Wednesday, February 3, 2016

a: Friday, February 5, 2016 starts the annual Carnival celebration in Panama.

From the U.S. Embassy in Panama:
Friday, February 5, 2016 starts the annual Carnival celebration in Panama. This event is observed in Panama City and many towns throughout the country. While it is intended to be a fun celebration, it can also result in road closures and increased opportunity for crime. The American Citizen Services Unit at the U.S. Embassy in Panama would like to draw your attention to the following information:
Currently available information indicates that The Government of Panama plans to close down the Cinta Costera from 1:00pm Friday, February 5th until Wednesday February 10th. More information is available or local media outlets. The PNP will establish checkpoints on the main entrances to the Carnival area. In addition, SINAPROC, PNP, SENAFRONT, and SENAN are deploying units all over the country, including beach areas and cities such as Las Tables, Penonomé, Aguadulce, La Villa de los Santos, and Santiago.
Remember as you travel to and from the event, traffic is likely to be heavy and rerouted.
Avoid drawing attention to yourself and thereby increasing your chances of becoming a target for crime:
· Do not wear expensive jewelry or hand-carry cameras.
· Avoid displaying large amounts of money. Keep cash in separate locations on your person.
· We recommend not carrying large bags, purses, etc.
· Drink lots of water to avoid dehydration.
· Use sunscreen.
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.

Amador Causeway expansion is expected to be completed in May.

Amador Causeway expansion is expected to be completed in May.

Causeway video:

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Panama Jazz fest Jan 11 - 16


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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

U.S. Embassy Alert

From the U.S. Embassy in Panama:
Martyrs’ Day is a Panamanian holiday, which commemorates the January 9, 1964 riots over sovereignty of the Panama Canal Zone. The incident is considered to be a significant factor in the U.S. decision to transfer control of the Canal Zone to Panama through the 1977 Torrijos-Carter Treaties.
The U.S. Embassy in Panama City advises all U.S. citizens in Panama that Martyrs’ Day will be observed this year on Saturday, January 9, 2016. The U.S. Embassy alerts U.S. citizens to possible street closures and traffic congestion due to scheduled marches and other events around Panama City. All U.S. citizens are reminded of the sensitivity of this day and urged to remain diligent in your personal security.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

American Society of Panama Christmas event

American Society of Panama Christmas event, for additional info contact

Hard Rock Hotel Panama Megapolis

Time:  7:30 – 11: 00 p. m.


 Members $45.00       Non-members $55.00

Welcome Complimentary Wine

Cash Bar, Door Prizes, Dancing  and much more!

Valet Parking

Menu: Santa’s Rock
Barra Fría / Cold Station
Ensalada de Pasta, Salmón Ahumado y Maracuyá
Coctel de Camarones al Chipotle con Aguacate
Fiambres y Quesos Importados con Frutas Secas
Ceviche de Corvina con Manzana Verde
Ensalada de Papas Panameña con Vegetales

Barra Caliente / Main Entrees
Pavo Asado en Salsa de Fresas y Oporto
Pierna de Jamón Ahumada con Salsa de Ostras, Cardamomo y Anís
Medallones de Res con Trio de Hongos
Arroz con Almendras, Curry y Coco
Plátano en Tentación-Guayaba y Queso  Fresco
Bollos de la Abuela

Postres / Desserts
Tres Leches
Dulce de Frutas
Mocaccino Flan
Galletas de Navidad
Pan de Moña Artesanal con Almendras
Valet parking

InterNations Event in Panama City

Check  for details:

 InterNations Panama City Official November Event @ La Fragata

Wed 25 Nov 19:30 - 23:30
La Fragata Panama 
Av. Samuel Lewis con calle 59 y 60, 
Panama City, Panama
Entrance Fee
Albatross Member Free
Basic Member $10
Please log in and click accept to enter for $10
Not signed up for event $15
Feel free to bring your international friends,
but please invite them to register for InterNations first.
✓ Welcome Drink
✓ Special Menu

Monday, November 23, 2015

U.S. Embassy visit to David 12-9-15

From email:

The American Citizen Services (ACS) Unit at the U.S. Embassy in Panama would like to inform U.S. citizens in Western Panama that we will be visiting David, Chiriqui on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 to provide consular services to U.S. citizens.

We will be at the Hotel Ciudad de David in David, Chiriqui from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 9, 2015.  We will offer the following services:

-           Applications for U.S. passports (these services will be processed in Panama)

-           Passport Renewal (adults and minors)

-           Adding Pages to Passports (requires surrendering passport)

-           Lost or Stolen Passports

-           Notarizations

-           Abandonment of Lawful Permanent Resident Status (please bring from I-407 and Permanent Resident Card)

-           Voting Registration (Please print and complete the form at: http://redirect.state.sbu/?url=http://redirect.state.sbu/?url=http://redirect.state.sbu/?url=


1.         Please bring legible photocopies of all documents to be submitted.

2.         Please bring the exact cash amount to pay for the service.

3.         Please bring completed forms.  Please access the following link for information on fees, and forms you need to download, complete and bring:  http://redirect.state.sbu/?url=http://redirect.state.sbu/?url=http://redirect.state.sbu/?url=

A representative from the Federal Benefits Unit (FBU) will be offering the following services:

-           Medicare enrollment/cancellation (copy of current passport or cedula will be required)

-           Application for SS replacement cards (copy of current US Passport)

-           Application for new SS card for children under age 12 (copy of US Passport for one of the parents, the child’s copia integra and passport)

-           Change of address/residence (copy of current passport or cedula will be required)

-           General inquiries

A representative from our Regional Security Office will be on hand to answer security questions.

Please note:  No visa services will be provided.  Services will be provided on first come - first serve basis.

Thank you for your assistance.  We look forward to seeing you.


American Citizen Services

U.S. Embassy Panama