ETIAS TRAVEL AUTHORIZATION
Europe is planning on implementing new rules requiring over 60 visa-exempt countries (including Canada) to provide a travel authorization to enter most European countries. For more information on the effective date of this change, the process to apply and any other relevant details please refer to the ETIAS website.
Other useful links regarding specific countries that might be of interest are:
- Spain: Spanish embassy and general tourism information
- France: French embassy or French government
- Portugal: Portuguese embassy
- Italy: Italian embassy or Italian government
It is advised to sign up with the Registration of Canadians Abroad service in case of an emergency abroad or at home.
IF YOU’RE NOT YET READY TO TRAVEL INTERNATIONALLY…
The Camino can still be a part of your life. Here are some ways to use this time at home to begin your preparations for a future Camino:
- Help your fellow pilgrims by making a donation to our “Camino Spirit Fund” to help pilgrim-related businesses along the Camino.
- Spend time researching the various Camino routes to discover the one that will be just right for you.
- Take this time to improve your Spanish, or your French, using some of the many online language resources that are available.
- Stay in top Camino form by joining a local walking group, (some of our chapters organize regular walks), or just by taking a daily ‘awe walk’ in your own neighbourhood.
- Read some of the dozens of excellent books about the various Caminos (check out our Resources tab for Camino books by Canadians).
- Get involved in your local chapter, many of which have found creative ways to help you connect with other pilgrims.
We also encourage you to keep informed, and to make informed decisions based on official sources, including Government of Canada travel and local health authorities. Here are some other resources that you might find useful and informative:
- The Camino Forum, an extremely active English-language site with lots of postings on every aspect of the Camino, including live updates from the different routes;
- Official pilgrim statistics from the Pilgrim Office in Santiago de Compostela;
- The Camino blog of the Spanish postal service, with interesting and topical articles (in English) about current conditions on the Camino and about the safety measures that are in place;
- The English-language version of El Pais, Spain’s daily national newspaper;
- The interactive map of the Association of Municipalities on the Camino de Santiago, which shows the status of albergues along the Camino Frances.
Please remember that we are always here to answer your questions about the pilgrimage routes to Santiago.
Con seguridad, buen camino!
–your CCoP Board