US Embassy Schedules Two Repatriation Flights

The United States Embassy in Panama announced two military flights with limited seating to repatriate US citizens and legal permanent residents who want to go home. Flight info: April 2, departing Panama Pacifico at 9:05 pm and arriving Eglin Air Force Base, Fort Walton Beach, FL, to arrive 1:15 am April 3 April 4, departing…
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Copa Airlines Suspends Operations

Copa Airlines will temporarily suspend all of its operations, starting Sunday, March 22 at 11:59 p.m. until April 21. The action responds to the 30-day prohibition of international flights in and out of Panama to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus in the country. Copa, which flies to 80 destinations in 33 countries, will allow…
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Panama Suspends Flights from Europe

Panama has suspended flights from Europe, effective March 14 at midnight for an extendable 30 days. “The health of Panamanians is above any economic or political situation,” President Laurentino Cortizo tweeted on Saturday. “I reiterate that I will take the actions that I have to take for the good of Panama.” Foreign Minister Alejandro Ferrer…
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Air China Suspends Flights to Panama

Air China announced suspension of its Beijing-Houston-Panama City route through February in response to global travel restrictions imposed in the wake of the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak. Panama’s Tocumen International Airport tweeted the new measure on Monday, a day after the United States announced that it would prohibit entry to foreigners and quarantine US citizens who have…
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Panama Canal Takes Action Against Coronavirus

Vessels intending to transit the Panama Canal with previous ports of call in coronavirus countries must provide a 30-day notice prior to their arrival. Information may be submitted through the Panama Canal Authority’s service portal, also known as Vumpa. In a Jan. 29 notice sent to shipping companies, owners and operators, the authority says that…

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Coronavirus Alert Issued for the Americas

The World Health Organization has issued and epidemiological alert for the Americas following the detection of a new coronavirus in the United States earlier this week. Originating in the city of Wuhan, China – possibly from its wholesale seafood market -, the eponymous virus is so far responsible for 440 cases and nine deaths in China,…

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Panama Makes US Temporary Worker Visa List

Panamanian citizens who want to work legally in the United States may apply for two kinds of temporary worker visas. Panama was one of 15 Latin American countries that made this year’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services list of countries that qualify for either the H-2A visa for temporary or seasonal agriculture work or for…

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Government Issues Credit to Promote Exports

Panama’s Export Promotion Commission issued 33 credit certificates worth $994,262 to companies that export craft beers, beef, meat offal, beets, sausage, pork chops, raw palm oil, processed chicken, eggs and leather. These over $3 million in certificates are part the State program to promote and modernize the country’s agriculture and agro-industry sectors. The companies that…

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Colon Free Zone Looks to Caribbean

With sales numbers dropping, Panama’s Colon Free Zone is drumming up business in the Caribbean. The free zone posted revenues of $15.5 billion between January and October 2019, a 12.9% drop year-on-year. According to the Comptroller’s office, re-exports and imports accounted for $8.1 billion and $7.4 billion, respectively. In response to these troubled times, the…

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Israeli Embassies Closed Over Pay Dispute

Israeli embassies around the world shut down this Wednesday until further notice as diplomats strike over a dispute about paying taxes on overseas allowances. “Due to the Israeli Finance Min. @Israel_MOF ‘s breaching of longstanding agreements with @IsraelMFA employees, we are forced to close Israeli missions around the world AS OF TODAY, OCTOBER 30,” the…

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