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Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (May 9, 2020)
May 9, 2020

Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (May 9, 2020)

Location: Panama  

Event: Planned Commercial Humanitarian Flights  

The Embassy has identified two flightsboth operated by Spirit Airlines (both with the same flight number – NK 6511)scheduled for May 15 and 19.  Each flight will have a limited number of seats available.  Any traveler with the appropriate passport/visa to permit entry into the United States who wishes to depart Panama is eligible to purchase a ticket.  Travelers should carefully plan their onward travel as hotel options in the Fort Lauderdale area are limited.  

NOTE – There are no other planned flights.  These may be the last flights until commercial flight operations resume; at present, not before May 22.  Due to the expected high demand for these flights we encourage you to purchase your tickets as soon as possible to ensure you are able to travel and permit us to provide you with a salvoconducto promptly.  We encourage you to be prepared to remain in Panama for the next 30-60 days, or perhaps more, if you are unwilling or unable to take this flight.  

  • May 15, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 1:00 p.m. for Fort Lauderdale, FL, to arrive 5:00 p.m. 
  • May 19, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 1:00 p.m. for Fort Lauderdale, FL, to arrive 5:00 p.m.

We are in the process of notifying individuals who have already expressed interest in being evacuated from Panama about this flight.  

For additional information about these flights and to make reservations please contact Spirit Airlines directly.  Spirit anticipates ticket sales for these flights will commence FridayMay 8.  The Embassy encourages you to check their website regularly for updates.  

There are no guarantees of these flights or the space available.  

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 previously expressed your interest you do NOT need to resubmit.  

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

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.  


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

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

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