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Alert: Roadblocks Subsided; Negotiations with Demonstrators Are Still Ongoing
August 18, 2022

Nationwide protests in Panama in response to rising cost of living and gas prices have mostly subsided, although dialogue is still ongoing between the Government of Panama and some protesting groups.

This is expected to be the last in a series of alerts relating to the recent protests.  The Embassy has received reports of more regular access to gasoline, diesel, foods, and medicine around the country.  The Interamerican Highway has been open consistently, and the flow of goods has resumed in both directions.  The Embassy will continue to monitor the situation and update U.S. Citizens in Panama as needed.

The U.S. Embassy Panama City reminds U.S. Citizens in Panama to exercise caution near any large gatherings or protests and maintain situational awareness.  Local news outlets and social media are the best resources for the latest information on protest activity and impact to traffic.  While most demonstrations are non-violent, the Panamanian National Police have used tear gas and/or riot control munitions in response to demonstrations, particularly when roadways are blocked or aggression is used against the police.  Please contact local authorities (311) if you have any immediate health and safety concerns.

Actions to Take:

  • Avoid the areas of the demonstrations or roadblocks.
  • Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests.
  • Monitor local media for updates.
  • Register for STEP and refer to our website for the latest alerts and messages for U.S. citizens.

Contact Information:
U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama
+507 317-5000

State Department – Consular Affairs
+1 (888) 407-4747 or +1 (202) 501-4444

Panama Country Information
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