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  1. COVID-19 Situation – Extended Curfew in Panama Oeste and Panama Provinces On June 4, Panama’s Ministry of Health (MINSA) confirmed 15,044 cases of COVID-19. This weekend the curfew will be extended for Panama Oeste and Panama provinces. On Saturday, June 6 curfew will begin at 5 p.m. and will last until Monday, June 8 at 5 a.m. Curfew for all other provinces remains from 7 p.m. until 5 a.m. the next morning. MINSA also announced on June 4 that a health cordon has been declared in the district of Chiriqui Grande, and in the communities of Pantanal and Finca 1 in Changuinola, and Solución in Bocas del Toro. On June 2, 2020, the Government of Panama’s Ministry of Health (MINSA) published a resolution stating that anyone leaving their residence must be wearing a mask that covers their nose and mouth. Any individual not wearing a mask is subject to possible detention and fine. The Government of Panama still maintains security checkpoints on the roads and prohibits most interprovincial travel. 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, even homemade ones, when in public. The Embassy encourages everyone to prepare accordingly.  Take the opportunity to stock up on any medicines and food supplies you may need to shelter in place in your homes for an extended period of time. Starting June 1, the Government of Panama ended the quarantine with movement restrictions based on ID number and gender. The quarantine and two-hour movement windows were replaced by a curfew from 7 pm to 5 am, Monday through Sunday. Children are also free to move about from 4 pm to 7 pm, accompanied by a parent, guardian, or caretaker. The use of masks and social distancing are still required. This new flexibility does not permit social group activities, cultural events, festivals, visits to the beach, contact sports, or any other activity that violates social distancing. Also on June 1, the second economic block opened. The sectors included in that block are: public construction, mining of non-metals, and industry. Religious sites, parks, social areas, and sporting areas are also allowed to operate at 25 percent capacity. For more details about the Government of Panama’s plan to gradually reopen the economy, see the infographic in this tweet from MINSA or go to the Embassy’s COVID-19 information page (see link below). The Government of Panama will evaluate every two weeks, but the date for opening additional business blocks remains unknown.
  2. June 10 Copa Commercial Humanitarian Flight The Embassy has identified an additional flight, operated by Copa Airlines (flight number – CM4050), scheduled for June 10. The flight will have a limited number of seats available. Any traveler with the appropriate passport/visa to permit entry into the United States who wishes to depart Panama is eligible to purchase a ticket. Travelers should carefully plan their onward travel as hotel options in Washington, D.C. may be limited. Once in the United States, all domestic travel arrangements are the sole responsibility of the traveler. The Embassy is aware that the Government of Panama has approved in-bound flights from the United States to Panama to provide Panamanian citizens and other qualified travelers the opportunity to travel to Panama. Questions about qualifications necessary and approval for passengers on these flights should be directed to the Embassy of Panama, in Washington, D.C. The U.S. Embassy in Panama will continue announcing all flights approved by the Panamanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for departure to the United States. NOTE – With many seats still available on the June 3 Spirit Airlines flight and the June 10 Copa airlines flights, we are not planning any additional humanitarian flights to the United States at this time. We encourage you to purchase your tickets as soon as possible to ensure you are able to return to the United States. We encourage you to be prepared to remain in Panama for the next 30-60 days, or perhaps more, if you are unwilling or unable to take these flights. The currently authorized, upcoming humanitarian flights are: · June 3 United Airlines (SOLD OUT), departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 12:30 p.m. for Houston, TX, to arrive at 4:39 p.m. · June 3 Spirit Airlines, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 1:00 p.m. for Fort Lauderdale, FL, to arrive 5:00 p.m. · June 10 Spirit Airlines(SOLD OUT), departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 1:00 p.m. for Fort Lauderdale, FL, to arrive 5:00 p.m. · June 10 Copa Airlines, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 7:00 a.m. for Washington, D.C., to arrive 12:47 p.m. For additional information about these flights and to make reservations please contact Spirit Airlines and Copa Airlines directly. Copa began ticket sales for this new flight on Thursday, May 28. The Embassy encourages you to check their website regularly for updates. For flights that are full, continue checking directly with the airlines (United’s website at https://www.united.com/, or Spirit’s website at https://spirit.com/) for any openings due to cancelations. There are no guarantees for these flights or the space available. The Embassy encourages interested U.S. citizens and LPRs to purchase early and forward your purchase confirmation email to the Embassy immediately at PanamaCityUSCitizen@state.govso that we can assist you with the issuance of salvoconducto passes. The Embassy will continue its efforts to identify and seek approval for future humanitarian flights to the United States as long citizens indicate the desire to evacuate. Messages to U.S. citizens with updates on repatriation flights are sent daily to citizens living in Panama while the Embassy is assisting with approved flights from Panama to the United States. Messages providing updated COVID-19 case numbers and information about the measures taken to combat COVID-19 in Panama will now be sent once per week, unless there are significant changes requiring immediate updates. Consult the Embassy’s website (https://pa.usembassy.gov/) for additional information on the situation in Panama and the Department of State’s COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information.
