albacete (Castilla-La Mancha), Comunidad Valenciana, Girona and Cataluña Central (Cataluña); León, Zamora, Valladolid, Burgos and Palencia (Castilla y León).
In this phase, mobility between provinces of the same autonomous community is allowed but not free movement throughout the national territory.
"NEW NORMALITY". When each community passes the four phases set by the Government, it will enter the so-called "new normality", a situation similar to the one prior to Covid-19 but in which hygiene and safety measures will have to be taken.
From June 15, Galicia will be the first community that, after successfully passing all the phases, begins to experience the "new normality". Since June 21, with the end of the state of alarm, the rest of the communities have gone directly to this new normality.
This "new normality" will last until there is a vaccine for Covid-19 or group immunity has been achieved. While it will be necessary to take a series of measures, mandatory, which will also affect the Camino de Santiago.
Among them, the mandatory use of the masks from 6 years old is maintained and a safety distance of 1.5 meters is maintained, in addition to the necessary hygiene measures.
July is also the month marked in red to regain mobility and be able to travel.
Within Spain, free movement between territories will be possible as soon as the four phases of de-escalation are over. From there, it will enter a period of "new normality" in which it will be possible to move from one province to another and from one community to another, although with the established security measures: safety distance, mandatory use of a mask, washing of hands...
We leave you here a map where you can see graphically what phase each territory in Spain is in.
Regarding international travel and connections, the Government of Spain announced the opening of borders for foreigners starting in July.
However, given the improvement in the data and the evolution of the pandemic, the borders with the Schengen countries will open on June 21. There will be an exception: Portugal, our borders will reopen on July 1, as established.
On July 1, the borders with countries outside the EU are scheduled to be opened, always selectively, depending on their epidemiological situation.
On July 1, the borders with countries outside the EU are scheduled to be opened, always selectively, depending on their epidemiological situation. The EU agreed this Monday, June 29, to authorize the entry of 15 among which are Algeria, Australia, Canada, South Korea, Japan, Georgia, Morocco, Montenegro, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay .
On the contrary, the European Union maintains the veto over 150 countries, including the United States, Brazil, Mexico, Russia and India. EU countries, including Spain, may maintain the veto to some of them if they consider their epidemiological situation unreliable.
The Covid-19 or coronavirus is a virus that affects the repiratory system. It’s transmition happens similarly to a common flu: through coughing or sneezing and being in contact with saliva or mucus. The symptons are similar too: fever, coughing, sore throat and, in some cases, difficulty breathing.
The preventive measures recommended by the Ministerio de Sanidad and the World Health Organization (WHO) are:
We are living an exceptional situation. And, as so, exceptional measures have been taken. Now it is time to comply with them. Staying at home, taking care of ourselves and keeping the jacobean spirit alive. The Camino de Santiago is waiting for us. And we will be able to got back to it. ¡Buen Camino!
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We transfer your rucksack
So that you can travel light along the Camino de Santiago
We transfer your rucksack or suitcase from your accommodation at one stage to the next!! This way, your walk is more comfortable, your bag is lighter and you can enjoy every step of the Camino. We will take your luggage every day to your next hostel or hotel.
Bicycle transportation services
We send your bicycle to your starting or finishing point
Decide where you want to start the Camino and we will send your bicycle there from any branch of Correos. Once you finish the Camino de Santiago you can go to the nearest post office and send it back home again. Your bicycle will be insured and we package your bike without disassembling it.
For everything you want in or out of your rucksack
With our Paq Peregrino you can send suitcases or parcels to any point along the Camino (hostels, hotels, branches of Correos, etc) so that you have your personal belongings when you arrive. You can therefore have extra clothes or other items and not only the ones you carry along the Way. You can also send back whatever you have in your daily rucksack that you no longer need.
So that you have nothing to worry about other than just enjoying the Camino
Correos offers a prepaid card that is not linked to a bank account. In this way, you can defort walk the Camino without taking your credit or debit cards with you. You only have to put the money on the card that you are going to need and then top up again if your balance is low. This is a simple, safe and comfortable way of taking your money along the Camino.
Stamping Your Credential
So that you have the best stamps on your Pilgrim's Passport
Branches of Correos along the Camino de Santiago stamp your Credential or Pilgrim's Passport with our special stamps. Many of these stamps represent important tourist attractions from that particular place to help you remember your jorney.
Sending parcels along the Camino de Santiago
Send your parcels without having to go along to a branch of Correos!
You can send a parcel from any of the over one-hundred branches of CORREOS located along the Camino de Santiago and additionally from some of our “Tiendas Amigas del Camino”, a network of shops and accommodation from where you can send parcels any time of the day. This service will help you to get rid of things from your luggage that you no longer need. You can also buy souvenirs or some typical products without having to worry about carrying them with you.
Lockers in Santiago
So that you can freely visit the Cathedral or enjoy the city
Our Pilgrim's Office at Rúa do Franco, 150 metres from the Plaza del Obradoiro, has lockers. You can leave your rucksack, suitcase, bike or trekking pole before you go into the Cathedral or you can wander around Santiago without having to worry about your luggage.
To help you with anything you may need
We have over 150 branches of Correos along all the Caminos. We will be delighted to welcome you and help you with anything you need.