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Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (April 7, 2020)
April 7, 2020

Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (April 7, 2020)

Location: Panama

Event: Planned Commercial Humanitarian Flight

At present the Department of State is making every effort to assist U.S. citizens overseas who wish to return to the United States. As the COVID-19 situation develops, our ability to provide such assistance may become more limited or even unavailable.  There is no guarantee that the Department of State will be able to continue to provide repatriation assistance and transportation options to the United States may be unavailable in the future.  If you choose to remain overseas, you should be prepared to remain where you are for the foreseeable future.

The Embassy has arranged one commercially-operated humanitarian flight for any U.S. citizen or other qualified traveler able to enter the United States who wishes to depart Panama.  There are no other planned flights.  If you are interested in leaving Panama, we encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity, or be prepared to remain here for the next 30-60 days, or perhaps more.

There is one flight operated by Spirit Airlines (NK 6501) scheduled for April 11 with a limited number of seats available, and dates and times may change.  We are in the process of notifying individuals who have already expressed interest in being evacuated from Panama about this flight.

  • April 11, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 1:00 p.m. for Fort Lauderdale, FL, to arrive 5:00 p.m.

For additional information about the flight and to make reservations please contact Spirit Airlines directly.  Spirit anticipates ticket sales for this flight will commence Sunday, April 5.  The Embassy encourages you to check their website regularly for updates.

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.

If you have not already done so, please express your interest in consideration for potential evacuation flights by emailing:  PanamaCityUSCitizen@state.gov.  If you have previously expressed your interest you do NOT need to resubmit.

Please enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Embassy Panama City security updates: https://step.state.gov/

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.