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Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (June 5, 2020)
June 5, 2020

Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (June 5, 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 arranged for commercially-operated humanitarian flights for any U.S. citizen or other qualified traveler able to enter the United States who had expressed wishes to depart Panama.  All upcoming flights are now full.  There are no other planned flights.   We encourage you to prepare to remain in Panama indefinitely and shelter in place.  

The currently authorized, upcoming humanitarian flights to the United States are:

  • June 10 Spirit Airlines (SOLD OUT), departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 1:00 p.m. for Fort Lauderdale, FL, to arrive 5:00 p.m.
  • June 10 Copa Airlines (SOLD OUT), departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 7:00 a.m. for Washington, D.C., to arrive 12:47 p.m.

Flights that have been marked as “Sold Out” may have openings due to cancelations.  Continue checking directly with the airlines (Spirit’s website at https://www.spirit.com, or Copa’s website at https://www.copaair.com) for any openings.

NOTE – The Embassy is continuing its efforts to identify future flights.  However, it is most likely that they will be with the same airlines and the same routes.  All domestic travel arrangements are the sole responsibility of the traveler.

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

Consult the Embassy’s website (https://pa.usembassy.gov/) for additional information on the situation in Panama, including the suspension of international travel and other measures taken to combat COVID-19.  The Department of State’s COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov also provides the latest information.

Messages to U.S. citizens with updates on repatriation flights are sent daily to citizens living in Panama while the Embassy is assisting with approved flights from Panama to the United States.  Messages providing updated COVID-19 case numbers and information about the measures taken to combat COVID-19 in Panama will now be sent once per week, unless there are significant changes requiring immediate updates.