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NIE / DNI or Passport?

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Tinka17

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (aug/sept 2019)
Hello, I live in Spain and have a valid Spanish Permiso de Residencia tarjeta (also referred to as NIE) and I am wondering if that’s enough for albergues or other situations where you need to provide id. There’s a foto on it, my ID number and address (in Spain.)

Do Spanish peregrinos bring both passports and DNIs?

There was another thread dedicated to this, but it dated back to 2008 and I thought to ask again for more updated/accurate info.
 

natefaith

Moderator
Staff member
Camino(s) past & future
Sarria-Santiago (2009)
León-Ponferrada (2014)
Camino Inglés (2017)
Hi Tinka, same boat here. The last Camino I did (the Inglés) I only carried my NIE and left my passport at home. It was just fine. Others may have other experiences...

Buen Camino!
Faith
 

domigee

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
2020? Hopefully Via de Bayona/Burgos to Ponferrada/Camino de Invierno
i think the NIE is enough, that’s all I use when I am in Spain for everything but....I carry my passport (French) when I travel from England....
Just to be able to get back to England 😁😳 (hopefully these days 😉)
[Sorry mods, it was ‘tongue in cheek’! 😀]
 

Tinka17

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (aug/sept 2019)
i think the NIE is enough, that’s all I use when I am in Spain for everything but....I carry my passport (French) when I travel from England....
Just to be able to get back to England 😁😳 (hopefully these days 😉)
[Sorry mods, it was ‘tongue in cheek’! 😀]
i think the NIE is enough, that’s all I use when I am in Spain for everything but....I carry my passport (French) when I travel from England....
Just to be able to get back to England 😁😳 (hopefully these days 😉)
[Sorry mods, it was ‘tongue in cheek’! 😀]
Ok, thank you! Haha yes hopefully 😅
 

JabbaPapa

"True Pilgrim"
Camino(s) past & future
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There are some situations where the passport is needed, but having a Spanish residency card in Spain would reduce those to such a minimum that they would be unlikely to arise. But I wouldn't want to generalise from that situation -- though if you're a national of an EU Member State that issues identity cards, then these are definitely sufficient.
 

Tinka17

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (aug/sept 2019)
There are some situations where the passport is needed, but having a Spanish residency card in Spain would reduce those to such a minimum that they would be unlikely to arise. But I wouldn't want to generalise from that situation -- though if you're a national of an EU Member State that issues identity cards, then these are definitely sufficient.
Great, thank you for the info.
 

lindam

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances, VDLP, Invierno, Portuguese, Madrid, Ingles, Fisterra, Muxia, Catalan/Aragones/Loyola Norte
During our recent Camino (in Spain) we were able to use only our NIE cards and left our passports at home. This may however be different if you need to fly.
 

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