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Zazz

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2021
Anyone currently in St Jean that can advise on what is currently needed to stay in an Albergue there? Was anything asked of you like the French Sanitary Pass? Negative COVID test? Vaccination Card?


I am coming by bus from Pamplona in 8 hrs and I just want to spend one night there and start the walk tomorrow morning but have been getting conflicting information from everything I’ve been reading on what may or may not be needed. I have a negative COVID test and an American vaccination card. Would that be enough?

Would be lovely to hear from someone who has been there in the past few days.

Thanks!!
 
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Welcome, @Zazz! And buen camino.
I've copied this list from another thread here - official websites for accurate and current information. It's a moving target.
Many people are asking "What Covid tests/vaccines/etc. will I need and what are the travel restrictions?"

The answers are continuously changing, so you must check for yourself, close to the time of travel. The moderators recommend the following approach:

First, search your own country's travel restrictions.

Secondly, search the EU/ Spain's current travel restrictions and requirements. We thank vigilant forum members for recommending the following links as the most reliable sources of information:
  1. EU official website - This gives an overview of the travel and health situation in the EU countries. https://reopen.europa.eu/en. A smartphone app is available, as shown on the website.
  2. Spanish government - This is in English. https://www.spth.gob.es/ and also links to https://www.mscbs.gob.es/en/profesionales/saludPublica/ccayes/alertasActual/nCov/spth.htm
  3. Spanish Tourist Office - https://travelsafe.spain.info/es/
  4. Aena (Spanish airports) - Has FAQ in English, dealing with Covid-19 related rules for people arriving at an airport in Spain. https://www.aena.es/en/frequentlyaskedquestions.html
  5. Visit Portugal.com - https://www.visitportugal.com/en/content/covid-19-measures-implemented-portugal
  6. French Government website - https://www.gouvernement.fr/en/coronavirus-covid-19
  7. Coming-to-France website - https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/c...virus-advice-for-foreign-nationals-in-france/
 
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Adding these:
I am now leaving st Jean . Restaurants asking for the pass most everytime. It was a bit difficult to find a bed but finally found this gite. It had many empty beds. The owner was very warm.
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(From a few days ago.)

I do not think you will get stuck as long as you can show proof from the French government (via email) confirmation that you submitted. Use your vaccination card and keep that confirmation email handy. If you do not receive a code I would also as a back up get a test done upon arrival..this will give you a QR code in France good for 3 days (72 hrs). my recommendation is absolutely follow the guidance of the French government website. https://www.gouvernement.fr/en/coronavirus-covid-19
From reports I see elsewhere it can currently take up to 7-8 days before American applicants get their French QR code for the pass sanitaire. It is really important to follow the instructions carefully: Attachments must not be more than 10 MB in total and not in zip format; fill in the subject line carefully and exactly as prescribed; check your spam folder.

Someone made an interesting point: As you have to fill in your email address in the application form, pay particular attention to this so that it is correct and especially when it contains numbers. Try to write 1s and 7s in the European/French way. I don't know whether it matters in the end but the person had a point, especially since nobody knows how they process the application forms.
So if you apply online for the French pass sanitaire, but do not yet have the QR code (you won't), that application and your proof of vaccination &Etc are important to have on hand.
 

Zazz

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2021
(From a few days ago.)



So if you apply online for the French pass sanitaire, but do not yet have the QR code (you won't), that application and your proof of vaccination &Etc are important to have on hand.

Thanks for all those great links and posts! Very informative!

I’ll be making sure to at least send in the application so I can have it on hand if asked.

Really hoping to be able to start from St Jean, but I’m prepared if need be to start in Roncesvalles.
Was curious if they were strictly enforcing the pass sanitairre at the gites and if I needed one to enter the pilgrims office to get my pilgrim passport. Don’t want to break any laws but also really want to walk the Pyrenees.
I’ll be in France for less than 16 hours.
 

Connie Ramage

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Thanks for all those great links and posts! Very informative!

I’ll be making sure to at least send in the application so I can have it on hand if asked.

Really hoping to be able to start from St Jean, but I’m prepared if need be to start in Roncesvalles.
Was curious if they were strictly enforcing the pass sanitairre at the gites and if I needed one to enter the pilgrims office to get my pilgrim passport. Don’t want to break any laws but also really want to walk the Pyrenees.
I’ll be in France for less than 16 hours.
We were required to have French Sanitaire code to enter restaurants in SJPP 4 days ago.
 
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An option would be to walk from Roncesvalles to the border, then retrace back to Roncesvalles and then stay in a village beyond Roncesvalles. You’d get some of the Pyrenees without actually staying in France.
 

Zazz

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2021
Update:
No issue on the bus, went right over the border into SJ. Beautiful little town.

No issue with accommodation for me or my friend staying in two different places.

No issue at the Pilgrims Office.

Only time I was asked for the pass sanitaire was when entering restaurants. Was not allowed to sit down, but we were allowed to go inside and order our food to go. We got some pizzas and went and sat in a park with a bottle of wine.

So really no issues at all. Only thing is it’s 4:15am and I can’t go back to sleep because I’m too excited haha. Early start for me this morning! Wonder if there is a cafe that is open early?
Buen Camino!
 

Zazz

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2021
By this do you mean that nobody asked you for anything or…?
Have a great camino!
Yes correct. Was never asked for any paperwork. Not my vaccination card, no COVID test, and not the French Sanitaire QR code. Just the restaurants in order to eat physically at their tables.
 

Cicada

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Frances St Jean -Santiago April -June 2017
Portugues September 2018
Update:
No issue on the bus, went right over the border into SJ. Beautiful little town.

No issue with accommodation for me or my friend staying in two different places.

No issue at the Pilgrims Office.

Only time I was asked for the pass sanitaire was when entering restaurants. Was not allowed to sit down, but we were allowed to go inside and order our food to go. We got some pizzas and went and sat in a park with a bottle of wine.

So really no issues at all. Only thing is it’s 4:15am and I can’t go back to sleep because I’m too excited haha. Early start for me this morning! Wonder if there is a cafe that is open early?
Buen Camino!
Lucky you! My wife and I sat in the park and ate chicken and salad with wonderful French bread followed by the best chocolate muffins ever . April 2017 I'm solo envious of you . Buen Camino
 
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