Yes, they are doing a test on this passport on Mallorca at the momentThank you for your video, Ivar!
I hope the best for the Spanish people, wonderful if the vaccine plan is working.
Maybe we are a step closer to a vaccine passport, there is a lot of talk about it in Denmark.
This Winter the Flu was very low in USA because of mask wearing...I think that too many people are overly unaware of the seasonality of this and other respiratory diseases.
So that there are (sadly) liable to be SARS outbreaks for several years during the respiratory diseases seasons (Winter/early Spring in Western Europe), and then remissions in the warmer later Spring/Summer/early-to-mid Autumn weather. (depending in Europe significantly on latitude)
So that Camino-wise & IMO for the mid-term future, warmer weather Caminos should be considered rather than colder weather ones -- though it's still too hard to see what the overall consequences of the vaccination programmes will be, nor the degree to which natural and artificially triggered herd immunity will mitigate those future Winter outbreaks, nor how many years it will take for these mitigations to be sufficiently significant.
So I'd say to pilgrims under durable travel restrictions from their home countries or from EU restrictions, and also hoping to avoid risks from the virus itself, maybe aim for late Spring 2022 ?
Blessedly, still in the Holy "Year" !!
As I recall texas got hit pretty hard last summer? Who knows?Some viruses are seasonal by their nature - they circulate more in winter and die down in warmer months, while other viruses seem seasonal, but it's mostly because they transmit easier when people are spending more time together indoors. I'm not sure if it's known what Covid's behavior as far as seasonality is.
Colds seem seasonal because people tend to get them more often in the winter when they are in enclosed spaces more, but I know that I've had my share of summer colds! I got one on the Camino in June one year.
And on whether there are airlines flying out of Australia, on which pilgims might travel towards Europe and other destinations.....The question here would be not only if Spain let us in, but also whether Australia will let us out...
Thanks for the update, Ivar, much appreciated.
Difficult to say. Spain is still at about 12-13% vaccination rate (first dose). It needs to pick up by a lot for may to be a good time to walk I think.
Currently the Pilgrims Office in SJPDP is closed until May. This thread might give you more insight.
If the State of Alarm is not extended, it will end on May 9th, and all regional lockdowns will cease.
Hi JabbaPapa. I have been meaning to post for a while to say thank you for your excellent updates in a couple of threads! Love the way you present it in layman’s terms! I am hoping to start a Camino inIf the State of Alarm is not extended, it will end on May 9th, and all regional lockdowns will cease.
There are extra restrictions currently in place over the Easter period, 'til April 9th, and it was rumoured that after that date, numerous Regions would ease their lockdown to lower levels than before Easter ; but as always, such decisions will be made at the last moment, so that nobody will have any good idea of what shape the reopening will take before next week.
Some Regions, such as Catalonia, are likely to keep heavier restrictions than others until May.
As to your question, depends what you mean by a "full Camino", though you should know that anyone entering Spain by land from France now also needs to have a negative PCR test result less than 72 hours old. And that there is a full regional lockdown in France 'til April 26th, making it very difficult for the vast majority of people to get to, for example, SJPP for Camino purposes. Unless they are disabled or have a diplomatic passport or something ; or they reside in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques within 30K of the Spanish border.
So as to a Camino in May, in more practical terms, wait until news starts coming out from Spain from next week onwards is all I can suggest. Basic numbers have started to drop a little in the South of France despite this third lockdown and various news reports, but it will take about two weeks before that starts translating into fewer hospitalisations and deaths. Just locally though, the numbers have halved over the past month.
Thanks !Hi JabbaPapa. I have been meaning to post for a while to say thank you for your excellent updates in a couple of threads! Love the way you present it in layman’s terms! I am hoping to start a Camino in