COVID-19: Emergency Measures Tracker

To combat the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the Republic of Panama has enacted new regulations to stop the spread and guarantee the continuance of economic activities.  

 

Government declares National State of Emergency

The Panamanian government approved on March 13, 2020, Cabinet Resolution No. 11 which declares national state of emergency and allows the Executive Branch to take special actions in combatting the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The following regulations have been issued as part of the National Strategy Against Covid-19:

Judiciary and Administrative Terms Suspensions
  1. Bank Superintendence Resolution No. 0002 of 2020, which orders the suspension of terms in all administrative processes for fifteen days from April 9, 2020. Extended by Resolution 003, terms currently remain suspended until May 18, 2020.

  2. Customs Resolution No. 116 of 2020, which orders the suspension of terms in all administrative and criminal procedures of the Customs Jurisdiction nationwide. Extended by Resolutions No. 123 and 126, terms currently remain suspended.

  3. Executive Decree No. 507 of 2020, which orders the suspension of terms in all administrative proceedings. Executive Decree No. 513 of 2020, excepts public procurement tender proceedings in which proposals have already been filed.

  4. General Income Directorate Resolution No. 201-2270 of 2020, which orders the suspension of terms in all administrative processes. Extended by Resolution No. 201-2353, terms currently remain suspended for the duration of the National State of Emergency.

  5. Maritime Authority Resolution No. 053-2020 of 2020, which establishes the suspension of legal terms in the Maritime Authority proceedings. Extended by Resolution ADM No. 064-2020 of 2020, terms currently remain suspended until May 17, 2020.

  6. Ministry of Commerce Executive Decree No. 154 of 2020, which orders the suspension of terms in all pledge contracts with pawn houses as well as interest accrued for the duration of the National State of Emergency.

  7. Ministry of Commerce Resolution No. 27 of 2020, which orders the suspension of terms in all administrative processes. Extended by Resolutions No. 32, 33 and 35, terms currently remain suspended until May 18, 2020.

  8. Ministry of Labor Resolution DM-135 of 2020, which orders the suspension of terms and hearings, in the Labor Jurisdiction nationwide. Extended by Resolutions No. 147, 148, 151 and 152, labor terms currently remain suspended until May 30, 2020.

  9. National Land Administration Resolution No. 119 of 2020, which orders the suspension of terms in all administrative processes before the National Land Administration.

  10. Public Ministry Resolution No. PA/DS-097-2020 of 2020, which orders the suspension of terms in all administrative processes before the Attorney General for the Administration until April 30, 2020. Extended by Resolution No. PA/DS-099-2020 of 2020, terms currently remain suspended until May 17, 2020.

  11. Public Ministry Resolution No. PA/DS-098-2020 of 2020, which authorizes claims and complaints before the Attorney General for the Administration to be filed electronically via email.

  12. Public Services Authority Resolution No. 1072-ADM of 2020, which orders the suspension of terms in all administrative processes. Extended by Resolution No. 1078-ADM of 2020, terms currently remain suspended until May 18, 2020.

  13. SENACYT Administrative Resolution No. 111 of 2020, which orders the suspension of terms in all administrative processes before the National Secretariat of Science, Technology and Innovation (SENACYT).

  14. Social Security Administration Resolution No. 384-2020-DG, which orders the suspension of terms in all administrative processes before the Social Security Administration, until May 15, 2020.

  15. Supreme Court Agreement No. 146 of 2020, which orders the closure of courts and the suspension of judicial terms at the national level, modified by Agreements No. 147, 158, 159, 160, 161 and 163. Courts remain closed until June 1 and Judicial terms currently remain suspended until June 7, 2020​

Economic and Commercial Reactivations
  1. Executive Decree No. 541 of 2020, which authorizes the reactivation, operation and mobilization of commercial activities for laundries and credits and savings unions (cooperatives).

  2. Executive Decree No. 612 of 2020, which authorizes the distribution, sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages, under strict restrictions.

  3. Ministry of Commerce Resolution No. 423 of 2020, , which authorizes the reactivation, operation and mobilization of commercial activities for e-commerce, car workshops, spare part shops, technical and maintenance household services, and commercial pest control services.

  4. Ministry of Health Resolution No. 399 of 2020, which authorizes the reactivation, operation and mobilization of commercial activities for hardware stores.

  5. Ministry of Health Resolution No. 405 of 2020, which adopts the Guidelines for Companies’ Return to Post-COVID-19 Normalcy.

  6. Ministry of Health Resolution No. 406 of 2020, which authorizes the reactivation, operation and mobilization of commercial activities for the fishing industry and artisanal fishing, for Panama-flagged vessels with internal service fishing licenses.

