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The Camino de Santiago and Covid-19

Camino de Santiago and Covid-19

The Camino de Santiago and Covid-19

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06-05-2021

The Camino de Santiago in Spain is feasible on all the Jacobean Routes. There is no longer any restriction of mobility from one autonomous community to another.The hostels and other accommodations present in the Jacobean Routes will gradually reopen from June, with a series of capacity restrictions and required sanitary measures that you can consult here.

The outdoor mask is no longer mandatory outdoors from June 26, as long as it is possible to keep a safety distance of 1.5 meters.

Hours and capacity restrictions are maintained in different establishments (restaurants, bars ...), so it is advisable to be attentive to comply with the regulations of each territory. We also remind you that it is convenient to check the status of each municipality on the Route, since perimeter closures can be decreed in municipalities and areas that register a high incidence of Covid-19 cases.

Reopening of borders in Europe

On July 1, the Covid Passport came into force, a digital certificate that allows citizens of the European Union to travel according to the epidemiological status of their country. Thus, people from countries classified as green - less than 25 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days and a positivity rate of less than 4% - do not have to meet the requirements to enter Spain.

Citizens of European countries identified, according to the traffic light of the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), with the colors orange, red and dark red may enter Spain with a negative PCR at origin or with the complete guideline of vaccines authorized by the World Health Organization (WHO) or the European Medicines Agency (EMA). Namely, Pfizer, Janssen, Moderna, and AstraZeneca. In order for vaccinated people to enter the EU, they must have received the complete vaccination schedule (one or two doses as required by each vaccine) at least 14 days before the trip.

In addition, from June 7, all travelers from any country are allowed to enter Spain, provided they can prove that they have received the complete schedule of a vaccine. Spain has imposed an exception on travelers from the United Kingdom. From July 1, British people who want to travel to Spain must prove that they have received the complete schedule of the Covid-19 vaccine or present a negative PCR performed within 72 hours prior to the trip.

From May 24 it is also possible to travel to Spain without any restrictions from: Japan, China, Australia, Israel, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea and Thailand.

The borders with Spain are no longer a problem for pilgrims. From May 4 it is possible to cross the border from France to Spain, both through Saint Jean Pied de Port and Oloron. It is necessary to have a negative PCR performed 72 hours before. European pilgrims who have the complete vaccine schedule, who will be able to cross the border by presenting the covid certificate.

For its part, Portugal has also opened the borders with Spain. Both on foot and by car, PCR is not necessary.

Xacobeo 2021-2022: Anti-Covid Insurance in Galicia

Galicia is already preparing for the opening of borders. To revitalize tourism and the presence of pilgrims in the middle of the Jacobean year, the Xunta de Galicia will launch a "covid insurance" from the second quarter of the year.

 This insurance will be applied to those pilgrims who have the bad luck of contracting Covid-19 in Galician territory during their Camino. Those people who arrive already infected and those who come from places where, originally, travel to Galicia or Spain would not be accepted.

Galician Covid insurance will cover all medical, surgical, pharmaceutical and hospital costs. In the event that it is not necessary to go to the hospital, it will cover the unforeseen expenses that arise to those who must keep quarantine by medical prescription, both of the affected person and of their close contacts.

The maximum coverage will be 30 days and the Xunta de Galicia will allocate a total of 1.2 million for this covid insurance.

 

 

In view of the situation, from the Camino con Correos we recommend not doing the Camino de Santiago these days, given the complicated situation caused by Covid-19 and the diversity of restrictions according to territories. However, we leave you some tips in case you want to organize your Camino in future dates.

Tips for planning the Camino

From El Camino con Correos we suggest that be alert when it comes to safety measures and restrictions adopted by the different territories. For those who are planning the Camino de Santiago, here are some keys to do it safely.

1. Booking at albergues on the Camino

One of the changes derived from this ‘new normal’ after Covid-19 is the recommendation to book ahead a place at albergues or other types of accommodation to spend the night on the Camino. That will ensure that the pilgrims finds availble spots and open accommodation.

This year part of the accommodation along the Camino may not be open, and most will have a bed limit, so we suggest making sure beforehand of the places where we want to spend the night. You can find a list with over 4.000 albergues, hotels and hostels on our website, with phone numbers and e-mail addresses so you can plan ahead.

The public hostels in Galicia eliminate the prior reservation. Since Wednesday, July 7, the Xunta disabled its online reservation system for the 79 hostels in its network. The occupancy of the hostels will be as before: in order of arrival, opening at 1:00 p.m. and a price of 8 euros.

Meanwhile, the Asociación de Albergues Privados de Galicia (Agalber) has launched a page (Bookalbergue.com) where it is possible to consult all associated hostels and reserve a place.

The Red de Albergues del Camino has also updated its website with information about open albergues this summer. They also have an APP that you can download if you want to have that information on hand.

Pilgrims who choose the Camino Francés will be able to find out in real time the free places in the hostels. It will be possible thanks to the LOT Hostels initiative, promoted by the Association of Municipalities of the Camino de Santiago (AMCS) in collaboration with the Government of Navarra, Aragón, La Rioja, Castilla y León and the Galician Association of Private Hostels (Agalber).

The Asociación de Municipios del Camino de Santiago has also launched July 1st their “Albergues Seguros” (“Safe Albergues”) campaign, assisting and giving advise to the network of traditional and municipal albergues about the sanitary requirements that have arised since Covid-19. For this campaign, in which Correos has also collaborated, a series of posters has been ellaborated, that can be found throughout their network of albergues, with all the suggestions that will make the albergues a safe place.  

Besides, they have also created an interactive map with the location and contact of the Network of Safe Albergues that can be found on their website: https://www.amcsantiago.com/. This map is updated weekly including all available albergues.

2. Rucksack transfer on the Camino

Correos has also put in place the backpack and suitcase transportation service from stage to stage on the Camino. Our Paq Mochila is available on the main Jacobean Routes, with all safety measures. Our delivery staff has received training in Covid-19 and we give them daily IPE needed to ensure a safe delivery: FFP2 masks, hydroalcoholic gel, disinfectant for the vehicles…

Rucksack transfer on the Camino de Santiago

We also have an online form available for pilgrims (www.paqmochila.com) so they can book their reservation and pay safely via credit card or PayPal, avoiding cash.

Pilgrims also have access to other Correos’ services on the Camino such as the Paq Bicicleta for bycicle transportation to and from the Camino, luggage storage to leave their things when in Santiago or the Paq Peregrino, to send suitcases, backpacks and packages to the over 150 post offices throughout the Camino.

3. Visits to the Cathedral of Santiago

The Cathedral of Santiago reopened its doors on December 30, 2020. With the arrival of Xacobeo 2021 and the celebration of the 120th Compostela Holy Year in its history, the Cathedral will once again wear its best clothes.

After the restoration works, the Compostela temple can be visited from 9am to 8.30pm.

 

Santiago Cathedral

4. Pilgrim’s mass

The pilgrim's mass returns to the Cathedral of Santiago. Every day is celebrated in three hours: 09:30 am and 12:00 and 7:30 pm. We remind you that the capacity is limited to 225 people. These hours are complemented by the daily mass at 11 am in the Corticela chapel.

At 10:30 a.m. the Pilgrim's Mass is also held in English in the chapel of the Pilgrim Reception Center.

On July 25, on the occasion of the Day of Santiago, the Pilgrim's Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m., 4:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. At 12:30 hours the Solemn Mass and National Offering will take place.

5. Obtaining the Compostela

The Pilgrim’s Reception Office, the place in Rúa Carretas where the Compostela is obtained, will be open from 10:00 am to 6.00 pm.

During that time pilgrims can visit the centre and request the Compostela after certifying finishing the Camino by showing the Credential. 

The procedure for collecting the Compostela has undergone slight variations to guarantee the safety of the pilgrims and the staff of the center itself. We detail the steps to follow:

  1. Pre-registration. Before going to the Pilgrim's Office, a pre-registration must be made on the website www.oficinadelperegrino.com indicating all the information that is requested to certify the pilgrimage to Santiago (name, Camino made, starting point ...).
  2. Take a turn. Once at the Pilgrim's Office you must withdraw the ticket with your turn.
  3. Check the queue. Check the QR code that appears on your ticket, which will indicate the approximate time you can pick up your Compostela. This way you will know what time you have to report, which will allow you to avoid long waits as well as causing crowds at the Office.
  4. Pick up your Compostela. Go to the Pilgrim's Office at the indicated time and collect your Compostela

You can also find our post office at the Pilgrim’s Office where you can send your bycicles, suitcases, etc. or buy stamps, cards and souvenirs.

New system to obtain the Compostela at the Pilgrim's Office

6. Thinking about the Xacobeo 2021 - 2022

Many of you are pilgrims who ask us about Xacobeo 2021 - 2022. After eleven years without celebrating a Holy Year, this 2021 will be a very important year for the Camino de Santiago and the Jacobean community. If you want to know more about the Xacobeo and the Holy Year, here are some curiosities.

We have a lot of months to enjoy this unique date in which, of course, we must continue to take extreme precautions and respect the hygienic-sanitary measures that are established at all times.

Looking ahead to the next Holy Year, the Cathedral of Santiago and the Xunta de Galicia have announced that the Pilgrim's Digital Credential will come into operation. The online certificate will coexist with the traditional paper Credential and will allow you to collect the necessary stamps to obtain the Compostela through QR codes. You can read more about its future operation here.

With the launch of the Digital Credential during the Xacobeo 2021, it seeks to guarantee a safer Camino de Santiago against Covid-19, avoiding the greatest number of contacts between pilgrims and hospitaleros.

 


Comments
Jojo
Hi there, I’m flying to Biarritz from the UK in September, I am double jabbed but curious to know if I will also need to do a PCR test and if it’s ok for me to continue through to Spain or if I will need to do anything before that point too?
24-07-2021

carla
Hi I'm coming to Spain to do the Camino I'm not vaccinated but I will have a pcr test in the UK will I be able to start from the French side my plan was to fly Bilbao bus pamplona and then get to the Jean pied le port or would you reccomend I start somewhere near the border and if so where and can I get the Camino passport from that point? many thanks Carla
24-07-2021

Andy
Hi. Would be traveling from the US. Is vaccination required to enter Spain? If not, what are the current requirements? Thanks.
20-07-2021

El camino con correos
Hi, Andy. Yes, travelers from any country are allowed to enter Spain, provided they can prove that they have received the complete schedule of a vaccine. Buen Camino!
20-07-2021

Clarence
is the camino a safe pilgrimage in sept 2021.. I do realize measure are in place but there is still covid out there I am 50 /50 at this time thank you Clarence b515490@aol.com
18-07-2021

El camino con correos
Hi Clarence. We cannot know how the situation will be in September. Right now there are many pilgrims on the Camino but it is necessary to comply with certain rules and restrictions (use of a mask, reduction of capacity ...). Buen Camino!
19-07-2021

Elizabeth
Hello, thank you so much for your site. Two questions for you: 1. For a Camino in September, s it still recommended to book accommodations ahead, or do you see things returning to normal? 2. Are albergues operating as usual on the Camino del Norte? I read elsewhere that they were closed in some parts
17-07-2021

El camino con correos
Hi Elizabeth! Our recommendation is to book or, at the very least, check that there are hostels open in the places where you plan to sleep. The capacity of the hostels is still small and not all of them are open. On the Camino del Norte, for example, almost all public are closed. Greetings and Buen Camino!
19-07-2021

Carrie
Is there a facility in Santiago offering PCR testing. This is a requirement before returning to the UK
16-07-2021

El camino con correos
Hi Carrie. There are private clinics where you can do it in Santiago. For example, Hospital HM Rosaleda,Laboratorio Clínico Compostela or J.de Soto. Buen Camino!
19-07-2021

Seamus
I have a Covid Digital Certificate. Do I need a PCR test to travel from St Jean to Roncevalles? Seamus.
14-07-2021

