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  1. Health Alert - U.S. Embassy Panama (June 14, 2022) Location: Countrywide Event: Effective Sunday, June 12, 2022 at 12:01 a.m. EDT, the CDC rescinded its Order requiring all airline or other aircraft passengers to show a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 to board any aircraft destined for travel to the United States from a foreign country. CDC’s Order requiring proof of vaccination for non-U.S. citizen nonimmigrants to travel to the United States is still in effect. For more information see Requirement for Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for Air Passengers. Actions to Take: Review country-specific COVID-19 entry/exit requirements on the Embassy’s COVID-19 information page. [please include hyperlink to your post’s COVID-19 page] In accordance with CDC guidance, delay your travel if you test positive for, or have symptoms of, COVID-19. Assistance: U.S. Embassy Panama Edificio 783, Avenida Demetrio Basilio Lakas, Panama City, Panama Emergencies: +057 317-5000 Non-emergency inquiries: Panama-ACS@state.gov Website: https://pa.usembassy.gov/or follow us on Facebook and Twitter Contact the State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs 1-888-407-4747 toll-free from the United States and Canada 1-202-501-4444 from other countries or follow us on Twitter and Facebook Panama Country Information Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) for security updates
  2. https://www.newsroompanama.com/environment/panama-3/21-year-old-mining-contract-ruled-unconstitutional
  3. Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (December 3, 2021) Location: Panama, countrywide Event: On December 6, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will implement a one-day COVID-19 testing requirement for travelers over age two coming to the United States. Regardless of vaccination status or nationality, any individual coming to the United States must show a negative pre-departure COVID-19 viral test taken the day before they board their flight to the United States. You must show your negative result to the airline before you board your flight. If you recently recovered from COVID-19, you may instead travel with documentation of recovery from COVID-19 (i.e., your positive COVID-19 viral test result on a sample taken no more than 90 days before the flight’s departure from a foreign country, and a letter from a licensed healthcare provider or a public health official stating that you were cleared to travel). These requirements are for all air passengers two years of age or older boarding a flight from a foreign country to the United States. Actions to Take: Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information. For information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19, please see the CDC’s latest recommendations. Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for country-specific information related to COVID-19.  Check with your airlines, cruise lines, or travel operators regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions, including potential COVID vaccine or testing requirements for countries you are transiting through. Visit the U.S. Embassy Panama webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in Panama. Assistance: U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama +507 317-5000 Panama-ACS@state.gov https://pa.usembassy.gov/ State Department - Consular Affairs +1 (888)407-4747 or +1 (202)501-4444 Panama Country Information Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security updates
  4. On October 25, President Biden announced the United States will adopt a global air travel policy. This policy prioritizes public health, protecting U.S. citizens and residents as well as those who come to visit us. Effective November 8 all non-citizen, nonimmigrant (not a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, lawful permanent resident, or traveling to the United States on an immigrant visa) airline passengers traveling to the United States, must demonstrate proof of vaccination as defined by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Order prior to boarding a U.S. bound aircraft. More details regarding what constitutes full vaccination are available on this page of the CDC website. Fully vaccinated travelers will continue to be required to show a pre-departure negative test taken within three (3) days of travel to the United States prior to boarding. This applies to all travelers – U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents (LPRs), and foreign nationals. To further strengthen protections, unvaccinated travelers – whether U.S. citizens, LPRs, or the small number of excepted unvaccinated foreign nationals – will now need to test within one (1) day of departure. Additional information may be found on CDC’s website. Passengers will need to show their vaccination status, and airlines will need to: Match the name and date of birth to confirm the passenger is the same person reflected on the proof of vaccination. Determine that the record was issued by an official source (e.g., public health agency, government agency) in the country where the vaccine was given. Review the essential information for determining if the passenger meets CDC's definition for fully vaccinated such as vaccine product, number of vaccine doses received, date(s) of administration, site (e.g., vaccination clinic, healthcare facility) of vaccination. Airlines must deny boarding to passengers who do not meet these requirements or those who test positive for COVID-19. For additional information or if you have specific questions, please contact your airline and visit the CDC’s website. NOTE: U.S. citizens in countries where adequate COVID-19 testing is not available or who may not be able to satisfy the requirements, should be prepared to remain in place until such time as they can meet