Economic and Fiscal Measures
  1. Bank Superintendence Agreement No. 2 of 2020, which approves measures to allow banks to implement the necessary mechanisms to support their personal banking clients as well as commercial and corporate clients.

  2. Bank Superintendence Board of Directors Resolution SBP-GJD-0003-2020 of 2020, which temporarily extends the required risk rating updates until July 31, 2020.

  3. Bank Superintendence Board of Directors Resolution SBP-GJD-0004-2020 of 2020, which temporarily extends bank appraisal reports for one year.

  4. Bank Superintendence Board of Directors Resolution SBP-GJD-0005-2020 of 2020, which temporarily establishes special considerations in relation to Article 2 of Agreement 3-2016 on risk-weighted assets.

  5. Cabinet Decree No. 14 of 2020, which authorizes the Republic of Panama, represented by the Ministry of Economy and Finance, to execute financial assistance from the International Monetary Fund under the Rapid Financing Instrument (RFI), up to 376.8 million Special Drawing Rights (SDR), in order to finance the emergency situation generated by COVID-19.

  6. Cabinet Decree No. 15 of 2020, which authorizes a Loan Agreement between the Republic of Panama, represented by the Ministry of Economy and Finance, and the Andean Development Corporation (CAF), up to US$50,000,000.00, in order to finance the emergency situation generated by COVID-19.

  7. Colon Free Trade Zone Resolution JD 001-2020 of 2020, which temporarily suspends leases of lots and premises contracted by companies located within the Colon Free Trade Zone.

  8. Customs Resolution No. 115 of 2020, which temporarily implements a procedure for sending, receiving and documentary verification prior to the entry of goods into the customs territory.

  9. Executive Decree No. 145 of 2020, which suspends evictions on housing, professional, industrial, educational and commercial leases for the duration of the National State of Emergency and grants jurisdiction to the Ministry of Housing for any claims on lease contracts.

  10. Executive Decree No. 251 of 2020, which adopts tax measures (moratorium) to alleviate the economic impact resulting from the National State of Emergency.

  11. Executive Decree No. 500 of 2020, which approves additional sanitary measures, to reduce, mitigate and control the spread of the COVID-19 Pandemic in the country. A nation-wide shut down is effectively ordered for non-essential industries and economic activities for thirty calendar days from March 20, 2020. Executive Decree No. 541 of 2020, extends the shutdown indefinitely until the National Emergency is lifted

  12. Executive Decree No. 506 of 2020, which orders the temporary suspension of construction industry activities. Executive Decree No. 548 of 2020, extends the suspension of construction for thirty days from April 24, 2020.

  13. Financial Analysis Unit Administrative Resolution No. 011-2020 of 2020, which temporarily extends the term for the submission of cash or quasi-cash transaction reports, and semesterly or final statement for cash or quasi-cash transactions, as well as other requirements established by the Unit to obligated subjects.

  14. General Income Directorate Resolution No. 201-2401 of 2020, which extends the deadline for submitting certain reports. Taxpayers will have until June 30, 2020, to submit the forms whose reporting period corresponds to the months of February, March and April 2020.

  15. General Income Directorate Resolution No. 201-2402 of 2020, which suspends personal attention and authorizes online tax filings.

  16. General Income Directorate Resolution No. 201-2419 of 2020, which authorizes services and notices to be performed electronically via email.

  17. General Income Directorate Resolution No. 201-2422 of 2020, which establishes a procedure for the issuance of free and clear certificates.

  18. General Income Directorate Resolution No. 201-2427 of 2020, which regulates the application of tax credits to the transfer and services tax (ITBMS).

  19. Insurance Resolution DG-SSRP-011 of 2020, which establishes special considerations for those regulated subjects and users of the Superintendence of Insurance and Reinsurance to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 contagion.

  20. Law 134 of March 20, 2020, which extends the tax moratorium period until June 30, 2020, condoning up to 85% of interests, surcharges and fines.

  21. Law 139 of March 20, 2020, which adopts special emergency measures to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, which includes the usage of the National Savings Fund.

  22. Ministry of Commerce Resolution No. 31 of 2020, which urges financial companies to implement special and temporary measures to provide certain flexibility to their clients.

  23. Ministry of Commerce Resolution No. 36 of 2020, which enables the General Directorate for Industrial Property to receive trademark filings and renewals via email.

  24. Municipal Council of Arraijan Agreement No. 16 of 2020, which grants an extension of tax payments until May 30, 2020.

  25. Municipal Council of Panama Agreement No. 67 of 2020, which grants an extension of tax payments until April 30, 2020.

  26. Municipal Council of Panama Agreement No. 81 of 2020, which extends the deadline for submitting annual taxpayer reports until June 30, 2020.

  27. National Energy Secretariat Resolution 4726 of 2020, which temporarily establishes the maximum retail prices of some liquid fuels in the Republic of Panama.