El camino con correos
Hi Seamus. If you have a covid digital certificate and you got vaccinated more than 14 days ago, that's enough. Otherwise you need PCR. Buen Camino!
15-07-2021

Kristine
I am a fully vaccinated US citizen traveling to London in September for approximately one week, but would like to then fly to Porto, Portugal to start the Camino in Tui. Do I need a PCR Test to enter Portugal from the UK? After reaching Santiago and returning to Porto, to either fly back to London to US or directly to US from Portugal, do I need another PCR test? Thank you
14-07-2021

El camino con correos
Hi Kristine. From the UK, you need RT-PCR test (or similar NAAT test): 72 h before boarding, or Rapid antigen test - 48 hrs prior to shipment and have the complete vaccination (with 14 days). From Spain to Portugal, only de the complete vaccination. These are the current conditions. Remember to confirm that this is the case at the time of travel. Buen Camino!
15-07-2021

Christina
Due to Covid, we have rescheduled our planned Camino for the third time. We are scheduled to go September 2021. We are wondering if we can expect the full Camino experience. Will we find availability in albuerges, will the museums, restaurants, holy sites in the towns be open? Or should we just plan to reschedule again in a year or so?
13-07-2021

El camino con correos
Hi Christina. Right now everything is open and you can live the experience 100%. Let's hope that the health situation does not get worse for September. Buen Camino!
13-07-2021

Barbara chauvin
Are museums churches and other points of interest in manresa,montserrat and Toledo open to Us citizens with vaccination and negative test? Barbara
09-07-2021

El camino con correos
Hi Barbara! Yes, of course. Once you enter Spain you can access any establishment following the health regulations. Buen Camino!
09-07-2021

Columb
Regarding the new Covid Passport for citizens of the EU that went live on July 1st, are you sure Antigen tests aren't sufficient to gain entry to Spain? Presuming no vaccination.
08-07-2021

El camino con correos
Vaccination is generally required. But if you have doubts, check with the embassy or consulate in your country. Buen Camino!
09-07-2021

Beatriz Mesta
What is the best way to go from Pamplona to Saint Jean-Pied? I can't seem to find a bus that makes that route.
06-07-2021

El camino con correos
Hi Beatriz. From Pamplona to Saint Jean Pied de Port by bus. From March to the beginning of October, the bus company Alsa has several connections per day. The rest of the year, Autocares Artieda has a regular bus line from Monday thru Saturday between Pamplona and Roncesvalles, with a duration of 1 hour 10 minutes. From Roncesvalles, the only option is to take a taxi. Many pilgrims choose to make the journey Pamplona-Saint Jean Pied de Port by taxi. There are several companies that depart from the Pamplona airport, the train station or the bus station: Teletaxi San Fermín - which gives the option to share taxi with other pilgrims, Navartrip or Taxi Pirineos. Saludos y Buen Camino!
07-07-2021

Eric
Stacy, vaccination is required. Read the top of the page. Even though Spain is open, people coming from the USA need to be full vaccinated. There is another requirement to fill out a health questionnaire 48 hours before you leave. You’ll get a QR to show customs control.
05-07-2021

El camino con correos
Thanks, Eric ;-)
05-07-2021

Stacy
I’ve just decided to walk the camino and will be traveling from the US to Spain and vaccination is no longer required. My question however is, are there restrictions to cross from Spain to France so I can start my walk in St. Jean and then again from France to Spain? Or would it be better for me to start my walk in Spain?
04-07-2021

El camino con correos
Hi Stacy. As Eric says, to enter Spain or France from the USA you need to be vaccinated. Buen Camino!
05-07-2021

Gemma
Hi, I'm looking to do the Northern path Aug/Sept. Coming from USA with full Vaccination. Good to go?
02-07-2021

El camino con correos
Hi Gemma. It is a good time to do the Camino del Norte. With the complete vaccination you will not have a problem. Buen Camino!
05-07-2021

PD
What is the update for Portuguese walk? Want to fly into Lisbon in Sep 2021. online is yea\nay. Any encouragement to buy the airfare? Our lodging is done. Hopeful
28-06-2021

El camino con correos
Hi! Portugal is in a "situation of calamity", extended until 11:59 p.m. on July 11. Countries with a high incidence rate such as Brazil, India, Nepal and South Africa are only allowed essential travel. Travelers from countries with low incidence must enter the country with a negative PCR test, performed within 72 hours prior to boarding or an antigen test, performed within 24 hours before the trip. The situation now in Lisbon is complicated, so we will have to wait to see how the incidence of the virus evolves.
29-06-2021

Deidre
I am hoping to do the Camino from Frnace to Santiago in July. Are there any restrictions on the 800km route? Appreciate your help.
27-06-2021

El camino con correos
Hi Dreide. Right now, there are no restrictions, beyond hygienic-sanitary measures (such as the use of masks indoors). However, during your Camino you must follow the information, in case they close any municipality or impose other types of restrictions depending on the evolution of the virus. buen Camino!
28-06-2021

Eric
If anyone is on the Camino, please let us know what it’s like.
18-06-2021

PAD
Planning the Portuguese way in September 2021 from usa. Can we fly into Lisbon?
10-06-2021

El camino con correos
Hi PAD. Until June 27, Portugal only allows flights from the USA that are "essential trips". We will have to wait for that date to see what decision they make for September. As soon as we know, we tell you. Buen Camino!
11-06-2021

Eric
My trip is all booked. Logrono to Fromista and a few days in Madrid with friends.
09-06-2021

El camino con correos
Enjoy Eric! Buen Camino!
10-06-2021

Aharon
hi will you please let me know if you gave domestic flight in Spain you any form to fill. the flight is from Santiago to Madrid. thank you
08-06-2021

El camino con correos
Hi Aharon. It is not necessary to fill in any form. Buen Camino!
08-06-2021

Laura
Gracias por el post!! Quiero empezar el camino frances desde Saint Jean de Pied Port el día 25 de junio, voy desde Palencia, y como tengo que cruzar la frontera a Francia tengo la duda de si es necesario o no llevar una PCR negativa (estaré vacunada con las 2 dosis) Muchas gracias de antemano
08-06-2021

El camino con correos
Hola Laura. En estos momento sí sería necesaria la PCR, ya que según Exteriores, todos los viajeros mayores de 11 años que lleguen a Francia por vía terrestre, aérea o marítima, incluidos los procedentes de la Unión Europea, deberán aportar el resultado negativo de un test PCR realizado menos de 72 horas antes de salir del punto de origen del viaje. Saludos y Buen Camino!
08-06-2021

Thomas Joergensen
Hola, sería posible hacer el Camino del Norte con solamente una de las dos vacunas? Vengo de Dinamarca. Y además, es necesario reservar alojamiento de antemano o no? Porque la verdad es que me gustaría hacer el camino sin planear tanto, y poder quedarme un día extra en un lugar si me parece interesante. Muchas gracias anticipadas!
03-06-2021

El camino con correos
Hola Thomas. Según las restricciones actuales, los viajeros europeos de países catalogados en verde -menos de 25 casos por 100.000 habitantes en los últimos 14 días y una tasa de positividad inferior al 4%- no tienen que cumplir requisitos para entrar en España. Y los ciudadanos de países europeos identificados, según el semáforo del Centro Europeo para la Prevención y el Control de Enfermedades (ECDC), con los colores naranja, rojo y rojo oscuro, "podrán entrar en España con una PCR negativa en origen o, a partir del 7 de junio, con la pauta completa de vacunas autorizadas por la EMA o la OMS". Tendrá que analizar en qué color se encuentre Dinamarca cuando tenga previsto viajar. En cuanto a la reserva de albergues, no es imprescindible. Pero sí le recomendamos una mínima planificación y así saber en qué localidades tendrá alojamientos abiertos. Saludos y Buen Camino!
08-06-2021

Ana
Great post, very helpful! So for those planning to do the Camiño del Norte the advice is to skip Basque Country and start in Cantabria only? In this case where would be a good starting point? Onton? Is it definitive that Basque country is not going to open or they still have a date to announce something? I'm coming from London and looking to start the Camino on 24th June.
02-06-2021

El camino con correos
Hello, Ana. No, we are going to update the info now. You can start in the Basque Country without problem. Buen Camino!
03-06-2021

Margarita
I am not vaccinated. Can I do the Camino Portugués with just a negative PCR? Flying into Madrid then to Lisbon.
02-06-2021

El camino con correos
If you are going to travel to Spain, you need to be vaccinated. And then to fly to Portugal a negative PCR. Buen Camino!
02-06-2021

Maria
If planning to enter Spain in July with a negative test AND vaccine documentation, is there still a need to quarantine once arriving or could I start the Camino right away?
01-06-2021

El camino con correos
Hi Maria! If you meet these requirements you can do the Camino, it is not necessary to keep quarantine. Buen Camino!
01-06-2021

Diego
With Spain opening up on June 7th for non essential travel, I will be traveling from the USA around the end of June/early July to France, so I can start my pilgrimage there. I am fully vaccinated. Does anyone know if I’ll have any issues crossing the French-Spanish border or if I’ll have to provide a negative Covid test upon crossing, even though I’m vaccinated? Any guidance on this would be very much appreciated.
25-05-2021

El camino con correos
Hi Diego! At this time, it is necessary to have a negative PCR performed at least 72 hours before. If the regulations change, we will update this post. Buen Camino!
26-05-2021

Gregor Smith
My Camino will continue on from Leon to Terrafinna I understand that after June 7 I can begin the last part of my pilgrimage. I have had both of my shots for Covid. I am concerned with my lack of concrete information regarding the Albergues I am looking for an authority To welcome me back to El Camino at Leon. Blessings, Gregor
25-05-2021

El camino con correos
Yes, Gregor. As of June 7, with the two doses of the vaccine, you can enter Spain. As for the measures of the hostels, we leave you this article in which we collect the main measures: https://www.elcaminoconcorreos.com/en/blog/camino-santiago-after-covid-19-security-hostels Buen Camino!
26-05-2021

Lucie
Hello, we plan to go the Camino Portugues Costal at the end of June, thank you for all the tips! ???? Hope there won’t be any test needed to cross the boarders to Spain, seems like now we just need a PCR for arrival from Prague and then for the arrival home from Madrid. ???? Still checking everything but hopefully things are changing for the better.
23-05-2021

El camino con correos
Hi Lucie! If you had received the complete schedule of a vaccine, you can cross the boarders to Spain from June 7. Buen Camino!
24-05-2021

Eric
This Friday the EU is meeting to decide if/when citizens from outside the EU will be able to enter. And what requirements will be needed, fully vaccinated with an approved EMA vaccine for at least 3 weeks or a negative PCR test within 72 hours. They are to announce in the next week or two. One can only hope!
20-05-2021

El camino con correos
Hi Eric! As of June 7, all travelers from any country were allowed to enter Spain, provided they prove that they had received the complete schedule of a vaccine recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) or the European Medicines Agency ( EMA). Buen Camino!
24-05-2021

Sylvia
As of May 14, 2021, According to the U.S. Embassy & Consulate in Portugal , U.S. citizens cannot travel directly from the United States to Portugal for non-essential travel. Buen Camino my friends!!!
19-05-2021

El camino con correos
Hi Sylvia. Anyway, it is too early to make a decision. We advise you to wait for each country, including Portugal and Spain, to decide what restrictions it will impose as of the summer. Buen Camino!
20-05-2021

Sylvia
What if not Vaccinated. Would you be allowed to walk el Camino Portuguese? May plan was to arrive at Porto on September 5th. Flying from the USA.
19-05-2021

El camino con correos
Hi Sylvia! Each EU country has to put its requirements. But it is very likely that without vaccination it will not be possible to travel from the US. Buen Camino!
20-05-2021

Raili
Hello! We started Camino by bicycles 10.5.21 from Roncesvalles. Not many pilgrims on the Camino way on this Xacobeo 2021. Everything is ok. Easy to get to Spain with negative Covid test and documents. Also been vaccinated x 2. Many Albergues are closed, must be reservated. Now on our way to Santiago de Compostela. We love to be here again. Buen Camino!
16-05-2021

