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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (December 19, 2020)


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Health Alert:  U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (December 19, 2020)

Events:  New Nationwide Movement, Business, and Alcohol Restrictions in Panama


On December 18, the Government of Panama announced expanded nationwide movement and business restrictions between December 18 and January 4.


Movement restrictions:

  • From December 18 through January 4, curfew is set from 7:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.
  • From December 23 at 5:00 a.m. through January 4 at 5:00 a.m., access to/from beaches and the interior will be restricted. There will be checkpoints in strategic locations such as La Chorrera, Divisa, La Villa, Chagres, and Viguí.
  • Full lockdown from December 24 at 7:00 p.m. through December 28 at 5:00 a.m.
  • Full lockdown from December 31 at 7:00 p.m. through January 4 at 5:00 a.m.
  • International borders, seaports, and airports remain open.
  • One person per household is allowed into commercial establishments (supermarkets, shops, pharmacies, etc.)

Business operations:

  • From December 18 through January 4, there will be a prohibition on the sale of alcohol (“ley seca”) from 7:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.
  • Gender-based restrictions on access to commercial establishments:
  • Women – December 21, 23, 28, and 30
  • Men – December 22, 24, 29, and 31
  • Government construction projects related to responding to the pandemic are exempted from curfew hours.


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.  For all the details about changes made by the Government of Panama in response to the pandemic, please see the daily announcements from the Ministry of Health.  


Actions to Take:





U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama

Building 783, Demetrio Basilio Lakas Avenue

Clayton, Panama

+507 317-5000




State Department – Consular Affairs

+1 (888)407-4747 or +1 (202)501-4444


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Denese A. Rodgers
+507 6456-8539
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