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IMF Executive Board Approves US$2.7 billion Precautionary and Liquidity Line for Panama to Address COVID-19 Pandemic

Q24N - The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) approved on Tuesday, January 19, Panama’s request for a two-year arrangement under the Precautionary and Liquidity Line (PLL) USS$2.7 billion, which the authorities intend to treat as precautionary. The PLL will serve as insurance...

Costa Rica and Panama in times of Coronavirus

The worldwide pandemic has devastated the world’s health care systems. Poorer and underdeveloped countries have especially been hit hard by the current health crisis. For years relocation organizations have been promoting Panama as a retirement haven. Panama’s drawing card is its low cost of living...

First vaccines against covid-19 arrive in Panama, the country with the most infections in Central America

TODAY PANAMA – With a sideways view of the syringe, nurse Violeta Gaona received the first dose of the vaccine against covid-19 in Panama on Wednesday in her left arm. Panama has the highest number of infections due to the pandemic in Central America. Nurse...

Cuban doctors arrive in Panama to attend Covid-19 crisis, despite warnings from the U.S.

TODAY PANAMA – A group of 220 Cuban health workers arrived in Panama, despite calls from the United States not to hire them. The U.S. government considers the sale of Cuban medical services as “a government pattern of forced labor, which serves as propaganda for...

Ministry of Health of Panama misinforms about vaccines purchased by Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - It's unclear why the Ministry of Health of Panama (Minsa) issued a tweet in which it misinforms about the purchase of vaccines made by the Costa Rican government, and even declares that the number of doses they will receive will be much...

Covid-19 explosion puts Panama under great stress

TODAY PANAMA – “We are on the road,” says Juan Carlos Mojica on the radio, while his ambulance companion, Yushara Fernández, steps on the accelerator in search of a new covid-19 patient, amid an explosion of cases that collapsed the health system of the...

Panama obtains credit at 2.2%; Costa Rica however at 8.3%

QCOSTARICA - The realities of having bad credit. While the government of Panama got foreign investors to lend it US$1.25 billion in September at a rate of 2.25%, for a debt issue due in 2032. And as of this Thursday, October 22, it was 2.02%...

Passage at the southern border blocked again

QCOSTARICA - The protests and blockades did not occur Wednesday, however, Costa Rican tuckers closed again, at around 5:00 pm transit through the border post of Paso Canoas, in protest against measures applied by Panamanian customs. On Wednesday, Panamanian customs closed the entry of trucks...

Panama reopens air borders for tourists after closed for seven months

QCOSTARICA - Panama, on Monday, October 12, reopened its air borders to international flights with tourists, after keeping them closed for seven months due to the covid-19 pandemic. The first flight to touch down was from Miami, U.S., with 157 passengers, including 38 tourists. They...

#Debunked: Costa Rica President Alvarado DID NOT request asylum in Panama

QCOSTARICA - A doctor and anonymous were behind the reports on Sunday that Costa Rica President Carlos Alvarado and his cabinet requested asylum in Panama due to the demonstrations occurring in different parts of the country. The message was spread by way of Facebook posts...

Costa Rica land borders continue closed

(QCOSTARICA) With the opening of the air and sea borders to tourists from authorized countries, and residents, important to note that the land borders - Peñas Blancas and Las Tablilla with Nicaragua and Paso Canos and Sixaola with Panama - continue closed. According to executive...

Panama confronts human traffickers where a major migration route bottlenecks

Cronkite Borderlands Project - Panama – A spike in migrants moving north through Panama has law enforcement officials worried the country will become an international center for human trafficking. Last year, nearly 22,000 migrants from Haiti, Cuba and a number of African and Asian countries...

America Crece, a new form of US dominance in Latin America

(Prensa Latina) America Crece is the new US mask to dominate the economy in Latin America and is hidden in memorandums of understanding (MOU) such as the one recently signed with Panama. Bayano Digital addressed the issue on Monday. This site included Panama in the...

Panama suspension of international flights continues

PANAMA CITY - On July 17, the Government of Panama extended the suspension of international commercial passenger and domestic charter flights, originally announced on March 26, for an additional 30 days beginning July 22.   The previous exceptions for cargo, humanitarian, medical supplies, medical evacuation, and...

Land borders will not open on August 1

(QCOSTARICA) The land borders with Nicaragua and Panama are not within the border reopening plan scheduled for August 1. Thus, foreign tourists (and residents of Costa Rica who left after March 24) can only enter the national territory by air, both through the Juan Santamaría...

More than 15,000 foreigners rejected

(QCOSTARICA) As a result of the operations of the Ministry of Public Security in the North and South border areas, 15,580 foreigners who intended to remain on Costa Rican soil have been rejected or expelled. According to the figures shared by the authorities, the highest...

