The Panama Hotel Association (Apatel) has rejected the restrictive measures adopted by the Government after detecting in the national territory the first case of the Brazilian variant of Covid-19
In the opinion of the union, the survival of the industry, the economic recovery, and exposing the country to greater isolation is at stake.
On March 27, the Government revealed that it prohibited the entry of travelers from South America, allowing only Panamanians and resident foreigners to arrive from this region.
Then, through an Executive Decree, it was specified that any person, who has traveled from or transited through South America by air, land or sea, using commercial or private means must present a negative test for the PCR virus or antigen administered 48 hours before arrival.
The rule, came into effect on Wednesday, March 31 at 12:00 am, orders that in addition to the negative result presented when the traveler from South American lands, a PCR or antigen test must also be carried out, prior to the registry in Migration.
If the test result is negative, the person must serve five days of isolation, which in the opinion of those who participate in the industry will cause cancellations of flights and scheduled reservations, because no one who is not sick is willing to remain isolated in a country they visit.
The Association described the measure as unconsulted and improvised, which “adds to other mistakes to put the national tourist infrastructure on the brink of its disappearance. "The damage caused to the entire country has been immediate and cannot be overestimated."
The hotels warn that the closure of Panama to visitors from third countries who are alien to the Brazilian variant would mean a new blow to the more than 100,000 Panamanians who hope to return to their jobs.
“It also implies continuing to affect national food producers, who generated more than $80 million each year in sales to hotels. Furthermore, it exposes Panama to third countries taking reciprocal measures, deepening its self-inflicted isolation ”.
In this sense, Apatel requires the government to nullify the generalized measures and replace them with effective methods focused on Brazil.
It asked that the role assigned to the Ministry of Health be rethought, considering that it has become the director of the national economy when making commercial decisions when it should be an advisor to the President of the Republic in health matters.
"Its destructive role as the ultimate director of economic survival issues must cease," the union emphasized.
On this issue, they asked to designate the Ministry of Commerce of Industries to lead the national economic reconstruction process together with the President, including the safe reopening of the different economic sectors.
Before the entry of travelers from South America to Panama was restricted, the airline and tourism industry, sectors that before the pandemic contributed together 11% to the gross domestic product, predicted that the recovery will be slow based on the results of these activities in the first two months of the year.
In February, passenger traffic through the Tocumen International Airport totaled 376,182 people, 71% lower than the same period in 2020.
Jill, be proud..... I am Cuban too and hate communism.......
Jill, Jill, Jill slow down! Now I understand you. I have spent many wonderful times in Cuba and have many friends there. So I assume that you are one of those extremely angry and irate white priviledged cubans whose wealth was confiscated and redistributed under Castro. So you I am sure would never ever recognize that you too most probably practised outright and implicit racism in your entire time in Cuba. So it is very easy for you to transition into the same system in america, the bastion of white priviledge. I am not a racist as I have never been in a postion to exercise racism. Obviously you are, but your ignorance and inherent prejudice does not even allow you to truly understand what the word means. Cuba practices prejudice even AFTER Castro. Just as your home( the Villages e.g.) most definitely practices it. So while your whole existence is likely steeped in racism and your anger is so typical of a displaced priviledged white cuban, I cannot take you seriously in the least. Your vision is so clouded by a damaged soul and mind, that you can only be the angry and miserable and unbelieving idiot who epitomizes the absolute worst of america. Enjoy your life. That's is the most that I can hope for you. Because true human happiness and self awareness will continue to elude you. I am done with you!!
Ajd You think a Latina cannot be a proud republican or proud American. You think a Latina cannot own property in Naples? You are racists. I never brought in color but you did. I talked about communism and the sickness of it. I am from Cuba you fool and I know what I see happening in America and the world because I already lived through this hell before so you better understand fool I know what I am talking about but you surely don't! Better wake up fool as people like you are blind to this disease. The real disease is communism and authoritarianism sweeping the world as peoples heads are cracked open by police for standing up for basic human rights and dignity...but fools like you probably have no clue this happening across the world. Coronavirus is the cover fool I can see it clearly as I escaped it. Start digging you fool. Here is your first clues...Great Reset by WEF and Klaus Schwab a nazi bastard is not so great for you or I. This has nothing to do with color. Next time don't be so prejudiced as it is blinding you to the truth! Open your mind and really do the research I am asking you as I know what I see is repeating, except globally! It is scary to me and my family but I am enjoying for now at least my paradise.
