We have recently entered the Phase 2 of the current health situation, that is why the time has come to re-start travel along the Via Francigena with the utmost precaution and a strong sense of responsibility.
Along the way follow the necessary safety measures to contain the spread of the virus: 1-meter distance in the open air, carry a mask to enter a closed space or to meet other people, use sanitizing gel, etc.
A mapping is being prepared which will contain information about hospitality facilities and pilgrim’s services ready to reopen in compliance with national regulations in force. In any case, please always contact hospitality reception in advance.
Below is information about the route in Italy, Switzerland, France, and England.
Moving and walking along the paths is possible within the region of residence. From 3 June 2020 Italy opens the possibility of walking and moving from region to region and also re-opens to non-Italian tourists. For more information, see the attached guidelines for the reopening of Economic, Productive and Recreational Activities (Conference of the Regions and Autonomous Provinces).
No directives concerning the paths and outdoor activities, as they are open for walking for groups of less than 5 persons.
Hotels and restaurants have regulations to follow, which are available on www.hotelleriesuisse.ch (the site is also available in Italian and English).
In general, as of 11 May 2020, the majority of services are already open. The Grand Saint Bernard pass will open between 4 and 8 June 2020.
The country is divided into red and green areas. The Via Francigena, crossing 8 Departments: Pas-de-Calais, Somme, Aisne, Marne, Aube, Haute Marne, Haute Saône, Doubs, falls into the red area.
At the moment it is possible to walk within 100 km distance from your residence.
Consult the guidelines of the French Hiking Federation: https://www.ffrandonnee.fr/actualites/18967/la-ffrandonnee-precise-les-conditions-de-reprise-de-la-randonnee-pedestre.aspx
Switzerland, France and Germany agreed on a complete reopening of the borders from 15 June, provided that the epidemiological situation does not worsen.
At the moment there are no precise indications regarding the practicability of the paths. Please consult the regulations defined by the National Trails: https://www.nationaltrail.co.uk/en_GB/trails/north-downs-way/