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When traveling to Panama 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 in Panama.
For specific safety and security information, we recommend that you read the information provided on the State Department's Panama Country-Specific Information Sheet.
Enroll your group in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program to receive updates on security while you travel.
Like the U.S. Embassy in Panama's Facebook page or follow the U.S. Embassy's Twitter to stay informed on updates in Panama City. If the event of an emergency, the U.S. Embassy in Panama will communicate to U.S. citizens through through these social media channels.
The U.S. State Department continuously updates travelers on advisories and provides resources for safety while traveling outside of the country. The U.S. Embassy in Panama also has safety resources for those planning to travel to Panama.
The Centers for Disease Control recommends being up-to-date on all routine vaccinations. Consult the CDC's website for further information.
you have any questions or concerns about safety, please feel free to
contact the WYDUSA office by phone, 202-541-3044, or email,
email@example.com. You can also follow us on Twitter or Facebook to receive the most recent updates about resources concerning pilgrim safety.
Via landline or a public phone:
104: National Police Department
103: Fire Department
511-9260: Tourist Police in Panama City
Via mobile phone:
112: All Services (You may also dial this on a landline, if you are unsure of the department you need)
U.S. Embassy in Panama
Avenida Demetrio Basilio Lakas, Building No.783
Telephone +(507) 317-5000
Emergency +(507) 317-5000
Fax +(507) 317-5278
While in Panama, 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.
Also, your WYD Registration Certificate and WYD badge (which you will receive upon check-in at WYD) are your ticket to enter WYD events. Please, do not lose or forget to have them with you at all times.
Your credentials, badges, or
certificates may not be transferred—and should not be shared or given away or
lost. Missing credentials create a security risk Lost credentials are not
easily replaced. In case of an
emergency, please proceed (with your group
leader) to a WYD Information Center located
throughout the city. Also in addition to this, remember that all
participants from the United States are reminded to act in a Christian
manner and adhere to the codes of conduct of their local dioceses.
At WYD Panama, 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
U.S. State Department - Travel Details for Panama
with links to travel requirements and other valuable info
Centers of Disease Control (CDC) Travel Info for Panama
with details about medical information for Panama pilgrims
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