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Panama covid-19 information hub

As governments respond to the pandemic by enacting emergency legislation that will affect all areas of society and doing business, we are providing a central information hub that contains the enacted legislation and other relevant official communication issued in relation to the crisis.

We have collated this information with the help of a group of leading firms from countries across the region: Argentina’s Beccar Varela, Marval O'Farrell Mairal, Mitrani Caballero & Ruiz Moreno and Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen (PAGBAM); Brazil’s Demarest Advogados, Lefosse Advogados, Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados, TozziniFreire Advogados and Veirano Advogados; Central America’s Aguilar Castillo Love, Arias, BLP and Consortium Legal; Chile’s Carey, Cariola, Díez, Pérez-Cotapos, Claro & Cía and Guerrero Olivos; Colombia’s Brigard Urrutia, Gómez-Pinzón and Posse Herrera Ruiz; regional law firm Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría; the Dominican Republic's Pellerano & Herrera; Ecuador’s Ferrere (Ecuador) and Pérez Bustamante & Ponce; Mexico’s Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enriquez SC, Hogan Lovells (Mexico), Galicia Abogados, Mijares, Angoitia, Cortés y Fuentes SC and Nader, Hayaux & Goebel; Panama's Arias, Fábrega & Fábrega; Paraguay's BKM | Berkemeyer and Ferrere (Paraguay); Peru’s Payet, Rey, Cauvi, Pérez Abogados and Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano Abogados; Ferrere (Uruguay); and Venezuela’s D'Empaire.

Most firms contributing to the covid-19 hub are drawn from Latin Lawyer Elite. In those countries not covered by Latin Lawyer Elite, we are working with top firms recommended in the Latin Lawyer 250.

We believe that by coming together to provide this service we can help provide businesses around the region with crucial facts and legislative developments to help them through this challenging, rapidly evolving period.

We have tried to assemble the most pertinent official developments issued in relation to covid-19. Although we cannot guarantee this list is exhaustive, our editorial team will be adding to this resource regularly, as and when we are made aware of the latest updates.

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7 August

Executive Decree No. 314 – modifies Executive Decree No. 145 of 1 May 2020.

6 August

Administrative Resolution No. 013-2020 - extends the term for the presentation of affidavits corresponding to the semester that ended on 30 June 2020, for 15 additional calendar days from the reopening date of the block corresponding to the reporting entity.

3 August

Law N ° 157 - temporary measures to protect employment in companies affected by covid-19.

31 July

Executive Decree No. 300 - establishes controlled operations center for international commercial aviation interconnection at Tocumen airport.

Executive Decree No. 191 - creates the opportunity banking guarantee programme, with the purpose of facilitating access to credit for micro-enterprises in their start up stage or that are reinventing their operations.

30 July

Resolution No. 120-DG-DJ-AAC - extends the validity of cards issued by the Civil Aviation Security Directorate until 31 August 2020.

29 July

Cabinet Resolution No. 45 - modifies article 3 of cabinet resolution no. 11 of 13 March 2020.

Cabinet Decree No. 26 - authorises the signing of the trust agreement credit programme.

Resolution N ° DM-212-2020 - extends the validity of work permits that expired in July 2020.

Resolution AN No. 1091-ADM - suspends terms in all administrative processes and remedies processed at ASEP until 17 August 2020.

Agreement No. 289 - suspends the terms and work in the Third Criminal Court of the First Judicial Circuit of Panama, from 30 July 2020 to 9 August 2020.

Resolution No. DM-211-2020 - extends the validity of work permits that expired during the period of March to July 2020.

Cabinet Decree No. 25 - authorises the National Bank of Panama to issue debt securities in the international capital market.

28 July

Resolution No. OAL-103 - orders the closure of the Chiriquí Province Transit Court and the suspension of the terms in all ongoing administrative processes, from 30 July 2020 to 3 September 2020. All hearings will be rescheduled as of 4 September 2020.

Resolution No. 2324 - adopts and regulates the rules of conduct and guidelines for distance classes using a virtual methodology, in public and private educational centres in the country.

27 July

Resolution N ° 674 - approves and adopts pre-hospital care guidelines and interhospital transfer in ambulances of patients suspected of covid-19.

Executive Decree No. 874 - extends temporary suspension extension of construction industry activity.

