THE PILGRIMS PASSPORT/CREDENTIAL
What is a Pilgrims Passport/Credential?
A Pilgrims Passport/Credential is the official document to prove you are a Pilgrim on
the road to Santiago.
It allows you access to sleep in the alburgues or hostels along the Camino.
After your Camino is finished it becomes a treasured momento of your journey.
Collecting the sellos becomes an intricate part of the expereince.
How do you use it?
Once you arrive at your starting point on the Camino, present your Pilgrims Passport/Credential to the hospitalero (alburgue/ hostal host and they will stamp it with their special stamp. The stamps are called sellos and you can collect your sellos from alburgues (Pilgrim specific hostal), private hostals, hotels, churches, monasteries, cafes & bars all along the Camino. You might even come across a sello and ink pad in the middle of nowhere (like the picture to the right).
To obtain your offical Compostela (Certificate of Completion) from the Pilgrim's Office in Santiago, you will need to proved the following:
If you are walking, you MUST obtain 2 x stamps per day during the last 100km from Sarria. (even if you have walked from St Jean Pied de Port, if you haven't adherd to this condition you will not qualify for the Compostela.
If you are riding a bike or horse, you MUST obtain 2 x stamps per day during the last 200km from Santiago.
How do you fill in the details on the inside of your Pilgrims Passport/Credential?
Nombre: Your Name (John Smith)
DNI/Passporte: Citizen Passport Number (Nxxxxxxx)
Direccion: Home Address (Melbourne, Australia)
Lugar de inicia de la perginacion: Starting point of your Pilgrimage. (e.g: St Jean Pied de Port)
Tick the appropriate box. (How did you undertake your Camino?)
A Pie = Walking
En bicicleta = Bike
A caballo = Horse
Cumplio la Peregrinacion: This is where The Pilgrims Office in Santiago place the official stamp (sello) to validate you have completed your Pilgrimage and the date you completed it.)
Can I purchase my Pilgrims Passport/Credential from Camino Community in Melbourne before I leave Australia?
Yes, you can purchase your Official Pilgrims Passport from Camino Community in Melbourne before you leave Australia.
These are the official Passports that have been approved and issued by the Cathedral in Santiago.