The Ministry of Health has temporarily suspended the entry to Panama of persons coming from the United Kingdom and from the Republic of South Africa due to the new strain of COVID-19.
Ministry of Health:
- By means of Resolution No. 1390 of December 21, 2020, (hereinafter “the resolution”), published in Official Gazette on the same day, the Ministry of Health has suspended temporarily the entry to Panama of persons coming from, that have stayed or transited through (i) the United Kingdom or (ii) the Republic of South Africa, within the last 20 days prior to the entry into Panama, whether they do so by air, land or sea, using commercial or private means.
- Panamanian citizen and residents who arrive in Panama from those countries, under the conditions indicated above, must do the following:
- (i) Take a compulsory PCR or Antigen Test upon arrival.
- (ii) Remain in quarantine in a hospital hotel, regardless the results of the test, for the time that will be determined by the health authorities, in order to verify that they have not been infected by the new strain of SARS- CoV-2 (COVID-19).
- This suspension will enter into force as of today, December 21, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.
- This measure is taken due to the new strain of SARS- CoV-2 (COVID-19).
- In accordance with this resolution, the entry to Panama of Panamanians and residents, with a resident permit ID card either approved or in process, will be allowed en as long as they follow the measures indicated above.
- The Civil Aviation Authority, the National Immigration Authority and the Police can adopt any measures that they deem necessary to comply with these measures.
- Tourists are excluded from this Resolution, therefore they will not be able to enter the country until this measure is lifted.
Ministry of Government suspends all international flights temporarily
EXECUTIVE DECREE No. 244 OF MARCH 19TH, 2020
By means of this executive decree, published in the Official Gazette as of March 19th, 2020, the Ministry of Government suspends all international flights temporarily.
- All international flights arriving and departing from Panama are suspended for thirty (30) calendar days, as of 11:59 p.m. from Sunday March 22th, 2020, for public health reasons.
Aspects to be considered:
- This executive decree complements the measures taken by the government of the Republic of Panama to avoid and mitigate the pandemic declared by the World Health Organization (WHO).
- The suspension measure applies to all commercial and general flights.
- The suspension period may be extended on the merit of the information provided by the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Panama.
Morgan & Morgan, in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture of Chiriquí (CAMCHI), presented the forum: Trends in Labor Law 2019; a seminar organized for the business sector of the province of Chiriqui in the Republic of Panama. The topics were presented by lawyers Ricardo Aleman, Maria Teresa Mendoza and Milagros Caballero, labor law specialists.
The objective of the seminar was to reinforce the companies on issues about:
- Sexual harassment and discrimination within the company and at an education level.
- Main issues regarding employee’s paternity: leave and child support.
- Features of special privileges: disability and chronic disease.
Felipe Venicio Rodríguez, president of CAMCHI, said he was pleased by the opportunity, through the alliance with Morgan & Morgan, so that employers and employees can keep up with these issues of social interest and their respective regulations, which in many cases tend to fail in some sectors, for lack of knowledge: “The most important thing is that we cover this part of Corporate Social Responsibility, with these activities, which are considered priority and key to contribute to the strengthening and development of the companies and our society in general; we hope it can be exploited to the maximum by each one of the participants”, added Rodriguez.
Panama, April 25, 2018. Morgan & Morgan announces forum on “Trends in Labor Matters 2018: What are the new regulations?” to be held on Tuesday, May 29, from 8:00 a.m. to noon at the Titanio conference room of The Americas Golden Towers in Panama City.
The event is addressed mainly to businesspeople, managers, human resources and administration professionals, and general staff of domestic and multinational companies established in the country. The agenda includes new regulations and norms on labor issues that every professional managing human resources should know to comply with the law and avoid risks to their companies.
Lawyers with extensive experience in labor issues will discuss the following:
- Sexual harassment and discrimination within the company and at an education level
Ricardo Aleman, partner at Morgan & Morgan.
- Main issues regarding employee’s paternity: leave and child support
Maria Teresa Mendoza, partner at Morgan & Morgan.
- Features of special privileges: disability and chronic disease
Milagros Caballero, associate at Morgan & Morgan
For information on entries to this forum please contact us at 265-7777 (extension 7746) or [email protected].
About Morgan & Morgan
With over 80 lawyers and 20 practice areas, Morgan & Morgan is a full service Panamanian law firm, regularly assisting local and foreign corporations from different industries, as well as recognized financial institutions and government institutions. In the labor field, the firm is very active assisting local and international clients in all aspects of labor law, including, drafting employment contracts, collective bargaining negotiations, work permit applications, administrative proceedings, labor litigation and disputes processes, negotiations with employees, restructuring processes, among others.
The Government of the Republic of Panama, through Executive Decree No. 40 of Tuesday, March 20, 2018, orders the closure of public and municipal offices, nationwide, on Thursday, March 29, 2018 (Holy Thursday) at twelve (12) noon on the occasion of Holy Week.
- Terms on administrative procedures are suspended on March 29.
- Banking institutions will be governed by their own parameters.
To whom does this not apply?
It does not apply to the following public offices: Institute of Aqueducts and Sewage Systems (IDAAN), health institutions (both Social Security Offices and the Ministry of Health), postal services, the Fire Department, National Civil Protection System, Transit and Land Transport Authority, Panama Metro, National Service of Migration and the Security Forces. The Panama Canal Authority is also excepted.
Offices of the Judicial Branch
By means of Agreement No. 166 of March 20, 2018, the Court of Justice has decreed the closing of Courts and other Offices of the Judicial Branch throughout the Republic of Panama on Thursday, March 29, 2018, with the consequent suspension of judicial terms during the aforementioned day. Courts will resume activities on Monday, April 2, 2018.