A pilgrim’s Camino passport is a must on any of the Camino de Santiago routes (also known as a Camino Credential). You must have one to stay in the municipal and parish Albergues; some of the private albergues do not require one.
The Camino de Santiago passport will have spaces for sellos, (stamps). This proves that you have walked that day and are entitled to stay in an Albergue (pilgrims-only hostel), If there is space, they are valid for walkers and cyclists.
The pilgrim’s passport often ends up being a treasured possession as it is a great reminder of all the places where you stopped and stayed overnight. The stamps are different, and almost all bars and cafes will have one.
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.
Pilgrims from the USA can join American Pilgrims on the Camino here. You do not have to be a member to request a Camino Credential from them (see here), but membership and donations help you – as they award grants that help make pilgrims’ lives easier on the Camino, from helping upgrade hostels and training volunteers to work in the albergues. More info here.
The Irish Society of St James is the Irish association that provides Camino passports. You can order online here, and the cost is 10 Euro. You do not require membership. The Irish Society is friendly and organizes Camino de Santiago information events around Ireland.
The Canadian Company of Pilgrims supplies pilgrim passports in Canada, see here. They have an online ordering of Credentials. The cost is 5 dollars, and that includes membership.
The Confraternity of St James in the UK provides a wealth of information on its website and via Amazon, where it also now sells its guidebooks in digital format on Amazon.
The UK Confraternity has an online ordering system that looks like it works a treat. Members and non-members can now purchase the Pilgrim’s Passport for £5.
The Confraternity of St James in South Africa provides 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 Friends of the Camino will send you a pilgrim’s 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 websites can help with a pilgrim’s Camino passport:
Du Quebec a Compostelle for French Canadians
German: Deutsche St. Jakobus-Gesellschaft e.V
Sankt Jakobs Bruderschaft Österreich – Austria
Polski Klub Camino de Santiago – Poland
Association Belge des Amis de Saint Jacques de Compostelle – Belgium French
Les Amis du chemin de Saint–Jacques de Compostelle Suisse – Switzerland
Where to Collect Your Pilgrims Camino Passport in Spain
Where can I get a pilgrim’s Camino de Santiago passport in Spain is a question I am asked a lot. Pilgrim’s passports are also issued in various albergues.
St. Jean Pied de Port is where most Camino passports are issued at the start of the French Camino.
Below is a table of all the places where you will be able to buy or donate 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition, if you know of places on the other routes, I am happy to add those too.
Buying a pilgrim’s passport is a great gift for the Camino hiker in your life.
|Saint Jean Pied de port||Pilgrims Office|
|Roncesvallles||In the monastery|
|Larrasoana||Albergue Municipal de Pilgrims|
|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|
|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).|
|Rabanal del Camino||Albergue Nuestra Señora del Pilar|
|Molinaseca||Albergue de peregrinos (Alfredo)|
|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|
Where to get Camino Passport in Porto?
Porto is one of the most popular starting places for the Camino de Santiago. You can get your Camino passport in a few places.
- Pilgrim Passport at the Porto Cathedral (Se do Porto) is open 9 am to 5.30 pm, cost €2
- Pilgrim Albegues in the city
- Tourist offices
Buying your Camino passport at the Cathedral is your better option as they will definitely have them in stock, and the Camino yellow arrows start right outside.
I have been told that the Albergue de Peregrinos Porto, Albergue de Peregrinos Nossa Senhora do Rosário de Vilar, and the tourist office outside the Cathedral have passports. But this is third-hand information.
Where to get a Pilgrim Passport in Sarria?
Sarria is the most popular starting place for the Camino de Santiago, and they make it fairly easy to get a Camino passport. Almost any church will supply a pilgrim’s passport. All official Albergues have passports, and there are at least 15 in Sarria. There is no pilgrim’s office in Sarria.
The cost can vary widely from donation at the Churches to up to €15 in various Albergues. You have come this far, it is best to be prepared and order a pilgrim Camino passport before you set off for Spain.
I love hiking, backpacking, and camping. From the Camino de Santiago to the West Highland Way in Scotland or simply a great day hike on the weekend. Hiking refreshes me, my mind, and keeps my body reasonably fit. So far I have walked three Camino routes and many other long distance hikes in the UK, Canada, and around the rest of Europe. One of the best was my hike up Ben Nevis.