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    Denese A Rodgers
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  1. July 21, the Government of Panama announced total quarantine in the provinces of Bocas del Toro, Colon, and Chiriqui on Saturdays and Sundays. The curfew from Monday through Friday remains from 7pm until 5am. Effective July 17, MINSA established new quarantine hours for the Panama and Panama Oeste provinces. Total quarantine begins on Friday at 7:00pm and ends on Monday at 5:00am. There is also a curfew from 7:00pm until 5:00am Monday through Thursday. Movement in these provinces remains restricted based on gender and ID number. Gender restrictions allow for movements as follows: Women:  Monday, Wednesday, and Friday Men:  Tuesday and Thursday. These movement restrictions allow for a two-hour window, intended only for essential purchases, based on the last digit of each individual’s cedula number or passport number if an individual is not a citizen of Panama.  U.S. Citizens in Panama should always carry their passports, and their Panamanian cedula if they have one.  The two-hour windows are as follows: Last number is 7 – 6:30 – 8:30am Last number is 8 – 7:30 – 9:30am Last number is 9 – 8:30 – 10:30am Last number is 0 – 9:30 – 11:30am Last number is 1 – 12:30 – 2:30pm Last number is 2 – 1:30 – 3:30pm Last number is 3 – 2:30 – 4:30pm Last number is 4 – 3:30 – 5:30pm Last number is 5 – 4:30 – 6:30pm Last number is 6 – 5:30 – 7:00pm There is a special window for those over 60 years old, regardless of cedula or passport numbers, between 7:00am and 10:00am (gender restrictions still apply). Normal exceptions apply for holders of permission letters (salvoconductos). Parents may take one child per family outside near their home or in the social areas of their apartment building during the two-hour window of the accompanying parent. Exercises such as bicycling, running, and skating are permissible if done within one kilometer of your home, with a mask, and inside your two-hour window. Private sector employees are required to enter their places of employment by no later than 8:00am. Public sector employees are required to enter by no later than 9:00am. All other provinces have 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. 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.
  2. On July 21, Panama’s Ministry of Health (MINSA) confirmed 55,153 cases of COVID-19. On July 21, the Government of Panama announced total quarantine in the provinces of Bocas del Toro, Colon, and Chiriqui on Saturdays and Sundays. The curfew from Monday through Friday remains from 7pm until 5am. Beginning Monday, July 27, businesses in Los Santos, Herrera, and Cocle provinces will be allowed to open businesses of car sales, private construction, and professional and administrative services. All businesses must meet biosecurity requirements. Effective July 17, MINSA established new quarantine hours for the Panama and Panama Oeste provinces. Total quarantine begins on Friday at 7:00pm and ends on Monday at 5:00am. There is also a curfew from 7:00pm until 5:00am Monday through Thursday. To receive Alerts and information from the Embassy, enroll online in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program https://step.state.gov/step/
  3. The US Embassy has identified three upcoming humanitarian flights with seats available. Any traveler with the appropriate passport/visa to permit entry into the United States is eligible to purchase a ticket. Travelers should carefully plan their onward travel as hotel options may be limited. Once in the United States, all domestic travel arrangements are the sole responsibility of the traveler. The upcoming humanitarian flights are: July 22 Copa Airlines flight CM4980 to Dulles, VA, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 9:00 a.m. July 24 United Airlines flight UA3367 to Houston, TX, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 12:30 p.m. July 29 Copa Airlines flight CM4978 to Dulles, VA, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 9:00 a.m. For additional information about these flights and to make reservations, visit the respective websites of the airlines, Copa, and United. Flights that appear to be sold out may have openings due to cancellations. Continue checking directly with the airlines for any openings. The Embassy encourages interested U.S. citizens and legal residents 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. You may also email this address if you are unable to make the currently scheduled flights but would like to be informed about the next humanitarian flight. Please be aware that future flights are not guaranteed, and those who choose not to depart on these flights should prepare to remain in Panama indefinitely. 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
  4. Good afternoon, Both the driver and the travelers would need salvoconductos. The traveler should email PanamaCityUSCitizen@state.gov in order to obtain the necessary salvoconductos for this type of travel. Other salvoconductos are issued by differing agencies according to the purpose and need for each type (i.e. employment, medical necessity, moving). Thanks, Denese
