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World Youth Day 2019 travel advice

Travel advice for pilgrims travelling to Panama for the World Youth Day celebrations from 22 to 27 January.

WYD Panama

Panama City

Advice for pilgrims travelling to Panama for the World Youth Day (WYD) celebrations from 22 to 27 January.

Date: 22 to 27January 2019

WYD is a celebration organised by the Catholic Church and it unites young people from more than 150 countries.

Main Venue

Cinta Costera also known as Santa Maria La Antigua field

Other venues of interest

  • Parque Omar also known as Forgiveness Park
  • Metro Park, Santa Maria also known as Park John Paul the 2nd (site of the final vigil)

As well as this advice, check out our travel advice for Panama

Passports, visas and travel insurance

  • you do not need a visa to enter Panama. Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay. Check that the next of kin details in your passport are up to date
  • when in Panama, ensure to leave your passport somewhere safe, and carry a copy of your passport’s personal details and entry stamp pages
  • take out travel insurance before you travel, if you get into difficulties it could save you a lot of money
  • if you lose your passport, you will need to apply for an Emergency Travel Document (ETD) to return home. The ETD will be issued by the Consular Section of the British Embassy in Panama City. The fee for an ETD is £100 (USD 145) payable by cash or card. We will also need a passport photo and a copy of your confirmed flight details to process your application

Transport in Panama

Panama City’s main airport is Tocumen International Airport. It is located about 20 km from the centre of Panama City. It is easy to get to the City Centre by taking an official airport taxi, official hotel taxi/shuttle or Uber. The ride should take about 25 minutes without traffic (Map of Panama City).

Hotel shuttles may be available as an alternative to private taxis. For bus routes from your accommodation to the different locations, please inquire locally.

For bus travel and the metro rail travel, you will need to have a metro card.

Yellow taxis are generally unreliable and not recommended.

While in Panama

Panama is a warm and humid country. Remember to stay hydrated, wear sunblock and use comfortable clothing/shoes.

Ensure to keep your passport and personal belongings in a safe location. If in a public area such as a café, park or restaurant, do not leave them unattended.

When purchasing cooked food from street vendors, ensure that they have the proper certifications from the Ministry of Health.

Follow traffic/transit indications as provided by the local authorities. Roads and footpaths will be modified depending on the Pope’s agenda for the different days of WYD.

General information

  • the YR website has up-to-date weather forecasts for Panama
  • drinking in the street or in non-designated pub or restaurant areas is prohibited in Panama
  • do not get involved with drugs - the penalties are severe. Possession of even small quantities can lead to heavy fines and/or imprisonment
  • drugs and drink driving laws are stricter in Panama than in the UK

For the latest information on safety and security, visit our travel advice page for Panama

For information and advice on health related issues while travelling to Panama, please visit the NaTHNaC World Youth Day page.

Contact the British Embassy in Panama City

Telephone +507 297 6550 (also for out of hours emergencies)

Office hours: Monday to Friday: 7.30am to 16.30pm

Emergency services numbers

  • 103 - Fire Department
  • 104 - National Police
  • 511 9260 - Tourism Police
  • 911 - Ambulance/Emergency Services
  • *335 or 316 3200 - SINAPROC/Rescue Services
  • *455 - Red Cross

World Youth Day 2019 (Jornada Mundial de la Juventud)

British Embassy in Panama City

British Embassy Panama City on Twitter

British Embassy on Facebook

Panama City Tourist Information

Weather in Panama City

Tocumen International Airport

Santo Tomas Public Hospital

Punta Pacifica Private Hospital

San Fernando Private Hospital

Punta Paitilla Private Hospital

Published 28 December 2018
Last updated 11 January 2019 + show all updates
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