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When traveling for World Youth Day 2019, all pilgrims should be incredibly conscious of security and safety issues. The following information provides some resources for pilgrims and their families, group leaders, and parish and diocesan authorities regarding the safety of all World Youth Day pilgrims while abroad.
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Enroll your group in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program to receive updates on security while you travel.
The U.S. State Department continuously updates travelers on advisories and provides resources for safety while traveling outside of the country.
The Centers for Disease Control recommends being up-to-date on all routine vaccinations. Consult the CDC's website for further information.
If you have any questions or concerns about safety, please feel free to contact the WYDUSA office by phone, 202-541-3044, or email, firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also follow us on Twitter or Facebook to receive the most recent updates about resources concerning pilgrim safety.
While abroad, it is important that you carry a picture ID such as an original passport or a scanned color copy.
Pilgrims should also be sure to keep their Registration Certificate with them for the duration of their trip. This certificate with the ecclesial stamp and signature is important, because it verifies your status as a WYD pilgrim.
At WYD, there will be thousands of group leaders, trained volunteers, and staff on hand to ensure safety and security.
WYD greeters and security personnel will be at the entrances to all events. Each pilgrim must have valid WYD credentials (i.e. pilgrim badges and registration certificate) for entry. Also, due to the high volume of pilgrims, please plan for additional wait times in your schedule for the lines to enter events.
Backpacks, Bags, and Purses
Traditionally, many pilgrims carry a backpack throughout WYD. As a result, pilgrims and group leaders are encouraged to travel light. If possible, try to carry only those items you will need for that day. Please do not leave your backpack unattended, for any reason.
If emergency evacuation is necessary, please follow the instructions of police, security personnel, WYD volunteers, and/or any of the public announcements.
In the unlikely event of widespread sustained crisis, each group leader should have a designated a crisis check-in location. Report to this location, if instructed to do so by security, law enforcement, or event personnel.
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