the requirements. Actions to Take: Monitor the CDC website for the latest guidance regarding testing requirements. Check with your air carriers or travel representative prior to departure for the United States. Check COVID-19 Country Specific Information pages for updated information on COVID-19 related to the availability of testing. Visit travel.state.gov to view individual Travel Advisories for the most urgent threats to safety and security. Visit the Department of Homeland Security's website on the latest travel restrictions to the United States. Click here for our Travel to the U.S. FAQs. Assistance: U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama +507 317-5000 Panama-ACS@state.gov https://pa.usembassy.gov/ State Department - Consular Affairs +1 (888)407-4747 or +1 (202)501-4444 Panama Country Information Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security updates
  5. https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/anti-covid-measures-at-major-soccer-game-light-path-to-normal
  6. US Embassy Alert: Entry into Panama from “High Risk” Countries, including the United States The Government of Panama has recently published a new list of 20 countries designated as “high-risk” for COVID-19, which will go into effect September 16. The list includes the United States, parts of Central and South America, and other countries. The full list is available at the Ministry of Tourism webpage. Unvaccinated Travelers Panama’s Ministry of Health (MINSA) requires travelers who cannot show proof of full vaccination and have visited or transited through a high-risk country within 15 days prior to arrival: To present a negative COVID-19 test (PCRor antigen) result taken within the 72 hours prior to arrival, or to take a test upon arrival. Travelers are responsible for testing costs. If the results are negative, the traveler will be required to quarantine for three days. Residents and nationals may quarantine at home while unvaccinated foreign travelers must stay at an authorized quarantine hotel for three days upon arrival, at their own expense. The traveler will also be required to take second test at the end of the three-day quarantine. The list of authorized hotels can be found here; unvaccinated, non-resident travelers are encouraged to make a reservation in advance at a preferred hotel. If the results are positive, the traveler will be placed under a mandatory 14-day quarantine in a Hotel Hospital designated by the Ministry of Health. The cost of the stay must be fully covered by the traveler. Each adult traveler entering Panama must complete and sign an electronic sworn affidavit prior to check-in. Testing information can be uploaded and attached to this affidavit. See the Ministry of Tourism webpage for more information about current entry requirements. Vaccinated Travelers Travelers to Panama from high-risk countries, including the United States, are not required to take a COVID-19 test to enter Panama, nor observe quarantine if they present proof (digitally or physically, from the WHO, FDA, or EMA), of being fully vaccinated. Each adult traveler entering Panama must complete and sign an electronic sworn affidavit prior to check-in. Vaccine information can be uploaded and attached to this affidavit. See the Ministry of Tourism webpage for more information about current entry requirements. Children under 12 Unvaccinated children under 12 do not have to take a COVID-19 test or observe quarantine if the adult(s) they traveled with are fully vaccinated. General Information Nonresident travelers who test positive at any time during their stay in Panama will be transferred directly to a hotel-hospital selected by MINSA for a 14-day quarantine at their own expense. Panamanian citizens and residents may be allowed to complete their quarantines in their homes. All quarantined travelers will be tested again by MINSA at the end of their quarantine period. Please note that the Embassy cannot grant exceptions to Panamanian Government regulations or insist that passengers be retested or discharged from quarantine prior to the end of the required quarantine period. For additional information, please review VisitPanama’s COVID Test Requirements and Travel Guidelines page. For all the details about changes made by the Government of Panama in response to the pandemic, please see the daily announcements on the Ministry of Health’s website, Twitter or Instagram account. The Embassy reminds U.S. citizens in Panama that it is always obligatory to comply with local laws. Testing requirements for in-country travel may vary. Please consult with your transportation or service provider for the latest requirements for your intended destination. MINSA reminds citizens and residents of Panama that staying at home, not touching your face, and washing your hands frequently are the best means of prevention against COVID-19.  It also requires the use of masks when in public. The Embassy will continue to send messages, as needed, about larger changes that may affect U.S. citizens in Panama.  Minor changes, such as new health recommendations or reopening of a new sector of Panama's economy, will be placed on the Embassy’s COVID-19 Information page. Actions to Take: Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.  For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19, please see the CDC’s latest recommendations. Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information. Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in Panama.  Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the United States. Assistance: U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama Building 783, Demetrio Basilio Lakas Avenue Clayton, Panama +507 317-5000 Panama-ACS@state.gov https://pa.usembassy.gov/ State Department – Consular Affairs +1 (888)407-4747 or +1 (202)501-4444 Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security updates.