  3. June 1 Quarantine Ends and Curfew Begins Starting June 1, the quarantine with movement restrictions will end. The quarantine and two-hour movement windows will be replaced by a curfew from 7 pm to 5 am, Monday through Sunday. Children will also be free to move about from 4 pm to 7 pm, accompanied by a parent, guardian, or caretaker. The use of masks and social distancing will still be required. This new flexibility does not permit social group activities, cultural events, festivals, visits to the beach, contact sports, or any other activity that violates social distancing. Also on June 1, the second economic block will be allowed to open. The sectors included in that block are: public construction, mining of non-metals, industry, and religious sites, parks, social areas, and sporting areas will be allowed to operate at 25 percent capacity. On May 27, Panama’s Ministry of Health (MINSA) confirmed 11,447 cases of COVID-19. 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, even homemade ones, when in public. The Embassy encourages everyone to prepare accordingly.  Take the opportunity to stock up on any medicines and food supplies you may need to shelter in place in your homes for an extended period of time. On May 15, the Government of Panama extended the suspension of international commercial passenger flights for an additional 30 days until June 22.  The previous exceptions for cargo, humanitarian, medical supplies, medical evacuation, and vaccines remain in place. On May 11, the Government of Panama announced a gradual plan to reopen the economy beginning May 13. For details, see the infographic in this tweet from MINSA or go to the Embassy’s COVID-19 information page (see link below). The date for opening additional business blocks remains unknown. On April 21, the Municipal Council of the City of Panama passed a new decree stating that anyone leaving their residence must be wearing a mask that covers their nose and mouth. Panamanian National Police and Municipal Police will enforce the decree which extends throughout the metropolitan area of Panama City. The Embassy is working on evacuation options via commercial humanitarian and military flights for those U.S. Citizens wishing to depart Panama.  Please express your interest in consideration for potential evacuation flights by emailing: PanamaCityUSCitizen@state.gov.