Jill, after that trumpy brainwashed diatribe, you killed it with "this was dictated". Is that just another symbol of your "exceptionalism", or perhaps of arthritic deterioration? You are clearly among the dying breed of white americans who, even in the best of times, which these are clearly not, look down your pale noses at all those who don't look like you. Tell me you didn't buy your condo in Panama as a direct response to seeing your last principled President was a little darker than you. And that your comfort level rose when the orange dotard came on the scene. I generally try not to engage with idiots as ignorance is your comfort zone. Yes, many people who have died(550,000) had health problems, but the latest morbidities are indicating otherwise healthy people. So Jill, I am happy that you and the rest of your "white power" blue hairs remain healthy, just please don't be surprised when your priviledged bubble world is flipped on its head. Understand that your mini-me trump, disantis, has been proven to have lied about deaths in florida. So you can be sure that he will lie again to spare himself the shame of being proven wrong....at your expense. Finally, you truly need to come into the real world, as difficult as that may be for you. There really is no such thing as communism any more, especially not in this part of the world. There are just groups that obviously care more about others than obviously you do. You are the typical blinded, prejudiced and yes..racist white people who are the hallmark of a dying culture. Just be thankful that as you say, you are old, so you won't be around to see your grandkids or their kids no longer looking like you, but like the beautiful brown skin of the fast emerging majority in your country. Your people are aging and not proliferating like people of colour. So enjoy your last gasps and be thankful that after 400 years, people of colour are only seeking equality, and not revenge. I wrote this! Not dictated!!!
Ajd I will admit that some of what you're saying does have some truth our country just like your country has been invaded by communists. Dirty filthy disgusting rotten communists who are destroying people’s lives. But in Panama you have a sellout communist too that has taken the kool aid of Klaus Schwab in the new reset, look him up as you sound clueless. Why the hell do you think he's destroying Panama fool # Now To both of you I live in Naples for a year and a half this scam flu has been going on, life is normal and if you don't turn on the tv you would not know any scam was going on as there is no death all around us as the scamsters spew in their fear porn. I live in a retirement community with thousands of people we all chose to do things like take extra vitamin D vitamin C zinc and some have used prophylactics such as hydroxychloroquine or ivermectin. Guess what you ignorant fools I don't know anybody who's died around me, we don't wear masks, we have dances, we see the younger enjoying normal life and partying which I totally support, we live life normally none of us know anybody who's dying from this but then again most of us are healthy and active and not suffocating with masks for the last year and a half. This morning a group of us walked on the beach collecting some shells as we have done for years. While people like you wear 2-3-4 masks and live in fear of the flu. Honestly 100% truthful if you didn't turn on the TV where I live you would have no clue there was this scam going on because nobody's fearful and nobody's dying all around us. Yes have people died of disease that are normal part of life but I and none of those around me have seen any of the endless death and destruction by the flu but we have seen states and countries destroyed by the klaus shwab communists part of this global great reset agenda. That's not to say that this virus doesn't kill some people but look at us as a community we have done things to improve our immune system and obviously it works because none of us know anybody who's dying from this flu. I'm older and to me this has been no more dangerous than any other dangerous flu that I've lived through in my lifetime and I have lived thru some pretty bad ones too. What is more dangerous is sacrificing freedom Liberty and humanity to the government. I thank God that I live in a state with an intelligent governor who is a real leader who brought in scientific experts and had the guts to follow their advice unlike these communist sellouts that have inflicted outrageous amounts of pain and suffering among their citizens. So you 2 sound like to me typical Democrats that we don't hang out with or care to as you are communists. I will bet anything you know people that died not a lot but just enough to scare the hell out of you and you probably do because you people live in fear and instead of being intelligent following the science taking preventatives like all of us did you live in fear instead of always dying that's too bad for you . But thank God I live my life in peace harmony and health and everybody around me is doing the same. At least here in Naples. all the Democrat controlled states are hellholes and I know this because there are people escaping them to come to Florida. If these Democratic controlled hellholes were so great people would be staying but they're fleeing in droves to live normal and be in freedom. With millions and millions of people flying in and out of Florida all the time you're gonna get some cases of the flu, think a little. But with known treatments that all of us seem to know about here in our republican community death is preventable. This is what you thick headed brain dead democrats cannot understand that if this was a real pandemic how come after a year and a half I don't know one person who died around me when I should know 50 or 100 people at minimum by now that should have died if this was as aweful as the tv news fear porn claims? You see some of us are smarter than others and some of us actually read the science and living because of it, in fact a lot of are living because we are smarter than you fear based people. But what I found is the Democrats aren't the brightest group of them all, are filthy communists in America now and