Official Pilgrim Credential, Pilgrim Passport
You need the Pilgrim Credential to sleep in albergues along the way and you’ll need an official one to show it at the Pilgrim’s Office to obtain your Pilgrim’s certificate “La Compostela”.
You can read all about ‘La Credencial’ at the official page of the Pilgrim’s Welcome Office (in English): Pilgrim’s Welcome Office.
While it is possible to simply obtain one of the many credentials in most of the big cities in Spain along the Camino, you might want to order it upfront and make sure you have an official one (approved and/or issued by the Cathedral).
are were a booming business
Be aware there are a lot of unofficial credentials out there. There are (were?) individuals who take (took?) advantage of new pilgrims by offering credentials for very high prices (up to 40 Euro!) :-(.
You should make sure you obtain one issued by the Cathedral of Santiago through the Pilgrim’s Office, or by a specifically authorized organization. The Pilgrim’s office issued a communication on this topic.
Get it before you start your trip and get a stamp of your local church
It is nice to obtain it before you leave, since that will give you the opportunity to stamp it in your local town – We’re sure at least the local church will have some official stamp of its own!
The Credential we offer is an official one. We know, because we obtain them directly from The Pilgrim Office in Santiago de Compostela :-).
We agree with them that this document should not be commercialized and should be made available to everyone, including pilgrims who have no need and/or no money to pay for a membership of an official community. The cost of the pilgrim credential here online in our shop is a bit higher than if you come to our shop to pick it up personally. Give us a call to make an appointment and we’ll be happy to accommodate you!
Get your gear and passport together: all in this one-stop-shop for pilgrims to Santiago!
Note: the 2017 credentials issued by the Pilgrim Office have an interesting change in format on the inside: there are no longer pre-printed cells/squares. The Pilgrim Office confirmed these are the right ones but did not provide an explanation. Let’s look at it from the positive side: the stamps will be nicer without all those cell lines crossing them. On the other hand, if you have one of these credentials make sure you don’t forget to write the date with each stamp (the word ‘date’ is also no longer pre-printed).
Taking the old format with cells into account, you should be able to fit ~54 stamps on one passport. If you need more, the general thing to do is to continue on a new credential.
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