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Correos Pre-paid Card: safe money on the Camino de Santiago

19-11-2018

Safety is one of the main concerns of a pilgrim along the Camino de Santiago. There is an atmosphere of absolute comradeship along all of the St James routes and camaraderie and mutual help are present throughout our whole journey. Although safety along the Camino de Santiago is guaranteed, it is important to take a series of precautions to reduce risks.

At Correos we want to help you so that your Camino de Santiago experience is as safe as possible. To do so, we have designed a new service so that pilgrims can keep their money safe: the Correos Pre-paid Card for the Camino de Santiago.

 

With the Correos Pre-paid Card, pilgrims can enjoy their Camino de Santiago without having to worry about keeping their money under control. It can be used to pay at hostels or hotels along the Camino de Santiago, withdraw money from ATMs, or shop online. Everything can be done in a safe manner because this card is not linked to a bank account: you load it with the money you need, always keeping your expenses under control, so you can safely stick to your set budget.

 

Puedes conseguir tu Tarjeta Correos Prepago para el Camino de Santiago en cualquier oficina de Correos del Camino

 

How do I get the Correos Pre-paid Card for the Camino de Santiago?

It's easy to get your card. Just go to a Correos office along the Camino de Santiago and get yours straight away. The card costs 6 Euros. Once you get the card you have to activate it through an SMS and then you can load it with money for your Camino. The minimum top off amount is of 10 Euros and the maximum for the initial loading is of 1,000 Euros.

You can also get your card at www.correosprepago.es and we will send it to your home or to the address you choose. That way you can have it before you set off on your Camino. However, remember that before you begin to use it you have to visit a Correos office to activate it. For legal reasons you are required to show your ID card, passport or other identification document.  

Con la Tarjeta Correos Prepago puedes pagar en cualquier establecimiento o comercio

Where can I use the card?

The Correos Pre-paid Card works like any other card, but with fewer risks because it is not linked to a bank account. With the card you can:

  • Pay in stores and hotels. You can use it to pay at any hotel establishments, at bars and restaurants and shops.
  • Withdraw cash at any Correos office or at ATMs worldwide that belong to the MasterCard network.
  • Shop online. You can safely shop online because the card is not linked to a bank account, which reduces the risk of fraud.
  • Transfer funds between Correos Pre-paid Cards. With this card it is easier to organise shared travel costs by immediately transferring money to the cards of your Camino companions.

Con la Tarjeta Correos Prepago puedes retirar dinero en efectivo de cualquier cajero Mastercard

 

How do I top off my Correos Pre-paid Card?

Once it has been activated, topping off the card is very simple. You can choose one of three topping off options that are most convenient for you, depending on the stage of the Camino you are at:

  • Correos office. You can top off your card with cash or with a card at any Correos office. At the window, simply specify the amount you want to load into the card and its number. 
  • Web. In the section ‘Recargar Tarjeta’ in the Correos web site www.correosprepago.es you can load the money with a charge to a credit card.
  • App. You may also use our mobile phone app to top off your card. Just click on ‘Cargar Saldo’.

You can also receive or send money from other Correos Pre-paid Cards. To do so, follow the instructions in the section ‘Transferencia entre tarjetas’ on the web page www.correosprepago.es or through the mobile app.

Tarjeta Correos Prepago para el Camino de Santiago

 

Other advantages the card offers for the Camino de Santiago

  • Save on currency exchange rates. If your credit cards charge you an exchange rate when you use them or withdraw money on Spain, with this card you won't be charged because you will be paying with a national card.
  • Real time inquiries. You can check your card transactions in real time by accessing the section 'Mi Cuenta' on the web page, in the mobile app or through an SMS.
  • Block it in the event of loss or theft. If you happen to lose your card or if it is stolen, don't worry. You can block the card instantly through the web, using the App or by calling the customer service number (Telephone: +34 902 101 203 / SMS: +34 662 058 052). Your card balance will always be safe and sound.
  • Use it after the Camino. The card is valid until its expiry date, so when you finish the Camino you can still use it to pay, shop online and to withdraw money from ATMs or at Correos offices. 
  • Pay with your mobile phone. The Correos Pre-paid Card is available at Google Pay, so you can pay directly with your mobile phone without having to take the card along with you on the Camino.

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We transfer your rucksack

So that you can travel light along the Camino de Santiago

 

We transfer your rucksack or suitcase from your accommodation at one stage to the next!! This way, your walk is more comfortable, your bag is lighter and you can enjoy every step of the Camino. We will take your luggage every day to your next hostel or hotel.

 

Bicycle transportation services 

We send your bicycle to your starting or finishing point

 

Decide where you want to start the Camino and we will send your bicycle there from any branch of Correos. Once you finish the Camino de Santiago you can go to the nearest post office and send it back home again. Your bicycle will be insured and we package your bike without disassembling it.

 

Luggage transfer

For everything you want in or out of your rucksack 

 

With our Paq Peregrino you can send suitcases or parcels to any point along the Camino (hostels, hotels, branches of Correos, etc) so that you have your personal belongings when you arrive. You can therefore have extra clothes or other items and not only the ones you carry along the Way. You can also send back whatever you have in your daily rucksack that you no longer need.

 

Prepaid Card

So that you have nothing to worry about other than just enjoying the Camino 

 

Correos offers a prepaid card that is not linked to a bank account. In this way, you can defort walk the Camino without taking your credit or debit cards with you. You only have to put the money on the card that you are going to need and then top up again if your balance is low. This is a simple, safe and comfortable way of taking your money along the Camino.

 

 

Stamping Your Credential

So that you have the best stamps on your Pilgrim's Passport 

Branches of Correos along the Camino de Santiago stamp your Credential or Pilgrim's Passport with our special stamps. Many of these stamps represent important tourist attractions from that particular place to help you remember your jorney.

 

 

Sending parcels along the Camino de Santiago 
 

Send your parcels without having to go along to a branch of Correos!

 

You can send a parcel from any of the over one-hundred branches of CORREOS located along the Camino de Santiago and additionally from some of our “Tiendas Amigas del Camino”, a network of shops and accommodation from where you can send parcels any time of the day. This service will help you to get rid of things from your luggage that you no longer need. You can also buy souvenirs or some typical products without having to worry about carrying them with you. 
 

 

 

Lockers in Santiago

So that you can freely visit the Cathedral or enjoy the city

Our Pilgrim's Office at Rúa do Franco, 150 metres from the Plaza del Obradoiro, has lockers. You can leave your rucksack, suitcase, bike or trekking pole before you go into the Cathedral or you can wander around Santiago without having to worry about your luggage.

 

Correos Branches

To help you with anything you may need 

 

We have over 150 branches of Correos along all the Caminos. We will be delighted to welcome you and help you with anything you need.