  7. How to Keep Your Panama Visa as a Part-Time Resident With the current restrictions implemented on international air traffic, border closures, and controls due to COVID-19 it is difficult for many temporary, part-time or permanent residents in Panama to travel to Panama and thus maintain their current permanent residency status. Most foreign residents in Panama know the golden rule of "having to travel to Panama every two years to maintain your resident status". But are there any exceptions to that rule? Can I lose my residency in Panama? The answer is, "Yes." In fact, the law establishes a list of reasons that may cause the loss or denial of residency in Panama. Some of the most important are the following: Have been convicted of committing a fraudulent crime or tax fraud. Have a criminal or police record in your country of origin or perform criminal acts within Panama. Having been absent for more than two (2) years from the national territory, unless such absence is justified and authorized by the Director of the National Immigration Service. What are the consequences if, due to the current circumstances, I cannot travel to Panama in order to maintain my status as a resident? The Law stipulates that there must be a reason for the absence. It is presumed that a global pandemic is a sufficient reason to justify the absence since the National Immigration Service of Panama has suspended all terms for the time being. Are there any legal procedures to recover my residency if it is canceled? If the National Immigration Service decides to cancel your residency in Panama (remembering that in our country nothing happens automatically), there are legal procedures to request the reactivation of your status as a resident, in case you have been out of Panama for a period of more than two (2) years and up to a maximum of six (6) years. To get your permanent residency back, you must meet the following requirements: Copy of the resolution that granted the permanent residency or in its defect a copy of the migration ID card issued by the National Immigration Service of Panama. Copy of your passport and of the registration stamp. Copy of your Cedula (E-card), duly authenticated by the Tribunal Electoral. Sworn Affidavit before a Notary Public in Panama, stating the reasons for your absence. You will have a term of 30 working days to present the petition for recovery of your residency, starting on the day you re-enter Panama. The request must be filed by a licensed immigration lawyer in Panama. What happens if I can not travel to Panama for more than six years? Foreigners who have remained more than six (6) years outside of Panama and whose residency has been canceled by the National Immigration Service will lose their status permanently and must start a completely new immigration procedure in accordance with current regulations at that time. There is one exception to the golden rule... If you are an Italian citizen and obtained your residency in Panama under the "Panama - Italy Treaty" Visa, you will not lose your status. This is a special cause protected by the Law. Bella Italia!
  8. https://www.newsroompanama.com/business/panama-canal-traffic-at-pre-pandemic-levels
  9. https://www.newsroompanama.com/travel/miraflores-visitor-center-reopening
  10. Updated & Expanded COVID-19 Curfew Measures (July 8, 2021) On July 6, Panama’s Ministry of Health (MINSA) announced additional curfew hours for various provinces and districts effective Sunday, July 11 and Monday, July 12. See the MINSA Twitter page for details. Restrictions announced on June 22, in Comunicado No. 483, remain in effect. Cocle: Effective July 11 Full lockdown from Saturday at 10:00 p.m. until Monday at 4:00 a.m. in Penonome, Aguadulce, and Anton districts. Curfew between 10:00 p.m. – 4:00 a.m., Monday through Sunday. Businesses will close at 9:00 p.m. Colon: Effective July 12 Full lockdown from Saturday at 10:00 p.m. until Monday at 4:00 a.m. in Colon district. Curfew between 10:00 p.m. – 4:00 a.m., Monday through Saturday in Colon district. Curfew between 10:00 p.m. – 4:00 a.m., Monday through Sunday in Donoso district. Businesses will close Monday through Saturday at 9:00 p.m. in Colon district, and Monday through Sunday at 9:00pm in Donoso district. Chiriqui: Effective July 12 Curfew between 10:00 p.m. – 4:00 a.m., Monday through Sunday in all districts. Curfew between 10:00 p.m. – 4:00 a.m., in Gualaca district. The following districts will have curfew hours, between 12:00 a.m. and 4:00 a.m., and businesses will close at 11:00 p.m.: Remedios, Renacimiento, San Felix, Tole, and San Lorenzo.  