In recent days, there have been multiple anti-Government of Panama protests in response to rising cost of living and gas prices. In light of ongoing protest activity, 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 are good 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.
Unfortunately, protests and road blockages are a part of life in Panama. There may be demonstrations to protest internal Panamanian issues or, more rarely, manifestations of anti-U.S. sentiment. 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. Please read the Panama Country Information for additional guidance from the Department of State for U.S. Citizens in Panama.
Actions to Take:
Monitor local media for updates.
Be aware of your surroundings.
U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama
State Department – Consular Affairs
+1 (888) 407-4747 or +1 (202) 501-4444