It has been announced that the 1st of July is the date set by the Cathedral of Santiago, the Pilgrim’s Office and a good part of the public hostels to open their doors, favoring the restart of the Camino pilgrimage.
The Minister of Culture has said.”We all want pilgrims to return to the Camino de Santiago soon, but the absolute priority is to guarantee safety for those who travel the route, and for the professionals or volunteers who are present on a daily basis,”
The decision was made yesterday at the meeting of the organizing committee of Xacobeo 2021, in which the Xunta de Galicia, the Santiago City Council and the Archbishopric participate. After the serious health crisis of Covid-19, the committee considers that the conditions are now being met to guarantee the safety of pilgrims and those who offer services related to the Camino de Santiago.
This ends the uncertainty about the possible return to the Pilgrimage routes to Santiago in 2021 which, however, must be carried out with the necessary sanitary measures in place.
The network of public hostels that depend on the Pilgrimage routes will open gradually from July 1st. The number of establishments and their capacity will be determined by the total supply of places that exist in each municipality of the Camino.
The objective is to guarantee a safe reception for pilgrims, offering a sufficient number of places between public hostels and private accommodation that are also beginning to reopen. It has also been confirmed that this year public hostels will have a reservation through an app that will be available as soon as possible.
When can you travel?
Regarding international travel and connections, the President of the Government of Spain announced the opening of borders for foreigners starting in July.
However, given the improvement in the data and the evolution of the pandemic, the borders with the Schengen countries will open on June 21.
On July 1, the borders with countries outside the EU are scheduled to be opened, always selectively, depending on their epidemiological situation. The EU agreed this Monday, June 29, to authorize the entry of 15 among which are Algeria, Australia, Canada, South Korea, Japan, Georgia, Morocco, Montenegro, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay .
On the contrary, the European Union maintains the veto over 150 countries, including the United States, Brazil, Mexico, Russia and India. EU countries, including Spain, may maintain the veto to some of them if they consider their epidemiological situation unreliable.