El camino con correos
Thanks for the info and Buen Camino!
18-05-2021

Rene
Hi, thank you for all your great effort writing and commenting! I was wondering, do I need a PCR test if I cross the French-Spain border while walking the SJPP - Roncevalles route? Thank you!
16-05-2021

El camino con correos
Hi Rene. Yes. To cross the border you have to have a negative PCR performed in the last 72 hours. Buen Camino!
18-05-2021

Rasatina
Hi, maybe you know exactly if it is possible to travel to the Basque Country?
12-05-2021

El camino con correos
Hello Rasatina! Right now you can enter the Basque Country, there are no perimeter closures or curfew. Still check from time to time for new restrictions as they may change depending on the pandemic situation. Buen Camino!
14-05-2021

Eric
Thank you. I look here for news and hope. Not false postings which are on many other sites. I’m sorry that I got so annoyed. But it’s been 2 years since my last Camino and I really really want to do the Camino this fall. I’ll be 70 soon and I’m not sure how many more times I’ll be able to go. Bueno Camino.
10-05-2021

El camino con correos
We understand it perfectly. We try to be as rigorous as possible. But sometimes things slip away from us. We will try to do better. We hope you can get back on the Camino very soon. Buen Camino!
10-05-2021

Eric
Another false comment has been allowed on to the site. You need to remove NOW! The moderator should not allow this.
07-05-2021

El camino con correos
Hi Eric. This is an open forum with the aim of encouraging debate and help among pilgrims. Moderation is done at the end of the day to avoid posting offensive or unrelated comments. Sometimes in this review we miss a comment among the many that we receive. Apologize for the inconveniences.
10-05-2021

Zoe
I am interested in doing the Camino September - I am from Canada and will have my second vaccine before September. Do you think this will be possible?
07-05-2021

El camino con correos
Hi Zoe! The EU is talking about allowing entry to those who are vaccinated. It is not yet a firm decision but everything indicates that it will be. Buen Camino!
10-05-2021

Aiym
Hi I am planning to do the Camino in the end of May 2021 from Porto. Not vaccinated yet though. Do you suggest I wait until May 9 to see if Galicia opens the borders? Thank you
05-05-2021

El camino con correos
Hi Aiym! As a precaution, it is better to wait, since tomorrow, Friday 7, Galicia will already announce what it is going to do from next Monday. However, everything indicates that the borders will be opened and it will be possible to do the Camino although with some capacity and time restrictions. Buen Camino!
06-05-2021

Natalia
I would love to start my journey from Lisboa by the coast side on 18.5. Is that possible? Are the aubergines opened, please? I would like to ask you about steps I must to do to beforehand to have everything without any problem. Could you help me, please? Thank you.
04-05-2021

El camino con correos
Hi Natalia! Portugal has just eased its restrictions and hostels are starting to open. The only problem is that Galicia continues with closed borders. Let's hope that on May 9 the situation changes. Buen Camino!
05-05-2021

Katie Maleta
My husband and I are hoping to walk the Camino June or July 2021. Is there a good chance we could do this? We both are fully vaccinated. Thank you. Katie Maleta
02-05-2021

El camino con correos
Hi Katie! As soon as Galicia opens borders there will be no problems to do the Camino from Portugal. We are attentive to the next announcements. Buen Camino!
03-05-2021

Eric
Things are starting to look good for a fall Camino. Excellent!
28-04-2021

Phil Smith
I’m looking to walk the Camino this fall 2021. Do I need to book ahead my allergies stays. If I have the Covid vaccine will I be able to travel Spain.
19-04-2021

El camino con correos
Hi Phil! We do not know what conditions there will be in autumn to travel to Spain. If it's like now, you can travel with a negative PCR. Regarding the reservation, it is not necessary but it is advisable. This ensures that the hostels are open and that they have a room. Buen Camino!
19-04-2021

Eric
Will people from non EU countries be able to get the EU Digital Green Certificate? To be able to enter Spain from the USA without having to quarantine? From what I read, the Digital Green Certificate will be issued around June. How would I obtain one. I’ve been vaccinated since March 5, 2021. Any information appreciated.
16-04-2021

El camino con correos
Hi Eric! The EU has not yet clarified under what conditions the EU Digital Green Certificate will be issued, nor what will happen to travelers from outside Europe. As soon as they advance, we will tell you.
19-04-2021

Gary Sampson
Buen Camino, I plan to fly to La Coruna in May and from the airport take the train to Lugo. After an overnight in Lugo, I will take the bus to Baleira/Cadavo, but Fonsanagrada could be an alternate option, too. Just staying within Galacia Anyone know how to get a Covid test in Santiago de Compostela before departing at the airport? Staying within Galicia looks to be a possible alternative traveling from Oviedo.
07-04-2021

El camino con correos
Hi Gary! In Santiago de Compostela there are several private clinics where you can take the test. Some of them: HM Rosaleda Hospital, Gaiás Clinic ... Buen Camino!
08-04-2021

Sebastián
Me gustaría saber si puedo hacer el camino Francés del 27 de abril en adelante . Muchas gracias
07-04-2021

El camino con correos
Hola Sebastián! Ahora mismo solo disponemos de la información de restricciones que finalizan mañana. Estamos atentos para ver si se prorrogan o no. En caso de que se prorroguen los cierres perimetrales no se podría hacer el Camino más allá de la comunidad en la que vivas. En los próximos días esperamos poder decirte algo más concreto. Saludos y Buen Camino!
08-04-2021

Benjamin
Hello I have a ticket from Miami to Madrid on May 8th and then my plan was to go by train to Oviedo. The idea is to do the Camino Primitivo. Do you know if the camino is open and if there is any restriction? Thank you
05-04-2021

El camino con correos
Hello Benjamin. At the moment, the biggest restriction that affects the Camino de Santiago is the perimeter closure of the regions. This implies not being able to change the autonomous community, for example, between Asturias and Galicia, where the Camino Primitivo runs. We will see in the coming weeks if they cancel this border closure. Buen Camino!
06-04-2021

Eric
Question, I’m vaccinated and would like to know if I land in Madrid and I don’t leave the airport, can I get on a plane to Santiago airport in Lugo? I then plan to taxi to O’Cebreiro then walk to Santiago take a plane to Madrid then home.
04-04-2021

El camino con correos
Hi Eric. In this case you would have no problem. Buen Camino!
05-04-2021

Eric
Claire, El Pais has an article just published today about crossing from France to Spain by land. Go check it out. It sounds doable but there are other issues right now that may make your Camino difficult such as the perimeter lockdowns.
29-03-2021

Claire
Hello, I am french and doing the pilgrim from Le Puy (in France) to Santiago and already arrived in Cahors. It's very difficult to know with certainty if the camino will be open on the spanish side an if I will be able to go to Santiago. Could you tell me what are the latest informations and when I can find them officially. Thank you very much.
26-03-2021

El camino con correos
Hi Claire. In this post, we try to update the information every day. Right now, in Spain it is not possible to change region (autonomous community). We will have to wait until after Easter to know what the next measures will be. You can check de online press (El País for example) or in this site of Spanish Goverment: https://www.mscbs.gob.es/profesionales/saludPublica/ccayes/alertasActual/nCov/ciudadania.htm
29-03-2021

Mojca K
Hello, is it possible to walk Santiago - Lisbon, without any problems? From the second part of May (22-). Thank you so much!
26-03-2021

El camino con correos
Hi Mojca. We cannot give you an answer as to how the situation will be in May. Right now, in Portugal there are quite a few restrictions (the hostels are not open) and the border with Galicia is closed, so it would not be possible to get to Santiago. We will have to see how the pandemic evolves in the coming weeks. Regards.
29-03-2021

Eric
Question? From O’Cebreiro to Santiago is in the province of Lugo. If it’s possible to get there would I be able to walk it as they are in that one province? So even if there are primatial lockdown will it be possible? If there are no new restrictions after May 9, and I can get there from the USA.
24-03-2021

El camino con correos
Hi Eric. O Cebreiro is in Lugo and Santiago in the province of A Coruña. However, mobility is currently restricted by region, not province. If things continue the same, you could do the Camino de O Cebreiro to Santiago without problem. Buen Camino!
25-03-2021

Jose Gaitan
Both my wife and I received the Covid Pfizer inoculation three weeks ago. We have the certification that verifies we have been vaccinated. We have previously walked two parts of the Camino over 60 days in two years and we are hoping to finish our Camino in this Holy Year. Our flight will arrive from New York in Madrid on May 3rd and, of course, we are a little concerned that we will not be permitted to finish our pilgrimage. Would you know whether the Government will allow passage to pilgrims who have received the vaccine? If so, would you know how we could secure that permission? Thank you.
23-03-2021

El camino con correos
Hi Jose. Until now there is no obligation to be vaccinated to enter Spain. The EU is studying implementing a vaccine passport but it is not yet a reality and it is not known how it will work. The biggest problem that can be found when arriving in Spain is that you cannot change the region. We still do not know when the perimeter restrictions will be lifted, although everything indicates that the situation will not normalize until May 9. As soon as we know more about it, we will update the post. Buen Camino!
24-03-2021

Eric
Junior, if you need an adventure try hiking the AT or Muir. I don’t think you’ll be going to Spain this year. I too have friends in Spain, Madrid, and the vaccine roll out is chaos. And now there is political turmoil with new pop elections for the premier of Madrid province. Sort of like a governor here. I too live in the USA. One thing to consider, the temperature on the Plata in July can be over 110 degrees. Early spring or late fall is the best time to try. Also from what I’ve been reading, in order to enter the EU you will need to be fully vaccinated, have waited long enough for the vaccine to take affect and you may also need a negative PCR test. The EU is going to have a vaccine passport that will be needed to enter. April is less then 9 days away and only about 3+% of Spaniards have been vaccinated.
22-03-2021

Junior Teron
I like to know when you recommend to do the Camino Via de la Plata. I’m coming from USA. I was planning this April but friends from Spain told me is impossible maybe they mention starting end of July. Do you have more information. Thank you Junior Teron
17-03-2021

El camino con correos
Hi Junior! Effectively. Unfortunately it will not be possible to do the Camino in April. Due to Covid-19 there are border closures between regions. We hope that by July, the health situation improves and you can start to return to the Camino although we do not know the restrictions that will be for international tourists. Anyway, doing the Vía de la Plata in July is not a good idea. It is a month with very high temperatures and on the Vía de la Plata you can have a bad time. It is better to wait for a milder month like October.
18-03-2021

Eric
If, BIG IF, the EU ever gets their vaccine program on schedule, which I doubt they can or will do, then maybe next spring we can do the Camino. I don’t see a fall Camino it just doesn’t look that way. I’d loved to proven wrong. The AZ vaccine stoppage puts opening of the EU back a few months or more. But if it goes on for more then the 2 weeks that they are saying to review the AZ vaccine, then look to spring 2022.
17-03-2021

PAD
Update on Camino De Portugal costal route from Porto to Santiago for September 2021
10-03-2021

El camino con correos
It is too early to say how the situation will be in September. Today the borders between Portugal and Galicia are closed, so it is not possible to do the Camino. Buen Camino!
11-03-2021

Eric
Jeanette, sorry about your mum. As of 5 days ago, only 3% of the Spanish population has gotten vaccinated. Not sure if that includes all doses given or people who got both. And Spain is doing better then any other EU country. I got my JnJ vaccination last night. Feeling fine , so far no side affects. I’m hoping for a September Camino, my third, and if that falls through the spring 2022. Where I live there are hiking trials and I use them exclusively. People driving are doing too many things but, driving. My old boss had a sign in his office that said, “ multitasking allows you to do 2 things poorly “. I really don’t think Spain will be open this summer. Hope I’m proved wrong.
06-03-2021

Jose
If open in this summer - there will be many restrictions regarding lodging, tourist sites, and services. Best to wait till Fall to make sure your trip doesn’t fall through.
06-03-2021

