Panama’s Tourist Visa has been reduced from 6 months to 90 days (3 months) as published in the government’s Gazette (La Gaceta), Jan 10 2017. 

While the government of Panama has spent billions on improving public transportation throughout Panama, the country continues to see growth in car sales.

Recently Copa Airlines, Panama’s leading international Carrier, received worldwide recognition for it’s punctuality. Copa was recognized as the world’s second top airline for arriving on-time. First place went to Hawaiian Airlines.

A fuel tanker has flipped on the Pan-American Highway near Coronado in the Chame district, right before the entrance to Las Lajas. The truck flipped early Monday morning closing all four lanes of the highway for some time.

Several airlines operating in Panama and or Colombia are being investigated by Colombia’s Civil Aeronautics Authority for misleading advertising.

Drivers that park illegally in Panama City should expect to face increased fines for their violations in 2017. As vehicles that have been illegally parked are a major contributor to traffic in Panama City the Panamanian government is working to decrees these violations, by hiking the fines.

Starting January 3rd 2017, Via Italia will be partially closed due to sanitation work. The project, by the Coordinating Unit of the Sanitation Program of Panama, is expected to take approximately eight months.

Sgt Nelson Guerra of Panama’s National Police force passed away the afternoon of December 23rd after suffering a shot to the head the DGI office robbery that occurred December 20th.

The Transit Authority and Land Transport (ATTT) has approved the creation of transit courts in  La Chorrera, Chitré and Colón.

Saturday December 10th Juan Carlos Varela announced that his administration has been negotiating with the company Mi Bus to provide service to the areas of Chepo, La Chorrera and Arrijan in Panama West.

At 7:30 a.m. Tuesday December 20th relatives of victims and officials met at the Garden of Peace to remember victims of the US invasion of Panama.

Five people were killed and six are missing after a Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) box ship collided with an Ecuadorian fishing boat.

Each year, The Oxford Committee for Famine Relief (Oxfam), creates a list of the world’s top tax havens. This year Panama did not make the cut.

A $ 10 million helicopter ambulance, the first of it’s kind in Panama, was delivered this week. The helicopter will be used in rescue and humanitarian aid missions.

On Wednesday, December 14th the Institute of Agricultural Marketing (IMA) Christmas food fair in At Pan de Azúcar, San Miguelito, got out of control and required police to restore order.

Two Children age 9 and 12 were killed in a tragic accident in the afternoon, Wednesday December 14th on Calle Alejandro Tapia in Aguadulce.

The Urban Cleaning Authority (AAUD) has imposed 667 fines this year to stores in Panama for the improper disposal of trash in commercial areas.

President Juan Carlos Varela recently announced that the government will build two new lanes on the Panamerican highway between La Chorrera and San Carlos.

The National Motorway Company (ENA) reported that about 2 million drivers use the corridors weekly.

The work on the Bridge of the Americas continues as Public Works officials report that they do no have an end date for the construction.

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