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17 Jun 2020 | 09:16 PM UTC

Panama: Authorities extend international flight suspension until July 22 /update 14

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Panama's aviation authorities extend the suspension of international flights until July 22; confirm travel itineraries

TIMEFRAME expected from 6/17/2020, 12:00 AM until 7/1/2020, 11:59 PM (America/Panama). COUNTRY/REGION Panama

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Event

Panamanian aviation authorities have announced that international passenger flights will remain suspended until July 22, in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Domestic flights also remain suspended with no confirmed date of resumption. Humanitarian, medical, and repatriation flights are exempt from the suspension.

In the provinces of Panama City and Panama Oeste, unless individuals fall under one of the quarantine exemptions, women are permitted to leave their homes/accommodation on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, while men are permitted to leave their homes/accommodation on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. On those days, residents are permitted to leave the house for one hour to shop for food or medication, according to the last digit of their passport. Details are as follows (all times local):

  • 0 - 10:00 - 11:00
  • 1 - 13:00 - 14:00
  • 2 - 14:00 - 15:00
  • 3 - 15:00 - 16:00
  • 4 - 16:00 - 17:00
  • 5 - 17:00 - 18:00
  • 6 - 18:00 - 19:00
  • 7 - 07:00 - 08:00
  • 8 - 08:00 - 09:00
  • 9 - 09:00 - 10:00 

The Panamanian government began the second phase of the easing of restrictions on June 1. During the second phase, the construction, pharmaceutical, non-metallic mining, electricity, electronics, and textile sectors were allowed to resume operations. Additionally, sporting facilities, parks, and places of worship were allowed to reopen at a maximum of 25 percent capacity. Social distancing rules and the nighttime curfew between 19:00 and 05:00 (local time) remain in place. The wearing of face masks outside of your accommodation is compulsory nationwide.

As of Wednesday, June 17, authorities have confirmed 21,962 cases of COVID-19 and 457 associated deaths in Panama. Further international spread of the virus is to be expected over the near term.

Context

The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic.

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and trouble breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.

Advice

Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.

 

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