El camino con correos
Thanks for your contribution Jose. ¡Buen Camino!
08-03-2021

Jeanette Muzio
Will The Camino de Santiago be reopen June, July, August, September 2021? Or would it be best to wait until 2022? This would be my first trip walking the camino for my mother whom I lost June 18, 2020 suddenly. We had planned to walk it together this year but she was tragically struck and killed by an automobile on her daily walk to morning mass.
06-03-2021

El camino con correos
Hi Jeannette! Sorry about your mum. It is early to know how we will be in summer. We hope that as of May 9, when the state of alarm ends, the restrictions will begin to be reduced and that in summer it will be possible to do the Camino. But right now we can't be sure. Buen Camino!
08-03-2021

Eric
Dottie, all the info I post is gathered from El Pais, my friends in Spain an other reliable news sources. Both American and from the EU. As for the feeling of clipped wings, I too feel that way. My Camino plans are all made, all that’s needs to be done now is the booking of them once we can all go back. If I can go back this fall it will be 2 years since my last Camino. If not in the fall then the spring of 2022. By then I’ll be 70 years old. I’m going to get my vaccine tonight the JnJ shot, one and done so I’m ready to go once I can.
05-03-2021

Dottie Smith
What a great and concise service you have offered !! Thank you. I am looking forward to my second Camino. It will be the Portuguese Coastal. Can’t wait for the world to open up. Feeling like I had my wings clipped!
05-03-2021

El camino con correos
Buen Camino, Dottie!
08-03-2021

Eric
More EU and non-EU countries are requesting a Vaccine Passport be developed in order to enter that country and avoid quarantine. Or even be allowed to enter. Several countries have already developed their own but, a digital one is being proposed for IPhone and Android devices. Some EU countries are balking at this saying it discriminates against people who haven’t gotten the vaccine or won’t take it. My feeling is, at some point, late summer, most people will have gotten the vaccine and with the Vaccine Passport should be able to travel. (Do the Camino) For those people who can’t, for medical reasons, are not able to take the vaccine, once herd immunity is reach they too can travel if they chose. For those who won’t get vaccinated, I don’t know if they will be able to travel. I’m in the USA and will go to Spain as soon as I’m vaccinated and allowed in.
01-03-2021

Xavier Pedroza
Hola, I am planning my first Camino and found this website and especially these comments to be very helpful in determining availability of hostels and opening of the Camino. I was hoping to travel in May but it seems to be more prudent to wait until Fall. I will check back daily. Thank you for the ongoing updates!
25-02-2021

El camino con correos
Thank you Xavier! The wisest thing to do is wait. Hopefully you can do the Camino in autumn. Take care and Buen Camino!
26-02-2021

Eric
To all Pilgrims. A lot of info about what’s happening in Spain can be found on the website “El Pais” in English. I read it everyday. I also have friends who live in Madrid who I WhatsApp with several times a week. Through most of Spain things are getting better except for a few areas such as Madrid and the Basque area. The one big fear right now is, the downward curve of infections is slowing and the C19 variants maybe the reason. Hope is with the vaccine roll out which is starting to go better. Waiting to get my shoots. Will go back to Spain for my 3rd Camino as soon as I can. Hopefully this fall.
25-02-2021

Denise G.
Thank you so much for the updated information about the Camino. I am trying to plan another Camino during this Holy Year.
24-02-2021

El camino con correos
¡Buen Camino!
24-02-2021

steve cheung
The information is very helpful, thank you. Please continue to provide update on the status of Camino Way. We are in the US, planning to do the pilgrimage this June.
21-02-2021

El camino con correos
Hi Steve! Thank you very much. We will continue to update this article to keep you informed as much as possible. Buen Camino!
22-02-2021

Eric
The state of alarm is till May 9. Hopefully it will not be renewed. As the C19 numbers are coming down, there is hope. But the vaccinations are going slow. And you may need proof of vaccination to transit the Camino or enter hostels, BnBs or hotels. Spain has asked the EU for a vaccine passport.
18-02-2021

Carlos Gonzalez
Estimados, me podrían informar si para Mayo/2021 el Camino desde St. Jean estaría en condiciones (debido a la situación actual de Covis) para poder iniciar la jornada de peregrinación? Me refiero a los hostales abiertos y lugares de comidas o si todavía uds piensan que habría restricciones? Muchas Gracias - Cuídense!
14-02-2021

El camino con correos
Hola Carlos! Lo sentimos pero no podemos hacer predicciones a tan largo plazo. Lo único que sabemos seguro es que hasta el 9 de mayo se mantiene el estado de alarma y, por lo tanto, hasta entonces es muy posible que siga habiendo restricciones. En relación a la frontera con Francia y España, de momento, sigue cerrada y no hay previsión de cuando volverá a abrir. Así que, por ahora, mucha paciencia y a cuidarse. ¡Saludos!
15-02-2021

Eric
Mary, the Spanish government is asking the EU if it is possible to issue a vaccine passport. From the sound of their proposal, if enacted, you would need proof of being vaccinated with an approved vaccine. Also the time needed for it to take affect. To enter Spain. If you don’t want to take the vaccine for your own reasons, take it to protect others. Even if your asymmetric you can spread the virus. And if you get C19 you won’t get as sick or possibly die. I’m getting the vaccine soon but, will wear a mask when I’m back on the Camino. I want to walk in September or October from O’Cebreiro to Santiago but, if not possible then the spring of 2022. Stay safe. Bueno Camino.
10-02-2021

Mary
Hello, I have been thinking of walking the Camino of a very long time now (start in St. Jean Pied de Port). Unfortunately Covid 19 came and my plans were cancelled. If possible, I would also like to start my journey in May/June of 2021. But we will see I guess :-) Will we be able to see all updated on this page? Do you know, if the vaccines will be necessary for walking the camino? I would prefer not to get vaccinated. But if it is not possible otherwise, I would get the vaccination. Thank you for your help. Stay save!
09-02-2021

El camino con correos
Hi Mary! Every day we update the content of this page so that you can be informed and aware of what is happening in Spain and on the Camino. To this day, that is all we know. There is no specific indication of the Camino, beyond general sanitary measures. If they indicate something about the vaccine, we will tell you. Buen Camino!
10-02-2021

Ibolya Varga Pal
If anybody has correct vaccination 2x, can walk on the camino i May?
06-02-2021

El camino con correos
We understand the desire to return to the Camino. But at this time we cannot know when the restrictions will be lifted and how we will be in the coming months. We are really sorry but we have to wait. Buen Camino!
08-02-2021

Tony
What are the chances of doing the Camino last 100k in late September or beginning of October
04-02-2021

El camino con correos
At the moment we don't know. Hopefully, starting in the summer, the restrictions or part of them can be lifted. But time will tell.
04-02-2021

Robin Brown
I was planning on walking the Camino Portuguese beginning in mid May 2021, however I do not know if the coastal route to Santiago will be open to walk this year. Any information will be very helpful. I have had my vaccine.
28-01-2021

El camino con correos
Hello, Robin. As of right now we can't confirm if it will be possible. We will have to wait and see how the health situation progresses and if things start looking better. Buen Camino!
29-01-2021

Eric
Excellent;-) I’m now planning a spring 2022 Camino. Hoping by then we can all go. It will be over 2 years I have been waiting to go. If things look better by September I’ll try then.
25-01-2021

El camino con correos
Hopefully you can do it in 2022. ¡Buen Camino!
26-01-2021

Eric
Not to burst anybody’s hopes but, unless the governments of our countries get their acts together and soon, I don’t think there will be any Camino this year. Vaccines are on short supply. The promised doses are NOT being delivered, and there are many excuses for that. Plus the COVID 19 varieties that are appearing now. I hope the Pope will put off the holy year till 2022. Then we may have a chance of a Camino. Good luck. Stay safe. Bueno Camino.
23-01-2021

El camino con correos
Hi, Eric! It is true that things are complicated. We will see how the pandemic evolves throughout the year. But we have good news for you. Pope Francis has already extended the Holy Year to 2022! ;-)
25-01-2021

Dan
Looking at being on the Camino from middle of August, 2021 until Oct 1st. The United States are starting to require a negative covid test to fly back into the country. We were looking at flying out of Santiago de Compostela Airport. Do you know how we could get a covid test before the flight? Thank you.
18-01-2021

El camino con correos
Hi Dan. In Santiago you have several clinics where you can get the covid test. They give you the result in a few hours. Buen Camino!
20-01-2021

Paige Case
with what we know at this current moment, would mid may to mid june be a good time to hike el camino?
15-01-2021

El camino con correos
Hi Paige! Right now we can only talk about assumptions and hopes. If the lockdowns work and vaccines advance at a good pace, starting in June could be a good time. But everything will depend on how the pandemic evolves. Buen Camino!
15-01-2021

Eric
Juan, just my opinion but, I don’t think you’ll be on the Camino in March, April, May, June or July. Maybe August or September. BIG MAYBE. The vaccine roll out is going slow. The infection rates are sky rocking. Maybe March 2022. I was was hoping for September 2021 but, now March, April 2022 looks doable. I had plans for a March 2020. Flight, rooms and in country transport all arranged booked and payed for. Heart broken.
13-01-2021

El camino con correos
Hi Eric. It's possible. Time will tell. We are very sorry that you had to cancel the Camino. Hopefully you can do it soon. And, most importantly, a save Camino.
15-01-2021

Juan Ignacio Caamano
Good morning My name is Juan. I am planning to stat the Northern Way on the 1st of March 2021 from Irún to Santiago de Compostela. Do you think the Camino will be open and would I be able to walk freely ??? I should be grateful for your kind thoughts Juan
26-12-2020

El camino con correos
Hi Juan! We hope so. What we cannot predict is what kind of restrictions there will be at that time. I hope the situation is good and we can return to the Camino soon. Buen Camino!
05-01-2021

Darren
Just had to cancel my 11 Camino that was due to start tomorrow (27th December 2020) Did my last in July. Absolutely gutted tbh
26-12-2020

El camino con correos
We are very sorry. But do not worry. The Camino will always be there and you will see that a new opportunity will soon arise. Buen Camino!
05-01-2021

David
I am watching this blog. Having walked from ST Jean Pied de Port to Santiago 7 times, I am now thinking of an 8th time, but the pandemic arrived. It may be possible in 2021, God willing.
26-12-2020

Eric
As Pink Floyd said “Is there anybody out there” or am I the only one watching this blog? Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all.
25-12-2020

El camino con correos
Happy New Year Eric!
05-01-2021

Eric
I’ve started planning my Camino. I’m so excited just to think about going back. This is my third Camino. Had things been different it would have been my 5th as I had 2 planed for this year, a spring and a fall. I, we, need to get back on the trail to help all the small cafes, hotels, businesses and others along the Camino. The big cites will survive, it’s the small towns along the trail that will need help to recover. Bueno Camino.????
16-12-2020

Eric
Now that a vaccine appears to be available in the coming year, I’m booking my Camino for September. Bueno Camino. Another spam advertisement!
12-12-2020

El camino con correos
Buen Camino!
15-12-2020

Eric
Once again your comment moderator is a sleep. Doesn’t anyone look at what is being posted? This blog is or was supposed to be about the Camino.
19-11-2020

Eric
Correos, Is there any way to make a donation to help the businesses/towns on the Camino? I want to help to insure they are there once I can go back.
11-11-2020

El camino con correos
Hi Eric! There are some particular initiatives to help certain hostels but not a general campaign or a specific place to donate. The American Pilgrims FAcebook group has some initiative. You can also browse the Facebook groups of the Camino Frances and Camino Primitivo, which are very effective. We're sorry we can't help!
23-11-2020

Eric
Iris, camping is very restricted along the trail. And in the higher elevations it gets very cold and even in November there are chances of snow and there are fewer people on the trail. Most albergues are closed by then or now. So even if you want a shower, do laundry or just rest for a day it may not be possible. So taking all the risks and the fact that the country is in lockdown till the spring, good luck. Pray for a vaccine that works and look to next year. I am.
05-11-2020