Businesses will close at 9:00 p.m., Monday through Sunday in the remaining districts. Panama Este: Effective July 12 Curfew between 10:00 p.m. – 4:00 a.m., Monday through Sunday in Chepo district and Pacora township. Businesses will close at 9:00 p.m., Monday through Sunday. Los Santos: Effective July 12 Full lockdown from Saturday at 8:00 p.m. until Monday at 4:00 a.m. in Las Tablas district. Full lockdown from Saturday at 10:00 p.m. until Monday at 4:00 a.m. in Macaracas and Los Santos districts. Curfew between 8:00 p.m. – 4:00 a.m., Monday through Saturday, and businesses will close at 7:00pm, Monday through Saturday in Las Tablas district. Curfew between 12:00 a.m. – 4:00 a.m., Monday through Sunday will continue for Pedasi and Pocri districts. Curfew between 10:00 p.m. – 4:00 a.m., Monday through Sunday in the remaining districts. Businesses will close at 9:00 p.m. in the remaining districts. Herrera: Effective July 12 Full lockdown from Saturday at 8:00 p.m. until Monday at 4:00 a.m. in Chitre district. Full lockdown from Saturday at 10:00 p.m. until Monday at 4:00 a.m. in Pese district. Curfew between 8:00 p.m. – 4:00 a.m., Monday through Saturday, and businesses will close at 7:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday, in Chitre district. Curfew between 10:00 p.m. – 4:00 a.m., Monday through Sunday in the remaining districts. Businesses will close at 9:00 p.m. in the remaining districts. Measures for all other provinces remain the same, including: Panama Oeste: Full lockdown from Saturday at 10:00 p.m. until Monday at 4:00 a.m. in La Chorrera district. Curfew between 10:00 p.m. – 4:00 a.m., Monday through Sunday. Businesses will close at 9:00 p.m. Panama: Curfew between 10:00 p.m. – 4:00 a.m., Monday through Sunday; except districts of East Otoque, West Otoque, San Felipe, and Taboga, where a 12:00 a.m. – 4:00 a.m. curfew will be in place Monday through Sunday. Businesses will close at 9:00 p.m. Veraguas: Curfew between 10:00 p.m. – 4:00 a.m., Monday through Saturday. Effective June 28, the following districts will have relaxed curfew hours, between 12:00 a.m. and 4:00 a.m.: San Francisco, Montijo, Calobre, Santa Fe, Cañazas, Las Palmas, Rio de Jesus, and Mariato. The following districts remain in accordance with Decree No. 780: Santiago, Atalaya, Sona, and La Mesa. The rest of Panama – Bocas del Toro, the Darien, and indigenous areas – remain under nationwide curfew Monday through Sunday from 12:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m. Additional movement and business restrictions vary by region. Panama announced that it received a new shipment of vaccines on June 22. The public is encouraged to register for vaccination at, https://vacunas.panamasolidario.gob.pa/verificate/. For all the details about changes made by the Government of Panama in response to the pandemic, please see the daily announcements on the Ministry of Health’s website, Twitter or Instagram account. The Embassy reminds U.S. citizens in Panama that it is always obligatory to comply with local laws.
  11. Updated and Expanded COVID-19 Curfew Measures (July 1, 2021) On June 29, Panama’s Ministry of Health (MINSA) announced additional curfew hours for various provinces and districts effective Sunday, July 4. See the MINSA Twitter page for details. Restrictions announced on June 22, in Comunicado No. 483, remain in effect. Cocle Full lockdown from Saturday at 10:00 p.m. until Monday at 4:00 a.m. in Penonome and Aguadulce districts. * Curfew between 10:00 p.m. – 4:00 a.m., Monday through Sunday. * Businesses will close at 9:00 p.m. Panama Oeste Full lockdown from Saturday at 10:00 p.m. until Monday at 4:00 a.m. in La Chorrera district. * Curfew between 10:00 p.m. – 4:00 a.m., Monday through Sunday. * Businesses will close at 9:00 p.m. Herrera Full lockdown from Saturday at 10:00 p.m. until Monday at 4:00 a.m. in Chitre and Pese districts only. * Curfew between 10:00 p.m. – 4:00 a.m., Monday through Saturday in all districts; except Ocu and Los Pozos districts where curfew will be between 12:00 a.m. – 4:00 a.m. * Businesses will close at 9:00 p.m. in all districts. Previously announced restrictions: Colon Full lockdown from Saturday at 10:00 p.m. until Monday at 4:00 a.m. in Colon district. * Curfew between 10:00 p.m. – 4:00 a.m., Monday through Saturday in all districts on the Atlantic coast. * Businesses will close at 9:00 p.m. in all districts on the Atlantic coast. Los Santos Full lockdown from Saturday at 10:00 p.m. until Monday at 4:00 a.m. for the following districts: Las Tablas, Macaracas, and Los Santos. * Curfew between 10:00 p.m. – 4:00 a.m., Monday through Saturday in all districts; except Pedasi and Pocri districts where curfew will be between 12:00 a.m. – 4:00 a.m. * Businesses will close at 9:00 p.m. in all districts. Chiriqui Curfew between 10:00 p.m. – 4:00 a.m., Monday through Saturday in all districts. Effective June 28, the following districts will have relaxed curfew hours, between 12:00 a.m. and 4:00 a.m.: Remedios, Renacimiento, Gualaca, San Felix, Tole, and San Lorenzo. Businesses will close at 9:00 p.m. in the following districts: David, Bugaba, Dolega, Baru, Tierras