Lhe Embassy of the United States (USA) in Panama issued a health alert (Health Alert) recommending to its citizens not travel to the country considering that there is a very high risk of Covid-19 (level 4) due to the increase in infections registered in recent weeks, also indicates that greater caution should be taken due to crime.
The notice indicates that Panama is at level 4, that is, it is considered a country where there is a “very high risk” of transmission and directly advises against traveling to this destination. These notices are for informational purposes only and do not imply new restrictions or border closures.
“Travel Advisory – Panama Level 4: Do Not Travel Do not travel to Panama due to Covid-19. Exercise extra caution due to crime. Some areas are at higher risk”, indicates the notice issued by the Embassy of the United States (USA) in Panama.
The alert stands out that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have issued a Travel Health Notice for Level 4 for Panama due to Covid-19, indicating a very high level of Covid-19 in the country.
It warns US citizens that “your risk of contracting Covid-19 and developing severe symptoms may be lower if you are fully vaccinated with an FDA-licensed vaccine. For this reason, he recommends that before planning any international travel, you review the CDC’s specific recommendations for vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers.
Regarding crime, it specifies that they should not travel to parts of the Mosquito Gulf due to crime or to the Darien region due to crime.
As you indicated in your previous alert, you point out that ehe “Gulf of the Mosquitoes” is an extremely remote and inaccessible area along part of the northern (Caribbean) coast. Do not travel within 10 miles of the coast, from Boca de Río, Chiriquí to Coclé del Norte.
“Drug trafficking and other illicit activities occur in this area. The US government has limited ability to provide emergency services U.S. citizens in this region, as U.S. government personnel must obtain prior approval before traveling there and face additional restrictions before such travel is approved,” the U.S. Embassy reiterates.
Equally recommends its citizens not to travel to the following areas of the Darien: All areas south of Jaque to Manene to Yavizato Cities from Lajas Blancas to the border with Colombia, Lajas Blancas and El Salto arguing that criminal elements and drug and human trafficking networks operate in these areas.
“Police presence and emergency response are extremely limited. The US government has limited ability to provide emergency services to US citizens in these regions, as US government personnel must obtain prior approval before traveling there and face additional restrictions before such travel is approved,” the alert emphasizes.