  4. The Embassy has identified two additional flights, operated by Spirit Airlines (both with the same flight number – NK6511), scheduled for June 3 and June 10. The flights will have a limited number of seats available. Any traveler with the appropriate passport/visa to permit entry into the United States who wishes to depart Panama is eligible to purchase a ticket. Travelers should carefully plan their onward travel as hotel options in Fort Lauderdale may be limited. NOTE – Due to greater demand for these flights than the number of seats available, we encourage you to purchase your tickets as soon as possible to ensure you are able to travel and permit us time to provide you with a salvoconducto promptly. We encourage you to be prepared to remain in Panama for the next 30-60 days, or perhaps more, if you are unwilling or unable to take these flights. The currently authorized, upcoming humanitarian flights are: · May 25 Copa Airlines (SOLD OUT), departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 5:00 a.m. for Miami, FL, to arrive 9:15 a.m. · May 27 United Airlines (SOLD OUT), departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 12:30 p.m. for Houston, TX, to arrive at 4:39 p.m. · June 3 United Airlines (SOLD OUT), departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 12:30 p.m. for Houston, TX, to arrive at 4:39 p.m. · June 3 Spirit Airlines, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 1:00 p.m. for Fort Lauderdale, FL, to arrive 5:00 p.m. · June 10 Spirit Airlines, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 1:00 p.m. for Fort Lauderdale, FL, to arrive 5:00 p.m. We are in the process of notifying individuals who have already expressed interest in being evacuated from Panama about the newly authorized Spirit flights. For additional information about these flights and to make reservations please contact Spirit Airlines directly. Spirit anticipates ticket sales for these flights will commence Saturday, May 23. The Embassy encourages you to check their website regularly for updates. For flights that are full, continue checking directly with the airlines (Copa customer service at +507-217-2672, United’s website at https://www.united.com/, or Spirit’s website at https://spirit.com/) for any openings due to cancelations. There are no guarantees for these flights or the space available. The Embassy encourages interested U.S. citizens and LPRs to purchase early and forward your purchase confirmation email to the Embassy immediately at PanamaCityUSCitizen@state.govso that we can assist you with the issuance of salvoconducto passes. The Embassy is continuing its efforts to identify future flights to the United States. Once in the United States, all domestic travel arrangements are the sole responsibility of the traveler. Consult the Embassy’s website (https://pa.usembassy.gov/) for additional information on the situation in Panama and the Department of State’s COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information. 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. 
  5. United Airlines Flights May 27 & June 3 The Embassy has identified two additional flights, operated by United Airlines (flight numbers – UA 3014 and UA 2417), scheduled for May 27 and June 3. The flights will have a limited number of seats available. Any traveler with the appropriate passport/visa to permit entry into the United States who wishes to depart Panama is eligible to purchase a ticket. Travelers should carefully plan their onward travel as hotel options in Houston may be limited. NOTE – Due to greater demand for these flights than the number of seats available, we encourage you to purchase your tickets as soon as possible to ensure you are able to travel and permit us time to provide you with a salvoconducto promptly. We encourage you to be prepared to remain in Panama for the next 30-60 days, or perhaps more, if you are unwilling or unable to take these flights. The currently authorized, upcoming humanitarian flights are: · May 25 Copa Airlines (SOLD OUT), departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 5:00 a.m. for Miami, FL, to arrive 9:15 a.m. · May 27 United Airlines, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 12:30 p.m. for Houston, TX, to arrive at 4:39 p.m. · June 3 United Airlines, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 12:30 p.m. for Houston, TX, to arrive at 4:39 p.m We are in the process of notifying individuals who have already expressed interest in being evacuated from Panama about the newly authorized United flights. For additional information about the United flights and to make reservations, please contact United Airlines directly. Tickets sales for these United flights commenced prior to the authorization of this flight by the Government of Panama, and are ongoing. For flights that are full, continue checking directly with the airlines (Copa customer service at +507-217-2672 or https://www.united.com/) for any openings due to cancelations. There are no guarantees for these flights or the space available. The Embassy encourages interested U.S. citizens and LPRs to purchase early and forward your purchase confirmation email to the Embassy immediately at PanamaCityUSCitizen@state.govso that we can assist you with the issuance of salvoconducto passes. The Embassy is continuing its efforts to identify future flights to the United States. Once in the United States, all domestic travel arrangements are the sole responsibility of the traveler. Consult the Embassy’s website (https://pa.usembassy.gov/) for additional information on the situation in Panama and the Department of State’s COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information. 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  