Altas, Alanje, Boquete, and Boqueron. Veraguas Curfew between 10:00 p.m. – 4:00 a.m., Monday through Saturday. Effective June 28, the following districts will have relaxed curfew hours, between 12:00 a.m. and 4:00 a.m.: San Francisco, Montijo, Calobre, Santa Fe, Cañazas, Las Palmas, Rio de Jesus, and Mariato. The following districts remain in accordance with Decree No. 780: Santiago, Atalaya, Sona, and La Mesa. Measures for all other provinces remain the same, including: Panama Curfew between 10:00 p.m. – 4:00 a.m., Monday through Sunday; except districts of East Otoque, West Otoque, San Felipe, and Taboga, where a 12:00 a.m. – 4:00 a.m. curfew will be in place Monday through Sunday. * Businesses will close at 9:00 p.m. The rest of Panama – Bocas del Toro, the Darien, and indigenous areas – remain under nationwide curfew Monday through Sunday from 12:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m. Additional movement and business restrictions vary by region. Panama announced that it received a new shipment of vaccines on June 22. The public is encouraged to register for vaccination at, https://vacunas.panamasolidario.gob.pa/verificate/. For all the details about changes made by the Government of Panama in response to the pandemic, please see the daily announcements on the Ministry of Health’s website, Twitter or Instagram account. The Embassy reminds U.S. citizens in Panama that it is always obligatory to comply with local laws.  MINSA reminds citizens and residents of Panama that staying at home, not touching your face, and washing your hands frequently are the best means of prevention against COVID-19.  It also requires the use of masks when in public. The Embassy will continue to send messages, as needed, about larger changes that may affect U.S. citizens in Panama.  Minor changes, such as new health recommendations or reopening of a new sector of Panama's economy, will be placed on the Embassy’s COVID-19 Information page.  Assistance: U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama Building 783, Demetrio Basilio Lakas Avenue Clayton, Panama +507 317-5000 Panama-ACS@state.gov https://pa.usembassy.gov/ State Department – Consular Affairs +1 (888)407-4747 or +1 (202)501-4444 Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security updates.
  12. Moderator comment: Below is an unedited automated translation of the above news article. https://www.prensa.com/politica/ministra-consejera-eyra-ruiz-acudio-a-funeral-pero-asegura-que-se-cumplieron-las-medidas-sanitarias/
  13. Event: Updated and Expanded COVID-19 Curfew Measures (June 24, 2021) On June 22, Panama’s Ministry of Health (MINSA) announced additional curfew hours for various provinces and districts effective June 27. See Comunicado No. 483 for details. Colon Full lockdown from Saturday at 10:00 p.m. until Monday at 4:00 a.m. in Colon district. Curfew between 10:00 p.m. – 4:00 a.m., Monday through Saturday in all districts on the Atlantic coast. Businesses will close at 9:00 p.m. in all districts on the Atlantic coast. Los Santos Full lockdown from Saturday at 10:00 p.m. until Monday at 4:00 a.m. for the following districts: Las Tablas, Macaracas, and Los Santos. Curfew between 10:00 p.m. – 4:00 a.m., Monday through Saturday in all districts; except Pedasi and Pocri districts where curfew will be between 12:00 a.m. – 4:00 a.m. Businesses will close at 9:00 p.m. in all districts. Herrera Full lockdown from Saturday at 10:00 p.m. until Monday at 4:00 a.m. in Chitre district only. Curfew between 10:00 p.m. – 4:00 a.m., Monday through Saturday in all districts; except Santa Maria, Las Minas, and Los Pozos districts where curfew will be between 12:00 a.m. – 4:00 a.m. Businesses will close at 9:00 p.m. in all districts. Chiriqui Curfew between 10:00 p.m. – 4:00 a.m., Monday through Saturday in all districts. Effective June 28, the following districts will have relaxed curfew hours, between 12:00 a.m. and 4:00 a.m.: Remedios, Renacimiento, Gualaca, San Felix, Tole, and San Lorenzo. Businesses will close at 9:00 p.m. in the following districts: David, Bugaba, Dolega, Baru, Tierras Altas, Alanje, Boquete, and Boqueron. Veraguas Curfew between 10:00 p.m. – 4:00 a.m., Monday through Saturday. Effective June 28, the following districts will have relaxed curfew hours, between 12:00 a.m. and 4:00 a.m.: San Francisco, Montijo, Calobre, Santa Fe, Cañazas, Las Palmas, Rio de Jesus, and Mariato. The following districts remain in accordance with Decree No. 780: Santiago, Atalaya, Sona, and La Mesa. Measures for all other provinces remain the same, including: Panama Curfew between 10:00 p.m. – 4:00 a.m., Monday through Sunday; except districts of East Otoque, West Otoque, San Felipe, and Taboga, where a 12:00 a.m. – 4:00 a.m. curfew will be in place Monday through Sunday. Businesses will close at 9:00 p.m. Panama Oeste Curfew between 10:00 