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Registration and Visa Information


Registration Information

Registration for World Youth Day Panama 2019 is now open! 

Standard registration can only be done through the official Panama 2019 site.  Registration for bishops can only be completed through the USCCB, by emailing for more information. 

Before beginning standard registration for your group or yourself, it might be helpful to consider these tips, as this registration is slightly different than previous years:

  • There are two phases of registration that one must complete, along with payment for pilgrim packages, in order to be considered fully registered.
  • Phase one asks for basic information about the group. It will ask for group size (which can be anywhere from 1-5,000 people) and information of the two group leaders, such as passport numbers. Please note that the group size does not have to be exact and this group is called your "macro-group"
  • Phase two begins after the information in phase one is cleared, which could take up to three days.  You will gain access to a special account that allows you to change information about your group throughout the registration process. 
  • Phase two presents the option of creating "sub-groups", which are subdivisions of your macro-group that are grouped by pilgrim package preference(various food and housing accommodations), language of catechesis, and travel dates. This is useful if some people in your group prefer different packages than others, or will be arriving at different times, because it allows for flexibility in those areas.
  • Please note that the committee will try to place sub-groups of the same macro-group in close proximity to each other, but because of the variability in options, this cannot be guaranteed. 
  • If everyone in your macro-group prefers the same package, still complete phase 2, just insert the same information for everyone. 
  • You may re-open registration through your account to change your information. 
  • At the main registration site, phone numbers listed to call with any specific questions about registration.

For fact sheet with further details and examples of small and large group registration, see Guidelines for pilgrim registration

Click here to officially register for World Youth Day 2019 in Panama.

Youth Festival Information

Email the organizing committee in Panama at to submit a proposal to participate in the Youth Festival, or go to the official page.

Visa Information

United States citizens are not required to have a visa in order to enter Panama. However, passports are necessary. For more information regarding passports, visit the official government website.

United States residents who are not U.S. citizens or do not hold a U.S. passport may need a visa and passport to enter Panama. Information on visa requirements can be found in this newsletter (English and Spanish) from the World Youth Day organizing team. If you have questions about obtaining a visa for WYD 2019, please contact

For those requiring a visa for entry into Panama, the Local Organizing Committee in Panama recently announced (as of September 2018) that the deadline for the visa application process to participate in WYD Panama 2019 has been extended to November 14, 2018. If you have more questions regarding this extension, contact the International Relations Department.

Passport Information

Passports are required to enter Panama. U.S. passports should have at least three months of validity from the date of return to the United States. If a pilgrim's passport has an expiration date within that three-month window, they will need to renew their passport as soon as possible.  For more information about obtaining a renewal or a new passport, visit the official government website.

World Youth Day pilgrims sing and dance following a July 30 prayer vigil at the Field of Mercy in Krakow, Poland. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)

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