Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Ongoing protests in Panama with possible violence

This is the latest message from the ACS.

This Emergency message is to alert U.S. citizens residing and traveling in Panama that throughout the morning of October 26th, various groups have held protests at multiple locations throughout Panama City.  While earlier in the day the protests were generally nonviolent the news is reporting that they have turned violent in several locations in Panama City and Colon, including at the National Assembly and Electoral Tribunal. There are reports of spreading vandalism including in Plaza 5 de Mayo and Calidonia. Accordingly, the Embassy’s security office is urging all U.S. government personnel to avoid the area around Plaza 5 de Mayo/National Assembly/Calidonia.
The city of Colon also continues to experience violent protest activity and should be avoided as well.  U.S. citizens in Colon should remain indoors, monitor local media, and avoid protests and demonstrations if they must move about the city.

Please monitor media reporting for news of continued road closures and disruptions, and particularly for incidents of violence.


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 and e-mails should be addressed to  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
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.

4 thoughts on “Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Ongoing protests in Panama with possible violence

  1. With all these continuous protests, how in the heck does the US Embassy/Gov’t expect a 70 and 77 yr old that moved to Panama to experience a new lifestyle, living on a fixed income, get their passports and other information required by the Gov’t of Panama and go to Panama City? Bus fare, overnight stay, appointments and we don’t know where in the heck we are going. In our area of David, Boquete, and locals, we do not have a representative from Panama City to come here to address and resolve these problems. and should not have to travel to Panama City to get a passport renewal and other required documents. Get an office. . There are tooooo many newcomers, Gov’t — pay attention. The bus drivers, some of them are incompetent, multiple accidents, theft, protests, and the whole 9 yards. It scares the heck out of us for a 7 hr to go to Panama way. Get real. It is in our best interests to adhere to the rules & regs but the multiple of “newcomers” are suffering the consequences of lack of control and any consideration.

  2. Just an observation on my part, but the U.S. Government has not suggested that any American citizen move to or retire in Panama. They have no responsibility for any decisions made by those of us that have done so.

    They notify us of dangers that they know of and assist when they can in areas they can.

    All foreigners living in Panama, do so at their own risk. That is just a fact. If the risk is too great, then the individuals concerned have to reassess what is best for them. The U.S. government is not going to tell them what decision they should make.

    Panama is definitely not for everyone and the protests that have gone on this past week are typical of protests I have seen throughout the 9 years I have lived here.

  3. “With all these continuous protests, how in the heck does the US Embassy/Gov’t expect a 70 and 77 yr old that moved to Panama …”
    ha ha ha I’ve had my laugh for the day.

  4. Your responses are correct and I apologize. We just didn’t realize that, although we like Panama so much and we made so many friends, there are so many people being hurt and so many inconveniences. I wish I was aware of Chiriqui Chatter and Panama Guide previously. My stupidity for lack of computer knowledge because what we did was see real estate pictures and just didn’t get it all. I guess I just needed a shoulder to cry on that AM.

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