  28. Securities Market Agreement No. 3 of 2020, which approves special and temporary measures for the abbreviated registration of modifications to certain terms and conditions of public offerings registered with the Securities Market Superintendence.

  29. Securities Market Resolution No. JD-4-20 of 2020, which establishes special and temporary measures for regulated entities to comply with the notarial requirements in periodic reports, and extends the filing period of certain reports, due to the emergency situation generated by COVID-19.

  30. Securities Market Resolution No. SMV-142 of 2020, which approves special working hours of the Securities Market Superintendence from Monday, April 6, 2020.

 
Aid and Relief
  1. Cabinet Decree No. 5 of 2020, which adopts special measures for importing paddy rice.

  2. Cabinet Decree No. 7 of 2020, which adopts special measures to modify import tariff sections (Clorox, detergents, alcohol gel, disinfectants, masks, gloves, soaps, medical gowns, oxygen).

  3. Cabinet Decrees No. 10 and No. 12 of 2020, which modifies national import tariffs.

  4. Cabinet Resolution No. 24, which promotes voluntary donations by public officials to the National Savings Fund.

  5. Executive Decree No. 400 of 2020, which establishes a solidarity and relief program for families in poverty and independent persons engaged in economic activities on their own, through food bags, government payments and food stamps.

  6. Law 152 of May 4, 2020, which adopts special measures to temporarily suspend payments on public services which include electricity, telephone and internet. Regulated by Executive Decree No. 291 of 2020.

  7. Public Services Authority Resolution No. 1077-ADM of 2020, which establishes a transitory procedure for claims filed by clients of the public services of water and sanitary sewerage, electricity, telecommunications and paid television; due to the emergency situation generated by COVID-19.

  8. Public Services Authority Resolution No. 16061-ELEC of 2020, which orders electricity companies to request approval from the Public Services Authority prior to the cancelling of services.

  9. Resolution No. 118 of 2020, which establishes the temporary procedure for the importation of merchandise under the special relief shipment (aid and humanitarian assistance).

Labor and Immigration Regulations
  1. Electoral Tribunal Decree No. 6 of 2020, which extends the validity of personal identity cards for Panamanian adults and minors (youth card) and permanent residents. Currently valid until May 15, 2020.

  2. Executive Decree 217 of 2020, which dictates temporary immigration control measures for nationals and foreigners.

  3. Executive Decree No. 71 of 2020, which temporarily regulates article 159 of the Labor Code, that allows the reduction of the working day with the consequent reduction of the salary.

  4. Executive Decree No. 78 of 2020, which establishes labor-related measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in companies, allowing work under availability by means of which the worker, without remaining at his place of work, will be available to the employer, will be carried out during the regular work day and is subject to wages and all the rights derived from the labor relationship.

  5. Executive Decree No. 81 of 2020, which establishes that the contracts of the workers, whose operations have been closed, may be suspended, such suspension must be authorized by Ministry of Labor. The workers are not obliged to provide the service and the Employers are not required to pay wages. It does not imply the termination of the contract, nor will it affect the seniority of the workers. Executive Decree No. 95 of 2020, extends the suspension authorizations for thirty days.

  6. Executive Decree No. 85 of 2020, which establishes that the Agreement for the modification of the working day, must be sent to the electronic address supplied by the Ministry of Labor, with copy of the operation notice and copy of the las payroll submitted to the Social Security.

  7. Executive Decree No. 86 of 2020, which enables digital platforms of the Ministry of Labor and Labor Development to receive and resolve complaints from workers.

  8. Ministry of Commerce Resolution No. 24 of 2020, which classifies as restricted access all information provided for safe passage certificates.

  9. Ministry of Labor COVID-19 Directive 2020, which contains actions to be taken in the workplace to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

  10. Ministry of Labor Resolution DM-153 of 2020, which extends the validity of foreign nationals’ work permits until May 30, 2020.

  11. National Immigration Service Resolution No. 7051 of 2020, which extends the validity of residency permits and suspends all terms in proceedings until May 15, 2020.

  12. Social Security Administration Resolution No. 383-2020-DG, which suspends the generation of fines, surcharges and interest in the presentation and/ or late payment of the monthly payroll statement, for the months of February, March, April and May 2020.

Maritime and Air Transport Regulations
  1. Aquatic Resources Authority Resolution No. 028 of 2020, which extends the validity of international fishing licenses for three months from expiration as modified by Resolution No. 031 of 2020.

  2. Aquatic Resources Authority Resolution No. 029 of 2020, which extends the validity of artisan and riverside fishing licenses until May 31, 2020.

  3. Aquatic Resources Authority Resolution No. 030 of 2020, which extends the validity of interior service fishing licenses until May 31, 2020.

