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?
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. If you have any concerns about these health risks, please consult your doctor before travel.