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  1. Moderator comment: Below is an unedited automated translation of the above news article. https://www.prensa.com/judiciales/migracion-reporta-la-muerte-de-un-menor-de-dos-anos-en-albergue-de-gualaca-chiriqui/
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Hands of Stone premieres at Cannes In his career and lifetime, Panama's legendary Roberto Duran has gone from hero to zero and back again. Last night had to be one of his most memorable evenings. The film Hands of Stone, chronicling his rivalry with Sugar Ray Leonard, starring Robert DeNIro and Edgar Ramirez, premiered at the prestigious Cannes film festival. Both Robertos were honored as the post screening event became a love-in for DeNiro. After some rough press lately, this is a positive event for Panama, imo. The movie opens in late August.
  7. 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.
  8. https://www.newsroompanama.com/environment/panama-3/21-year-old-mining-contract-ruled-unconstitutional
  9. https://www.newsroompanama.com/environment/environment-beyond-pandemic-reforestation-advances
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Moderator comment: Below is an unedited automated translation of the above news article. https://www.telemetro.com/nacionales/2020/05/04/tres-personas-fueron-asesinadas-el-fin-de-semana-en-colon/2828384.html
  13. 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.
  14. Panama Oeste and Panama Provinces Quarantine On June 6, the government announced that the provinces of Panama and Panama Oeste will return to movement restrictions based on gender and ID number, starting on June 8. Gender restrictions allow for movements as follows: Women:  Monday, Wednesday, and Friday Men:  Tuesday and Thursday 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 Weekends are quarantine from 5:00pm on Friday until 5:00am on Monday. 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. Other provinces in Panama will continue with the curfew that began on June 1 (see details below). On June 6, Panama’s Ministry of Health (MINSA) confirmed 16,004 cases of COVID-19. This weekend the curfew was extended for Panama Oeste and Panama provinces. On Saturday, June 6 curfew began 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.
  15. Additional repatriation flights to the USA announced: Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (June 6, 2020) Location: Panama Event: Planned Commercial Humanitarian Flight The Embassy has identified three upcoming humanitarian flights. The first two flights are operated by United Airlines (flight numbers UA 3010 and UA 2417) and are scheduled for June 12 and June 19. The third flight is operated by Copa Airlines (flight number CM 4982), and is scheduled for June 20. There are no additional flights planned 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 Houston and Miami 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 – Because there are many seats available on the upcoming flights, no additional humanitarian flights to the United States are planned 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. 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 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 (SOLD OUT), departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 7:00 a.m. for Washington, D.C., to arrive 12:47 p.m. · June 12 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 19 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 20 Copa Airlines, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 10:00 a.m. for Miami, FL, to arrive 2:15 p.m. For additional information about these flight and to make reservations please contact United Airlines and Copa Airlines directly. The Embassy expects these tickets to be available soon, if they are not on sale already, and encourages you to check their websites regularly for updates. Flights that have been marked as "Sold Out" may have openings due to cancelations. Continue checking directly with the airlines (Spirit’s website at https://www.spirit.com, or Copa’s website at https://www.copaair.com) 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. 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. 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
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. https://www.centralamericadata.com/en/article/main/ECommerce_is_Gaining_Ground_in_the_Region
  20. Alfa Clinic in downtown Boquete now has the immunological COVID-19 tests available. The immunological tests are different from the acute tests done by MINSA. MINSA's PCR tests detect viral RNA in a nasal or throat swab. They tell you whether the virus is present at the moment the swab is taken. They turn negative when the virus is gone. The immunological tests measure antibodies to the virus. They don't turn positive until your body mounts an immune reaction to the virus. Sometimes it takes up to three weeks after symptoms start before the body makes enough antibodies to be accurately detected. So this is not a test to see if you HAVE the virus; it is a test to see if you HAD the virus. We have had only 17 known cases of COVID-19 in Boquete. That includes only cases that were symptomatic, suspect, and tested by MINSA. We have no idea how many asymptomatic or minimally symptomatic cases there were. So if you think that maybe that rash, mild cough, feeling blah, fatigue, etc. that you had last month was really a mild case of COVID-19 then this is one way to find out. Why would you want to know? 1) If the test is negative then you know you still have to take precautions if you're concerned about contracting COVID-19. 2) If it's positive then you know that a) you're not infectious, since you've already recovered from it, and b) you're not vulnerable since you have acquired immunity; so you can dispense with social distancing, masks, gloves, etc. since you can't give it to anybody and they can't give it to you. EXCEPT for the possible case where you touch something that has the virus on it and someone who is vulnerable touches you, e.g. shakes your hand, in which case you might be the intermediate vector. But of course if vulnerable people maintain precautions then this is not a problem. The first generation of immunological tests were unreliable and had many false negatives. The current generation is about 99% accurate. These particular tests offered by the Alfa Clinic have been vetted by the Gorgas Institute in Panama City, so I think we can be reasonably sure that they are accurate. If you are interested in the test it costs $45 and Alfa Clinic says: We are making a list of people who are interested in taking the test. If you are interested please send us the following information: Full name, age, identification number (E-cedula or passport), telephone, mail and place of residence. For further information contact WhatsApp 6949-5998 or send us a email to boquetemedical@gmail.com
  21. This morning (Thursday) our Panamanian gardener appeared at our gate on time for work Bud told him no work now. Poor soul thought he had been fired! Bud spent several minutes explaining coronavirus and how Panama is in total quarantine. Bud paid him his full salary then asked him to return to work when quarantine is over. Our great gardener left with a better understanding of the current environment.
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