Agreement No. 286 - suspends judicial terms in the Civil and Family Circuit Court and the Municipal Court of the Province of Bocas del Toro.

24 July

Resolution N ° 673 - establishes health control posts in the Los Santos province.

Resolution N ° 672 - authorises the reactivation, operation and mobilization of some commercial, industrial and service activities in Coclé, Herrera and Los Santos.

Resolution No. SMV-340-20 - orders the reestablishment of legal terms for administrative sanctioning procedures ordered by the superintendency.

23 July

Executive Decree No. 873 - establishes new curfew measures in the provinces of Bocas del Toro, Colón, Chiriquí.

Executive Decree N ° 364 - incentive regulations for investors in tourism companies established in article 9 of law 80 of 2012 modified by law 122 of 2019.

Agreement No. 285 - suspends the terms and the work in the Third Criminal Court Liquidator of the First Judicial Circuit of Panama.

21 July

Cabinet Decree No. 43 - approves a contribution to the western tariff fund (FTO) to compensate Empresa Distribución Eléctrica Chiriqui ́.

Cabinet Decree No. 42 - approves the addition of the tariff stabilization fund (FET) to compensate energy distribution companies.

Cabinet Decree No. 40 - authorises the Minister of Labor and Labor Development to propose to the National Assembly.

Cabinet Decree No. 39 - authorises the Minister of Commerce and Industries to propose to the National Assembly bill of law that modifies article 22-A law 33 norms to promote the creation and development of micro, small and medium enterprises.

Cabinet Decree No. 24 - adds sensitive products and modifies the national import tariff.

17 July

Executive Decree No. 869 - new measures for the curfew in the provinces of Panamá and Panamá-Oeste.

Resolution No. 109-DG-DJ-AAC - establishes certain partial in-person procedures for services in the directorate of air safety of the Civil Aviation Authority.

16 July

Resolution No. 201-4168 - modifies resolution no. 201-2401 of March 30, which extends the deadline for submitting certain reports to the General Directorate of Revenue.

Executive Decree No. 356 - modifies provisions of executive decree no. 251 of 24 March tax measures to alleviate the impact of covid-19.

Executive Decree No. 295 - declares 17 July 2020 as a day of national reflection and orders the national flag half-mast.

Resolution No. 201-4168 - extends the deadline for submitting the reports and tax compliance forms for the reporting periods of February, March and April 2020, until 31 July 2020.

Resolution No. 107-DG-DJ-AAC - extends the suspension of all international flights for an additional 30 days from 11:59 pm on 22 July 2020 (may be further extended by AAC resolution).

Resolution of the Board of Directors No. SBP-GJD-0007-2020 - establishes special and temporary considerations in relation to articles 36, 37 and 38 of Agreement No. 4-2013 on credit risk.

Agreement No. 008-2020 - modifies Articles 8 and 13 of agreement no. 3-2008 on the procedure for addressing claims before the superintendency.

15 July

Resolution No. DM-199-2020 - modifies resolution DM-163-2020 of 18 June 2020.

14 July

Cabinet Decree No. 38 - authorises the allocation of new financial resources to the Ministry of Health and the Social Security Fund to meet needs due to covid-19.

Cabinet Decree No. 37 - authorises the Minister of Economy and Finance to propose to the national assembly bill of law that modifies law 99 of October 11, 2019.

Cabinet Decree No. 36 - authorises the Minister of Economy and Finance to propose to the national assembly bill of law establishing tax amnesty for the emergency of covid-19.

Cabinet Decree No. 35 - authorises the Minister of Economy and Finance to propose a reform to the tax code to create a special tax regime.

Cabinet Decree No. 23 - authorises the signing of the trust agreement special stimulus fund for the banking system of Panama.

Agreement No. 007-2020 - banking entities will have until 31 December 2020 to reevaluate the credits of those debtors whose cash flow and ability to pay have been affected by the covid-19 situation.

13 July

Resolution No. 569 - modifies article 1 resolution no. 187 of March 17 exempting sanitary registration of hygiene products necessary to prevent covid-19.

Executive Decree No. 101 MINTRADEL - agreement to modify or temporarily reduce the working day.

Executive Decree No. 101 - converts the Tripartite Table of Dialogue for Labour Economy and Development into a Workday into a mandatory norm.

