On 14 November 2023, the U.K. Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) issued updated travel advice for Panama, which reads in part as follows: “There are ongoing protests and demonstrations across the country and throughout the capital city. These can include informal roadblocks and the suspension of public transport. Protests can be unpredictable, occur in any part of the city and escalate quickly. Clashes between protestors and security authorities have resulted in injuries. Tear gas and riot control munition have been used to control protests, particularly at night. Protest organisers have called for additional rallies and Nationwide roadblocks, which could cause substantial delays for travellers around the country during the week of 13 November.

“You should avoid protests and demonstrations, monitor local media and follow advice from local authorities. You should avoid travelling around protest-affected areas at night. Protests may be particularly large in Colón City. Road closures and protests can affect access to the border crossing into Costa Rica at Paso Canoas. Check your route and alternatives before travelling.

“Tocumen International Airport remains open and transit passengers should be unaffected. If you are unable to reach Panama City for a planned flight, please contact your airline to make alternative arrangements.”