Confraternity of St. James South Africa
Home of South African Pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago

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The Confraternity of Saint James of
South Africa (CSJofSA)

Spanish (Schengen) Visa Application Procedures

19th of June 2017 BLS HAS MOVED AGAIN

1st Floor, Block B, North Park,
Black River Park,
2 Fir Street, Observatory,
Western Cape,
Cape Town, 7925,
South Africa

Tel: 021 526 0430

BLS International handle schengen Visa Applications on behalf of the Spanish Consulate/Embassy

Here is the link for Spanish Visa Applications: BLS International

There is information available about:

  • Fees
  • Documents required
  • Photo specifications
  • Processing time
  • Visa Application form (download)

When you apply for a visa the "Application for Schengen Visa" and the "Application for Schengen Visa, Supplementary Information" forms must be submitted together.

Links to both forms can be found below:

1. Application for Schengen Visa
2. Visa check list for Cape Town applications
3. Visa check list for Pretoria applications
4. Visa check list for Durban applications

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The Confraternity of Saint James, England:
The British Confraternity are a UK-based charity established to promote the pilgrimage to the shrine of St James in Santiago de Compostela.  They provide a range of information services to assist prospective pilgrims, of all religions or none, who are planning a walking, cycling or horseback journey along one of the many Camino de Santiago routes.

Santiago Pilgrim's Office, address

Pilgrims’ Office
Rúa das Carretas, 
Santiago de Compostela
Telephone: (+34) 981 568 846
Fax: (+34) 981 563 924

The office is open from Monday to Sunday 8.00 – 21.00 (In Easter Time and Summer from 1st April  to 30th October). Monday to Sunday 10.00 – 19.00: In winter: from 1st November to 30th March. The Pilgrims’ Office is open during these hours every day of the year with the EXCEPTION of Christmas Day – 25 December, and New Year’s Day – 1 January. If you complete your pilgrimage on these days your Compostela Certificate can be obtained in the Cathedral.

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Jubilee of Mercy Details about the Jubilee, St Peter's Basilica Door of Mercy

To participate in the Major Events of the Jubilee in Rome and to pass through the Holy Door of Saint Peter’s Basilica, it is necessary to register. You can register as an individual pilgrim or as the leader of a group (even families or small groups of friends should register as groups, regardless of how many people they include).  Every group leader can register only on group for each event, and can make only one reservation for the passage through the Holy Door of Saint Peter’s Basilica.  Please note that registration for one of the events automatically includes access to the Holy Door as part of the event, at the times and in the ways that will be indicated to those registered. Click here to go to Registration Form

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Camino Companions Santiago fcjsisters (Visited, June 2015 & 2016 by Chairman of CSJofSA, Andrée Lombard)
(above the Correo (Post Office and left corner Pilgrim's Office Courtyard)
Meet Marion fcJ/Katherine fcJ
'God of life and love, thank you for the companionship, beauty, mystery and the kindness of strangers we experienced along the Camino. You have filled our hearts with wonder, joy and gladness! May we take the Camino to the World!'

Terranova Pilgrim house in Santiago & facebook page, lovely meeting place for pilgrims with useful services.
Rúa Nova, 19, Bajo
Santiago de Compostela, Spain
+34 981 58 57 88

Friends of Pilgrim House play a vital role in the sustainability and operation of the welcome center.  Every annual gift provides support towards continuing the Camino spirit through conversation, community, and prayer. We welcome everyone who has an interest in providing a welcoming space for pilgrims when they arrive in Santiago to become a Friend of Pilgrim House.

Services offered:

– Free WiFi
– A living room
– A kitchenette with microwave and refrigerator
– Message board
– Quiet spaces: reflection room and patio

We also offer the following services for a suggested donation:
– Printing/ photocopying: 0,20€ per page
– Backpack storage: 1,50€ per pack, per day; 0,50€ walking sticks only
– Laundry: 5€
– Coffee, tea, or Cola Cao: 1€ per cup

American Pilgrims on the Camino is a non-profit organization whose objective is to facilitate communication within the community of North American pilgrims, particularly those in the United States. American Pilgrims continually seeks meaningful ways to support the Camino de Santiago de Compostela.

The Canadian Company of Pilgrims:
The Canadian Company of Pilgrims (CCoP) is a non-denominational volunteer-run association that supports Canadians planning the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, Spain. We share the Canadian representation with l'Association québécoise des pèlerins et amis du Chemin de Saint-Jacques

The Buddy System is a Facebook page for women travelling the Camino.
Here is the CSJofSA pdf for Safety Tips with useful and important telephone numbers, and the South African Embassy details for Spain, France and Portugal.

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