Administrative Resolution No. A-030-2020 – regulates Executive Decree No. 114 of 13 March 2020.

10 July

Executive Decree No. 867 - extends temporary suspension extension of construction industry activity due to covid-19.

9 July

Resolution No. 201-3858 - modifies resolution no. 201-2270 of 16 March 2020, to extend the suspension period of the administrative terms under the jurisdiction of the National Tax Authority until 31 July 2020.

Agreement No. 15-2020 - suspends judicial terms in the Administrative Tax Court from 17 March until 31 July 2020.

3 July

Ministry of Health Resolution No. 618 - modifies art. 1 Res Nº 492 vehicle restriction and curfew.

2 July

Executive Decree No. 849 - addition of articles to Decree No. 490 that regulates the Law on Medical Devices and related products.

Resolution No. 1089-ADM - suspends terms in all administrative processes and remedies processed at ASEP from 16 March 2020 to 31 July 2020, which may be extended.

1 July

Executive Decree No. 100 - extends the temporary suspension of the effects of employment contracts.

Law 156 – amends Bill 287, which was approved by the National Assembly on 18 June 2020 and was formally approved by the executive branch and enacted as Law 156 of 2020 on 30 June 2020.

29 June

Resolution No. 88-2020 - suspension of terms and procedures in the General Directorate of Labour.

Resolution No. OAL-100 - suspends the terms in all administrative processes in progress before the general directorate of the Traffic and Ground Transportation Authority and the traffic courts in the Province of Panama.

Resolution No. OAL-99 - extends the validity of certain driver's licenses.

26 June

Resolution No. FGC-046-20 – extends Resolution No. FGC-014-20 of 30 April 2020.

24 June

Executive Decree No. 840 - extends an extension of temporary suspension of the activity of the construction industry.

Resolution No. 33 -2020 - modifies regulation for the recognition of credits resulting from projects developed by Metro de Panamá, whose financing has been provided by the contractor itself and for the notification and registration of assignments of said credits and the collection management of said credits.

23 June

Executive Decree No. 162 - establishes that the Consumer Protection Authority shall supervise and punish those who fail to comply with Executive Decree No. 114 of 2020.

19 June

Resolution No. 574 - establishes the reactivation of activities related to the legal profession.

Resolution FGC-044-20 - suspends judicial terms for processes before the Auditor General and maintains the suspension of public services from 22 June 2020 until 26 June 2020.

18 June

Agreement No. 200 - establishes sanitary measures to prevent the spread of covid-19 in the judicial branch offices.

Resolution No. DM-163-2020 - The Ministry of Labor establishes certain administrative terms within the Ministry of Labor.

Executive Decree No. 730 – amends Executive Decree No. 507 and suspends of all terms within administrative processes followed in the different government institutions.

17 June

Resolution No. 012-2020 – extends Resolution No. 11-2020 which establishes requirements to authorise the production of hygiene products.

16 June

Agreement No. 241 - adopts sanitary measures to prevent the spread of covid-19 in the offices of the judicial branch.

Resolution No. 080-DG-DJ-AAC - extends the suspension of all international flights for an additional 30 days starting at 11:59 on June 22, 2020 (may be extended).

15 June

Agreement No. 194 - establishes sanitary measures to prevent the spread of covid-19 in the judicial branch offices.

Agreement No. 193 - establishes sanitary measures to prevent the spread of covid-19 in the judicial branch offices.

Resolution No. 162-2020 - The Ministry of Labor establishes the end of the suspension of certain administrative terms.

Resolution No. DM-161-2020 – The Ministry of Labor establishes the end of the suspension of certain administrative and judicial terms.

12 June

Executive Decree No. 475 - The Executive Branch calls the National Assembly to extraordinary sessions.

Board of Directors General Resolution No. SBP-GJD-0006-2020 - establishes that banks will temporarily provide Telered with the information related to clients included by the national government as beneficiaries in the plan “Panama Solidario” and keep bank accounts with a Clave debit card in such bank.

11 June

Resolution No. 509 - adopts measures to restrict movement in the country to prevent the spread of covid-19.

Resolution ADM No. 083-2020 - suspends legal terms for two weeks, which may be further extended, from 23 March to 21 June 2020.

