COVID-19 Travel News And Updates

LAST UPDATED  July 27th, 2022 – This page provides the latest COVID-19 travel news and updates for your upcoming trip. While we aim to keep you informed about travel, hotels, restaurants, etc. This page offers provisional information and is not a government resource. It is updated as often as we get new information (within normal business hours).

Please see our Terms and Conditions for information about our free postponement due to Covid-19 (Section 4-b).

Please also see the latest Spain travel information.

We are currently monitoring the Covid-19 situation and will update this page with any relevant news. Please keep an eye on your government’s websites and ensure you have up-to-date travel insurance.

COVID-19 Travel News

Travel Within The European Union

EU citizens and residents can travel restriction-free to all Camino destinations with the EU Digital Covid Certificate. The certificate is available free of charge and is digital proof that a person has either:

  • been vaccinated against COVID-19
  • received a negative test result or
  • recovered from COVID-19

The EU digital certificates are valid for 9 months following completion of primary vaccine doses. There is no time limit for digital certificates showing a booster dose. For more information, click here. The digital certificate system is updated every week and new information is published on the App for EU Travel which you can download here.

Covid-19 Travel News From The United Kingdom

The UK’s NHS Covid Pass is considered equivalent to the EU Digital Covid Certificate. However, travellers must still meet vaccination requirements for the countries they wish to travel to.

For country-specific entry requirements, please visit the UK government website for each of your Camino countries:

Covid-19 Travel News From The United States

Vaccine certificates must show that at least 14 days and no more than 270 days have passed since the last vaccine dose. If more than 270 days have passed, your vaccine certificate must show a booster dose.

Please check the latest country-specific requirements for your planned Camino countries at each US embassy website below:

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If you are travelling to the European Union to walk the Camino and you aren’t from any of the aforementioned countries, please check your government’s official website for the latest travel information.

Testing & Testing Centres

Do you need to get a COVID 19 test done before departing Europe?

Click here to book a test. You can choose your location from a wide list of European testing centres. Travellers from the US can also pack this CDC Approved test in their carry-on so they don’t have to find a testing location abroad.

You can get a COVID-19 test in the following cities along the Camino & Via Francigena:

  • Santiago (Spain)
  • Madrid (Spain)
  • Porto (Portugal)
  • Rome (Italy)
  • Siena (Italy)
  • Paris (France)

You can also book a test in a wider range of towns and cities in the above countries.

Country-specific COVID-19 Travel News And Rules

Below you’ll find the latest information for each of our Camino countries in regards to hotels, restaurants and the wearing of facemasks.

Spain

Passengers must submit a completed locator form to enter Spain. This form can be completed online via the Spain Travel Health website or app.

Currently, Spain’s COVID situation is under control and more than 85% of the population is fully vaccinated.

General Rules:

  • Borders – Open with testing/vaccination requirements
  • The land border between Spain and Portugal is open with no restrictions
  • Restaurants, Cafes & Bars – Open
  • Hotels – Open
  • Public Transport – Mask is mandatory
  • Mask – It is recommended to wear a mask when social distancing is not possible.

For a full list of practical information for visiting Spain, click here.

Portugal

Passengers arriving in Portugal must present a Digital Covid Certificate or evidence of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival. Passengers must also submit a completed locator form. The passenger locator form can be found here.

Portugal has fully vaccinated 91% of its population and as a result, restaurants, bars and more are open and operating without curfews.

General Rules:

  • Borders – Open with testing/vaccination requirements
  • Restaurants, Cafes & Bars – Bars & Clubs require a booster dose or proof of a negative COVID test.
  • Hotels – An EU Covid Digital Certificate or proof of negative COVID test is required to check into all hotels in Portugal
  • Public Transport – Mask is mandatory
  • Mask – Mandatory in closed spaces and recommended outdoors when social distancing isn’t possible

For a full list of practical information for visiting Portugal, click here.

France

If you are vaccinated, you can travel to France with no issues. You need to present proof of vaccination and a sworn declaration which you can find here.

If you are not vaccinated, you need to present proof of a negative COVID-19 test, pay attention to the country’s traffic light entry system (red, amber and green list countries) and potentially quarantine on arrival. For more information, click here.

With 78% of the population fully vaccinated, there is no curfew in place and there are no internal travel restrictions in France.

General Rules:

  • Borders – Open with testing/vaccination requirements
  • Restaurants, Cafes & Bars – Open
  • Hotels – Open
  • Public Transport – Mask is mandatory
  • Mask – Masks are no longer required in restaurants, cafes and other inside spaces.

For a full list of practical information for visiting France, click here.

Italy

People travelling to Italy need to complete a passenger locator form and provide proof of vaccination or a negative covid test. These rules are in force until at least April 30th, 2022.

The passenger locator form can be found here. Passengers from the US and UK must also present a Covid-19 Green Certification. More information can be found here.

80% of the Italian population is fully vaccinated and the whole country is now in the white zone, which means there is minimum risk. You can read the full list of measures on the official Italian tourism website.

General Rules:

  • Borders – Open with testing/vaccination requirements
  • Restaurants, Cafes & Bars – Open
  • Hotels – Open
  • Public Transport – Mask is mandatory
  • Mask – Masks are required indoors in restaurants, shops, museums etc.

For a full list of practical information for visiting Italy, click here.

More Information

For official information about travelling to each country, please refer to the local tourism websites and your own government’s travel advice.

  • Spain’s tourism website is here.
  • Portugal’s tourism website is here.
  • France’s government website is here.
  • Italy’s tourism website is here.

Please get in touch with our Customer Care team or our Sales team if you have any queries regarding our Covid-19 travel news and how it might affect your travel plans using the form below:

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