Pilgrim Passports, Part 1: What is a Pilgrim Passport?

20 Aug

Becoming a pilgrim is a different journey for each and every one of us. For some it requires long, methodical planning and training, for others the Camino is fueled by spontaneity. However, no matter how you arrive at the beginning, there is something that all pilgrims must complete to have their diploma (in Latin!), the Compostella, bestowed up them upon reaching the end at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela — a pilgrim passport. The Credential, in Spanish. The pilgrim passport is your credentials to prove you are a pilgrim.

The passport has important reminders noted on the back:

The Passport is only for pilgrims traveling by foot, by bicycle, or by horse, who choose to conduct their pilgrimage in a spiritual manner. It’s objective is to identify the holder as a pilgrim and does not give any rights. Pilgrims are afforded the two benefits of:
1: Access to pilgrim accommodation refuges. Refuges are not free, and for those who ask no payment, it is best to donate something.
2: Obtaining the authentification of the Compostella, or the pilgrim diploma at the Cathedral de Santiago.
Note: Pilgrims who travel by foot are generally given priority. Those who travel the Camino via car (or other vehicle) must seek out separate accommodation.

Along the way stamps are collected at each point of accommodation or dining and is a record, as well as reminder, of the path the pilgrim took. At the end, the passport should be filled to the max with stamps from different places they stopped at along the way. It will look something like this:



But, most importantly where do I get a pilgrim passport and what does it look like… blank? Follow tomorrow for Pilgrim Passports, Part 2.


One Response to “Pilgrim Passports, Part 1: What is a Pilgrim Passport?”


  1. Pilgrim Passports, Part 2: Where do I get my credentials? | K A C Johnson Books - August 21, 2013

    […] Part 1 of Pilgrim Passports we learned a little more about what the Credencial is and its […]

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