10 June

Executive Decree No. 708 - declares list of drugs in critical shortages.

9 June

Resolution No. 476-2020-DG – suspends all judicial terms of coercive jurisdiction and administrative acts of the CSS, from 20 March 2020 until 21 June 2020 (may be further extended).

Resolution No. A-026-2020 – The Consumer Protection Authority establishes certain electronic processes before the Consumer Protection Authority.

Agreement No. 005-2020 - establishes certain measures to support micro and small businesses by modifying credits.

Cabinet Decree No. 19 – The Cabinet Council authorises the Republic of Panama to enter into a loan agreement to address the effects of the covid-19 pandemic.

Agreement No. 189 - suspends all judicial terms from 8 June until 21 June 2020, in the first, second, and third judicial circuits of Panama.

8 June

Agreement No. 186 – establishes certain measures to mitigate the effects of the covid-19 pandemic.

Executive Decree No. 693 – establishes the suspension of administrative terms due to measures taken by the national government to prevent the spread of covid-19.

Resolution No. AN 1082-ADM – suspends terms for all administrative proceedings before ASEP from 16 March 2020 until 22 June 2020.

Resolution No. 469 – The Ministry of Health establishes administrative process for quickly supplying consumables to combat the spread of covid-19.

Resolution No. 147 – extends Resolution No. 118 until 8 August 2020.

Resolution No. SBP-RG-0006-2020 – extends Resolution SBP-RG-0001-2020 for fifteen additional days, starting at 8:00 a.m. on 8 June 2020.

Resolution No. 27-2020 – extends Resolution No. 22-2020 of 8 April 2020.

6 June

Resolution No. 492 – establishes strict mobility measures to prevent the spread of covid-19.

5 June

Resolution No. 491 – establishes sanitary measures related to mobilisation to prevent the spread of covid-19 in different regions of the country.

Executive Decree No. 466 – adopts sanitary measures to prevent the spread of covid-19 in public sector offices.

4 June

Resolution No. 1421 – establishes inspection procedures to prevent the spread of covid-19.

3 June

Resolution No. 486 – establishes sanitary measures related to mobilisation to prevent the spread of covid-19 in different regions of the country.

2 June

Cabinet Decree No. 18 – authorises the execution of agreements to utilise resources against the spread of covid-19.

Resolution No. 201-3005 – amends Resolution No. 201-2270 to extend the suspension period for administrative terms of the National Tax Authority from 16 March until 30 June 2020.

1 June

General Directorate of Public Health - Resolution No. 1420 - orders the use of face masks throughout the territory of Panama.

Ministry of Health Resolution No. 457 - extends validity of offering certificates issued by the National Commission National Offering Registry by covid-19.

29 May

Executive Decree No. 644 - modifies articles of Executive Decree No. 507.

Resolution No. 453 - authorises the reactivation, operation and mobilisation of some activities.

Executive Decree No. 97 - extends temporary suspension of the effects of employment contracts.

Resolution No. 19 - suspends the terms in the administrative processes carried out in the Gaming Control Board, through the directorates and the executive secretariat from 18 March 2020 until 15 June 2020 (may be extended).

28 May

Ministerial Resolution No. 008-2020 – establishes economic measures to mitigate the effects of the covid-19 pandemic.

Resolution No. SBP-ADM-0015-2020 – subrogates Resolution No. SBP-ADM-012-2020.

25 May

Executive Decree No. 637 - extends temporary suspension of the activity of the construction industry.

Resolution DM-155-2020 - modifies articles DM-154-Health and Hygiene Committees.

Resolution No. 134 – extends Resolution No. 126 until 17 June 2020.

20 May

Resolution No. DM-154-2020 – establishes requirements for the reintegration of employees into the workplace post covid-19.

Resolution No. 201-2722 –  extends the deadline for submitting the reports and tax compliance forms for the reporting periods of February, March and April 2020, until 31 July 2020.

Resolution No. SBP-RG-0005-2020 – extends Resolution SBP-RG-0001-2020 until 7 June 2020.

Executive Decree No. 81 - Regulates numeral 8 article 199 of the Labour Code Temporary Suspension Labour Contracts.

19 May

Resolution No. DG-063-2020 – implements administrative measures to prevent the spread of covid-19 in the Public Registry’s offices.

