Event(s): Clashes between police and demonstrators in the downtown area of Panama City have occurred, particularly after nightfall, since October 23. Panamanian National Police have used tear gas and other riot control measures in response to the current demonstrations, particularly when they have blocked roadways or resulted in aggression against the police. Protest organizers have made calls for additional demonstrations and roadblocks that have the potential to cause significant delays for travelers throughout the country for the remainder of the week. In addition to clashes downtown, the U.S. Embassy has received reports of vandalism, looting, demands for “tolls” at roadblocks, and some criminal elements infiltrating peaceful protests to commit robberies.
U.S. Embassy personnel living in affected areas of Panama City are advised to avoid demonstrations, and limit movements and stay indoors, as conditions warrant. The U.S. Embassy has currently restricted mission personnel from traveling to Colón due to protest activity. Previous travel restrictions to parts of the Darien and Mosquito Gulf continue to apply.
U.S. citizens are reminded to avoid demonstrations and exercise caution when traveling. Please contact local authorities (dial 911) if you have any immediate health or safety concerns.
The U.S. Embassy will send out further updates when there is a change to the current situation.
Actions to Take:
- Avoid demonstrations.
- Monitor local media for updates.
- Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests.
- Register for STEP (link below) and refer to our website for the latest alerts and messages for U.S. citizens.
U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama
State Department – Consular Affairs
+1 (888)407-4747 or +1 (202)501-4444
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