The digital Credential will be a reality next Holy Year. As of January 1, 2021, pilgrims will be able to register their steps through the different Jacobean Routes, obtaining their stamps through the capture of QR codes.
The Santiago Cathedral and the Xunta de Galicia presented this new functionality this morning with which they intend to adapt to the new times. The digital Credential, which will be managed through a mobile application, seeks to provide greater comfort to the pilgrim, in addition to guaranteeing a safe Camino de Santiago, avoiding contact between hospitaleros and walkers.
How will the Digital Credential work?
The digital Credential will come into force with Xacobeo 2021, a very special year on the Camino de Santiago after eleven years without celebrating it.
The pilgrim can download a mobile application, which will be available for iOS and Android platforms in eight languages. Through this app, you can get the two daily stamps necessary to prove your pilgrimage to Santiago. These stamps, also digital, can be obtained through the QR codes available at the different points of the Camino de Santiago.
The project will also have an official website where establishments with a seal can register and digitize their image. They will obtain the necessary QR code so that the pilgrim can scan it with their mobile phone and incorporate it into their digital credential.
The mobile application in which the digital Credential can be managed will have information on the different Jacobean Routes. In addition to making it possible to capture the stamps through the QR, it will allow the integration of the data in the Pilgrim Registry necessary to obtain the Compostela.
The application to generate digital stamps is launched
As a preliminary step to the implementation of the Digital Credential, the Cathedral of Santiago launched on January 28 the digital tool with which the different points of the Camino can generate their stamps.
From this week you can access this online tool from the websites of the Cathedral of Santiago and the Pilgrim Reception Office.
Hostels, Associations of Friends of the Way, parishes and other points of sealing of the Credential can already register and register their stamp, previously digitized, or create a predetermined one, in the case of not having it in digital format. Once the seal has been validated, a QR code will be downloaded that can be made available to pilgrims, so that they can incorporate it into their digital Credential throughout the different stages.
The Credential on paper remains
The incorporation of this digital certificate will not mean the disappearance of the credential on paper. In fact, any pilgrim who wishes can continue to use the traditional Credential and collect the stamps that certify their passage through the different stages of the Camino.
If you want to know a little more about the origin and function of the Credential, as well as where it is possible to obtain it, check out this link.
Both the Cathedral and the Xunta have ensured that the stamps that are obtained virtually will be the same as the Credential on paper, avoiding differences between one and the other.
Both entities have pointed out that with the digital modality it will offer greater comfort for the pilgrim, in addition to increasing health security, one of the priorities in these months.
Register of Pilgrims and "digital row" for Compostela.
The launch of the digital Credential is one more example of the commitment to the implementation of new technologies in the Jacobean Routes. A process that has been accelerated by the crisis caused by Covid-19, after which it is more necessary than ever to guarantee a safe Camino de Santiago.
Among the digital advances in recent months, it is worth highlighting the reservation platform for public hostels in Galicia, which will soon be joined by a new one for private accommodation.
The Santiago Cathedral has also advanced in the digitization of the Camino de Santiago with the incorporation of the Pilgrim Registry and the “digital row”, two key steps to obtain the Compostela at the Pilgrim's Office.
From this summer, pilgrims must enter their data in the Registry so that their Compostela is ready upon arrival in Santiago. The new system for obtaining the Compostela also includes an online appointment system.
When you arrive at the Pilgrim's Office on Rúa Carretas, you will get a QR code with the approximate time at which you can pick up the Compostela. With this code it is also possible to consult the progress of the queue in real time. With this measure, the Cathedral wanted to solve the long queues that occurred during some months of the year, especially in summer.
To offer greater facilities to pilgrims, the mobile app of the digital Credential will allow interaction with other web tools, such as the Pilgrim Registry. In addition, it will allow those responsible for the Office to know the approximate volume of pilgrims who will arrive in Santiago in the near future, in order to adapt the necessary resources.
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