Where Can I Get a Pilgrims Passport?

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A pilgrims passport is a must, (also known as a credential), you must have one to stay in the municipal and parish Albergues, some of the private albergue do not require one.  The passport will have a spaces for sellos (stamps), this proves that you have walked that day and are entitled to stay in an Albergue (pilgrims only hostels), if there is space, they are valid for walkers and cyclist.

pilgrim-sellos

The passport often ends up being a treasured possession as it is a great reminder of all the places you have stopped and stayed over night.  The stamps are all different and almost all bars and cafes will have one also.

If you are walking from St Jean or very early on any of the Camino routes you need to have one stamp per day.  If you are walking the last 100km, (from Sarria 112km), or cycling the last 200km, (Ponferrada 205km), you will need 2 stamps per day if you want the compostela when you reach Santiago de Compostela.

USA pilgrims can join American Pilgrims on the Camino here. However you do not have to be a member to request a credential from them and they also provide the document for free or a donation. See here.  The donations help you – they award grants that help make pilgrims’ lifes easier on the Camino, from help upgrade hostels, training volunteers to work in the albergues, and providing fund to enable local group to start. More info here.

The Irish Society of St James are the Irish association that provide credentials.  You can order online here and the cost is 10 Euro, you do not require membership. The Irish Society are friendly and organize Camino information events around Ireland.

irish-pilgrims-passport

The Canadian Company of Pilgrims supply passports in Canada, see here.  Unfortunately they don’t have an online ordering system as yet.  The cost is 5 dollars and that includes membership.

The Confraternity of St James in the UK are not easy to deal with.  In all exchanges I have had with them they are rather curt, a huge contrast to an albergue they run in Rabanal which is extremely friendly. You can order a pilgrims passport from them only if you are a member, and they do state that they prefer you are a member before asking for their pilgrim record. You can see the detail here – there is no mention of cost. It appears that membership is by donation with the minimum being 5 pounds.

The Confraternity of St James in South Africa provide credentials only to members, however due to visa restrictions it is worthwhile becoming a member as they provide a letter to enable the visa.  They have good information on their site regarding this process.  Membership is R40 and the passport is R70 – see this page.

The Australian Friend of the Camino will send you a pilgrims credential for free if you are a member, you can order online.

Non English Camino Pilgrim Associations

If you are living in mainland Europe or further afield these website can help:

Du Quebec a Compostelle for French Canadians

La Société Française des Amis de Saint Jacques de Compostelle – France

German:

Deutsche St. Jakobus-Gesellschaft e.V

Region Norddeutschland in der Deutschen St. Jakobus-Gesellschaft e.V

Fränkische St. Jakobus-Gesellschaft Würzburg e.V.

Confraternity of Saint James, Norway

Nederlands Genootschap van Sint Jacob

Sankt Jakobs Bruderschaft Österreich – Austria

Polski Klub Camino de Santiago – Poland

Vlaams Genootschap van Santiago de Compostela – Flemish

Association Belge des Amis de Saint Jacques de Compostelle – Belgium French

Les Amis du chemin de Saint–Jacques de Compostelle Suisse – Switzerland

Confraternita di San Jacopo di Compostella – Italian

Associação de Confrades e Amigos do Caminho de Santiago de Compostela–São Paulo–Brasil – Brazil

Associação Brasileira dos Amigos do Caminho de Santiago – Brazil

Collect Your Pilgrims Passport in Spain

French-pilgrims-passport

Where can I get a pilgrims passports in Spain is a question I am asked a lot. Pilgrim’s passports are also issued in various albergues.  In St Jean Pied de Port is where most passports are issued.  Pamplona main albergue issue the passports, also the pilgrims office beside the albergue in Roncesvalles.  All the main cities, Burgos, Leon, issue the passports, as for the small albergues in between – sorry but I don’t know – if anyone else does let me know and I will post the information here. Below is a table of all the places where you will be able to buy or donate for a Pilgrim’s Passport for the Camino Frances:

For the Camino Madrid – Association of Friends of the Road to Santiago de Madrid

It is likely that I have missed some places, if you would like to add to the list please email me Leslie using the email address caminoadventures@gmail.com – in addition if you know of places on the other routes I am happy to add those also.