  5. New Quarantine Measures in Panama City and Panama Oeste Provinces and Staggered Work Start Times Nationwide On July 14, Panama’s Ministry of Health (MINSA) confirmed 48,096 cases of COVID-19. Beginning July 20, private sector employees are required to enter their places of employment by no later than 8:00am. Public sector employees are required to enter by no later than 9:00am. Effective July 17, MINSA established new quarantine hours for the Panama and Panama Oeste provinces. Total quarantine begins on Friday at 7:00pm and ends on Monday at 5:00am. Movements remain restricted based on gender and ID number. Gender restrictions allow for movements as follows: Women:  Monday and Wednesday. Friday until 7:00pm. Men:  Tuesday and Thursday. Movement in the same provinces remains restricted to a two-hour window based on the last digit of each individual’s cedula number or passport number if an individual is not a citizen of Panama.  U.S. Citizens in Panama should always carry their passports, and their Panamanian cedula if they have one.  The two-hour windows are as follows: Last number is 7 – 6:30 – 8:30am Last number is 8 – 7:30 – 9:30am Last number is 9 – 8:30 – 10:30am Last number is 0 – 9:30 – 11:30am Last number is 1 – 12:30 – 2:30pm Last number is 2 – 1:30 – 3:30pm Last number is 3 – 2:30 – 4:30pm Last number is 4 – 3:30 – 5:30pm Last number is 5 – 4:30 – 6:30pm Last number is 6 – 5:30 – 7:30pm There is a special window for those over 60 years old, regardless of cedula or passport numbers, between 7:00am and 10:00am (gender restrictions still apply). Normal exceptions apply for holders of permission letters (salvoconductos). Parents may take one child per family outside near their home or in the social areas of their apartment building during the two-hour window of the accompanying parent. 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. For all other provinces, 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. 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. Visit the embassy’s COVID-19 Information page for more information about the conditions in Panama. For the most up-to-date information about new measures, see MINSA's website (Spanish). 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. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter. To unsubscribe from future messages please go to the following link: https://step.state.gov/STEP/Pages/common/Subscribe.aspx
  6. The US Embassy has identified six upcoming humanitarian flights with seats available. Any traveler with the appropriate passport/visa to permit entry into the United States is eligible to purchase a ticket. Travelers should carefully plan their onward travel as hotel options may be limited. Once in the United States, all domestic travel arrangements are the sole responsibility of the traveler. The upcoming humanitarian flights are: July 16 Copa Airlines flight CM4951 to New York, NY, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 8:00 p.m. July 17 Copa Airlines flight CM4945 to Miami, FL, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 12:15 a.m. (SOLD OUT) July 17 United Airlines flight UA2417 to Houston, TX, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 12:30 p.m. July 20 Spirit Airlines flight NK6511 to Fort Lauderdale, FL, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 2:00 p.m. July 22 Copa Airlines flight CM4980 to Dulles, VA, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 9:00 a.m. July 24 United Airlines flight UA3367 to Houston, TX, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 12:30 p.m. July 29 Copa Airlines flight CM4978 to Dulles, VA, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 9:00 a.m. For additional information about these flights and to make reservations, visit the respective websites of the airlines, Spirit, Copa, and United. Flights that appear to be sold out may have openings due to cancellations. Continue checking directly with the airlines for any openings. The Embassy encourages interested U.S. citizens and legal residents 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. You may also email this address if you are unable to make the currently scheduled flights but would like to be informed about the next humanitarian flight. Please be aware that future flights are not guaranteed, and those who choose not to depart on these flights should prepare to remain in Panama indefinitely.
  7. The Embassy has identified four upcoming humanitarian flights with seats available. Any traveler with the appropriate passport/visa to permit entry into the United States is eligible to purchase a ticket. Travelers should carefully plan their onward travel as hotel options may be limited. Once in the United States, all domestic travel arrangements are the sole responsibility of the traveler. The upcoming humanitarian flights are: July 14 Spirit Airlines flight NK6511 to Fort Lauderdale, FL, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 2:00 p.m. July 15 Copa Airlines flight CM4982 to Dulles, VA, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 9:00 a.m. July 17 United Airlines flight UA2417 to Houston, TX, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 12:30 p.m. July 20 Spirit Airlines flight NK6511 to Fort Lauderdale, FL, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 2:00 p.m. For additional information about these flights and to make reservations, visit the respective websites of the airlines, Spirit, Copa, and United. Flights that appear to be sold out may have openings due to cancellations. Continue checking directly with the airlines for any openings. The Embassy encourages interested U.S. citizens and legal residents 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. You may also email this address if you are unable to make the currently scheduled flights but would like to be informed about the next humanitarian flight. Please be aware that future flights are not guaranteed, and those who choose not to depart on these flights should prepare to remain in Panama indefinitely.