One important reason Costa Rica is a better retirement choice than Panama

(QCOSTARICA) After the U.S. pulled out of Panama on December 31, 1999 a gap was left in the country’s economy. One of the ways the Panamanian government tried to compensate for the loss of U.S. revenue was to try and attract foreign retirees by...

Migrants stuck in Panama demand to continue journey to U.S.

(AP) — A group of migrants stranded for weeks near Panama’s border with Colombia threatened to burn the shelter where they are stuck, demanding that authorities let them cross the country on their own to the Costa Rica border and on to the United...

All Bark, No Bite: How US Bungled Case of ‘Major’ Money Launderer

Insightcrime.org - US authorities alleged in 2016 that Nidal Waked and other members of his powerful and well-connected family in Panama were among “the world’s most significant drug money launderers and criminal facilitators,” with clients ranging from Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel to Colombia’s FARC rebels. But...

One Cuban Family’s Long And Risky Journey To A New Life In The U.S.

Currently, there are almost 2,000 migrants in Panama shelters from Cuba, Haiti, Bangladesh, Nepal, Congo, Cameroon and India, after crossing the border from Colombia through the dangerous Darien jungle. Prior to the pandemic, Panama had practiced what it called a “controlled flow,” which allowed migrants...

Costa Rica tells Panama that it will not receive the inter-continental migrants stranded by Covid-19

(QCOSTARICA) The director immigration, Raquel Vargas, clarified to Panama that she will not receive on Costa Rican soil some 1,900 inter-continental migrants who were stranded in that country by Covid-19, after crossing the Darien jungle. Vargas held a virtual meeting this Saturday with her Panamanian...

Copa Airlines to resume flights on July 3

Panama's Copa Airlines once again has been forced to extend its announced it plans to resume flights, which is now July 3, with Costa Rica the first of some 40 destinations, half of their schedule previous the Covid-19 pandemic. Copa connects with Costa Rica through...

Panama construction continues on hold

Due to the health emergency, the Ministry of Health of Panama decided to extend, for the second time and now for 15 days, the temporary suspension of construction activity, in the same terms expressed in Decree 506 of March 24. In the first instance and...

Costa Rica and Panama agree on border crossing for cargo

(QCOSTARICA) The government of Panama announced a binational agreement with Costa Rica, which allows drivers from that country to enter Costa Rican territory and the cargo passage through the Paso Canoas post would be reopened. The measure ends a blockage of cargo transit by Panamanian...

Truckers in transit will move in police convoys

As of today, Friday, truckers in transit from north to south of the country, will move in convoys, escorted by the Fuerza Publica (National Police) A negative test for the coronavirus will not be required of them, the decision coming after complaints by carriers of...

Panama’s coronavirus gender curfew sidelines transgender people

Panama implemented a "gender-based" lockdown schedule on April 1, intended to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. This measure appears to have left a significant section of the population — transgender people — in the lurch. On April 23, Human Rights Watch (HRW) urged...

Costa Rica – Panama Bridge Work Resumes

Construction of the US$25 million dollar bridge over the Sixaola river that will link Panama and Costa Rica resumed Monday after Panama's health ministry gave the green light to conclude the 260-meter structure that was supposed to be completed this month. The bridge is reportedly...

Latin America Surpasses 100,000 Infections From COVID-19

Latin America, with population of more than 653 million, has more than 100,000 people infected with the new coronavirus, and almost 5,000 deaths, with Brazil being the country most affected by the pandemic. Topping the list is Brazil, with a population of almost 210 million,...

Why does Panama have many more cases of coronavirus than Costa Rica?

Panama registered its first case of the new coronavirus three days after Costa Rica, on March 9, but as of Friday, April 3, the neighboring country has four times more cases and 20 times more deaths. Why so much difference between the two countries? In Costa...

How did covid-19 get to the Alajuela Hospital doctor?

How did covid-19 get to the Alajuela Hospital doctor, a 54-year-old man who became the superdisseminator? He is currently the source of infection for 16 of the 22 people who have been confirmed with covid-19. The man is in a delicate condition at Hospital México. There...

Chinese ride-hailing platform starts operations in Panama

Chinese ride-hailing platform DiDi Chuxing on Monday announced its launch of operations in Panama as part of its expansion plan in Latin America. According to DiDi’s general director for Central America, Pablo Mondragon, Panama will be the company’s second Central American market, after Costa Rica,...

Panama Reports First Coronavirus Covid-19 Fatality

Panama. The Minister of Health of Panama, Rosario Turner, confirmed Tuesday afternoon the first coronavirus covid-19 death, a 64-year-old man school principal It is the first covid-19 death in Central America. The man, who had also suffered from diabetic complications and bacterial pneumonia, died on March...

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