Countries without a Panamanian diplomatic presence will manage a visa for those enrolled in the World Youth Day to be held in Panama from January 22 to 27, 2019, the National Security Service of Migration (SNM) announced.
The entity said in a statement that the option for the visa application, with the requirements that must be met, is active on its website www.migracion.gob.pa
The measure is regulated in Executive Decree 607 dated October 11, 2018, which establishes the procedure for applying for a visa for those registered at WYD 2019, whose country lacks consular presence in Panama.
The aforementioned decree will be valid until the end of the World Youth Day in January 2019, according to official information.
WYD is expected to gather around half a million people in January 22-27, 2019 in Panama, including young pilgrims, priests, nuns and journalists from around the world.
The organizing committee of the religious event reported last month that more than 200,000 pilgrims have already registered and that more than 5,000 journalists are expected to arrive.
More than 1.6 million pilgrims attended the last WYD held in 2016 in the Polish city of Krakow, while more than 3.5 million pilgrims attended the WYD held in Rio de Janeiro in 2013.
Panamanian president Juan Carlos Varela has reiterated on several occasions that WYD is not only from Panama, but it is an event throughout Central America, since John Paul II has been the only Pope who has visited the region in 1983.