  8. Regarding July Humanitarian Flights The US Embassy has identified seven upcoming humanitarian flights with seats available. Any traveler with the appropriate passport/visa to permit entry into the United States is eligible to purchase a ticket. Travelers should carefully plan their onward travel as hotel options may be limited. Once in the United States, all domestic travel arrangements are the sole responsibility of the traveler. NOTE: Copa canceled the previously announced flights on July 9 to New York, NY, July 10 to New York, NY, and the 6:10 PM flight on July 10 to Miami, FL. The upcoming humanitarian flights are: July 9 Spirit Airlines flight NK6511 to Fort Lauderdale, FL, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 2:00 p.m. July 10 United Airlines flight UA2417 to Houston, TX, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 12:30 p.m. July 10 Copa Airlines flight CM4974 to Miami, FL, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 1:00 p.m. July 14 Spirit Airlines flight NK6511 to Fort Lauderdale, FL, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 2:00 p.m. July 15 Copa Airlines flight CM4982 to Dulles, VA, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 9:00 a.m. July 17 United Airlines flight UA2417 to Houston, TX, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 12:30 p.m. July 20 Spirit Airlines flight NK6511 to Fort Lauderdale, FL, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 2:00 p.m. For additional information about these flights and to make reservations, visit the respective websites of the airlines, Spirit, Copa, and United. Flights that appear to be sold out may have openings due to cancellations. Continue checking directly with the airlines for any openings. The Embassy encourages interested U.S. citizens and legal residents 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. You may also email this address if you are unable to make the currently scheduled flights but would like to be informed about the next humanitarian flight. Please be aware that future flights are not guaranteed, and those who choose not to depart on these flights should prepare to remain in Panama indefinitely.
  9. The US Embassy has identified 10 upcoming humanitarian flights with seats available. The flights are operated by Copa Airlines (flight numbers CM4963, CM4974, CM4957, CM4955, and CM4982), United Airlines (both flights are number UA2417), and Spirit Airlines (all flights are number NK6511). The flights are scheduled for July 9, 10, 14, 15, 17, and 20. Copa Airlines cancelled their July 8 flight to Dulles, VA. There are no additional confirmed flights with available seats at this time, so if you desire to return to the United States, it is important to book immediately. 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 Dulles, Houston, and Ft. Lauderdale 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. Airlines operating these flights, such as Copa Airlines, may occasionally be able to offer seats on the out-bound flights to some passengers. Please contact the airline offering these seats for sale directly about those flights. The U.S. Embassy in Panama will continue announcing all flights approved by the Panamanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs as humanitarian flights to the United States. NOTE – We encourage you to purchase your tickets as soon as possible to ensure you are able to return to the United States. U.S. citizens who choose not to depart on these flights should prepare to remain in Panama indefinitely and shelter in place. The currently authorized, upcoming humanitarian flights are: July 9 Spirit Airlines, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 2:00 p.m. for Fort Lauderdale, FL. July 9 Copa Airlines, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 8:30 p.m. for New York, NY. July 10 Copa Airlines, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 12:30 a.m. for Miami, FL. July 10 United Airlines, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 12:30 p.m. for Houston, TX. July 10 Copa Airlines, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 6:00 p.m. for New York, NY. July 10 Copa Airlines, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 6:10 p.m. for Miami, FL. July 14 Spirit Airlines, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 2:00 p.m. for Fort Lauderdale, FL. July 15 Copa Airlines, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 9:00 a.m. for Dulles, VA. July 17 United Airlines, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 12:30 p.m. for Houston, TX. July 20 Spirit Airlines, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 2:00 p.m. for Fort Lauderdale, FL. For additional information about these flights and to make reservations please contact the airlines directly. These tickets will be available soon, if not already, and the Embassy encourages you to check Copa’s, Spirit’s, and United’s websites regularly for updates. Flights that appear to be sold out may have openings due to cancellations. Continue checking directly with the airlines for any openings. 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.
