A number of groups are calling for protests in Panama City and elsewhere in the country. Protests may lead to road and highway closures, disruption of traffic, and possible violence. There are reports that the road linking Panama City to Colon has been closed. The U.S. Embassy urges American citizens to monitor local media and adjust travel plans accordingly. U.S. citizens are cautioned to avoid large crowds and gatherings, and to exercise heightened security awareness.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.
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.