p.m. – 4:00 a.m., Monday through Sunday. Businesses will close at 9:00 p.m. The rest of Panama – Bocas del Toro, the Darien, and indigenous areas – remain under nationwide curfew Monday through Sunday from 12:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m. Additional movement and business restrictions vary by region. Panama announced that it received a new shipment of vaccines on June 22. The public is encouraged to register for vaccination at, https://vacunas.panamasolidario.gob.pa/verificate/. For all the details about changes made by the Government of Panama in response to the pandemic, please see the daily announcements on the Ministry of Health’s website, Twitter or Instagram account. The Embassy reminds U.S. citizens in Panama that it is always obligatory to comply with local laws. MINSA reminds citizens and residents of Panama that staying at home, not touching your face, and washing your hands frequently are the best means of prevention against COVID-19. It also requires the use of masks when in public. The Embassy will continue to send messages, as needed, about larger changes that may affect U.S. citizens in Panama. Minor changes, such as new health recommendations or reopening of a new sector of Panama's economy, will be placed on the Embassy’s COVID-19 Information page. https://step.state.gov/step/
  14. Revised Event: Updated and Expanded COVID-19 Curfew Measures (June 17, 2021) On June 15, Panama’s Ministry of Health (MINSA) announced additional curfew hours for various provinces and districts effective June 20. Panama Province Curfew between 10:00 p.m. – 4:00 a.m., Monday through Sunday; except districts of East Otoque, West Otoque, San Felipe, and Taboga, where a 12:00 a.m. – 4:00 a.m. curfew will be in place Monday through Sunday. Businesses will close at 9:00 p.m. Panama Oeste Curfew between 10:00 p.m. – 4:00 a.m., Monday through Sunday. Businesses will close at 9:00 p.m. Chiriqui Curfew between 10:00 p.m. – 4:00 a.m., Monday through Saturday. Full lockdown from Saturday at 10:00 p.m. until Monday at 4:00 a.m.; except the districts of Remedios, San Lorenzo, and Tole, where a 12:00 a.m. – 4:00 a.m. curfew will be in place Monday through Sunday. Cocle Curfew between 10:00 p.m. – 4:00 a.m., Monday through Sunday. Businesses will close at 9:00 p.m. The district of Aguadulce will be under full lockdown from Saturday at 10:00 p.m until Monday at 4:00 a.m. Colon Curfew between 10:00 p.m. – 4:00 a.m., Monday through Sunday. Businesses will close at 9:00 p.m. Herrera and Los Santos Curfew between 10:00 p.m. – 4:00 a.m., Monday through Saturday. Full lockdown from Saturday at 10:00 p.m. until Monday at 4:00 a.m.; except districts of Los Pozos, Ocu, Pedasi, and Pocri, where a 12:00 a.m. – 4:00 a.m. curfew will be in place Monday through Sunday. Veraguas Curfew between 10:00 p.m. – 4:00 a.m., Monday through Saturday. Full lockdown from Saturday at 10:00 p.m. until Monday at 4:00 a.m.; except districts of Calobre, Cañazas, Las Palmas, Mariato, Montijo, Rio de Jesus, and Santa Fe, where a 12:00 a.m. – 4:00 a.m. curfew will be in place Monday through Sunday. The rest of Panama – Bocas del Toro, the Darien, and indigenous areas – remain under nationwide curfew Monday through Sunday from 12:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m. Additional movement and business restrictions vary by region. For all the details about changes made by the Government of Panama in response to the pandemic, please see the daily announcements on the Ministry of Health’s website, Twitter or Instagram account. The Embassy reminds U.S. citizens in Panama that it is always obligatory to comply with local laws.  MINSA reminds citizens and residents of Panama that staying at home, not touching your face, and washing your hands frequently are the best means of prevention against COVID-19.  It also requires the use of masks when in public. The Embassy will continue to send messages, as needed, about larger changes that may affect U.S. citizens in Panama.  Minor changes, such as new health recommendations or reopening of a new sector of Panama's economy, will be placed on the Embassy’s COVID-19 Information page.  Actions to Take: Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.  For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19, please see the CDC’s latest recommendations.     Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information.     Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in Panama.  Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the United States. Assistance: U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama Building 783, Demetrio Basilio Lakas Avenue Clayton, Panama +507 317-5000 Panama-ACS@state.gov https://pa.usembassy.gov/ State Department – Consular Affairs +1 (888)407-4747 or +1 (202)501-4444 Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security updates.