  10. The U.S. Embassy has identified six upcoming humanitarian flights with seats available. The flights are operated by Copa Airlines (flights numbers CM4983 and CM4982), United Airlines (flight number UA2417), and Spirit Airlines (flight number NK6511). The flights are scheduled for July 8, 10, 14, 15, 17, and 20. There are no additional confirmed flights with available seats at this time, so if you desire to return to the United States, it is important to book immediately. 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 Dulles, Houston, and Ft. Lauderdale 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. Airlines operating these flights, such as Copa Airlines, may occasionally be able to offer seats on the out-bound flights to some passengers. Please contact the airline offering these seats for sale directly about those flights. The U.S. Embassy in Panama will continue announcing all flights approved by the Panamanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs as humanitarian flights to the United States. NOTE – We encourage you to purchase your tickets as soon as possible to ensure you are able to return to the United States. U.S. citizens who choose not to depart on these flights should prepare to remain in Panama indefinitely and shelter in place. The currently authorized, upcoming humanitarian flights are: July 8 Copa Airlines, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 9:00 a.m. for Dulles, VA. July 9 Spirit Airlines (SOLD OUT), departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 2:00 p.m. for Fort Lauderdale, FL. July 10 United Airlines, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 12:30 p.m. for Houston, TX. July 14 Spirit Airlines, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 2:00 p.m. for Fort Lauderdale, FL. July 15 Copa Airlines, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 9:00 a.m. for Dulles, VA. July 17 United Airlines, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 12:30 p.m. for Houston, TX. July 20 Spirit Airlines, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 2:00 p.m. for Fort Lauderdale, FL. For additional information about these flights and to make reservations please contact the airlines directly. These tickets will be available soon, if not already, and the Embassy encourages you to check Copa’s, Spirit’s, and United’s websites regularly for updates. Flights that appear to be sold out may have openings due to cancelations. Continue checking directly with the airlines for any openings. 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.gov so that we can assist you with the issuance of salvoconducto passes.
  11. The Embassy has identified three upcoming humanitarian flights with seats available. The first flight is operated by Copa Airlines (flight number CM9234) and is scheduled for July 1. The other two flights are operated by United Airlines (flight number UA2417) and are scheduled for July 10 and 17. There are no additional confirmed flights with available seats at this time, so if you desire to return to the United States, it is important to book immediately. 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 and Houston 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. Airlines operating these flights, such as Copa Airlines, may occasionally be able to offer seats on the out-bound flights to some passengers. Please contact the airline offering these seats for sale directly about those flights. The U.S. Embassy in Panama will continue announcing all flights approved by the Panamanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs as humanitarian flights to the United States. NOTE – We encourage you to purchase your tickets as soon as possible to ensure you are able to return to the United States. U.S. citizens who choose not to depart on these flights should prepare to remain in Panama indefinitely and shelter in place. The currently authorized, upcoming humanitarian flights are: July 1 Copa Airlines, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 3:00 a.m. for Miami, FL, to arrive at 7:15 a.m. July 2 Spirit Airlines (SOLD OUT), departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 2:00 p.m. for Fort Lauderdale, FL, to arrive at 6:00 p.m. July 9 Spirit Airlines (SOLD OUT), departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 2:00 p.m. for Fort Lauderdale, FL, to arrive at 6:00 p.m. July 10 United Airlines, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 12:30 p.m. for Houston, TX, to arrive at 4:39 p.m. (departure and arrival time subject to change) July 17 United Airlines, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 12:30 p.m. for Houston, TX, to arrive at 4:39 p.m. (departure and arrival time subject to change) For additional information about these flights and to make reservations please contact the airlines directly. These tickets will be available soon, if not already, and the Embassy encourages you to check Copa’s, Spirit’s, and United’s websites regularly for updates.
  12. Embassy Alert - July Humanitarian Flights The Embassy has identified three upcoming humanitarian flights with seats available. The first flight is operated by Copa Airlines (flight number CM9234) and is scheduled for July 1. The two other flights are operated by Spirit Airlines and are scheduled for July 2 and July 9 (flight number NK6511). There are no additional flights confirmed at this time, so if you desire to return to the United States, it is important to book immediately. 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 and Ft. Lauderdale 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. Airlines operating these flights, such as Copa Airlines, may occasionally be able to offer seats on the out-bound flights to some passengers. Please contact the airline offering these seats for sale directly about those flights. The U.S. Embassy in Panama will continue announcing all flights approved by the Panamanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs as humanitarian flights to the United States. NOTE – We encourage you to purchase your tickets as soon as possible to ensure you are able to return to the United States. U.S. citizens who choose not to depart on these flights should prepare to remain in Panama indefinitely and shelter in place. The currently authorized, upcoming humanitarian flights are: June 25 Spirit Airlines (SOLD OUT), departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 1:00 p.m. for Fort Lauderdale, FL, to arrive at 5:00 p.m. July 1 Copa Airlines, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 3:00 a.m. for Miami, FL, to arrive at 7:15 a.m. July 2 Spirit Airlines, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 2:00 p.m. for Fort Lauderdale, FL, to arrive at 6:00 p.m. July 9 Spirit Airlines, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 2:00 p.m. for Fort Lauderdale, FL, to arrive at 6:00 p.m. For additional information about these flights and to make reservations please contact the airlines directly. These tickets will be available soon, if not already, and the Embassy encourages you to check Copa’s and Spirit’s websites regularly for updates. Flights that appear to be sold out may have openings due to cancelations. Continue checking directly with the airlines for any openings. 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.gov so that we can assist you with the issuance of salvoconducto passes.
