The safety of every Walk in Beauty Pilgrim is our most important priority. COVID-19 remains a global pandemic, though there are promising developments since this summer’s surge in cases in the United States due to the Delta variant. For your health and safety, we have adopted this new policy which will be posted on our website and added to our registration materials.
Walk in Beauty Pilgrimages require all pilgrims to be fully vaccinated or receive a negative PCR or antigen test within 72 hours of departure for Spain or Portugal. Pilgrims are required to provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 by June 1, 2022. To submit proof of vaccination, e-mail either a photo or a pdf of your vaccination card to [email protected].
Full vaccination means you are at least two weeks past the second shot of an MRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) or two weeks after receiving the single shot of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
- What counts as “proof”? A hard copy, digital copy, or picture of your vaccine card or negative COVID test will be accepted. We’ll also accept a medical certificate confirming recovery from COVID-19 dated no more than 90 days before departure. Please note that Spain and Portugal and other countries may have additional requirement and/or documents needed for entry.
- What if I am recovered from COVID-19? We’ll also accept a medical certificate confirming recovery from COVID-19 dated no more than 90 days before departure. In addition to a confirmation of recovery from a medical professional, you will need to have isolated for at least 10 days and be symptom and fever free.
- When are you considered “fully vaccinated?” Two weeks after the second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine. See here for CDC vaccine guidance.
- Where can I test? See here for the testing sites nearest you. At-home testing options will suffice only if they include a telehealth component (video call with a doctor); over-the-counter tests will not be accepted. Walk in Beauty will accept this self-administered antigen test.
- What if someone has COVID-19 symptoms on pilgrimage? We have a robust internal protocol in place to safely address any COVID-19 related situations. If someone experiences symptoms on pilgrimage, they will be asked to let me know immediately. I will ask the symptomatic person to isolate from the group and help facilitate a COVID-19 test. If the test is negative, no further action will be taken.
- What if someone tests positive for COVID-19 on pilgrimage? Following our internal protocol and CDC guidance, if a member of the group tests positive, I will ask the individual and any travel partner(s) (if sharing a room) to exit the pilgrimage for the well-being of the greater group. I will help facilitate this as well as share next steps with the other members of the group who may have had close contact with the positive individual.
I strongly urge all eligible pilgrims to be vaccinated. COVID-19 is constantly evolving. Traveling unvaccinated is unwise and puts everyone in jeopardy. As a small, minority-owned busines, I will not offer reimbursement to those unable to join the pilgrimage or take part in certain activities due to not being vaccinated or not meeting testing requirements.
This policy may be a welcome development for some or raise questions and concerns for others. I approach this safety measure as an act of love to prioritize those who are most vulnerable and to offer an environment in which every registered Walk in Beauty pilgrim can be assured that everyone on the pilgrimage is either fully vaccinated or did not have COVID (according to the best testing available) upon departure to Spain. If you are unable or unwilling to comply with this policy, please contact me at [email protected]
This policy may be changed or updated depending on conditions.
My hope is that this policy contributes to a safe and healthy environment that supports you and your traveling companions.
Valerie Brown, JD, MA, PCC