What is the pilgrim's credential?

The Pilgrim's Credential It is in general Pilgrim's Passport. It is the document that proves that we have passed through all the places through which our Camino.

What is the credential?

In the middle ages, pilgrims were given a safe passage to be able to pass through all the areas until reaching Santiago. Today the Credential is the successor of this document. Here we will register our trip and it will serve to certify to the Pilgrim's Office that we have made our Camino correctly so we can get our Compostela.

How to use it correctly?

Everyone can use their Credential as they wish, but we recommend making a responsible use of it. Some people will choose to seal in all types of establishments, bars, supermarkets, tourist offices ... It should be remembered that it is a reminder of our pilgrimage, and if what we want to remember are bars or town halls then go ahead, we always recommend seal in shelters in which we spend the night and in churches or places that catch our attention and we want to have a special memory. It is also not interesting to seal 10 times every day, since if we make a Camino 30 days we will arrive in Santiago with 30 credentials!

Where to get the credential of the Camino de Santiago

There is an official Credential issued by the Pilgrimage Office of the Diocese of Santiago. The Credential may be acquired in all Associations of Friends of Camino de Santiago. We can also acquire it in hostels, shops, churches, etc. The price is always between 50 cents and 2 euros. Outside of Spain the Associations of Friends of Camino de Santiago take care of its distribution.

Credential Rules

In the last sheet of the Credential we'll meet The rules or conditions. The new options are the following:
  • This credential is only for pilgrims on foot, by bicycle or on horseback, who wish to make the pilgrimage with a Christian sense, if only in an attitude of search. The credential has the objective of identifying the pilgrim; for this reason the institution that presents you must be a parish, brotherhood, diocese, association of Friends of Camino de Santiago, or any Christian institution related to the pilgrimage. The credential does not generate rights for the pilgrim. It has two practical purposes:
    • 1) Access to shelters offered by Christian hospitality along the way.
    • 2) Serve as step certification to request the “Compostela”In the Cathedral of Santiago, which is the certification of having made the pilgrimage.
  • The "Compostela" is granted only to those who make the pilgrimage with a Christian sense: devotionis affectu, voti vel pietatis causa (motivated by devotion, vote or piety). And it is also granted only to those who make the pilgrimage until they reach the Tomb of the Apostle, fully performing, at least the last 100 kilometers on foot or on horseback, the last 200 Km by bicycle or 100 nautical miles and last Km on foot.
  • The pilgrim's credential, therefore, can only be issued by the Church through its institutions (Bishopric, Parish, Brotherhood, etc. or, in any case, through institutions that are authorized by the Church). Only in this way can the “Compostela” be granted in the SAMI Cathedral of Santiago (Conference on the Holy Year: November 1993).
  • The shelters that lack subsidies should be maintained, within their austerity, with the collaboration of the pilgrims (cleaning, care of the facilities, facilitating rest, financial aid ...).
  • Groups organized with a support car or bicycle are requested to seek alternative shelter other than pilgrim shelters.
  • The bearer of this credential accepts these conditions.

University Credential

The Jacobea University Accreditation is an initiative that in the year 2002 launches ALUMNI-University of Navarra together with the Spanish universities located on the “French way” with the aim of spreading the Camino de Santiago Among the university collective on an international scale. The Jacobean University Accreditation is made up of two documents (the university pilgrim's credential and the Jacobean university certificate or "University Compostela") that accredit the "university pilgrim" of any university in the world and certify their passage through European universities located in one of the European itineraries of the Camino de Santiago.

Information on the credential

We will find a map of the Camino de Santiago or various maps. We will also see the next blessing that appears in the Codex Calixtinus.
“In the name of Our Lord Jesus Christ, receive this backpack habit of your pilgrimage so that corrected and amended you hurry to reach the feet of Santiago, where you want to arrive, and so that after having made the trip you return to our side with joy , with the help of God, who lives and reigns for all the centuries Amen. Receive this staff; Let it be as a support for the march and work for the path of your pilgrimage, so that you can overcome the forces of the enemy and arrive safely at the foot of Santiago and after the trip, return with us with joy, with the consent of the same God, who lives and reigns for ever and ever Amen ”(Codex Calixtinus. Sermon "Veneranda dies" LI, c XVII)

The Pilgrim's Credential It is in general Pilgrim's Passport. It is the document that proves that we have passed through all the places through which our Camino.