  6. For U.S. Citizens: Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT) June 2020 Due to the extraordinary and unpredictable nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, the June 2020 Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT) has been temporarily postponed. For new test and registration dates for the next FSOT to be offered, please refer to: https://home.pearsonvue.com/fsot Have you ever wanted to become a diplomat for the U.S. government? Here is your opportunity! The USMA-Universidad Santamaria La Antigua in Panama will be hosting the computer-based Foreign Service Officer exam. The requirements are as follows: Applicants must be citizens of the United States. Applicants must be at least 20 years old. Applicants must be available for worldwide assignment. No specific level in a foreign language is required for applicants. For detailed information on pursuing a career in the Foreign Service, to learn about what career track might be right for you, and to explore in detail the steps of the Foreign Service hiring process, please go to http://www.careers.state.gov. All registrations for the Foreign Service Officer Test must be completed online. The test will be offered three times each year in February, June, and October and registration for the FSOT will be open on a continuous basis. Please do not delay in registering and scheduling your test seat as space is limited so availability is on a first-come, first-served basis. If the test seats are all filled, you will have to take the exam next time it is offered. If you have specific questions about the Foreign Service Officer Test, you may send an e-mail to FSOTQuestions@state.gov. Contact Info of USMA-test center in Panama is: Universidad Católica Santa Maria La Antigua, Ave. Ricardo J. Alfaro, Sede Principal, Edificio C, arriba del Centro de Idiomas, Primer piso, Oficina C-122, 0819-08550 Panama. Phone: 230-8274 Test Center Information
  7. The Embassy has identified an additional flight, operated by Copa Airlines (flight number – CM 4050), scheduled for May 25. The flight will have a limited number of seats available. Any traveler with the appropriate passport/visa to permit entry into the United States who wishes to depart Panama is eligible to purchase a ticket. Travelers should carefully plan their onward travel as hotel options in Miami may be limited. NOTE – Due to the expected high demand for this flight we encourage you to purchase your tickets as soon as possible to ensure you are able to travel and permit us to provide you with a salvoconducto promptly. We encourage you to be prepared to remain in Panama for the next 30-60 days, or perhaps more, if you are unwilling or unable to take this flight. · May 25, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 5:00 a.m. for Miami, FL, to arrive 9:15 a.m. We are in the process of notifying individuals who have already expressed interest in being evacuated from Panama about this flight. For additional information about this flight and to make reservations, please contact Copa Airlines directly at their call center number, +507 217-2672. Copa anticipates ticket sales for this flight will commence Tuesday, May 19. There are no guarantees for this flight or the space available. The Embassy encourages interested U.S. citizens and LPRs to purchase early and forward your purchase confirmation email to the Embassy immediately at PanamaCityUSCitizen@state.gov so that we can assist you with the issuance of salvoconducto passes. The Embassy is continuing its efforts to identify future flights to the United States. Once in the United States, all domestic travel arrangements are the sole responsibility of the traveler. Consult the Embassy’s website (https://pa.usembassy.gov/) for additional information on the situation in Panama and the Department of State’s COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information. 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. 
  8. Humanitarian Flights Require Approval by the Government of Panama The Embassy is aware that United airlines is offering tickets for a flight on May 27. The Embassy has received no indication that this flight has been approved by the Panamanian government. We will continue to notify U.S. citizens in Panama of all approved humanitarian flights as soon as those flights have been scheduled and approved. For now, the only approved, upcoming humanitarian flight is the May 19 flight with Spirit Airlines from Panama City, Panama (PTY) to Ft. Lauderdale, FL, USA (FLL). This flight is full, but we encourage U.S. citizens interested in immediate repatriation to closely monitor Spirit’s website (www.Spirit.com) for any openings due to cancelations. The Embassy is continuing its efforts to identify future flights and will announce those flights once they are scheduled and approved by the Panamanian government. If you have not already done so, please express your interest in consideration for future evacuation flights by emailing: PanamaCityUSCitizen@state.gov . If you have previously expressed your interest, you do NOT need to resubmit. 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
  9. 2 simple steps for U.S. citizens overseas to vote from anywhere Living across the pond? Working outside the states? No matter where you are, you can vote. If you’re a U.S. citizen living abroad, you can have your absentee ballots sent to you this election year. Here’s how: 1. Register to vote and request your ballot. Fill out the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) and send it to your election office by August 1 (or later depending on your state) for the General Election on November 3, 2020. Find your state deadlines, election office’s contact and other helpful information at FVAP.gov. Your voting residence (the U.S. state or territory where you are registering to vote) is likely your legal residence or the U.S. address where you last resided. Here’s how to determine your voting residence. Using the FPCA ensures that your state will send your ballot to you at least 45 days before the election — a protection not guaranteed when using other forms. It’s a good idea to send in a new FPCA every January and each time you move. 2. Fill out and send in your ballot when it arrives. For the general election, you should receive your ballot by early October. Vote and send back your ballot as soon as you receive it. The recommended vote-by date is October 13, 2020 if you are outside the U.S. If you requested your ballot but haven’t received it, contact your election office to ask about the status of your ballot request. If there isn’t enough time to receive and send back your ballot before the election, use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB). It works like a backup ballot. If your official absentee ballot arrives after sending in the FWAB, fill out and send in the official ballot too. Only one will be counted. After you send in your ballot, you can check if it was received by your election office. Get started at FVAP.gov. 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.
