Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (August 17, 2020)
Event: Planned Commercial Humanitarian Flights
The Embassy has identified one 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:
- August 21 United Airlines flight UA2417 to Houston, TX, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 12:30 p.m.
Copa Airlines also confirmed that they will offer seats on multiple flights that transit through Panama as part of Panama’s new “Humanitarian Hub”. Please check directly with Copa for these flight itineraries and availability.
The Embassy shares information on all confirmed humanitarian flights, but flight reservations and operations are controlled by the airlines themselves. The Embassy is not involved in flight scheduling. Due to the frequently-changing travel environment as a result of COVID-19, planned flights may be changed or cancelled. In such cases, passengers should follow-up directly with the airline to rebook.
For additional information about these flights and to make reservations, visit the respective websites of the airlines, Copa or 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.gov so 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.
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.
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