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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (December 16, 2020)
December 16, 2020

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (December 16, 2020)

Events:  New Nationwide Movement, Business, and Alcohol Restrictions in Panama  

On December 15, the Government of Panama announced new nationwide movement and business restrictions between December 18 and January 4.  

 Movement restrictions: 

  • From December 18 through January 4, curfew is set from 7:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. 
  • Beginning December 18, access to rivers and beaches is forbidden. 
  • From December 23 at 5:00 a.m. through January 4 at 5:00 a.m.access to/from beaches and the interior will be restricted. There will be checkpoints in strategic locations such as Chorrera, Divisa, La Villa, Chagres, Viguí. 
  • Full lockdown from December 25 at 7:00 p.m. through December 28 at 5:00 a.m. 
  • Full lockdown from January at 7:00 p.m. through January at 5:00 a.m. 
  • International borders remain open. 
  • One person per household allowed into supermarkets, with the exception that a minor or a person with a disability may also enter. 

Business operations: 

  • From December 18 through January 4, there will be a prohibition on the sale of alcohol (ley secafrom 7:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. 
  • Government construction projects related to responding to the pandemic are exempted from curfew hours. 

The Embassy will continue to send messages, as needed, about larger changes that may affect U.S. citizens in Panama.  Minor changes, such as new health recommendations or reopening of a new sector of Panama’s economy, will be placed on the Embassy’s COVID-19 Information page.  For all the details about changes made by the Government of Panama in response to the pandemic, please see the daily announcements from the Ministry of Health.   

Actions to Take: 


U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama
Building 783, Demetrio Basilio Lakas Avenue
Clayton,+507 317-5000

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

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