Travel Advisory for Panama – Level 4: Do not travel

The State Department has lifted the Global Level 4 Travel Advisory and advises all U.S. citizens to read the country-specific Travel Advisories and U.S. Embassy COVID pages for updates on the impact of COVID-19 worldwide.     

Do not travel to Panama due to COVID-19. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. 

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.     

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for Panama due to COVID-19.     

Travelers to Panama may experience border closures, airport closures, travel prohibitions, stay at home orders, business closures, and other emergency conditions within Panama due to COVID-19. Visit the Embassy’s COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Panama.   

Do not travel to: 

  • Parts of the Mosquito Gulf due to crime. 
  • Parts of the Darién Region due to crime. 

Read the country information page.  

If you decide to travel to Panama: 

Parts of the “Mosquito Gulf” – Do Not Travel 

The “Mosquito Gulf” is an extremely remote and inaccessible area along part of the north (Caribbean) coast.  

Do not travel within 10 miles of the coastline, between Boca de Rio Chiriqui to Cocle del Norte. Drug trafficking and other illicit activities occur in this area.    

The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in this region as U.S. government personnel must obtain prior approval before traveling there and face additional restrictions before such travel is approved.     

Parts of the Darién Region – Do Not Travel  

Do not travel to the following areas of the Darien: 

  • All areas south of Jacque to Manene to Yaviza to Lajas Blancas cities to the Colombian border 
  • The city of Lajas Blancas 
  • The city of El Salto

Criminal elements and drug and human trafficking networks operate in these areas. Police presence and emergency response are extremely limited.   

The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in these regions as U.S. government personnel must obtain prior approval before traveling there and face additional restrictions before such travel is approved.    

Assistance:       

U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama  
Building 783, Demetrio Basilio Lakas Avenue  
Clayton, Panama  
+507 317-5000  
Panama-ACS@state.gov   
https://pa.usembassy.gov/        

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