  4. Executive Decree No. 244 of 2020, which temporarily suspends all international for thirty calendar days from March 22, 2020, extended by Civil Aviation Authority Resolution No. 53-DG-DJ-AAC for thirty calendar days from April 22, 2020.

  5. Executive Decree No. 605 of 2020, which authorizes and regulates humanitarian flights for the duration of the National State of Emergency.

  6. Maritime Authority Resolution AMP No. 106-56-DGMM of 2020, which grants an extension of 90 days all patents, permits and navigation licenses.

  7. Maritime Authority Resolution AMP No. 106-57-DGMM of 2020, which maintains the use of electronic documents in the issuance of patents and radio licenses, extensions, free and clear certificates, cancellations and navigation permits and other documents required by the vessels of the Panamanian registry.

  8. Maritime Authority Resolution No. 032-2020 of 2020 which suspends for 90 days the payment of anchoring of ships in ports, berths, and other discounts.

  9. Maritime Authority Resolution No. 054-2020 of 2020, which extends Preliminary registrations of records in the Registry for 6 months.

  10. Maritime Authority Resolution No. 059-2020 of 2020, which authorizes the electronic filing of public deeds and preliminary registration forms; and, Maritime Authority Note DGRPN No. 053-04-2020 of 2020, which sets forth the guidelines for the electronic filing of documents before the Ships Registry.

  11. Maritime Authority Resolution No. 305 of 2020, which establishes sanitary measures in the embarkation and disembarkation of cruise ships, mini cruises, deep draft ships, international passenger transport such as yachts, mega yachts and yachts for commercial use or any other maritime vessel, in ports, berths, anchorage and marine areas of the national territory.

  12. Maritime Authority Resolution No. JD-030-2020 of 2020 which grants an extension of 90 days in the payment of fees, licenses and permits.

  13. Maritime Authority Resolution No. JD-040-2020 of 2020, which extends operating licenses for auxiliary maritime service providers, with expiration date is between March, April and May 2020, is extended to ninety (90) additional days.

  14. Maritime Authority Resolution No. JD-041-2020 of 2020, which orders the Shipping Bureau to implement all the necessary actions to extend the validity of documents, the use of digital signatures and electronic documents for the proper continuity of the operation of the vessels of the Panamanian registry

  15. Maritime Courts Notice dated March 20, 2020, establishing a special schedule for urgent measures, which include arrests, injunctions and petitions to lift these.

Sanitary Measures
  1. Executive Decree No. 114 of 2020, which establishes the maximum gross margin for the sale of personal hygiene, cleaning and consumer goods. Modified by Executive Decree No. 152 of 2020.

  2. Executive Decree No. 266 of 2020, which establishes a three-month suspension of drivers’ licenses and vehicle retention to those who violate the quarantine.

  3. Executive Decree No. 378 of 2020, which establishes measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, in the Public Administration.

  4. Executive Decree No. 472 of 2020, which enhances sanitary measures upon the COVID-19 Pandemic Declaration by the World Health Organization (WHO)/Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).

  5. Executive Decree No. 489 of 2020, which approves additional sanitary measures to reduce, mitigate and control the spread of COVID-19.

  6. Executive Decree No. 490 of 2020, orders a mandatory curfew in the Republic of Panama, which has been ratified by Executive Decree No. 505 of March 23, 2020, and Executive Decree No. 507 of March 24, 2020, in turn enhanced by Executive Decree No. 513 of 2020.

  7. Executive Decree No. 499 of 2020, which declares Epidemic zones subject to sanitary control in the provinces of Panama, West Panama and Colon.

  8. Executive Decree No. 504 of 2020, establishes provisions on quarantine and isolation measures that are ordered for people diagnosed as a suspected or positive Covid-19 cases.

  9. Ministry of Health Resolution No. 300 of 2020, which approves the General Guidelines and Recommendations for the prevention and control of COVID-19.

  10. Ministry of Health Resolution No. 303 of 2020, which activates COVID-19 hot line 169 of the Ministry of Health, as health measure for the prevention and control of the disease.

  11. Ministry of Health Resolution No. 303 of 2020, which establishes new citizen mobility measures in the national territory, aimed at controlling and mitigating the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, in accordance to gender and the last number of the national id card or passport.

  12. Ministry of Health Technical Council Resolution No. 17 of 2020, which implements the application of technology in the processing of applications for medical licenses, operating licenses and other matters during the National State of Emergency generated by COVID-19.

  13. Municipal Council of Panama Agreement No. 80 of 2020, which imposes sanctions for violating the COVID-19 curfew and lockdown.

  14. National Energy Secretariat Resolution No. 4730 of 2020, which establishes a procedure for the temporal closure of fuel service stations in the Republic of Panama.

Last update: May 14th, 2020.

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