COVID-related travel news

Updated October 5th, 2022

Dear Friends,

Even though we strive to update this page often, please make sure to always read the official policies in place at the time of your travel to see what Covid-related requirements apply to you for entry in Spain as requirements may be made more stringent or relaxed from one day to the next.

We are happy to report that as of September 20th, travelers are NO LONGER required to complete a Health Control Form though the Spain Travel Health website or app. The website has stopped accepting submissions and no QR code is required to enter Spain.

Requirements for entry regarding COVID for people traveling from the US still apply. There are three ways to comply as detailed on the Spain Travel Health website, but

The easiest way to comply with the requirements is to provide a negative antigen COVID test taken 24hrs before your trip.

What about other Covid policies once you have entered Spain and are walking el Camino? Spain has relaxed the mask mandates somewhat, but it is still mandatory to wear a mask inside hospitals and pharmacies, and aboard all public transportation (including taxis). Spaniards are more observant with these policies than you might be used to in the US. Also, if you are flying on the local airline Iberia, mask mandates are enforced (even if you are traveling from/to the US).

Otherwise, things on the Camino are back to normal. There are new policies and common-sense practices that hotels and pilgrims follow:

  • Alcohol-based hand sanitizer will be provided in the common areas in hotels and restaurants.
  • Breakfast buffets will be generally replaced with an individual breakfast.

As for your return to the US, good news! The CDC lifted the requirement for a negative Covid test for your return mid June, so you can travel freely back home. Be sure to check with your airline and the CDC for entry requirements since these might have changed at the time of your flight.

Things quickly got back to normal and by the end of September 2022, el Camino beat the record of highest number of pilgrim arrivals in Santiago ever.

Lots of people that were affected by the pandemic and were finally able to travel, but don't delay your plans for 2023 as demand is expected to remain high.

We know travelers might still be concerned about traveling abroad. Here at Hike the Way our goal is giving you the best Camino experience possible. We want our travelers to only have to walk and enjoy the magic of the Camino. If you have any questions or suggestions, please don't hesitate to contact us. We're here to support you!

Buen Camino, friends. 
Jackie Dumoit, CEO and Founder

Hike The Way