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Update on Recent Protest Activity
July 21, 2022

Nationwide protests have continued in Panama in response to rising cost of living and gas prices, in some cases with reports of violence, damage, and/or more forceful police response.  The U.S. Embassy Panama City reminds U.S. Citizens in Panama to exercise caution near any large gatherings or protests and maintain situational awareness.  Local news outlets and social media are the best resources for the latest information on protest activity and impact to traffic.  Please contact local authorities (311) if you have any immediate health and safety concerns.

The Embassy is aware of reports of intermittent limited access to gasoline, diesel, and certain foods and medicine, particularly outside of Panama City.  Access to Tocumen International Airport has been blocked at times, however the airport is still operating.

While most demonstrations are non-violent, the Panamanian National Police have used tear gas and/or riot control munitions in response to demonstrations, particularly when roadways are blocked or aggression is used against the police.

Actions to Take:

  • Avoid the areas of the demonstrations or roadblocks.
  • Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests.
  • Monitor local media for updates.
  • Register for STEP and refer to our website for the latest alerts and messages for U.S. citizens.

Contact Information:

U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama
+507 317-5000

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

Panama Country Information

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