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WYD 2011: Guidelines for Participants from non-EU Countries

26 febbraio 2011

Participants who must apply for a visa to enter Spain

The Spanish government has declared World Youth Day (WYD) 2011 as an ‘Event of extraordinary public interest’, and it has provided that those who have registered for WYD from countries requiring a visa to enter Spain may benefit from the issuance of this visa free of charge (the ordinary cost being €60).

The list of countries requiring a visa can be found in Appendix 1 to this document.

The visa facility referred to in this document applies exclusively to:

a) Pilgrims who will participate in WYD (16 to 30 years of age) and adults accompanying them: priests and clergy, religious men and women, youth pastoral agents, etc. Therefore it does not include professionals (artists, musicians, technical staff, etc.) who will be involved in WYD cultural activities and who are not WYD pilgrims: the normal visa requirements will be applied to these individuals.

b) Pilgrims registered with housing and meals (packages A1 and B1). It therefore does not include pilgrims choosing other kinds of registration packages, because the Organising Committee will not be in a condition to guarantee Spanish authorities that those people will have a place of residence and meals.

c) Pilgrims who will be in Spain during WYD (16/21 August), and/or during the ‘Days in the Diocese’ (11/15 August), with a margin of two or three more days, before or after, due to flight connections, etc. Therefore, those wishing to arrive more than three days earlier or prolonging their stay more than three days afterwards, for cultural, tourist or academic reasons, etc., will likewise receive their visa, but they must accredit that they have housing and means for their upkeep during their stay in Spain and that they have sufficient medical coverage over their entire stay.

d) WYD Volunteers, who must arrive in Madrid in the first week of August, to go through the preparation program before the event. In this case, they will receive a visa allowing them to enter Spain from 1 August, and the Organising Committee undertakes to furnish them with housing and meals during their entire stay.

To download the whole text: Visados y credenciales JMJ 20110215 English

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