The Credential is one of the most important distinctive of the Camino de Santiago, symbolizes the pilgrim’s passport. and accredits it as such. It is the proof that you have done a minimum of 100 kilometers in any of the two routes of the Camino de Santiago on foot or 200 kilometres if you go by bike. With it you can get your Compostela at the Pilgrim’s Reception Office in
Santiago de Compostela
What is the Credential for?
Its operation is very simple: You must fill in the first page with your personal data and place stamps along the stages, you will need a minimum of two stamps per day. We also recommend you to include the phone number in case of loss or misplacement.
Where can I get my Credential stamped?
A very common practice among pilgrims is to collect all the stamps of the places they pass through as a souvenir. But the truth is that you will only need two a day. You can find stamps in many different placesYou can find stamps in churches, town halls, monuments, museums, bars, restaurants, lodgings, shops… each one has its own stamp and you only have to ask for it.
Who issues the Pilgrim’s Credential?
You can get the Credential if you go in person to the Pilgrim’s Welcome Office or to one of the many Jacobean associations authorized by the Cathedral to distribute them, such as parishes or Brotherhoods of St. James the Apostle. You will also be able to get it in the different hostels and lodgings that you will find along the route.
Authorized associations in Spain
Authorized associations in other countries
In Spain: See map
In the world: See map
We remind you that if you have already booked your Camino de Santiago with us you will not have to worry about getting it, as we will send it directly to your home when you make your reservation.
In the Middle Ages the Pilgrim’s Credential was used as a safe-conduct. Wars, plague, crime and other problems made the roads unsafe. For this reason, the authorities decided to issue this document so that pilgrims could travel safely along the Jacobean routes, a task that was also carried out by the Knights of the Order of the Temple.
Countries such as England also issued specific permits that guaranteed the safety of the pilgrims as pilgrims; some took advantage of this status to carry out commercial exchanges.