Pilgrims Credential for Camino de Santiago

The only document that you need to do el Camino de Santiago is the pilgrims’ credential or credencial del peregrino. You can get it for 1 euro in the main albergues (there is one in almost every important village in the Camino) which means that you can choose your starting point.

To mention some albergues where you can get it I will say St-Jean Pied-de-Port, Roncesvalles or Pamplona at the beginning of el Camino de Santiago and after that you can also get them in Logrono, Burgos, Leon or Ponferrada and as I said nearly every big village in the Camino. You can also get it even before arriving in the Camino from many associations and fraternities of Amigos del Camino de Santiago – Friends of the Way of St. James that are spread for all around the world.

Credencial del Peregrino - El Camino de Santiago

The function of the pilgrims credential or pilgrims passport is to record the places where you have passed and for that it will be stamped with the albergue’s logo or stamp by the hospitalero in every albergue you sleep in. Besides, nearly every bar, hostel or associations along el Camino will have their own stamp for you to help yourself and stamp it in you credential. Some people really like this and stamp many stamps every day while others don’t mind too much about it, however, don’t forget to stamp at least one stamp a day (usually in the albergue where you sleep, don’t worry too much about it because the hospitalero will ask it to you and he or she will do it for you).

 The reasons for doing this are two. Firstly, it is a proof that you are a real pilgrim and you are not cheating travelling by car (because you will have stamps on it from places where you can’t access by car). Therefore, it will be your passport to sleep in the albergues. And secondly, once you have completed the Camino it is very nice to see your Credencial del Pelegrino with the stamps of every place you have slept in or eaten in. You will feel very proud of it.

Credencial del Peregrino - El Camino de Santiago

You will also need the Pilgrims Credential if you want to get the Compostela in Santiago’s cathedral. La Compostela is a diploma that the Catholic Church issues to honour the pilgrims who have walked the Camino. Your name will be printed in Latin. To get it you must have done at least the last 100km of the Camino on foot or by horse or the last 200km if you are cycling. You will get a different colour depending on whether you have done the pilgrimage with a Christian meaning – “devotionis affectu, voti vel pietatis causa”  or for other reasons.

To finish this section, I have to remark that what I said regarding the albergues isn’t as strict as it may seem. Why? Because, apart from your pilgrims’ credential, it is very obvious who is a real pilgrim, who is walking and who is not. Your feet will say it. So don’t worry if you stamp so many stamps that you finish your credential or if you happen to start the Camino in a very small village where they don’t have new credentials. Just take a normal sheet of paper and make it your provisional pilgrims’ credential. You can stamp on it the stamps until you get a new one.

Credencial del Peregrino - El Camino de Santiago

Credencial del Peregrino - El Camino de Santiago

Credencial del Peregrino - El Camino de Santiago

Credencial del Peregrino - El Camino de Santiago

I hope you have liked the photos… It’s cool, isn’t it? People are quite crazy about it although I tended to forget it always in my bag and didn’t put many stamps.

20 replies on “Pilgrims Credential for Camino de Santiago”

Hello, is there anyway someone can help me figure out a few questions I have? I’m going on this in a few weeks but there’s some information I can’t find anywhere. I’d really appreciate your help! Thanks!

I walked the Camino two years ago from ST. Jean all the way to Finisterre, and I’m doing it again this year, starting in Pamplona on April 29. If you wish to send questions, I’ll try my best to answer.


I have this on my bucket list. I will have a lot of questions ,but later. I am not sure when, but it should be soon—I am 78 years old,it should be soon,right?

I did it last year from St Jean, France and completed in about 6 weeks in Santiago. I was then 75 years old, soon to be 76, and it was one of the best things I have done in life. I tell people not to take it as a personal conquest or achievement, but as a wonderful reward or gift for the privilege and gift of being alive. If you think you would like to do it, trust me, you can do it? Don”t doubt yourself or worry about the unknown. You’ll be fine.
Buen Camino

I am happy to read what you wrote. I am walking from 1st of April this year and I plan to celebrate my birthday (70) in front of the church in Santiago. I never done it before and it was good to read about your experience. Thank you
Ulla from Sweden.

I am walking in Late June and I was wondering if anyone could tell me how long it would take to walk from Le Puy to Pamplona. Any advice or reply will be greatly appreciated!

Hola, donde se le da un Pilgrims Credential La Virgen del Camino y León?
Hello, where is given a passport Camino La Virgen del Camino-Leon

Hello Elka
Have you done the walk? I have few questions, would appreciate if you could reply as im planning to do it in a week.

Where do you pick up your credential if you’re doing the Camino via the northern route starting in Irun?