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Informational Notes 2014
  • Attention (Nov 18)

    U.S. embassies and consulates are currently experiencing technical difficulties that may result in delays in visa processing and receiving and sending communications. Additionally, applicants who have interviews for student and exchange visitor (F/M/J) visas scheduled for this week should bring proof of payment of the SEVIS fee. U.S. citizens may also experience delays in sending and receiving communications.  

  • Travel of Assistant Secretary William R. Brownfield to Panama (Sep 11)

    Ambassador William R. Brownfield, Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, will travel to Panama and Guatemala September 15-20. 

  • Facts on U.S. Strategy to Counter ISIL (Sep 11)

    The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) poses a clear threat to the people of Iraq and Syria, and to the broader Middle East, as well as U.S. persons, allies and interests in the region. Left unchecked, ISIL could pose a growing threat beyond the region, including to the U.S. homeland. 

  • USS Ingraham Sailors Volunteer at Corozal INAC Cemetery While In port in Panama (Sep 5)

    Sailors from the USS Ingraham (FFG-61) spent a day volunteering at Corozal INAC Cemetery during a September 1, 2014 port visit. Photos »

  • We Will Not Be Cowed by Barbaric Killers, Say Cameron, Obama (Sep 4)

    We meet at a time when the world faces many dangerous and evolving challenges. To the east, Russia has ripped up the rulebook with its illegal, self-declared annexation of Crimea and its troops on Ukrainian soil threatening a sovereign nation state. To the south, there is an arc of instability from north Africa and the Sahel to the Middle East. 

  • Secretary Kerry: Threat of ISIS Demands a Global Coalition (Aug 31)

    In a polarized region and a complicated world, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria presents a unifying threat to a broad array of countries, including the United States. What’s needed to confront its nihilistic vision and genocidal agenda is a global coalition using political, humanitarian, economic, law enforcement and intelligence tools to support military force. 

  • Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT)

    U.S. Department of State Invites you to take action… Your career starts by visiting our website at where you can explore who we are, what we’re about, and more. It’s also where you can register for the next Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT). 

  • Panama: Velez Case Updates (Aug 14)

    The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID) continues its investigation of this case in conjunction with the government of Panama. Legal representatives and the lead investigator from Ft. Bragg, North Carolina recently visited Panama to further the investigation. 

  • Panama: Velez Case Updates (Jul 28)

    The U.S. Embassy expresses its deepest regret over the death of Ms. Rodriguez and extends its most sincere sympathies to her family. The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID) continues its investigation of this case in conjunction with the government of Panama.  

  • Closing ceremony of PANAMAX Alpha 2014 (Jul 25)

    On July 25 Deputy Chief of Mission Kevin O’Reilly and President Juan Carlos Varela participated in the closing ceremony of PANAMAX Alpha 2014. 

  • Consular Consolidated Database: Passport/Visa Systems offline (Jul 25)

    The Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs is currently experiencing technical problems with our passport and visa system.  

  • The U.S. Embassy expresses its deepest regret over the death of Ms. Rodriguez and extends its most sincere sympathies to her family. (Jul 8)

    The suspect in the case is currently being detained at the Cumberland County Detention Center in the city of Ft. Bragg, North Carolina, United States. A U.S. military magistrate has ordered continuous confinement until trial. He has not been released. 

  • Bridging the Divide: Research in Panama and Abroad (Jun 6)

    The content for the presentation came from my experience working on my dissertation as a PHD candidate at the University of Maryland. My dissertation focuses on the West Indian community’s involvement in major moments in Panamanian history but the guide itself focuses on the resources I used and how they can be found here in Panama. 

  • President Obama’s Proclamation on National Oceans Month 2014 (May 30)

    Americans look to the oceans as natural treasures, a source of food and energy, and a foundation for our way of life. Our oceans, coasts, and Great Lakes provide jobs and attract tourism. They provide a habitat for scores of species. They are vital to our Nation's transportation, economy, and trade, linking us with countries across the globe and playing a role in our national security.  

  • Embassy support Panama’s penitentiary reform (May 28)

    INL funds a multi-year program through UNODC to support Panama’s penitentiary reform. This reform follows a strategic plan put together by the Ministry of Government that aims to reduce overcrowding, professionalize the prison guards, and re-orient the system towards a focus on rehabilitating inmates and supporting their reinsertion back into society.  

  • Ambassador Farrar visits 4 provinces (May 15)

    Ambassador Farrar visited the provinces of Chiriquí, Herrera, Los Santos and Veraguas in the Republic of Panama. During his visits, he stopped by various institutions, schools and businesses, highlighting the joint programs and initiatives between Panama and the U.S.  Photos »

  • Panama Election Monitoring (May 15)

    At the invitation of the Government of Panama the US Embassy participated in election observing along with other international and diplomatic missions. The Embassy fielded 15 teams of observers throughout Panama and PAS used Facebook and Twitter to show US support for free and fair elections. Photos »

  • TE trains U.S. Embassy observers (Apr 28)

    Staff from the Electoral Tribunal (TE) offered a training course for U.S. Embassy personnel that will participate as elections observers in May 4th.  

  • The Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection visited Panama (Apr 25)

    The Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, R.G. Kerlikowske, visited Panama for the first time and met with his Panamanian counterparts. This visit served to strengthen American-Panamanian ties in the areas of trade, travel, and security, establishing the grounds for continuous cooperation on security issues. Photos »

  • Ambassador Farrar visits Electoral Tribunal (Apr 22)

    “There is a lot of trust in the Electoral Tribunal and the May 4 elections”, said the Ambassador during his meeting with the Electoral Tribunal magistrates on April 22. 

  • Ambassador Farrar supports jaguar conservation (Apr 21)

    Jonathan Farrar, U.S. Ambassador to Panama, participated in the launch of “Onca: Chagres Jaguar in trouble!”, a book about the conservation of Panamanian flora and fauna.  

  • President Obama on Death of Gabriel García Marquez (Apr 18)

    With the passing of Gabriel García Márquez, the world has lost one of its greatest visionary writers – and one of my favorites from the time I was young. Affectionately known as “Gabo” to millions of his fans, he first won international recognition with his masterpiece One Hundred Years of Solitude. 

  • U.S. supports conservation of Chagres Park (Apr 15)

    Ambassador Farrar and his wife Terry visited the Quebrada Ancha community in the Chagres National Park. The U.S. Government supports the environmental conservation efforts in the park. 

  • Women in Public Service: Jonathan Farrar (Mar 8)

    On March 8th, International Women’s Day, I invite Americans and Panamanians to take a moment to honor and thank the women in our lives: mothers, grandmothers, sisters, wives, daughters.  

  • ‘100,000 Strong’ Grants to 10 Latin American Universities (Mar 7)

    Innovative plans to expand international student mobility by ten universities across Latin America were recognized with capacity-building grants as part of President Obama’s 100,000 Strong in the Americas initiative. The goal of the initiative is to reach 100,000 student exchanges each year between the United States and the countries of the Americas.