Coronavirus health crisis forces pilgrims to return home

This is not the time to walk the Camino de Santiago. Health authorities warn pilgrims to return home as soon as possible to protect themselves and prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Spain decreed on March 14 a state of alarm for 15 days, a necessary measure to stop the pandemic of this virus which is spreading rapidly among the world population. To halt its advance, the Spanish government has closed the land borders and ordered the closure of all businesses that are not basic necessities (supermarkets, pharmacies, etc.).

It is time to take care of ourselves and stay at home, waiting for the situation to improve and we can soon fulfill our dream of walking the Camino de Santiago full of optimism and health.

Which services will remain closed?

  • Since March 13, the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela is closed until further notice.
  • All public hostels for pilgrims, not only in Spain but also in our neighboring countries Portugal and France, are also closed.
  • Finally, the Pilgrim’s Office is also closed to the public, although a special mailbox has been set up for those pilgrims who wish to obtain the Compostela by depositing their Credential (the certificate will be sent by mail).

The Spanish Federation of Associations of Friends of the Camino de Santiago has confirmed that after the latest information, there are no new departures of pilgrims from their countries of origin.

However, in order to provide emergency assistance to those pilgrims who have been stranded at the end of the Camino, the Xunta de Galicia has set up provisional facilities in the public hostel of Monte do Gozo to welcome foreigners who do not have the means to return to their countries.

Will I be able to do the Camino de Santiago in the near future?

Of course you will! We want to make all the people who read us aware that the situation we are living is temporary and sooner or later we will be able to reestablish our services with total normality. We encourage you to contact us if you have any doubts or questions.

In the meantime, to keep the Jacobean spirit alive and be entertained at home, we recommend you to take note of this compilation of books and movies about the Camino de Santiago that we recommended some time ago.

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