Where Can I Get a Pilgrims Camino Passport?

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.

my pilgrim camino passport


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.

Irish pilgrims passport

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

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

Where to Collect Your Pilgrims Camino Passport in Spain

My First Camino Frances pilgrims passport

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.

In Pamplona main Albergue issues passports, also the pilgrim’s office beside the Albergue in Roncesvalles.

All the main cities, Burgos and 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 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 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 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

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.


8 thoughts on “Where Can I Get a Pilgrims Camino Passport?”

  1. Thank you for this I gor mine and a couple of other small items from The Confraternity of St James in the UK. Although I live in France I found the UK site very simple to use and they were very helpful. My pilgrim passport and items arrived very quickly. Buen Camino!

    • There is a pilgrims office on the left narrow street just as you reach the cathedral and you can get one there. Their opening hours can be patchy and they do not open early in the morning.

  2. You also need it if you want to get the ” get out of hell” certificates after walking to Muxia and to Finisterre. On my first Camino I filled three passports walking from SJPDP

  3. I will also be looking fir credentials. Will be in Lisbon, Tomar and Fatima before starting in Valenca do Minho, Portugal.
    Hoping to find credentials for me and a sister in lower Portugal or at least in Valenca or Tui. Does anyone know specifics on where to go to get them?


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