  13. US Embassy Alert - Airport Closure Extended On June 17, the Government of Panama extended the suspension of international commercial passenger flights for an additional 30 days through July 22.  The previous exceptions for cargo, humanitarian, medical supplies, medical evacuation, and vaccines remain in place. On June 16, Panama’s Ministry of Health (MINSA) confirmed 21,962 cases of COVID-19.
  14. On June 11, Panama’s Ministry of Health (MINSA) confirmed 18,586 cases of COVID-19. MINSA also announced on June 11 that a health cordon has been declared in the community of Iber-Gun, in the township of Cristobal, Colon Province. Effective June 8, Panama’s National Immigration Service opened and started a 90-day period during which foreigners may submit applications to maintain or adjust their immigration status in Panama without incurring fines. This applies to applicants whose immigration status expired between March 13 and June 7. For more details see www.migración.gob.pa. On June 7, MINSA published a resolution regarding movement restrictions in the provinces of Panama and Panama Oeste. These provinces will return to movement restrictions based on gender and ID number beginning June 8. Gender restrictions allow for movements as follows: Women:  Monday, Wednesday, and Friday Men:  Tuesday and Thursday. Saturday until 5pm Additionally, movement will be restricted to a two-hour window based on the last digit of each individual’s cedula number or passport number if an individual is not a citizen of Panama.  U.S. Citizens in Panama should always carry their passports, and their Panamanian cedula if they have one.  The two-hour windows are as follows: Last number is 7 – 6:30 – 8:30am Last number is 8 – 7:30 – 9:30am Last number is 9 – 8:30 – 10:30am Last number is 0 – 9:30 – 11:30am Last number is 1 – 12:30 – 2:30pm Last number is 2 – 1:30 – 3:30pm Last number is 3 – 2:30 – 4:30pm Last number is 4 – 3:30 – 5:30pm Last number is 5 – 4:30 – 6:30pm Last number is 6 – 5:30 – 7:30pm There is a special window for those over 60 years old, regardless of cedula or passport numbers, between 7:00am and 10:00am (gender restrictions still apply). Weekend curfew for the month of June is from from 5:00pm on Saturday until 5:00am on Monday. Normal exceptions apply for holders of permission letters (salvoconductos) Parents may take one child per family outside near their home or in the social areas of their apartment building during the two-hour window of the accompanying parent.  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. Other provinces in Panama will continue with the curfew that began on June 1 (see details below). 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. MINSA 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, 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.
  15. Three Month Extension of Migratory Status for Foreigners in Panama Panama’s National Immigration Service (SNM) is now open and taking new applications and appointments, but due to rules established by Panama’s Ministry of Health (MINSA), will only be operating at 25% capacity. Effective today, June 8, SNM started a 90-day period during which foreigners may submit applications to maintain or adjust their immigration status in Panama without incurring fines. This applies to applicants whose immigration status expired between March 13 and June 7. Additionally, documentation previously authorized by SNM that expired any time between March 13 and June 7 will remain valid for a period of three months. This does not apply to bank references and health certificates, which must be updated. Applicants whose document expired at any time outside of the window of March 13 to June 7 will need to update their migration status and will be subject to the applicable fines. Tourists in Panama are reminded that they will have three months to either leave the country or begin a new migratory process with SNM. Details about SNM’s reopening schedule: The week of June 8 to June 12, SNM will only attend to migration lawyers and marital interviews. Hours of operation: 7:00 am to 4:00 pm. Starting on June 15, SNM will begin the process of taking photographs for the foreigners who require them, and attention to all other clients. All information about notifications and the migratory legal processes can be found at SNM’s website, www.migración.gob.pa.
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