  15. The experience of traveling abroad in the midst of COVID-19 regulations means a challenge for many...in fact I recommend a lot of patience because each country has its own system of how to deal with the pandemic. That is why in this blog I want to give you recommendations given from my own experience in order for you to enjoy your trip to Panama. First, when you purchase your flight ticket to Panama and have your flight confirmation from the airline, you have to register online before making your trip to Panama; the system generates a QR code, thus letting the Panamanian health authorities know where you will be staying during your trip. Here is the Link: https://www.panamadigital.gob.pa/RegistroPacoViajero Remember that if you are traveling from Europe, the flight is long and the validity of the COVID-19 test may be compromised and the airline may not accept it and worse, may not let you board the flight. Also, investigate in time all necessary requirements not only of your destination country, but also of the country where you will make a stopover or transfer (if applicable). For example if you travel with KLM via Amsterdam to Panama you will need a PCR test (even if you have a connecting flight only). I recommend that two days before your trip (taking into account that the validity of a PCR test is 72 hours), you take the PCR test which normally gives you the result in 12 hours, but there are others that take a little longer. In order to avoid any stress, it is better to take the required test in time. This PCR test will help you to transfer through Holland or another EU country without any problem. However, when you arrive in Panama the PCR test will already be expired. To enter Panama you can also present an antigen or rapid test (according to current regulations, as of today June 11th 2021). Therefor I recommend that the same day you travel, you take an antigen test (at the airport of departure) and the result is given to you in 15 to 30 minutes. With this you can be sure that you will not have any problems when arriving in Panama. Always have at hand in a small trolley or handbag your passport, your airline ticket (which I recommend to have in your cell phone as a photo, pdf and also printed), the required COVID-19 exams (with a copy in your cell phone as a photo or pdf and also printed), because you will always be asked these documents about 10 times throughout your trip. In one of my trips I overheard while waiting in line for the boarding of the plane that an airport official complained to another passenger why he only had the COVID-19 exams on his mobile phone, that he should have them printed out as well, but that is not true, since it depends on the airport and the country, as well as the airline, it is not always necessary to have the printed documentation, but as I explained, better forewarned and be prepared than to have a bad time. Every airport has temperature control at each location, whether in Europe or Panama. As a general rule there are thermal cameras that scan the temperature of all passengers. Once you arrive in Panama you will have to wait in line and wait for your turn to get off the plane, then you will be transported to the airport terminal, and once inside you will be asked again for the COVID-19 test. As I said, be careful that they are not expired. Then you will have to go to get your luggage, which is usually coming out on the right hand side (flights from Europe). Just follow the corridor and you will see the lines, as well as the signs going down some stairs; there you will be asked again for the COVID-19 test and passport, but now, it is to register you in a database (confirming the online registration that you had already made prior to your trip). After passing the passport control (take the left row for tourists, and the right row for foreign residents and Panamanians), you will need to pick up your luggage. Be guided by the signs of the origin of your flight. At the exit of the airport you will feel the humid Caribbean heat, it will take you a few days to get used to it. Don't be surprised if people come up to you offering to help you with your suitcase and bags, asking you if you want a cab. I do not recommend taking one. Cab drivers' fares are very high, i.e. they can charge you between 20, 30 and 50 US dollars. Be careful because free competition of supply and demand rules in Panama. What I do recommend is that you install an UBER application on your cell phone, make sure you have internet connection on your phone because you can take an UBER and it will cost you a fraction of what you would pay in a normal cab, and you will be more comfortable. If you come with a lot of luggage a $21 UBER is enough room to get to your hotel using the highway. Remember