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2. WARNINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS Panama
Exercise high degree of caution
Although the security situation is stable, Canadians should exercise a high degree of caution in Panama due to high crime rates.Demonstrations and protest marches over various social and political issues occasionally occur in Panama City near the university, and on main streets and highways. Because of the unpredictable nature of these demonstrations and the potential for violence, Canadians should exercise caution, avoid large gatherings and demonstrations, and monitor local news reports.
Avoid all travel
OFFICIAL WARNING: Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada advises against all travel beyond Yaviza located in the Darién province. The danger zone begins at the end of the Pan American Highway (past Yaviza, about 230 km southeast of Panama City) and ends at the Colombian border. This area includes parts of Darién National Park and privately owned nature reserves and tourist resorts. Due to the presence of Colombian guerilla groups and drug traffickers, levels of violent crime in this zone are extremely high, with numerous reports of kidnapping, armed robberies, deaths and disappearances.
OFFICIAL REGISTRATION RECOMMENDATION: We offer a registration service for all Canadians travelling or living abroad. This service is provided so that we can contact and assist you in an emergency abroad, such as a natural disaster or civil unrest, or inform you of a family emergency at home. Registration can be done on-line or by contacting a Canadian government office abroad. For more information, see our FAQs on Registration of Canadians Abroad.