Migration Puts Minor Travel Permits Online

Parents can now go online to apply for permission to travel abroad with minor children if only one parent is making the trip. Children under 18 who are Panamanian citizens, dual citizens or legal residents of Panama are required to present both parents’ identification documents, their birth certificate and notarized consent in Spanish to exit the country…

The Christmas Trees Are Coming

Panama will import more 113,538 Christmas trees this holiday season. From Canada and the United States, they arrive in 142 containers, pre-certified by The Ministry of Agriculture and Development which supervised harvesting, processing and shipping. The phytosanitary balsam firs come in all shapes and sizes with prices ranging from $20 to $200.

Panama and China Grow Ties in Wake of Break

Panama and China are moving full-speed ahead after the Central American country ended its long-standing relationship with Taiwan in June. During Juan Carlos Varela’s visit to China this week, Chinese President Xi Jinping praised the Panamanian president for his great vision, political courage and responsibility in establishing diplomatic ties based on a One-China Policy. “This sends an important…

Martinelli Arrested in Miami

US marshals arrested former Panamanian president Ricardo Martinelli on Monday. Martinelli moved to Miami in January 2015, and Panama’s Supreme Court issued an arrest order for him in December 2015 after declaring him in absentia during a hearing. The request for his arrest was filed as part of a criminal case that alleges illegal wiretapping during his…

Manuel Noriega is Dead

Panamanian General Manuel Noriega died at 11 pm Monday night in Santo Tomas Hospital at age 83. President Juan Carlos Varela shared the news soon after, tweeting: “The death of Manuel A. Noriega closes a chapter in our history: his daughters and family deserve a peaceful burial.” The former dictator had been in an induced coma…

Thursday Water Cuts

Water service will be cut to most of Panama City on Thursday from 2 pm  to 10 pm. According to The National Institute of Aqueducts and Sewer Systems (IDAAN), cuts are due to the annual maintenance work on the electrical substation of the Federico Guardia Conte water treatment plant in Chilibre. Residents in certain parts of the city will…