Iris
Can you walk there in November without sleeping in the albergues? And instead camp and buy food in the local supermarkets? my heart is acking to walk the camino and be in silence... I don’t want to talk to there people but just be on my own.
05-11-2020

michael
As much as I would like again to wander in Spain and Portugal I have to respect the rights of those who call this place their home and not subject them to any peril. I miss being there and will return when all is safe. Bendiciones a todos y oraciones para buen salud.
02-11-2020

Eric
Thank you ???? for removing that advertisement for fraud.
29-10-2020

El camino con correos
Yes, Eric. We apologize for this commet. We prevented posting previous comments but we didn't see it. It is already reported. Thanks!
31-10-2020

Eric
How was that allowed to be posted? Soooooo wrong.
25-10-2020

Eric
Maryellen, as soon as it’s safe, vaccine, go go go. Don’t wait, you never know what next year will bring. I hoping to go in the fall of 2021 but, if the vaccine is available, and safe and effective, I’ll go as soon as I can get it, either the spring or if I must the summer. I was set to go in March of this year.
22-09-2020

Maryellen
My life long desire Is to walk the Camino. It will be my retirement reward to myself. Is it better to wait until 2022 or next year.?
21-09-2020

Lynn
Since 2021 is a Holy Year, Camino Frances will probably be crowded. There are other routes that will have fewer people walking them. I have done Frances twice, Portuguese from Lisbon and part of Camino Norte. All are wonderful! I will probably hike from Le Puy en Velay to Pamplona next year.
12-09-2020

Eric
Is there any news from the Camino Frances? Has anyone walked it? How are the cafes, hotels, restaurants and other facilities along the way? Are the small towns OK? Hoping all are holding up. I’ll be there just as soon as I can.
18-08-2020

Eric
Barbara, there are ultra light weight summer sleeping bags. Some weight less then 2lbs and are good for 40degress. The lighter the bag the more it can cost. Incase you need to use in the high country. There are also emergency type sleeping bags which weigh just a few ounces. I carry one in my day pack just Incase. God luck with your Camino. I’m from New York and hope to do my third Camino in the fall of 2021.
09-08-2020

Barbara
Hello,thank you very much for providing all your information in this Website. Iam so glad that i have found it now. Iam going to Pilger in the Camino del norte September through October. My Plan was to stay only in Hotels. Iam wondering now If i should carry a sleeping bag with me just in case the available Hotels are booked out. Any suggestion here? Thanks so much in advance
08-08-2020

Petra
We would like very much to continue our pilgrimage to Santiago at the end of August 2020. Our tour is supposed to start in Pamplona (end of last years tour). Since a few days Navarra has got a status of warning from the Auswärtiges Amt Deutschland. Our question is: How is the real situation in Navarra?
02-08-2020

Allison
Maybe a more up to date post would be helpful now that it is August 1.
01-08-2020

Toni
Evelyn Karpik, I from Barcelona, and I would like also to do, lastly the news are confused about to do, every day we have diffrents news, if anyone wana more info can write me at tcendros@hotmail.com. By the way I did 3 times this way, is one of the best experience ever can do.
30-07-2020

Eric
Looks like the fall of 2021 for my Camino trek. Stay safe. ????????
27-07-2020

Evelyn Karpik
We have just heard that there is a spike in cases of Covid 19 in Spain. We are Canadian and are hoping to do the complete Camino starting beginning of September. What is the current situation and how can we get updated information on a daily basis? We will be flying to Paris. Will we be able to cross into Spain?
26-07-2020

Teresa Kugler
I'm thinking too about going in Septembre - the mask rules sounds so anoying :( you need to wear them the whole day (except while showering, sleeping and eating) - so also while you are walking?? :(
26-07-2020

Louise
We are thinking of doing part of the Camino in September We don’t mind where we start or finish. Anyone going before then can you update me please on the situation regarding the virus and accommodation available. Thanks.
25-07-2020

Greg
Hi, Im on the camino francais right now, only few pilgrims and not all hostels are open. The mask requirements are a bit annoying but its doable.
24-07-2020

Helene
Hi. Any reports from people walking Camino Frances now? We are Huong to walk 1-15 sep and stay at small pensions.
21-07-2020

Max
Hi, I’m planning to do the primitivo in mid August. Are the municipal albergues open along the way? If not, is private accommodation available now? The website above alberguesxacobea indicates that only one albergue is open. Many thanks!
20-07-2020

Manon
Hello, is it possible to get a pilgrim pass at Porto airport? I want to start directly from the airport and don't want to go to the city first. Are there any other places where I can get a pilgrim pass? Thank you so much for your help!
20-07-2020

Zsolt
Dear Gábor, it must have been a good idea. Buen camino, take care. Bensőséges utat kívánok, áldjon az Út!
19-07-2020

Gabor
Zsolt, I bought a small tent, just to be secure. It's only 1 kg and I can sleep where I want (or where I have to). Szerencsés utat!
19-07-2020

Gabor
Zsolt, I bought a tent. It's only 1 kg, - and now I feel more secure.
19-07-2020

Zsolt
Dears, is it only recommended to book the albergue in advance or obligatory? You know when you start the day it is not always known where to stay that night...
17-07-2020

Manon
Hi, I would like to walk the Camino Portugues from Porto starting next week. Is that possible? Will there be enough accommodations?
14-07-2020

El camino con correos
Hello, Manon. The Camino Portugués is open at the moment and so is the border between Portugal and Galicia, so you should be fine. Buen Camino!
15-07-2020

Nicole
Hi, what about the Camino Ingles? We like to walk in September
12-07-2020

El camino con correos
Hello, Nicole. The Camino Inglés is open at the moment. If everything goes well, it should still be open in September. Buen Camino!
13-07-2020

Gabor
Is there anybody who knows if the Primitivo is open? I'm going in early August. thanks
11-07-2020

El camino con correos
Hello, Gabor. The Camino Primitivo is open. Buen Camino!
13-07-2020

dino
Hi, I am planning to start my camino form Bilbao, any way i could find out if it is possible? thanks a lot
10-07-2020

El camino con correos
Hello, Dino. Depending on which country you come from, starting your Camino in Bilbao is possible. The Camino del Norte is currently open, although you would have to check which albergues are open and means of transportation to get there, but it is open. Buen Camino!
13-07-2020

Mona
Hi! I‘m planning to walk the Camino Francés next week - will there be enough hostels open to make my way?
09-07-2020

El camino con correos
Hello, Mona. Between public and private albergues, hostels and hotels you should be fine. You can find more information on how to find open albergues and book a place on our latest article ('The new normal on the Camino de Santiago'). Buen Camino!
10-07-2020

Siobhan McDonagh
Any word on if/when Spain will open borders to US citizens
08-07-2020

Jessi henriksen
Is it safe to walk the camino end september
08-07-2020

El camino con correos
Hello, Jessi. We hope so. Of course there's always a risk and everyone has to be careful and mindful, but the Camino is quite a safe travelling option and the albergues and other services on the Camino, such as ourselves, have been working hard to ensure every safety measure is taken and everyone is safe. Buen Camino!
09-07-2020

Eric
Any news from the Camino?
08-07-2020

El camino con correos
Hello! The Camino is now open! You should check out the article linked at the very top of this one to see how the "new normal" is looking like for the Camino.
09-07-2020

peter
dovrei fare il cammino dalla Francia passare in Spagna ad agosto volevo sapere che tipo di autorizzazione covid 2019 devo portarmi dietro per non avere problemi
04-07-2020

peter
dovrei fare il cammino dalla Francia passare in Spagna ad agosto volevo sapere che tipo di autorizzazione covid 2019 devo portarmi dietro per non avere problemi
04-07-2020

Annabelle
Hi there, I am flying to Bilbao on the 25th of July. I would love to book some alberges upfront, do you have a list of te alberges that are open on route the france? Thank you so much, Annabelle
02-07-2020

El camino con correos
Hello, Annabelle. The Xunta de Galicia has created a website where you can keep track of which public albergues are open on each route and book a reservation: https://alberguesxacobeo.gal/. We also have lists of over 5000 albergues, hostels and hotels that you can check out (you will find them on each stage of the 'TheCaminos' section) with their contact information. Buen Camino!
03-07-2020

Lance
Hi, I plan to camp along Camino Frances in August. Do you know if the campsites are opening? Thanks
02-07-2020

Genevieve Singe
Apologies!!!I just posted and incorrectly typed...its not the Camino Frances I'm doing this year . It's the Chemin Frances. And just wondering about availability of accomodation in albergues in France and if camping in my one man tent is an alternative to hostels? Can you give me advise on in which towns/villages allow or cater for camping? A website? Anything to help. Many thanks.Genevieve
01-07-2020

Genevieve Singe
Apologies!!!I just posted and incorrectly typed...its not the Camino Frances I'm doing this year . It's the Chemin Frances. And just wondering about availability of accomodation in albergues in France and if camping in my one man tent is an alternative to hostels? Can you give me advise on in which towns/villages allow or cater for camping? A website? Anything to help. Many thanks.Genevieve
01-07-2020

Genevieve Singe
Hi. So glad to hear things are progressing!!!!!I have planned my route on the Camino Frances in Sep from Le-Puy-en-Velay to St-Jean-Pied-du-Port. I am from South Africa!!!! So what is my chance of entering France in Sep 18 ???????? Input would be great. Many thanks
30-06-2020

Genevieve Singe
Hi. So glad to hear things are progressing!!!!!I have planned my route on the Camino Frances in Sep from Le-Puy-en-Velay to St-Jean-Pied-du-Port. I am from South Africa!!!! So what is my chance of entering France in Sep 18 ???????? Input would be great. Many thanks
30-06-2020

Ieva
Hi, any news about accommodation along Camino del Norte? Are any going to be open in July? Thanks!
29-06-2020

El camino con correos
Hello, Ieva. As of right now, public albergues along Camino del Norte are still closed. You can follow up on their status at www.alberguesxacobeo.gal and book your reservation there too once they are open. Buen Camino!
01-07-2020

Feargal Hartnett
Hi, I am scheduled to do the last 125km of the Camino in September and the hostels I have booked and paid for are temporarily closed as per the trip advisor site. Do you think they will reopen?
29-06-2020

El camino con correos
Hello, Feargal. That will depend on how the situation continues and which Camino you're walking. As of right now, our hope is to have the majority of the albergues in the Camino Francés open by August, but we will have to wait and see. Buen Camino!
01-07-2020

Lorenzo
Hi! I'm going to start my journey from Leon (camino frances) in the middle of July. Do i need to book the overnight stays in advance or can I book those day by day on my way? Thank you.
29-06-2020

El camino con correos
Hello, Lorenzo. We definitely recommend booking in advance if possible, since it ensures that you will get a place now that the albergues and hostels have limited space. Buen Camino!
01-07-2020

Eric
Ellen, the EU will be excluding tourists from the USA according to NYT, BBC and many other sources, when the July 1 reopening of the EU begins. The USA does not meet the EU C19 standards. So I doubt you’ll be able to go to Spain. Sorry ????.
28-06-2020

Ellen
How realistic is it that I would be able to walk the Camino THIS July (my flight is for July 5). I’m from the US
27-06-2020

El camino con correos
Hi Ellen! The EU decides today which countries will be able to enter Spain from July 1. Forecasts are not good for USA, which does not meet epidemiological requirements. As soon as the EU makes a decision, we update the information.
29-06-2020

Mitch
Plans set for May 2021! In the meantime, mini Caminos at home.
24-06-2020

Eric
Americans may be excluded from entering the EUs 27 countries come July 1. The C19 levels in the USA, as of now, do not meet EU standards. The list will be revised every 2 weeks. And I don’t blame them for being cautious. Still hoping to go in the fall.
23-06-2020

John Sacco
Hi, Looking to hike the Primitivo in mid September. What is the likelihood of finding overnight accommodations?
23-06-2020

