BRISBANE PILGRIMAGE TO PANAMA
16 DAY PILGRIMAGE
PANAMA - Days in the Diocese
PANAMA - World Youth Day Week
SIERRA MADRE, CALIFORNIA - Post-World Youth Day Retreat
Detailed Itinerary Still To Come
In the lead up to World Youth Day there will be several key dates and opportunities for formation for pilgrims travelling with the Archdiocese of Brisbane.
Please refer to the dates below:
Jan / Feb / March 2018 – Expressions of Interest Open
February - May 2018 – Parish and Community Information Nights
Late May 2018 – Final Quotes and Pilgrimage Itinerary Available.
Late May 2018 - Bookings for Pilgrimage Open (via Cosmos - Official Tour Operator for Australians Travelling to WYD)
16th – 20th July 2018 – WYD Pilgrim Interviews
Tuesday 7th August 2018 - WYD Formation Evening #1
Tuesday 4th September 2018 – WYD Formation Evening #2
Tuesday 18th September 2018 – Close of WYD Bookings (Cosmos)
Tuesday 2nd October 2018 – WYD Formation #3
Tuesday 6th November 2018 – WYD Formation #4
Sunday 9th December 2018 – WYD Formation #5
Sunday 13th January 2019 – WYD Commissioning Mass (TBC)
15th January – 30th January 2019 – WYD Pilgrimage to Panama
What is the age cut off for the pilgrimage?
The age for the pilgrimage is 18-35. If you are currently 17, but will be 18 by the 15th January 2019, you are able to come, and will need a separate form once you have registered your interest on the apply now page.
Can I extend my trip after WYD?
Arrangements like this can be made with our tour operator COSMOS; however each individual case is different and subject to availability of flights etc.
Is there anywhere in Brisbane that I can learn about the Central American culture, or how to speak Spanish?
The Archdiocese of Brisbane has a Latin American Catholic Community (made up of 16 countries) and a Spanish mass is said at St Finbarr’s Parish, Ashgrove at 11:30am every Sunday. All are warmly welcomed to attend.
What currency is used in Panama?
Panama’s official currency is the balboa, however the US dollar is widely used. The rate of exchange for the balboa has always been tied to the US dollar—one dollar equals one balboa.
Is it safe to travel to Panama? (coming)
Yes, but travellers are advised to be vigilant. Smart Traveller advises Australian travellers to Panama to exercise a high degree of caution due to “high levels of criminal activity and incidents of civil unrest.”
Do I need to apply for any Visas for the pilgrimage?
TBC (once itinerary is finalised).
What vaccines do I need to get before going on pilgrimage?
Panama is listed by the World Health Organization (WHO) as endemic for yellow fever. Yellow fever is a potentially fatal viral disease transmitted by mosquitoes, which is preventable by vaccination. It is strongly recommend that you are vaccinated against yellow fever before travelling to Panama. Protection begins 10 days after vaccination and will provide life-long protection. For a list of centres where you can get a Yellow Fever Vaccination, click here.
What other health risks should I be aware of?
Malaria is a risk throughout the year in Boca del Toro, Darien and San Blas but is not a risk in Panama City. Outbreaks of the mosquito-borne illness dengue fever and Chikungunya virus also occur from time to time. There is widespread transmission of Zika virus in Panama. All travellers should protect themselves from mosquito bites by using insect repellent at all times and by wearing long-sleeved clothing.
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