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Before You Go

Do I need travel insurance?

The Australian Government strongly recommends purchasing travel insurance, with the number one reason being; because you're travelling overseas and unexpected costs can be incurred.Please see below link for more reasons why.

Smart Traveller Guide - Insurance Buying

Your Diocese or Group may require you to purchase travel insurance to travel to World Youth Day Panama 2019.

Will I need a passport?

Passports are needed when travelling outside your country. Your passport should have at least six months’ validity once your trip concludes.

For information regarding Passports, please visit: https://www.passports.gov.au/Pages/home.aspx

Will I need a visa?

You are responsible for obtaining all necessary visas prior to the departure of your pilgrimage. Depending on your nationality, you may need visas to enter certain countries included on your trip.

For information regarding Visas, please visit: Smart Traveller

Do I need vaccinations?

We recommend you speak with your Travel Specialist Doctor or GP to find out if vaccinations are required for the countries you will be visiting.

For Australian Citizens, the Australian Government provide country specific information for every country in the world, including quick facts about vaccinations needed. http://smartraveller.gov.au/guide/all-travellers/health/Pages/health-checks-and-vaccinations.aspx

What if I have a pre-existing medical condition?

If you suffer from any form of illness, be sure to have an adequate supply of any medications prior to departing on your trip.

Any disability requiring special attention should be reported to Cosmos WYD by yourself or your Pilgrim Coordinator at the time the reservation is made. Cosmos WYD will make reasonable efforts to accommodate the special needs of disabled tour participants, but is not responsible in the event it is unable to do so, nor is it responsible for any denial of services by carriers, hotels, restaurants, or other independent suppliers. We regret that we cannot provide individual assistance to a tour member for walking, dining, and getting on and off motorcoaches and other transportation vehicles, or other personal needs. A qualified companion must accompany travellers who need such assistance. Terms and conditions

Am I expected to pay gratuities?

Gratuities are included in your pilgrimage price and covers your Tour Director, Coach Driver, and any Local Guides for their service.

How do I exchange currency?

Currency can be exchanged at airports or banks. Debit and credit cards are accepted at most bank machines throughout the world. It is advised that you check with your bank prior to departure, to be sure that your cards operate in the destinations you are travelling.

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.

Panama does not, however, print its own paper currency and instead uses the US dollar as legal tender. Panamanian coins come in 1, 5, 10, 25, and 50-cent pieces. They are the same size, colour, and weight as U.S. coins and both are used frequently. While shopping or eating out, you may see prices with either a “$” or a “B/” before them, corresponding the dollars or balboas. They mean the same thing and have the same value.

How much luggage can I bring?

Due to limited coach capacity and keeping within the guidelines of Occupational Health and Safety, we strongly recommend that your single bag should have dimensions not exceeding 76x53x28cm (30"x 21"x 11") and weight not exceeding 22 kg (50 lbs). We do understand that slight variations to these dimensions will occur and provided the variations are only slight, luggage will be accepted on the coach.

Due to limited space on luggage racks in the coach, carry-on bags should not exceed the dimensions of 30x28x14cm (12"x11"x6"). For safety reasons, wheeled carry-on bags are not suitable as hand luggage on motorcoaches and minibuses as these bags can cause damage to persons and property if it falls from the overhead compartments for any reason. A carry-on bag and a handbag will be suitable inside the coach.