El camino con correos
Hi John. Our recommendation is that you book in advance. On the Camino Primitivo there are still not many shelters open and they have had to reduce their capacity. Buen Camino!
23-06-2020

Chris
Hi :) I am thinking of doing solo travel and do the 'Camino' for a week or so in mid-July. Does anyone know or have any suggestions to which routes might be ideal, taking into consideration which hostels might be open. Thank you! Chris
22-06-2020

El camino con correos
Hi Chris! Until now, the route with the most open hostels is the Camino Francés. We will be watching how it evolves. Buen Camino!
23-06-2020

Ieva
Hi! Is there a list of Albergues that will be open starting from July? We have our flights for July 6th to Bilbao and will be walking the Camino del Norte. Also, were reading about an app where we would book a place in some of the Albergues (to reduce the contact during reservation handling) does anyone know more info about it?
22-06-2020

Kevin O’Callaghan
Hi Done me and my wife and I are starting our sponsored walk hopefully on the 14th of September from Porto to San Diego I’m hoping it will be okay by then we’ve booked in hotels and bed and breakfasts fingers crossed we can go trying to raise money for my daughter who is disabled for her day centre had five functions booked this year butCOVID-19 put an end to them
19-06-2020

Dan Coster
I'm gearing up to go September/ October..I'm confident every things going to be Okay...
18-06-2020

El camino con correos
We hope it too!
19-06-2020

Christopher Huston
I'm looking at walking the Camino Frances beginning at St. Jean Pied de Port, in mid-August. Are the albergues likely to be open?
18-06-2020

El camino con correos
Hi Christopher! Not all. But a good part of the albergues and hosteles hope to open between July nd August. Buen Camino!
19-06-2020

Martin
Have anyone please any news about the re-opening of the Santiago cathedral???
16-06-2020

El camino con correos
Hi Martin. The Santiago Cathedral reopen the 1st of July. You can read more info here: https://www.elcaminoconcorreos.com/en/blog/camino-santiago-reopens-july
17-06-2020

Guoda
Hi, everyone. Sadly, our flight to Bilbao is cancelled (supposed to be on 23 of August. Hope we could make it next year. :(
15-06-2020

El camino con correos
Hi Guoda. The Asociación de Municipios del Camino de Santiago will publish a list of the hostels that are open. As soon as they do we share it. Buen Camino!
16-06-2020

Eric
Sid, One the best place to get updates is the El Pais in English site. They have all the latest government announcements. It seems that after July 1 all restrictions will be off international travel.
14-06-2020

Sid
As a U.S. citizen coming from the United States, when can I come to Spain and not have to have a 14 day quarantine period?
13-06-2020

El camino con correos
Hi Sid! Starting July 1, it is planned to open the borders with countries outside the EU. But Spain is waiting for Brussels to click on a group of countries with which they can reopen those external borders. The countries included must meet three requirements: their epidemiological situation must be analogous or better than that of the EU; Assume certain sanitary conditions at origin, route and destination; and require that they act with reciprocity, that is, require also accept the entry of affected travelers from the EU.
15-06-2020

Marjolein
Thank you for the answers. I hope to hear soon which and when is possible to walk. Do you know on which site they will say which camino (and when) is pissible to start walking? But for sure every camino from the 1th of july? Is it nessesary to make reservations?
13-06-2020

Eric
From what I recall from my Camino’s, there was only 1 on trail tent camping ground. Almost all of the property on either side of the trail is private property. That my change going forward.
12-06-2020

Harald van Gils
https://www.elcaminoconcorreos.com/en/blog/camino-santiago-reopens-july?fbclid=IwAR3nRA2GSaQqfUsUNo-VgLkKrsz83C8jbaFNpgZtxSBx4FrqHXhYMWCMhc0
12-06-2020

Marjolein
Thank you for your message. And is it possible to walk the camino from sevilla to santiago (the silver route) from 22 of june?
12-06-2020

El camino con correos
Hi Marjolein. It will depend on whether the autonomous communities allow mobility between them or not. We are attentive to the decision.
12-06-2020

Marjolein
Possible????????
11-06-2020

Marjolein
Hello, My question is if you live in Spain, its allready to walk the camino from 21th of june.
11-06-2020

El camino con correos
Hi Marjolein! Some Caminos can be completed from June 22. Others will have to wait a little longer until all the communities have passed the phases and enter the new normal as the Camino Francés. For this Camino, it is better to wait until July.
12-06-2020

Dave
Hi, It's so good to see so many like-minded people eager to get back on the Camino. A big thank you to El Camino for this blog and keeping us updated. I have taken a gamble and booked a cheap flight to Bilboa in Mid July. Being from Uk it really will be touch and go whether I will even be allowed into Spain/France. But Covid numbers are falling and I remain positive. If allowed I can choose best options on where to start my Camino. Finding a bed for the night to suit our budgets is a big part of the journey/adventure and think its important to prepare for that in this exceptional year i will expect places in Alberges will be limited and strict protocols will be in place. I cannot imagine the usual sharing of kitchens and communal eating etc. I will also be very conscious of the fact that the local cafes/bars etc will need our support more than ever this year and will eat in their establishments as much as my budget will allow! I too will be carrying a tent as an emergency back up. I think if you have no other choice and are discreet- e.g pitch up at dusk and pack up early dawn and leave site exactly as you found it- it should be no harm. overall I do expect this year to be more challenging and do expect to need a much higher budget! but do not think it will dampen the magical experience of what the Camino brings. Good luck to everyone Buen Camino! Ofcourse that is providing all goes well and that we are allowed to journey!
11-06-2020

El camino con correos
Thanks for your thinking, Dave. Buen Camino!
11-06-2020

Richard Catlin
I did the Camino Frances in 2018 and only stayed in Albergues. Tent camping seemed to be discouraged. I am wondering if tent camping would be feasible and more facilitated during the covid challenge.
09-06-2020

El camino con correos
Hi Richard! We will be attentive to all kinds of measures that are taken for the Camino in this situation. Buen Camino!
10-06-2020

Kevin
Hi everybody we’ve booked for our sponsored walk on the 15th of September this year from Porto to San Diego comfortable does anybody know if that’s gonna go ahead it’s gonna be open and we’re up to today thank you Kevin
08-06-2020

El camino con correos
Hi Kevin! Knowing what's going to happen in September is impossible. It all depends on how the pandemic evolves. Today, everything points to pilgrims returning to the Camino de Santiago in July. Buen Camino!
09-06-2020

IGNACIO GONZALEZ
Había preparado el viaje de mi vida incluyendo el Camino de Santiago, pero hay más tiempo que vida esperemos algún día pòder ir.
08-06-2020

El camino con correos
El Camino de Santiago siempre estará ahí, Ignacio. Mucho ánimo y Buen Camino!
08-06-2020

Eric
Point of information, 2021 is a holy year. The last holy year saw a 100,000+ more pilgrims on the trail. I’m planning a September or October Camino. Will book after July 15. Waiting to see how it goes once the trial is open. But will buy trip cancellation insurance.
07-06-2020

El camino con correos
Buen Camino, Eric!
08-06-2020

Jeppe Aagaard
Hi, I would love to get on the camino in the beginning of July. I am aware that spain should be opening up for movement between regions from 1st of July if all goes to plan with the reopening strategy as mentioned in earlier posts here. I am though having trouble figuring out what restrictions will be in France at this point. I have read about France lifting restrictions on the borders for EU-members on the 15th of June, but even though that is only a week away now i have not been able to find any further information or confirmation on these plans yet - anyone know anything about this? I obviously hope to start my camino from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, but if there would be too many restrictions on travelling to and in France i guess starting in Roncesvalles would be the option. Jeppe, Denmark
07-06-2020

El camino con correos
Hi! The borders in France are closed until June 15. We look forward to new announcements from the country. Buen Camino!
08-06-2020

Joe & Petra, Cambridge, UK
Our highlight for 2020 was going to be walking the Camino Francais for all of September, but today we have cancelled everything - just too many hazards and unknowns. Good luck to anyone brave enough to try this year - our sights are now set on 2021.
07-06-2020

El camino con correos
Buen Camino!
08-06-2020

John Tony
I have walked quite a few Camino’s and I usually do a mix of albergue’s and staying under the stars. I am concerned about how the albergue’s will deal with the 2 meter distancing rule. Mind you I love staying out, but how will the authorities react to a bit of old fashioned pilgrim ways.
06-06-2020

Ellen
Hello. My niece and I are looking to walk the Camino (French Route) starting around July 7. We need to make flight arrangements as we are coming from the US. I see you are expecting to “open” July 1st. I can’t wait to make the flight arrangements until July 1st. Is there a way to tell how likely it is for the Camino to be “open”, the alburgues To be open, and the cathedral to be open, too? Would you likely know by June 20? June 25? Also do you expect that the accommodation fees will be higher than last year?
06-06-2020

El camino con correos
Hi. We are attentive to the latest information and decisions made by governments in this regard. At the moment what we know is that the borders are opened on July 1 but it is not yet known if entry from any country is allowed. As for the Camino, from July it will be able to move throughout the territory, if everything goes well, but we do not know if all the hostels will be open and under what conditions. As soon as we have new news, we will update the info.
08-06-2020

Harald van Gils
I really hope the camino will open soon, it's been on my mind for years. Not only for the pilgrims but also the many hostels along the road, which are without income for almost 3 months now. I expect a slow start in July, with the adventurous and the ones who can afford it. An advantage for pilgrims is that it will probably be a lot more quiet, offering more of a pilgrim's experience after business of recent years.
05-06-2020

Eric
Just my opinion but, I think you can delete some of the oldest comments. The comment list is getting a little long.
03-06-2020

El camino con correos
Thank you for you coment, Eric. We will do it!
08-06-2020

Martin
"Santiago Cathedral is temporaly closed. We do not have a planned reopening date" And you do not suppose re-open even in July 1st ? I think, that Cathedral Museum plan to re-open just at this date?
02-06-2020

El camino con correos
Hi Martin. We don't like to speculate. We will wait for the Cathedral to announce its reopening calendar. As soon as it does, we will inform you. Buen Camino!
03-06-2020

Martin
Please: is Santiago Cathedral open? - in the title web page is still "temporaly closed" http://catedraldesantiago.es/en/ And if Cathedral is still close - do you know please, when will be reopened?
02-06-2020

El camino con correos
Hi Martin. Yes, the Santiago Cathedral is temporaly closed. We do not have a planned reopening date. Buen Camino!
02-06-2020

NICA
Bonjour, est il possible de recevoir une alerte par e mail des que les structures debergements du camino seront réouvertes .J'espère tellement pouvoir faire ,Porto Santiago ,cap finistère . merci
01-06-2020

El camino con correos
Bonjour. Vous pouvez vous abonner à notre newsletter et vous recevrez chaque semaine des informations actualisées sur le Camino de Santiago. Buen Camino!
02-06-2020

Helene
I will be walking with a group of 12 people 1-17/9 and we stay at small pensions in doublerooms. I hope the will host us even if we full the whole hotel. What do You think? From Triacastela to Muxia via SCQ
01-06-2020

Mariska van der Klis
What is the status now? July the first tourists will be able to travel to spain. Is the camino open then? And how about the albergues?
31-05-2020

El camino con correos
Hello, Mariska. July indeed seems to be the key month to find out what happens with the Camino. The situation is still uncertain though, since it depends on mobility between territories (which is expected to be restored at the end of June) but also on accommodations. The situation with the albergues will depend on the ability of each of them to adjust to the new circumstances and safety measures that are needed in this particular context. We will have to wait and see. Take care and Buen Camino!
01-06-2020

jason
someone posted a link to the Albergues that are opening on the Camino del Norte. https://m.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=123029102745131&id=100051141248357&set=a.104699144578127&source=57&refid=52&__tn__=EH-R
30-05-2020

BOB
Nothing book yet but hoping to hike the Camino in its entirety starting September 1st. It is much appreciated the information supplied by this site. Thank you !
28-05-2020