  10. Planned Commercial Humanitarian Flights The Embassy has identified two flights, both operated by Spirit Airlines (both with the same flight number – NK 6511), scheduled for May 15 and 19. Each flight will have a limited number of seats available. Any traveler with the appropriate passport/visa to permit entry into the United States who wishes to depart Panama is eligible to purchase a ticket. Travelers should carefully plan their onward travel as hotel options in the Fort Lauderdale area are limited. NOTE – There are no other planned flights. These may be the last flights until commercial flight operations resume; at present, not before May 22. Due to the expected high demand for these flights we encourage you to purchase your tickets as soon as possible to ensure you are able to travel and permit us to provide you with a salvoconducto promptly. We encourage you to be prepared to remain in Panama for the next 30-60 days, or perhaps more, if you are unwilling or unable to take this flight. · May 15, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 1:00 p.m. for Fort Lauderdale, FL, to arrive 5:00 p.m. · May 19, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 1:00 p.m. for Fort Lauderdale, FL, to arrive 5:00 p.m. We are in the process of notifying individuals who have already expressed interest in being evacuated from Panama about this flight. For additional information about these flights and to make reservations please contact Spirit Airlines directly. Spirit anticipates ticket sales for these flights will commence Friday, May 8. The Embassy encourages you to check their website regularly for updates. There are no guarantees of these flights or the space available. The Embassy encourages interested U.S. citizens and LPRs to purchase early and forward your purchase confirmation email to the Embassy immediately at PanamaCityUSCitizen@state.gov so that we can assist you with the issuance of salvoconducto passes. If you have previously expressed your interest you do NOT need to resubmit. The Embassy is continuing its efforts to identify future flights. However, it is most likely that they will be with the same airline and the same route. All domestic travel arrangements are the sole responsibility of the traveler. Please enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Embassy Panama City security updates: https://step.state.gov/
  11. May 8 Commercial Humanitarian Flight Update At present the Department of State is making every effort to assist U.S. citizens overseas who wish to return to the United States. As the COVID-19 situation develops, our ability to provide such assistance may become more limited or even unavailable.  There is no guarantee that the Department of State will be able to continue to provide repatriation assistance and transportation options to the United States may be unavailable in the future.  If you choose to remain overseas, you should be prepared to remain where you are for the foreseeable future.  The Embassy arranged for a commercially-operated humanitarian flight on May 8 for any U.S. citizen or other qualified traveler able to enter the United States who had expressed wishes to depart Panama.  That flight is now full. The Embassy is continuing its efforts to identify future flights. However, there are no other planned flights at this time.  We encourage you to be prepared to remain in Panama for the next 30-60 days, or perhaps more. For now, please closely monitor Spirit’s website (www.Spirit.com) for any openings due to cancelations on the May 8 flight from Panama City, Panama (PTY) to Ft. Lauderdale, FL, USA (FLL). NOTE – It is most likely that future will be with the same airline and the same route. All domestic travel arrangements are the sole responsibility of the traveler. If you have not already done so, please express your interest in consideration for future evacuation flights by emailing:  PanamaCityUSCitizen@state.gov.  If you have previously expressed your interest, you do NOT need to resubmit.