that mobile data roaming in the EU is no problem, but when you arrive in Panama you may not have internet. When you arrive you will be able to buy a Sim card. Buy a non-contract prepaid one. A recharge of 20 to 25 US dollars is enough to have internet connection. Google maps will help you a lot to know how to move around Panama. To avoid internet connection problems you can download offline maps of Panama on google maps. However, if you travel to Chiriqui, you will be asked to take an antigen test before you leave the province again. If you travel by plane this test will be done by the Ministry of Health at the airport in David. There is also a private laboratory at the Tocumen airport when traveling abroad. The rapid test result will be delivered to you in about 30 minutes. However, PCR tests are not done at neither of the two airports. Nevertheless there are laboratories in Panama City and David that will help you to get your PCR COVID-19 exam for travel purposes on time, either express in 5 hours, or standard processing time between 12 to 24 hours. On your return to Europe if you travel with KLM please note that the Netherlands requires registration as well, here is the link: https://www.government.nl/documents/publications/2021/05/26/quarantine-declaration). Be well informed before organizing your trip and buying your airline ticket, each country and airport has its own rules and requirements. Have a safe trip, I see you soon!
  16. On June 1, Panama’s Ministry of Health (MINSA) announced modified curfew hours for various provinces and districts effective June 7. Panama (including the District of San Miguelito) Curfew between 10:00 p.m. – 4:00 a.m., Monday through Sunday; except districts of San Felipe, Taboga, East Otoque and West Otoque where a 12:00 a.m. – 4:00 a.m. curfew will be in place Monday through Sunday. Businesses will close at 9:00 p.m. There will be an exception to curfew hours on June 8 for transit after Panama's national soccer team match. Chiriqui Curfew between 10:00 p.m. – 4:00 a.m., Monday through Saturday. Full lockdown from Saturday at 10:00 p.m. until Monday at 4:00 a.m.; except the district of Remedios, where a 12:00 a.m. – 4:00 a.m. curfew will be in place Monday through Sunday. Veraguas Curfew between 10:00 p.m. – 4:00 a.m., Monday through Saturday. Full lockdown from Saturday at 10:00 p.m. until Monday at 4:00 a.m.; except districts of Cañazas, Montijo, Calobre, Mariato, Rio de Jesus, and Santa Fe, where a 12:00 a.m. – 4:00 a.m. curfew will be in place Monday through Sunday. The rest of Panama remains under nationwide curfew Monday through Sunday from 12:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m. Additional movement and business restrictions vary by region. For all the details about changes made by the Government of Panama in response to the pandemic, please see the daily announcements on the Ministry of Health’s website, Twitter or Instagram account. The Embassy reminds U.S. citizens in Panama that it is always obligatory to comply with local laws. 
  17. US Embassy Alert: On May 18, Panama’s Ministry of Health (MINSA) announced modified curfew hours for the provinces of Chiriqui and Veraguas, and added curfews to three cities in the province of Coclé. · Effective May 21, curfew hours in Chiriqui and Veraguas will be from 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday. · Effective May 22, Chiriqui and Veraguas will be under full lockdown from Saturday at 10:00 p.m. until Monday at 4:00 a.m. · Effective May 24, the cities of Penonomé, Anton, and La Pintada, in the province of Coclé, will begin observing a daily curfew from 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m., Monday through Sunday. · Effective May 24, passengers who present a "Full Digital Vaccination Certificate" that proves the passenger received all required doses at least 14 days prior to their entry, AND a negative test properly registered in the IATA Travel Pass app 48 hours before entering the country will not be required to undergo home quarantine nor carry out COVID testing at the airport. The rest of Panama remains under nationwide curfew Monday through Sunday from 12:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m. Additional movement and business restrictions vary by region. The Embassy reminds U.S. citizens in Panama that it is always obligatory to comply with local laws.  https://step.state.gov/step/
  18. Subject to obtaining the required approvals, COPA's tentative plan is to restart flying on June 1, with 50 destinations served at the outset. The preliminary weekly schedule was published today by La Prensa: the table notes destination cities and the number of weekly flights planned for each.
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