The following security message was released by the U.S. Embassy in Panama City.
This Emergency Message is to alert U.S. citizens residing and traveling in Panama to violent protests currently taking place in Colon. Panamanian media is broadcasting scenes of violent protests. Several roads appear to be blocked and protesters are setting fire to objects to further block the road. Anti-riot police are dispensing tear gas in response to the protesters. Strongly consider avoiding travel to or within Colon at this time. If you must travel to or in Colon, monitor local media, obey instructions of local authorities, and adjust your plans accordingly.
For updated information on the security situation in Panama, please contact the American Citizen Services Unit of the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy at (011)-507-317-5030. The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy is located in Clayton, Building 783, in the Clayton section of Panama. The Embassy web site is http://panama.usembassy.gov/ and e-mails should be addressed to Panama-ACS@state.gov. The after-hours and emergency phone number is (011)-507-317-5000.
For up-to-date information on security, Americans traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department’s Internet web site at http://travel.state.gov. Further information on safety and security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
U.S. citizens who travel to or reside in Panama are encouraged to enroll in the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). By enrolling, you make it easier for the U.S. Embassy to contact you in case of an emergency.