My Pilgrim Credential / Credencial / Pilgrim Passport


When you set out on the road to Santiago, the standard is to purchase – for a few Euro only – a Pilgrim Passport; also known as a Credential or Credencial.

With this you gather stamps along the way.
Interestingly the word for this stamp in Spanish is Sello, and in French it is Tampon.

The passport serves three main purposes:

1. You need to present your passport at the end of your Camino to prove places visited and thereby receiving your compostela (certificate of achievement).

2. You also need to present your passport at the various pilgrim accommodation options along the way to prove pilgrim status and so receive your discounted pilgrim accommodation.

3. Your passport also acts as a reminder of places visited, people met, and the landscapes and places walked through.

To give you an idea of what a pilgrim passport looks like I have photographed the pages of mine, from the walk I made on this journey from Prague to Finisterre in northern Spain:

Pilgrim Credential, credencial, or Pilgrim Passport

Pilgrim Credential, credencial, or Pilgrim Passport

Pilgrim Credential, credencial, or Pilgrim Passport

Pilgrim Credential, credencial, or Pilgrim Passport

Pilgrim Credential, credencial, or Pilgrim Passport

Pilgrim Credential, credencial, or Pilgrim Passport

Pilgrim Credential, credencial, or Pilgrim Passport

Pilgrim Credential, credencial, or Pilgrim Passport

As always please remember that you can click on any photo to enlarge. Thank you.

I purchased my passport in Prague; hence the reason for the Czech language.

If you have any questions or comments then please feel free to leave a message in the reply box below.

Thank you and Buen Camino!

Neville David Thomas

Categories: Walking into Spring and Summer [My 3,109km walk from Prague to Finisterre | 2014]Tags: , , ,

6 comments

  1. That’s quite a walk, Nev. Well done!

  2. Hi, where did you buy your Credential in Prague? Thanks Víťa

    • ahoj Víťa.

      I picked up mine from Praha 6, but looking at current information it looks as though the system might have changed.
      I checked for you and this is the current information published:

      Ultreia o.s. vydala český credencial. Je možno jej získat na credencial@ultreia.cz.   Do emailu napište žádost o credencial, své jméno a hlavně telefonní číslo, aby si  někdo z členů ULTREIA s Vámi mohl domluvit předání credencialu. Cena credencialu je od 1.4.2015 135 Kč. (Cenu jsme museli zvýšit z důvodu zvýšení nákladů na tisk. Odpovídá zhruba částce 5EUR, za kterou se kupují credenciály ve Francii a Německu.) 
      Credenciály je možné také bez předchozího objednání vyzvednout a zaplatit v Informačním centru KČT Praha, Fügnerovo náměstí 3, Praha 2 (kousek od metra I.P.Pavlova). Otevírací hodiny po-čt 10-18 hodin. Je možno zakoupit i přes eshop.

      Are you going to be walking from Praha along the same route I walked?

      Hezky den.

      Nev 🙂

  3. Want to walk from Prague to LePuy
    Next Sept and October
    Are there any English guides?
    I am thankful for your notes but would like some maps etc
    Thank you. Gwen Telling
    Canada

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