Dear Chiriqui Wardens,
Please let your area residents know that we are finalizing our outreach plans for May. We plan on being in Boquete and David again, 14 & 15 May 2014. Please see outreach details below.
Also, the Ambassador will host a town hall at the Boquete library on Wednesday, 14 May from 09:00 to 10:00. The town hall is open to all U.S. Citizens in Chiriqui but space may be limited in the library. We tried to schedule a town hall in David on Thursday but he was not able to fit it into his schedule.
Finally, the Ambassador would like to invite all wardens to a dinner on Wednesday, 14 May at 7:00pm. Please confirm if you will be able to attend. The restaurant is TBD (most likely in Boquete) but feel free to provide suggestions.
Any questions let me know! Lauren Armenise will be the officer attending this trip and will be the new ACS Chief this summer.
We will be at the Boquete Library from 09:00 am to 1:00 pm, on Wednesday, May 14, 2014. The town hall will be from 09:00-10:00 am.
We will be at the Hotel Ciudad David from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 15, 2014.
We will assist with the following ACS services:
1. Applications for U.S. passports (These services will be processed in Panama City)
a. Passport Renewal (adults and minors)
b. Adding passport pages (must surrender passport, pages added in Panama City)
c. Lost or Stolen passports
3. Registrations/STEP program
4. Abandonment of Lawful Permanent Resident Status (Bring form I-407 and Permanent Resident Card)
5. Delivery of new passport (must request service and provide authorization letter)
6. Voting registration (please print and complete the form at: www.fvap.gov)
FBU will also provide services.
All services will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.
Vice-Consul, ACS Chief
U.S. Embassy, Panama
Following is the Embassy’s Carnival message.
Today starts the annual Carnival celebration in Panama. This event is observed in Panama City and many towns throughout the country. While it is a fun celebration, it also results in road closures and increased opportunity for crime. The U.S. Embassy would like to draw your attention to the following information:
In Panama City, the Cinta Costera will be closed from 12:00 noon, February 28th until 12:00 noon Wednesday March 5th. There is a map below that shows information about access and the flow of the event. More information is available from www.visitpanama.gov or local media outlets.
Remember as you travel to and from the event, traffic is likely to be heavy and rerouted. Be cognizant of the high-crime areas of:
Plaza 5 de Mayo, Avenida B, Avenida Cuba, Avenida Peru, and Avenida Central.
AVOID DRAWING ATTENTION to yourself and making yourself a target for criminals:
*Do not wear expensive jewelry or carry cameras.
*Avoid accumulating cash all in one place. Keep cash separately on your person.
*We recommend NOT carrying large bags, purses, etc.
*Drink lots of water to avoid dehydration.
*Use sunscreen lotion.
Use the same security measures when traveling to the Interior. Also keep in mind:
*Make sure you get enough sleep before driving long hours.
*Hantavirus and Dengue have been confirmed in these areas.
*Remember to bring mosquito repellent.
If you are the victim of the crime, please be sure to report it to local police. Attached is a victims of crime information sheet should a need arise to use it. Click Consular Crime reporting – Final Draft for the crime information Sheet.