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[Post-Covid] Is the Camino open? Will I be able to walk at whatever future date?

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[This post is written on behalf of the moderator team.]

Many people come to the forum with variations of the same questions - which we are all asking ourselves these days! Will the Camino X or Camino Y be open next month or whenever? Are the albergues open? What Covid tests/vaccines/etc. will I need? What are the travel restrictions?

The answers are not easy, and a lot of disagreements tend to emerge - disagreements on the facts and the predictions, that then go off-topic into arguments about ethics, politics, epidemiology, etc. In order to reduce the number and intensity of these threads, we are posting this stock answer. When new threads are opened, moderators will often close the new threads and refer to this one.

As more information becomes available and some stability is achieved, we are happy to have new threads to address the real-time situation including albergues, pilgrim offices, Santiago cathedral, pilgrim numbers, etc.

A few basics:
  1. There is no single Camino authority for the facilities overall, so there is no answer that applies across all stages and routes.
  2. Restrictions, openings, and closures change almost daily, and they can be different in every country/region/province/city.
  3. The Forum does not condone an attitude of trying to circumvent the regulations and laws. Posts that disdain the public health measures are not acceptable.
The moderators recommend:
  1. Search your own country's travel restrictions.
  2. Search the EU/ Spain's current travel restrictions (see list of links below).
  3. Be comfortable with the risk of losing deposits on any reservations for travel and accommodation.
  4. Browse forum threads including Lockdowns to get an idea of the changeability and complexity, but remember that you cannot rely on the accuracy of any forum posts on this important matter.
  5. Enjoy your planning in the meantime! Just don't expect any quick certainty to confirm your travel hopes and dreams!
A few useful official links are:
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at the moment, restrictions differ in each Spanish region, and you are not allowed to cross from one region to another. As a reference, Camino Francés, crosses 4 regions

Castilla y León

And in each region, restrictions may in turn differ across provinces - for example, in Andalucia you would not be able to go across provinces. On May 9th things might change, but we do not know in which way, restrictions might be eased across regions, but then tightened locally. Too complicated, honestly
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