Eric
Cris, spoke to my travel agent in Spain. September looks good. That’s when I want to go. Pamplona is a beautiful city. That’s where I started from last year. The one caveat she said is if there is a second wave after July when all travel restrictions are off. Suggest you plan but, be flexible. I’m going to but travel insurance when I book just Incase.
27-05-2020

Cris
I was planning to do the Camino this May 2020 but due to the situation I had to cancel. Do you ladies and gentlemen think that it will be possible to be done in September 2020? I am planning to start in Pamplona.
27-05-2020

El camino con correos
Hi Cris! Everything points to the possibility of returning to the Camino starting this summer. Everything will depend on how the pandemic evolves and if there is a re-emergence or not. But let's hope everything goes well and you can come in September.
28-05-2020

Mitch
On My Camino in October I too saw a lot more toilet paper in the bushes and general trash on the trail. Some places the Toilet paper was abominable. A good "Leave no trace" education for walkers with signs posted on how to's and such. We have much of this signage on trails in the USA. But, it cost money and someone has to get out there and promote it. Maybe my job after my retirement? Walking the trail all year, talking to walkers and promoting Leave No Trace. Dream Job.
27-05-2020

Eric
Zsolt, I do not accept. I pick up.
26-05-2020

Zsolt
Eric, littering is not about how heavy a piece of garbage is. It is about attitude. One cannot imagine throwing away the trash, while the others do not care. I also live in a mediterrean country where people do the same, they litter on the beach, in the parks, everywhere. They simply do not realise what they do. It does not mean you should accept that.
26-05-2020

Eric
Sarita, I too noticed more trash on my last Camino. What really bothered me was the empty plastic water bottles. You’ve carried the water bottle full when it weighed 2lbs or more but, you now trash the trail with an empty water bottle that weighs next to nothing. I don’t understand.
26-05-2020

Kevin
Things are looking good for my sponsored walk on the 15th of September this year on the Camino could anybody tell me I need to get a GPS for my mobile phone route people and doing the wall with that if the company that I’m doing the walk with have sent me An app but I am unable to download it I know people have said to me that the route is quite well signposted but I have had a brain injury when I was in the military recently and would need to use a GPS system If possible I am walking from Porto San Diego Compostela with my wife trying to raise money for my daughter who is disabled for her day centre which has been hit financially by COVID-19 that anybody is out there that wishes to donate please post it on the blog and I will forward you my email address thank you Kevin
26-05-2020

Sarita
Hello - I too love the camino and have postponed a trip with my daughter. What I want to say to all the peregrines on here is last year there was SO MUCH MORE TRASH. Please peregrines pay attention to what falls out of your pocket or pack and pick up after yourself so the path doesnt fill with litter!
26-05-2020

El camino con correos
Thanks for your thinking! It is very important that we all take care of the Camino!
26-05-2020

George
I completed my Camino around March 16. The office in Santiago was closed. Do you know how I can get my Compostela? I live in the US.
24-05-2020

Pat
My wife and I finished up in Sahagun last year was really hoping to finish the camino this year in September , What do you think??
24-05-2020

El camino con correos
Hello, Pat. Although it is still uncertain, we hope everything will work out fine and we will be able to meet again on the Camino in September. As of right now, July seems to be the key month to see what happens. Take care and Buen Camino!
01-06-2020

Jason
https://elpais.com/sociedad/2020-05-23/ultimas-noticias-del-coronavirus-en-espana-y-en-el-mundo-en-directo.html from the article: The Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, has announced that LaLiga will resume on June 8 and tourism will be open to foreigners from July. I have been planning on walking the Camino in mid September, this is the first time that I thought the odds of still doing it are greater than 50%. Regardless if it is possible at that time I look forward to walking my next Camino when Spain is ready to have us.
23-05-2020

Eric
To all, things are starting to look up. Madrid will be going to Phase 1 Monday. So the end of June early July might find all Spain in Phase 3. One can hope. Still planning a fall Camino. Masks, gloves and hand sanitizer what ever it takes. This also depends that when all of Spain is in Phase 3 there are no international restrictions, no 14 day quarantine etc etc.
23-05-2020

Helene
Thanks Eric and Mitch for mention the Monestary tour. I have walked Villafranca del Bierzo to Santiago via Samos the 3 last years and we have never had time to do it. This year (i hope) we will start in Triacastela and walk the short trip to Samos wich give us time to do the tour.
22-05-2020

Frank
Had to discontinue Frances in mid-March as the Albergue Luz de Fromista was one of the last to close. But I got across the wonderful Meseta before that happened. Nothing is ever lost completely. My sixth Camino awaits!!
21-05-2020

Gabor
I'm afraid I'm not the only one who works for a school, this is why I can go only in late August likely 10 - 25 /8. It will be my third Primitivo. I MUST GO! Maybe in mask, maybe in gloves, and from a hospital to the other, - but I can't miss it! Please encourage me that it'll be possible!
21-05-2020

Mitch
The Samos Monastery is definitely a must. Highlight of my Camino in October.
21-05-2020

Eric
Helene, you must do the Samos Monastery tour if its available. The building is a must see. Bueno Camino.
21-05-2020

Helene
I agree with Eric. The Camino need us. I have talked to an owner of a small pension. He Will not survive 2020 without us. We are a group of 15 persons, walking from Samos to Muxia 1-17/9. I hope so much it will work. We will be so careful❤️
21-05-2020

Eric
I’m sorry I don’t feel the same way some people do, I will go as soon as the Camino is open. As soon as it’s safe for me and others including the towns people. The small towns cannot survive a whole season with out the pilgrims. Their economy depends on the pilgrims. The larger towns/cites they will be hurt to but not as much as the small town’s hotels, cafes, stores, restaurants and bars. If all goes well into phase 3 by the end of June or July and things stay calm. I’m going, masks, gloves, hand sanitizer what ever it takes. My Camino will be in the fall. Hoping that the Camino get at least 4-5 months of love.
20-05-2020

Annemie
What is the best website to find out when the Camino will be fully operational again? Including information on albergues, hospitaleros, cafés and restaurants, as well as places of worship. I have walked it before and can only imagine the difficulties.
20-05-2020

El camino con correos
Hi Annemie! We are trying to update all the info. We hope it can help you. Ultreia!
22-05-2020

Al
Found this today. https://english.elpais.com/economy_and_business/2020-05-19/spanish-government-hoping-domestic-tourism-will-restart-the-sector-by-the-end-of-june.html?fbclid=IwAR0kPWQI8DIb5mXVNRMqSv_8ao6LMPPkrzXzjpnUVNji2_RcJH7gG8oXk18
20-05-2020

El camino con correos
Hi, Al. The forecasts are that the quarantine of travelers will be maintained for the duration of the alarm state. We will continue reporting. Buen Camino!
20-05-2020

Mitch
I just do not see an easy path to reopening the Camino until after hospitaleros are allowed to return , new guidelines are established and implemented for sanitary sleeping facilities and protection of the local population can be guaranteed. This could take until well into the fall or next spring at the earliest. It seems me that this country has been through a lot and to risk a new outbreak with folks coming from all over the world to central point is tempting fate. To open this trail to Spaniards on a smaller scale would be appropriate but to open the gates to the world this quick maybe disastrous. I say give the Camino authorities some time to recover and figure this thing out. The future of the trail is at risk and lives of many Spaniards are as well. Sorry to be preachy but I love this trail and want to ensure its future .
19-05-2020

El camino con correos
Thanks for your thinking, Mitch! Buen Camino!
20-05-2020

Peggy
Hi I live in Spain with my kids (all residents) and planned to walk the Camino with my kids end of May. This for sure will not be possible. Any thoughts on if it will be possible mid June? Would love to get some first hand information. Plan was to walk the camino de frances.
19-05-2020

El camino con correos
Hi Peggy! We do not know. We must wait to see how the territories evolve. But it will be more likely in July than June. Buen Camino!
20-05-2020

Adam
Thank you for your comprehensive and up to date blog. As someone who has been planning a Summer 2020 Camino for a long time now, I have been searching for reliable information throughout this crisis. As a current resident of Spain, I’m trying to remain optimistic to be able to start the Norte in mid-July. Of course, I have already accepted that if it is not a possibility then it simply is not, but I admit my plans for the past year of my life in Spain have all centered around this Camino experience, so if I am able, I most certainly will. Though the experience may be different, it always is for each individual anyway, and to do the Camino as soon as it is available should not be seen as a selfish thing if it is done mindfully, which again, it should be anyway! All the best, happy trails!
19-05-2020

El camino con correos
Thank you, Adam! Buen Camino!
19-05-2020

Eric
El Camino con Correos, if you get any good news please let us all know ASAP.
18-05-2020

El camino con correos
Hi Eric! We will tell you all the news that arises immediately. Buen Camino!
19-05-2020

Christopher
Glad to see I am not the only person still wanting to do the Camino ASAP. I am planning on doing the "Camino Portugues" this September with two (or three) friends. Does anyone know if the borders between Spain and Portugal are open yet? Does the 14-day self-quarantine rule apply to people crossing from Portugal into Spain, or only to people who fly into Spain from outside the EU?
17-05-2020

El camino con correos
Hi Christopher! The borders between Spain and Portugal remain closed. If you are not a resident in Spain or work here, at the moment you will not be able to pass. We have to wait for how the virus evolves. Buen Camino!
18-05-2020

KEVIN
Hi me and my wife supposed to be doing a sponsored walk for my daughters charity on the 14th of this September from Porto to San Diego Compostela could you tell me do you think we will still be allowed do you think it will be open by then thank you Kevin
17-05-2020

El camino con correos
Hi Kevin. It is too early to know. We have to wait to see how the virus evolves. Buen Camino!
18-05-2020

Eric
Now travel to Spain from foreign countries is banned till June 15. There are exceptions. I don’t fit any. Still hoping for a fall Camino.
16-05-2020

Gabor
Eric! Oh ... sorry. I misunderstood you, I thought the Camino should have been the target you mentioned. Thanks God, I have no issue with my health, but I proudly join the club of the 'seniors'. After you, of course.
16-05-2020

Eric
Gabor, the target age for the worse virus fatalities is 60 and up. Welcome to the club. Most of us, not all, have some underlying medical issue. I happen to have one.
16-05-2020

Gabor
Eric, what is the 'target age'? I'm 65, am I also in it?
15-05-2020

Eric
Zsolt, I too want to do a section of the Camino in the fall. September or October is my plan. Logrono to Burgos as I’ve said previously. I just need to make sure that it’s firstly safe, hotels are open, bars and cafes are open, and the towns along the trail are welcoming. I’m in the target age group, I’m 67. Let’s just hope and pray that all of Spain is in Phase 3 the end of June or July the latest. Because I would need to make my reservations by then to make sure I can get the rooms I’ll need and my flight timed to coordinate with my rooms. If not, hopefully I’m around next spring. Stay safe. ????????
15-05-2020

Zsolt
Eric, yes it is typical of European countries. I live in Malta and the situation is the same. Before enter the country you must give them your address where you stay at, and then the police will check if you stay there or not for 2 weeks inside. Hopefully they will draw it back and open the borders very soon. It would be my third (maybe the last) camino, but from the middle of September I will have to work so I must start at the beginning of July the latest. Last time it took 27 days till Santiago from St Jean.
15-05-2020

Eric
To all, the latest glitch is, the Spanish Government is going to a 14 day self quarantine for foreigners coming into Spain starting on the 15th of May. They didn’t say how long it may last. I’m from New York so I guess they mean me..
13-05-2020

El camino con correos
Hi Eric! This rule will be in force during the state of alarm and its possible extensions. The forecast is that it will be until the end of June. After that period, the government will have to give new mobility rules. Buen Camino!
14-05-2020