  12. Planned Commercial Humanitarian Flight The Embassy has identified one flight, operated by Spirit Airlines (NK 6511), scheduled for May 08 with a limited number of seats available. Any traveler with the appropriate passport/visa to permit entry into the United States who wishes to depart Panama is eligible to purchase a ticket. NOTE – There are no other planned flights. This may be the last flight until commercial flight operations resume; at present, not before May 22. Due to the expected high demand for this flight we encourage you to purchase your tickets as soon as possible to ensure you are able to travel and permit us to provide you with a salvoconducto promptly. We encourage you to be prepared to remain in Panama for the next 30-60 days, or perhaps more, if you are unwilling or unable to take this flight. May 08, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 1:00 p.m. for Fort Lauderdale, FL, to arrive 5:00 p.m. We are in the process of notifying individuals who have already expressed interest in being evacuated from Panama about this flight. For additional information about the flight and to make reservations please contact Spirit Airlines directly. Spirit anticipates ticket sales for this flight will commence Thursday, April 30. The Embassy encourages you to check their website regularly for updates. There are no guarantees of this flight or the space available. The Embassy encourages interested U.S. citizens and LPRs to purchase early and forward your purchase confirmation email to the Embassy immediately at PanamaCityUSCitizen@state.gov so that we can assist you with the issuance of salvoconducto passes. If you have previously expressed your interest you do NOT need to resubmit. The Embassy is continuing its efforts to identify future flights. However, it is most likely that they will be with the same airline and the same route. All domestic travel arrangements are the sole responsibility of the traveler. Please enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Embassy Panama City security updates: https://step.state.gov/
  13. On April 16, the Government of Panama announced that both Saturday, April 18, and Sunday, April 19, will be full quarantine whereby no one can leave their homes. For now, the inclusion of Saturday only applies to this weekend. On April 18, Panama’s Ministry of Health (MINSA) confirmed 4,273 cases of COVID-19. 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, even homemade ones, when in public. On April 1, the government expanded movement restrictions based on gender.  Individuals will be permitted to circulate during the same hours determined by ID number as set forth in previous decrees.  However, the expanded restrictions only allow for movements as follows: · Women:  Monday, Wednesday, and Friday · Men:  Tuesday, Thursdays, and Saturday · Sunday:  Everyone must stay home · Normal exceptions apply for holders of permission letters (salvoconductos) Hours of circulation during the total quarantine are intended only for essential purchases by one person per household.  The Embassy reminds U.S. citizens in Panama that it is always obligatory to comply with local laws. https://step.state.gov/step/
  14. Panama’s President Cortizo announced that both Saturday, April 11, and Sunday, April 12, will be full quarantine whereby no one can leave their homes. For now, the inclusion of Saturday only applies to this weekend. On April 8, Panama’s Ministry of Health (MINSA) confirmed 2,528 cases of COVID-19. 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 recommends the use of masks, even homemade ones, when in public. Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program to receive updates https://step.state.gov/step/
  15. Cancellation of April 4 and 5 Military Repatriation Flights The two anticipated U.S. military air flights scheduled for April 4 and 5 have been cancelled. The Embassy is not aware of any additional flights currently. The Embassy is exploring other options for evacuation flights. If you want to be considered for future repatriation flights from Panama City, it is imperative you contact PanamaCityUSCitizen@state.gov immediately to register your interest. There is no guarantee that there will be further opportunities for repatriation to the United States. If you choose to remain overseas, you should be prepared to shelter in place where you are. Please enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Embassy Panama City security updates: https://step.state.gov/ Consult the Embassy’s website (https://pa.usembassy.gov/) for additional information on the situation in Panama and the Department of State’s COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information. 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.
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