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Church Continues to Reject Equal Marriage

This weekend, Archbishop José Domingo Ulloa reiterated that the Catholic Church in Panama will not recognize same-sex marriage as recommended by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. During the Eucharist in Atalaya in front of thousands of pilgrims celebrating their devotion to Jesus of Nazareth on Sunday, Ulloa said that “if there is something that…

Airbnb Prepared to Pay Panama Taxes

Airbnb stated that it is ready to sign an agreement with the Panamanian government to pay the 10 percent hospitality tax on its short-term rentals on several conditions. In exchange, the San Francisco-based company asks that Panama eliminate the 45 day minimum rental requirement in Panama City and guarantee the privacy of property owner information…

Panama Waives Visa Costs for World Youth Day Pilgrims

Pilgrims registered for the 2019 World Youth Day in Panama will be exempted from the usual visa fees. The National Migration System announced that it will also forego the $500 economic solvency requirement, but said that pilgrims cannot overstay their welcome. Online registration for WYD began on Monday, February 12 and runs until January 17…

Sea Snake Warning for Azuero Beaches

The Ministry of the Environment issued a warning to tourists and visitors to the province of Los Santos that yellow-bellied sea snakes have been spotted along the coast. Characterized by a yellow underbelly and a brown back, a laterally compressed body and paddle-tail, the Hydrophis platurus species often uses surface currents to move around but can submerge…

Earthquake Shakes Panama and Colon

There was a 5.4-magnitude earthquake late Saturday night, the latest in a series that has shaken Panama in the last few weeks. The Institute of Geosciences at the University of Panama reported the quake at 11:45 pm local time at a depth of 6.8 miles in the Chagres National Park, about 30 miles northeast of Chepo. It was…