PANAMA FLASH NEWSLETTER – November 2nd , 2020

Re:  Panama National Holidays – please note hereunder schedule of upcoming National Holidays in Panama.

  • November 3 (Tue)            Separation Day (from Colombia)
  • November 4 (Wed)          Flag Day
  • November 5 (Thu)           Colón Day.
  • November 10 (Tue)         First Cry for Independence.
  • November 28 (Sat)         Independence Day (from Spain).
  • December 8 (Tue)            Mother’s Day

During these national holidays, government institutions will be closed including Customs, Quarantine, Health, and Immigrations.

Most private sector companies are also closed or with limited staff.  Banks will be closed.


Bank wire transfers – please send remittances and wire transfers in advance of public holidays


Panama Crew Changes

Panama Tocumen Airport opened for commercial flights since October 12th, 2020

Incomming crewmembers entry visa should be applied for well in advance of public holidays.  (Government Office will be closed).

Panama Ministry of Health (MINSA)– Panama Inmigration Office (SNM) –  Panama Maritima Authority (AMP) and the Panama Chamber of Shipping (CMP) approved the operational & sanitary protocols to resume normal the crew changes.


Please copy our group email for crew changes :   Shipmgtpanama <>


Spare parts and courier packages – clearance through Customs must be scheduled in advance of public holidays.

Panama Canal and surrounding port operations will continue working normally 24/7 during the holidays without interruption.

Norton Lilly Operations staff (Panama Canal and Port Operations) will continue as normal during the holiday without interruption.

Group Operations Email –





For further information please contact us at:


Norton Lilly International (Panama) S.A.

Bldg. 3825  – Office 204, Howard – Panama-Pacifico

Panama, Rep. of Panama

Tel: (507) 304-4600 

Fax: (507) 269-3926

Main email:  (24 hours)

Management email: (office hours)





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