In the middle ages, pilgrims were given a safe passage to be able to pass through all the areas until reaching Santiago. Today the Credential is the successor of this document. Here we will register our trip and it will serve to certify to the Pilgrim's Office that we have made our Camino correctly so we can get our Compostela.

Everyone can use their Credential as they wish, but we recommend making a responsible use of it. Some people will choose to seal in all types of establishments, bars, supermarkets, tourist offices ... It should be remembered that it is a reminder of our pilgrimage, and if what we want to remember are bars or town halls then go ahead, we always recommend seal in shelters in which we spend the night and in churches or places that catch our attention and we want to have a special memory. It is also not interesting to seal 10 times every day, since if we make a Camino 30 days we will arrive in Santiago with 30 credentials!

There is an official Credential issued by the Pilgrimage Office of the Diocese of Santiago. The Credential may be acquired in all Associations of Friends of Camino de Santiago. We can also acquire it in hostels, shops, churches, etc. The price is always between 50 cents and 2 euros. Outside of Spain the Associations of Friends of Camino de Santiago take care of its distribution.

In the last sheet of the Credential we'll meet The rules or conditions. The new options are the following:

  • This credential is only for pilgrims on foot, by bicycle or on horseback, who wish to make the pilgrimage with a Christian sense, if only in an attitude of search. The credential has the objective of identifying the pilgrim; for this reason the institution that presents you must be a parish, brotherhood, diocese, association of Friends of Camino de Santiago, or any Christian institution related to the pilgrimage. The credential does not generate rights for the pilgrim. It has two practical purposes:
    • 1) Access to shelters offered by Christian hospitality along the way.
    • 2) Serve as step certification to request the “Compostela”In the Cathedral of Santiago, which is the certification of having made the pilgrimage.
  • The "Compostela" is granted only to those who make the pilgrimage with a Christian sense: devotionis affectu, voti vel pietatis causa (motivated by devotion, vote or piety). And it is also granted only to those who make the pilgrimage until they reach the Tomb of the Apostle, fully performing, at least the last 100 kilometers on foot or on horseback, the last 200 Km by bicycle or 100 nautical miles and last Km on foot.
  • The pilgrim's credential, therefore, can only be issued by the Church through its institutions (Bishopric, Parish, Brotherhood, etc. or, in any case, through institutions that are authorized by the Church). Only in this way can the “Compostela” be granted in the SAMI Cathedral of Santiago (Conference on the Holy Year: November 1993).
  • The shelters that lack subsidies should be maintained, within their austerity, with the collaboration of the pilgrims (cleaning, care of the facilities, facilitating rest, financial aid ...).
  • Groups organized with a support car or bicycle are requested to seek alternative shelter other than pilgrim shelters.
  • The bearer of this credential accepts these conditions.

The Jacobea University Accreditation is an initiative that in the year 2002 launches ALUMNI-University of Navarra together with the Spanish universities located on the “French way” with the aim of spreading the Camino de Santiago among the university community on an international scale.

The Jacobean University Accreditation is made up of two documents (the university pilgrim's credential and the Jacobean university certificate or "Compostela Universitaria") that accredit the "university pilgrim" of any university in the world and certify their passage through the European universities located in one of the European itineraries of Camino de Santiago.

We will find a map of the Camino de Santiago or various maps. We will also see the next blessing that appears in the Codex Calixtinus.
“In the name of Our Lord Jesus Christ, receive this backpack habit of your pilgrimage so that corrected and amended you hurry to reach the feet of Santiago, where you want to arrive, and so that after having made the trip you return to our side with joy , with the help of God, who lives and reigns for all the centuries Amen. Receive this staff; Let it be as a support for the march and work for the path of your pilgrimage, so that you can overcome the forces of the enemy and arrive safely at the foot of Santiago and after the trip, return with us with joy, with the consent of the same God, who lives and reigns for ever and ever Amen ”(Codex Calixtinus. Sermon "Veneranda dies" LI, c XVII)