Saint Jean Pied de port Pilgrims Office
Roncesvallles In the monastery
Larrasoana Albergue Municipal de Pilgrims
Pamplona Municipal Albergue
Pamplona University of Navarra (Pamplona, Spain) – they are open 24/7 – enter by the front and ask for pilgrims office – you can also have your passport stamped here.
Puente la Reina Municipal Albergue
Estella Municipal Albergue
Logrono Municipal Albergue
Santo domingo de la Calzada Albergue de pilgrims de la Cofradía del Santo
Burgos Albergue de peregrinos (Asociación de amigos del Camino de Burgos)
Carrión de los Condes Oficina del peregrino (Monasterio de San Zoilo).
León Municipal Albergue
Astorga Municipal Albergue
Rabanal del Camino Albergue Nuestra Señora del Pilar
Molinaseca Albergue de peregrinos (Alfredo)
Ponferrada Municipal Albergue
Villafranca del Bierzo Albergue de peregrinos AVE FÉNIX (Jato)
O Cebreiro Albergue de peregrinos a Santuario
Samos Albergue del Monasterio
Sabria Albergue de peregrinos
Sarria Church of Santa Mariña, Rua de Maior
Sarria Monastery of the Magdalena, Avenida de la Merced
Portomarín Albergue de peregrinos
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16 comments on “Where Can I Get a Pilgrims Passport?
  1. jose antonio fernandez says:

    Dear Leslie,
    The Edificio Central (main building) at the University of Navarra (Pamplona, Spain) is one of the venues, located in the “camino”, where the pilgrims can get the Pilgrim Record / credencial. They can get the “credencial” at any hour any day: we are open 7/24 the whole year.
    I would be very appreciated if you upload this information in your web site
    Thank you very much and… buen Camino!

    Jose Antonio Fernandez
    jaf@unav.es
    Pilgrim Office & Alumni Office
    University of Navarra

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  3. Ken T. says:

    Is the information about obtaining a passport at an albergue and the list of albergues up to date as of 2013? Two companions and I are coming in about a month (mid-March) to walk from either Leon or Ponferrada into Santiago (arriving during Holy Week!), and it is past the regular deadline to get a passport from the American Pilgrims organization.

    Thank you for maintaining a site full of so much good information, and for any help you can provide us.

    Ken

    • admin says:

      Where to obtain a passport is up to date, but the hostel list is two years out of date. The first half has been updated at the end of 2012, but I still have to finish it. I will mark on the page when that is completed, likely during the next month or so.

  4. Mike McCarthy says:

    5 retired blokes will be cycling the route from Pamplona to SdC next spring. Can we get a Camino passport in order to stay at hostels or are they only given to walkers?

  5. Jayne Middleton says:

    I am travelling to Barcelona from Scotland then taking the train to Sarria and walking to Santiago from there. Is it possible to get a passport in any of these places?

  6. Ilde Sierra says:

    Everybody can make his own Pilgrims Passport. The only thing you need it´s a piece of card. At the very moment you put a stamp on it, its turns into a “credencial”. This first stamp could be your own parish one, and the sign of your local priest, wherever that parish are, no matter wich denomination that church is. But you can seal it at Spain wherever you want.

    • Ilde Sierra says:

      The “credencial” its NOT an official documet. The really important are the stamps and dates on each one. You can see it in the internet. Write ” Credenciales Camino de Santiago” images. You´ll find there lots of credentials images to be inspired for. Don´t forgot to include your name in it. Buen Camino.

  7. Line schamaitat says:

    I’m going to bicycle from Denmark to Santiago in May.. yay!
    You know if I can pick a pass up in Dk?
    Thanks, great site.

  8. Carlo Fazzi says:

    I’m doing the portuguese camino this year. Is it easy to get the Pilgrim Passport en route in portugal?

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