I am an American who plans to do the Camino Trail via the Coastal Portuguese way. I am wondering what the difference in travel restrictions means to walkers in both Portugal and Spain, and if towns I plan on traveling through will each have their own regulations.

I am completing the planning and traveling without an agency. I am also not a native Portuguese or Spanish speaker, so reference sites should be accessible in English without a translator.

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    Do you live outside the Schengen Area? At present there are restrictions on residents of the United States on entering the Schengen Area. Nov 5, 2020 at 18:13
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    Spain recently entered a renewed state of emergency, provisionally until March 2021. I wouldn't come here until next summer if I were you, or even delay the trip to 2022.
    – Aaron F
    Nov 6, 2020 at 13:15
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    Why on earth are you planning such a trip right now... stay at home!! Nov 6, 2020 at 17:42
  • you're obviously aware that there is a pandemic out there and that Spain is badly hit right now. yet you are planning to go there somehow?
    – njzk2
    Nov 7, 2020 at 22:54

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This is more an extended comment than an answer. The answer right now is simple: you cannot do that and there is no a reasonable date estimation on when you will be able to do the Santiago Trail again.

It's impossible to give you a response for the near future, but it is possible to give you an answer for right now: you can't do the trek.

This starts with the fact that you quite likely can't fly to Spain.

You haven't told us what your route is, but right now all routes are closed. Most areas in Spain are closed (you cannot cross some borders between towns and comunidades and, of course, you cannot cross from Portugal to Spain except with proof that you are doing so for work).

In addition to that, most hostels and hotels along the route are closed or have restrictions. Your best bet could be a tent (also it's safer; you probably don't want to share a room with unfamiliar people who might be carrying the virus).

Anyway, the situation is changing continuously and could change at any moment. Rumors are that a complete lockdown may be enforced in the upcoming weeks. But maybe in 3 or 4 months everything will open up... or not.. you can't make any plan.

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    I'd be very wary of travelling internationally right now. As Ivan said, the situation has changed so quickly that planning is basically out of the window. For example, I've had to cancel 4 separate trips this year because the accommodation was forcibly closed - sometimes at only a few days notice (I'm UK-based, but I imagine it's similar for our Iberian cousins). Honestly, I'd look at holidaying domestically for the foreseeable future. Nov 6, 2020 at 16:03

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