The Australian Friends of the Camino Inc. provide Pilgrim records (also known as a Pilgrim Credencial) to members upon request and free of charge. It is also very easy to get a pilgrim credencial from many places along the way, and at albergues along the Camino Frances.
The Credencial is for pilgrims who are walking, cycling or on horseback to use as proof of their pilgrim status and to provide a record of their Pilgrimage.
Using the Credencial / Record
Many people like to have their records stamped at their starting point. Local churches, the Spanish Embassy or Consul and the Australian Friends of the Camino Inc. can provide stamps.
Along the Camino, stamps (tampon / sellos) can be obtained from churches, cathedrals, refugios / albergues, town halls (ayuntamientos) or hotels.
On arrival in Santiago de Compostela the completed Credencial may be presented at the Pilgrim Office where a Compostela, or the alternate Certificate of Welcome, along with a Certificate of Distance if requested, may be granted in recognition of the pilgrim’s achievement and spiritual motivation in following the camino.
It is essential that a pilgrim collect two stamps (sellos) per day for the last 100 kilometres if walking, or the last 200 kilometres if cycling or on horseback.
Australian Friends of The Camino are authorised to issue Credencials.