Event: U.S. Embassy Panama reminds U.S. citizens in Panama to exercise increased caution due to crime. U.S. citizens are reminded to take appropriate precautions and raise your personal safety level of awareness to avoid kidnapping. Business owners may be targeted by criminals, who may offer advantageous land or other business deals to lure victims into a ransom situation. Take care in vetting new business contacts and when setting meeting locations. The Embassy also reminds all travelers and residents in Panama that the holiday season brings with it a spike in crimes of opportunity. Always maintain awareness of your surroundings.
Actions to Take:
- Read the country information page.
- Be aware of your surroundings.
- Do not travel to:
- Parts of the Mosquito Gulf due to crime.
- Parts of the Darién Region due to crime.
- Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.
If you decide to travel to Panama:
- Review the Crime and Safety Report for Panama.
- U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter.
- See the S. Embassy’s web page regarding COVID-19.
- Visit the CDC’s webpage on Travel and COVID-19.
- U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama
- State Department – Consular Affairs
+1 (888)407-4747 or +1 (202)501-4444
- Panama Country Information
- Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security updates
- Follow us on Facebook and Twitter