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An Update on the Vaccine Rollout in Spain [March 2021]

Many of you are asking when can we travel to Spain?

Travel to Spain and within Spanish regions is dependant on a number of factors which include but is not limited to vaccinations, both for travellers and for the people living in the host countries.

The Vaccine Rollout in Spain

Since our last Vaccination update in January, there has been good progress made with the vaccine rollout in Spain. As of March 17 2021, 5.7 Million doses of the vaccine have been administered and 1.7 Million people have been fully vaccinated.

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It is still estimated that all priority groups will be vaccinated by June 2021 and the current national lockdown and state of emergency will be lifted at or before that time.

According to El Pais:

“April will represent a before and after for Covid-19 vaccinations in Spain. While a large number of doses are still arriving in the country, around a million a week, all of the pharmaceutical companies are planning to increase their deliveries next month. And that is when another vaccine is likely to be added to the three already being used by the Spanish authorities: the one made by Janssen, which is due to be approved for use by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) on March 11.”

The rate of vaccination in both the U.S. and the U.K. has also been very promising with both countries set to complete their vaccination objectives by summer 2021.

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With more vaccinations being approved for distribution in Europe and the Astra-Zeneca vaccine now completely endorsed by the EMA, Spain and the surrounding countries should see a good improvement in the numbers vaccinated in the coming months.

Portugal has announced that it will aim to reopen for U.K. tourists in May and realistically we should see Spain on a similar trajectory.

When will the Camino be open?

Since March 12th, the Camino hostels (Albergues) have been open (at a reduced capacity of 30%) and since March 15th pilgrims are now able to walk in all areas of the Camino in Galicia.

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While all areas and regions of Spain and the Camino are not currently open – there is still a state of emergency in place until May 9th 2021 – it is expected that restrictions will be lifted gradually allowing pilgrims to once again walk on all the Camino routes.

For more information on travel to Spain and the Camino, we have also compiled a Travel & COVID-19 FAQ plus you can keep up to date with all the latest COVID Travel News here.

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Comments

  1. By Sarah

    Hi Pat, that all sounds very promising. Both Spain and Portugal are expected to reopen to tourists later this year. And the vaccine is expected to be rolled out to all those who need it in 2021. The EU is implementing a digital health passport (to show vaccinations etc), the details of which we will see soon. They have just agreed on it so it will take at least 2-3 months before it is fully rolled out. All going well, I am sure you will be able to travel in the spring of next year and to complete your Camino in Portugal and Spain. Do get in touch if you have any other queries, Sarah

  2. By Sarah

    Hi Keith, thank you very much for the kind words – it is much appreciated! Really hope you enjoy your trip, it’s lovely to have the Camino to look forward to! Fortunately, we are going from strength to strength thanks to people like you. All the best, Sarah

  3. By Pat Lumsden

    I am currently booked on the Camino Portugese, coastal route for next spring. I am coming from Canada and expect to be vaccinated fully by fall of this year. Do you see any problems with this and would we need a certificate/passport of vaccination?

  4. By Keith seery

    Hi sarah thanks for the info. Really enjoy browsing your web site. Full of very usefull info . Well done to your team and everbody at comino ways. This year will be my 4th camino in a row and the one im looking forward to the most. Best of luck with the buissness im sure you will be back to full strenght in no time

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