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Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (October 2, 2020)
October 2, 2020

Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (October 2, 2020)

Location: Panama         

Event: Planned Commercial Humanitarian Flights         

The Embassy has identified one upcoming humanitarian flight 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:    

  • October 9 United Airlines flight UA1856 to Houston, TX, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 1:25 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.       

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 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.          

The Embassy encourages U.S. citizens who need assistance getting to their scheduled flight to email the Embassy at PanamaCityUSCitizen@state.gov.  If you need a salvoconducto, send us your flight confirmation and explain why you will need the salvoconducto.  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.       


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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