I think they're the ones that are dying mostly as they don't believe in the science they run around the country wearing 2 -3 even 4 masks, believe in lockdowns forever and line up for the vaccine that hasn't even been proven to work or proven to be safe for something that 99% survive and only the obese and really sick die from. I have had enough of our liberties being constrained when the reality is most people dying did not exercise, did not eat correctly, were overweight and sick with disease and would have died in any other bad flu season as it is part of life! You democrats don't get this and think all should be put under lockdown forever this has never ever happened over my lifetime. Democrats are the only people that have failed to really look at this thing objectively so they seem to be the ones dying at least that is what I hear through others who know others as again I know no one and those I know no one either but we hears stories in the news but frankly have to question those as this is not reflective in our reality and maybe because I have lived in Naples I've been able to see things clear compared to other people I mean we just haven't been living like the rest of the world . It's like an Oasis in a war and it seems to me like it's a war against people's minds because the reality that I live every day does not reflect the reality that shown on TV so something's off I can tell you that as a sane person regardless of what you want to believe as you probably are coming from based on what you've said in your post you're probably coming across as a Democrat viewpoint and maybe that's why you're suffering 'cause were not. If this was a pandemic as bad as the fear porn tv/newspapers proclaim all around us people would be dropping dead and IT IS NOT HAPPENING. You can suffer in your hellhole but we are happy and I know when people fly into our paradise they cannot believe how dystopian their state has been. People tell us the freedom is like a breath of fresh air and its not until they come to our oasis they realize what a shithole communist run place they live in. Sorry but glad I live in the last place of normalcy on earth. Take your new world order nazi Klaus Schwab WEF and leave me alone as I am happy. You are communist believers/supporters and drank Klaus's poison. You are I are polar opposites and that is why life is normal for us. This was dictated.
Jill, Florida is a breeding ground for the virus and with spring break parties and local deniers it’s spreading the virus all over the US. What a reputation to be proud of ! It’s now going to be a race between the vaccines and P1 in the US. Let’s hope the vaccines win out because given the staggering death figures in the US you should be hanging your head in shame not lecturing us here in Panama. It’s because of naysayers like you and Brian aka Alexandre Avakian , that we are in this mess in the first place. Your constant failure to abide by elementary health guidance advice and pushing unproven medications has resulted in many health facilities being overwhelmed and nursing staff being brought to their knees. SHAME ON YOU.
Jill, you should change your name to Brian!! Florida will soon be another Brazil!! Another symbol of american "exceptionalism". Exceptionally bull-headed and ignorant. I have a daughter working in a major hospital in Florida and these last 2 weeks have seen a significant and ever-increasing rise in cases of the Brazilian variant in Florida. The only difference in Florida is that you have a governor who is just like, I am sure, your god... Humpty the trump...he lies about everything and arrogantly thinks that his way is the only way. So while everything is open, there are no mask mandates and the fool beats his chest as he praises himself like an even more deranged mini-me orange dotard, people like you....you know..."exceptional" americans....are stilll and continuing to die in increasing numbers. But hey....you have your much vaunted american freedom that really only allows you to daily spout your igmorant drivel while the bluehairs all around you are dropping like flies. I am probably not wrong that you are one of those trump lovers who will "never get the vaccine"!! As to Panama, unfortunately we have now the Brazilian variant in low but increasing numbers, so please do never come back to infect us more. And yes, you will likely lose money on it....lesson learned. But Panama will survive despite the pushback from idiots like you and Brian. It will be difficult, but beating this virus will not be easy. Panama has beaten worse. Hell, after many more years, we finally kicked your mangey infected gringo butts out of the canal. We have problems, but america has so many more. As the world watches, your country is very quickly dissipating into violent tribalism with little hope of stopping because of myopic partisan minds like yours and so many others just like you. In a time when so much real knowledge is at your fingertips, you consume the inflammatory flatulence of tucker carlson, insanity hannity and ingraham as your daily bread. I said in the beginning...america...the land of the ignorant.....you just don't know...and you choose that..daily. Sad!!
As idiots destroy Panama and most industries and jobs, there will be NOTHING LEFT TO PANAMA WHEN THEY ARE DONE DESTROYING THE COUNTRY! Here in Florida people enjoy normal life. Partying, no masks, drinking, nightclubbing until 4AM, restaurants packed, parties, children in schools with no masks fun on the beach and packed stores. Just so people know there are places that are not INSANE and hell bent on destroying all businesses and life. The only SOB"s destroying everything are drinking the kool-aid by a Nazi Klaus Schwab of the WEF. It is disgusting at this point. Governments that are destroying the people must be removed now by the people. They are nonessential and no longer serve their purpose and shown themselves as combatant enemies of the people they are illegally destroying. We have our condo up for sale in Panama and don't plan on coming back! Just hope we don't lose a lot of money. What a twisted situation. Time for revolution globally. Florida shows this is a fraud and the world starting to discover that too.