The team at Caminoways.com hopes that all of our clients and pilgrims, past, present, and future are keeping safe and well.
We are all hopeful that we will return once again to the Camino de Santiago and help you to fulfill your Camino dreams. We dream of the Camino too.
While the situation is changing every day, we wanted to give you a brief update on the current travel restrictions and also advise on how we are helping you, our clients.
Travel to Spain reopening dates
The good news is that it looks like Spain will reopen its borders at the end of June 2020. If all goes well, we should begin to see tourism to the Camino return from early July.
We have developed a Camino News and Travel updates Guide for estimated reopening dates and essential information about hotels, restaurants, and public transport.
This guide covers Spain, Italy, Portugal, and France and provides essential information so you can keep up to date.
Right now, all signs are positive that we will be able to return to the Camino and the Via Francigena this summer.
The Camino de Santiago and COVID-19
In early May, the Spanish government has announced plans to ease the lockdown measures that were put in place in March.
Some areas of Spain are out of Phase 0 and after May 10th there are 3 further phases to complete before some normality returns.
From May 11th (Phase 1) there was the re-opening of some businesses such as hotels, at decreased capacity, and excluding the common areas.
We are currently checking in with our partner accommodations in Spain, France, Italy, and Portugal to see what measures they will be putting in place to deal with the new health and safety regulations.
Museums and places of worship such as the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela are also to be opened with a one-third capacity limit. Capacity will be restricted indefinitely.
With some outdoor bar areas and small shops reopening, it will be possible to have active tourism in phase 1.
It is proposed that in Phase 2 restaurants, cafes and bars will allow people to eat inside and places of worship will increase capacity to 50%.
On June 8th, provided all goes well in the Spanish territories, Phase 3 will commence which should see all activities recommencing with 50% capacity.
Getting back to “Normality” on the Camino
Each of the phases will last a minimum of 15 days and moving from one phase into the next depends on whether health criteria have been met on a territorial basis.
It is hoped by the Spanish Government that by the end of June 2020, Spain could return to some level of normality, and tourism will resume.
We are hopeful that if all goes well over the next two months, international tourist visits to Spain will recommence in early July.
However, this is dependent on airlines providing flights and how your own government deals with foreign travel at this time.
There are some helpful links below for government advice on travel to Spain:
Our advice would be to follow the guidelines of your own government and keep up to date with travel and airline news and information.
How Caminoways.com is helping our clients
We are constantly monitoring the situation and are making decisions about the operation of our trips on a rolling basis, based on the departure date.
Currently, we have suspended the operation of our trips up to and including July 1st and will be reviewing July departures in the coming days.
Everyone who has a booking with us for a trip due to depart up to July 1st should have received an email from us explaining their options and next steps.
If your trip has been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, you will receive a credit that can be used for future travel across all of our brands.
In addition, we have also launched a 1% Booking Deposit Offer (Valid from May 21st to June 4th) and this can be combined with our Flexibility Offer.
We really appreciate your understanding and support at this very difficult time and we are here to help in any way we can.
We have more information here on our COVID-19 terms and conditions.
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