Pádraig
Please relax, take a deep breath and change your plans for any Camino's before September/October/November and that is the earliest it can possibly be. Yes, you feel frustrated and eager to saunter/walk but please consider that (your and others) activities on the Camino will be putting everyone at risk, peregrinos, services and locals alike. I do not write this coldly, my heart is yearning to be on the Camino again and had plans for September/October to do the Norte (my 6th), but I feel early 2021 is the better option. Remember others and the implications for everyone please -it will be all the more pleasing after the wait, Buen Camino!
13-05-2020

El camino con correos
Thank you for your thingking. Buen Camino!
13-05-2020

Eric
Zsolt, “IF” is the key word. Not sure if the French sections will be open that hasn’t been on my radar only the Spanish side of the Camino. My friends and I were going to walk from Logrono to Burgos. Only have 2 weeks this trip. They live in Madrid, which will not be going into phase 1 tomorrow. They are my main source of information. “IF” all goes well.
10-05-2020

Zsolt
Dear Eric, if the camino opens in July as you heard, it means all the routes will be allowed to walk from France to Santiago? If so I will be really happy. Thank you.
10-05-2020

El camino con correos
Hi guys! It will depend on the evolution of the virus. July would be the month if all the territories started in phase 1 today and evolved correctly. But today only 50% of Spain enters this phase. So it's time to wait.
11-05-2020

Eric
Collette, I’ve been talking to my friends in Spain. They say “IF” all goes well, they feel the Camino might be open by July the earliest. They walk a different section every the season. And I’ve walked with them. They are not planning to walk till September the earliest. So I’m following their lead. The fall looks to be doable if you can wait.
09-05-2020

Hanna
camino primitivo from 31 07 2020 . flight to santiago de compstela from Poland . then transfer bus ??taxi??to Oviedo and start 2 08 to Santiago.. Will be real? everything is booked,,or should I rebook? i is my 4th camino..
09-05-2020

El camino con correos
Hi Hanna! We don't know. We have to wait to know when the borders will be opened for citizens who do not live in Spain. As of today they are still closed.
11-05-2020

Collette
Hi I'm meant to be walking from astorga to santiago then finnestera from the 31st may do you think it will be open or best to re book everything x
06-05-2020

El camino con correos
Hello Collete. By the end of May we think it will be difficult. We have to see how each territory evolves and how each phase decreed by the experts and the Government is fulfilling. In addition, the borders are closed and there are no forecasts that they will be opened soon.
07-05-2020

Silvino Lyra
I walked Camino in June 2015 for 42 days. My prayers goes to all along that wonderful path of life. Thank you for your wonderful work for us Peregrinos. Buen Camino..Ultrea...Animo...
05-05-2020

gabor
Matthew and Zsolt, I agree with Eric. Once you decided, don't give up! Don't hesitate! Let's hope that things turn better during the summer, and in September we can go.
04-05-2020

Eric
Matthew, it’s like I said, something will come up to be in your way next year. I’ve already contacted my travel agent for flights to Madrid in the fall. I’m in contact with my friends in Madrid to hear the latest news from them. Granted things maybe crowded and it may take longer then you planned but, if things are safe, masks, hand washing, etc etc, go go go. Keep a daily diary, you’ll read it when you get home and miss the Camino. That’s why I’m going back. Keep informed of what’s happening on the trail and if at all possible, go go go. Bueno Camino.
04-05-2020

Zsolt
Hello, my dear pilgrimmates. I am also thinking about walking the camino next year I instead of now but to be honest I am really afraid of the big crowd. On the one hand all who missed it now will go, on the other hand 2021 will be a Holy year when the number of pilgrims increases anyway.
04-05-2020

Gabor
Matthew! Why are you not trying the Primitivo? Same distance as from Leon to Santiago, but much more beautiful. Asturias is a wonder.
02-05-2020

Eric
Matthew go if you can. Don’t put it off. Something else might come up next year. The walk is the Camino not the restaurants or bars. Testing your self and succeeding that’s the Camino.
02-05-2020

Bruce
I can only imagine the pent up demand and the bars and restaurants only allowing partial opening will result in crowded conditions. I think it best to wait another year.
02-05-2020

El camino con correos
The Camino de Santiago will always be there for us!
04-05-2020

Matthew long
I have a flight into Madrid on June 28th to walk Leon to Santiago. I’m feeling hopeful things will open up by then. My plan is to call Albergues/hostals a week and see if they are running. If so, I’m going!
01-05-2020

El camino con correos
Hi Matthew. The Spanish border remains closed to non-citizens or non-residents and we don't know when they will open. We hope you can travel and walk the Camino. Ultreia!
04-05-2020

Eric
I was hoping to go in the fall, September or early October. Hoping things are the new normal by then. Thanks.
30-04-2020

El camino con correos
We hope so, Eric. Buen Camino!
04-05-2020

Marius
As in the news, in Phase 1,earliest from 11 may, it should be opened hotels and touristic apartments , restaurants at 30% just outdoor, and you also can move inside the same province until phase 3 (end of june). So, you can do the camino if you don't leave the province until july? Luggage transfer service will work inside that province? Also how can you get in that province as an international tourist if you don't have direct flight to Santiago for example and you must transit Barcelona airport (another province) to get there ? We must start the Camino in second part of june and end it in july, should we cancel or not? Thank you and stay safe.
29-04-2020

El camino con correos
Hi Marius. We will try to answer your questions. Active tourism is allowed in phase 1. Although it does not say anything about the Camino de Santiago, we understand that within the same province it could become the Camino. In this case, Paq Mochila would be available. The plan says nothing about international connections. But it does not allow traveling between provinces, so it will not be possible to get to Madrid airport, for example, and move to Galicia.
29-04-2020

Eric
The Spanish PM said he wants to open the country by the end of June. This includes small hotels. Will this also include the Camino?
29-04-2020

El camino con correos
Hi Eric. The idea is to be able to recover the activity at the end of June. For this, all the territories of Spain must go through the 4 phases explained in the article. If all goes well, this will be accomplished in late June. But depending on how the covid-19 affects each territory, it can be prolonged. We have to wait. Buen Camino!
29-04-2020

Scott911
Hello, I had to walk the camino in June can you give me any info if I can go ahead.
28-04-2020

El camino con correos
Hello Scott. At this time, it is early to give some information about the future of the Camino de Santiago. Everything points to the fact that the hostels are not going to open shortly, but until the government presents its plan for the next few months, we will not know more. Hopefully in May we will have more info. Ultreia!
28-04-2020

Liuba
hi! We have our trip booked for June 5th... We are still hopeful and haven't cancel yet, will give it another 2 weeks to see how things are. Do you think the Camino will be open by then?
27-04-2020

El camino con correos
Hi Liuba! We see it complicated. In fifteen days some relief measures will begin for the citizens but it is likely that for the Camino it will be soon yet. Anyway, if you can wait a couple of weeks to cancel, the future will be somewhat clearer. Buen Camino!
27-04-2020

Chris
Stay safe everyone. We will be able to walk again.
26-04-2020

El camino con correos
Hi Chris. The Way awaits us ;-)
27-04-2020

Eric
We need to be ready to go back at the first sign of the Camino opening. The small towns on the trail depend on the pilgrims to survive. This would have been my 3 Camino. I’m still packed and ready to go.
25-04-2020

El camino con correos
We hope we can return to the Camino very soon. Buen Camino!
27-04-2020

Adele
Hello. I have booked hotels and was planning to walk from Sarria to santiago in october 2020. Do you think i should cancel this.
24-04-2020

El camino con correos
Hello, Adele. We do not have forecasts of how Spain or Galicia will be on those dates or if the Camino de Santiago can already be traveled. We hope to have more data in Summer.
24-04-2020

Peter
Hello, any indications for mid of august? Planning to start on 10th of August for my camino del norte. Thsnk you
21-04-2020

El camino con correos
Hello, Peter. Until mid-May we will not have new info about Covid-19. As we have more data, we will update the info. Buen Camino!
21-04-2020

Vukasin
Hello. My friend and me plan to go on camino from may 15th. We bought flight tickets few mounts ago for that date. What do you recommend to us? Whether to delay for some of the next mounts or come may 15th if Spain government abolishes state of alarm may 10th.
20-04-2020

El camino con correos
Hello Vukasin. We believe that on May 15 it will not be possible to do the Camino. Although the State of Alarm is lifted on the 10th, the Spanish Government has already indicated that we will not be able to go outside as before. The best option is that you delay your plan. Buen Camino!
21-04-2020

Connie
I have tickets to fly. to Spain from the US on June 13, 2020 to go to Ibiza and hike the Camino. Should I cancel the trip?
19-04-2020

El camino con correos
Hi Connie. The state of alarm and confinement was extended until May 10. But we don't know what will happen from that date. We are sorry but we haven't more info. Buen Camino!
20-04-2020

Michele
I was so excited to leave to walk my first Camino on May 2nd. When Spain is ready for the Pilgrims to return I will be there. Stay Healthy and Safe
15-04-2020

El camino con correos
Hi Michele. We are sorry but we are afraid your Camino will be not possible on May 2nd. The Spanish government is thinking to extend the state of alarm and confinement until May 10. And, from there, it will be seen. It's waiting time. Take care!
15-04-2020

Liz Ross
My friend and I had planned to walk the Camino in September. Will it be open by then?
14-04-2020

El camino con correos
Hi Liz. We are sorry but we don't know when the Camino will be open. At this moment, we have to waiting for. Buen Camino!
14-04-2020

Zsolt
Hi, there, Itt is so sad. I completed the camino in 2007 and returned in 2012. This year I decided to go again in Summer maybe for the last time. Now it has been cancelled obviously. I simply cannot imagine the way without people walking... Hope the best, take care, and prepare for the next journey.
12-04-2020

El camino con correos
Hi Zsolt. Buen Camino!
13-04-2020

Colin
Hello and thank you for your blog. It's informative and helps peregrinos like me, my son and others here I see to make the best decision. We have tickets to travel from the US and hoped to do the camino starting at the end of May to beat the peak summer months. We are planning to cancel and get airline credit. Even though we have family in Spain, it's not worth the trip if we have to stay inside for weeks - that's the opposite of the doing the camino. Ultreya!
11-04-2020

El camino con correos
Suseia!
13-04-2020

Denise
Hi i have booked the camino to walk the coastal route from porto in June but i an now changing my dates do you think things will be ok to travel in September or should i change it to next year as i have paid for everything except the Albergues.
11-04-2020

El camino con correos
Hi Denise. We don't know if in September you can make your Camino. Maybe you can wait until june and make the decision with the last info. Buen Camino!
13-04-2020

Mari
Hello there! I know it is still a terrible time and too soon to think about doing the Camino, but I was wondering if there was an updates to the projection of when the albergues *might* start opening up?
08-04-2020

El camino con correos
Hello, Mari. No forecast yet. Most likely, the alarm state will not be lifted before May. And from there, it will be seen. We are sorry but this is all the information we have at the moment. Ultreia!
13-04-2020

Katie Maleta
I have booked my flight for the Camino on June 8, 2020. Should I cancel my flight and get a refund? I have travel insurance. Also, should I wait a month before I cancel? Thank you for feedback.
07-04-2020

El camino con correos
Hi Katie! The best option is that you have to ask your flying company. Buen Camino!
07-04-2020

Tracy Weekes
I still have an airline ticket booked to leave Canada on June 28/20 to arrive in Biarritz. My hope and prayer is that my dream of walking the Camino will be realized this year. Until then, I wait to hear more...
03-04-2020

El camino con correos
Let's hope!
06-04-2020

Chris
If the state of alarm is lifted this summer, do you think the albergues will reopen for the season?
03-04-2020

El camino con correos
Hi Chris! At this moment, we don't know anything. We go week by week. We are sorry but can't give you more info. Buen Camino!
06-04-2020

marco begni
Hi I was walking my 17th Camino from Bayonne with my wife when we had to stop in Ponferrada We are now on a Airbnb until the 17/4 The new rules don’t allow for a renewal of the lease Is there a pilgrim refuge where we can go Obviously we tried to leave and had 3 flights canceled
02-04-2020

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