18 May

Resolution ADM No. 070-2020 – extends suspension of legal terms until 7 June 2020.

15 May

Resolution No. FGC-026-20 - implements the use of technology and computerisation measures for judicial proceedings.

Resolution No. PA/DS-100-2020 - establishes transition and reorganisation measures in the Office of the Public Prosecutor because of the state of national emergency.

Executive Decree No. 96 - establishes special processes for the gradual reinstatement of work places.

Agreement No. 215-2020 – enacts measures to prevent the spread of covid-19 in the Judicial Branch offices.

Resolution AN No. 1080-ADM – amends Resolution No. 1077-ADM, which establishes the temporary procedure to receive, process, and decide on claims presented by consumers of the water, sewage, electricity, telecommunications, and paid television public services.

Resolution AN No. 1081-ADM – suspends terms in all administrative processes and remedies processed at ASEP until 8 June 2020.

Resolution No. FGC-29-20 – extends Resolution No. FGC-014-20 of 30 April 2020.

14 May

Resolution No. 067-2020-DG-DJ-AAC - establishes the extension of certain licenses issued by the AAC.

Resolution No. JD 047-2020 - establishes relief for those obliged to pay the anchoring fee for ships exceeding 500 tons.

13 May

Executive Decree No. 616 - establishes procedures to obtain certain licenses with the Ministry of Health that are required due to the national state of emergency.

Resolution No. 423 - establishes measures for the gradual lifting of the lockdown and reopening of certain industries.

Executive Decree No. 154 - suspends loan agreements with pledge guaranties with pawnshops.

12 May

Resolution No. 38 - establishes the possibility of electronic communication between financial companies and their clients, so that it has the same value as physical communications.

Cabinet Decree No. 17 - authorises Aeropuerto Internacional Tocumen to execute a line of credit agreement to mitigate the effects of the covid-19 pandemic.

Cabinet Decree No. 16 - authorises the Republic of Panama to execute a loan agreement to mitigate the effects of the covid-19 pandemic.

Resolution No. 035 - regulates the opening of certain commercial fishing operations.

11 May

Resolution No. 406 - establishes measures for the gradual lifting of the lockdown and opening of certain industries.

Resolution No. 405 - establishes measures to adopt a gradual lifting of the total lockdown in the country.

Resolution No. 019 - establishes the extension of certain permits issued by the Ministry of Public Security.

Resolution No. 053-2020 – authorises the financing plan for the farming industry of Panama.

Resolution No. 052-2020 – authorises the financing plan for the livestock industry of Panama.

Resolution No. 051-2020 – authorises the financing plan for the agriculture industry of Panama.

Resolution No. 18 - modifies the third article of Resolution No. 15.

8 May

Resolution No. 400 - establishes measures to restrict the movement of persons due to covid-19.

Executive Decree No. 612 - allows for the commercialisation of moderate quantities of alcoholic beverages.

Resolution No. 17 - establishes digital processes for obtaining certain licenses and permits from the Ministry of Health.

Resolution No. 130 – amends Resolution No. 126 of 4 May 2020.

7 May

Agreement No. 004-2020 - amends Article No. 5 of Agreement No. 002-2019, regarding the prevention of the misuse of banking services.

6 May

Resolution No. 011-2020 - establishes administrative suspensions of the presentation requirements for certain reports due to the covid-19 crisis.

Resolution No. 290 – extends Resolution No. 187 which establishes certain exemptions for sanitary registrations for hygiene products necessary to prevent covid-19 for as long as the National State of Emergency lasts.

5 May

Resolution No. 399 - authorises the operation of certain commercial establishments.

4 May

Law No. 152 - provides temporary relief to the public by temporarily suspending payment of certain public services.

Resolution No. 126 – extends Resolution No. 116 for 15 additional days, which may be further extended.

1 May

Executive Decree No. 145 - establishes temporary measures regarding leases and evictions during the national state of emergency.

30 April

Executive Decree No. 605 - authorises and regulates the entry and exit of humanitarian flights during the national state of emergency.

Resolution No. 395 - restricts mobility in the country, based on Executive Decree No. 507 of 2020.

Resolution No. 36 - establishes special processes for trademark registrations, to avoid the spread of covid-19 in DIGERPI offices.

Resolution No. 061-DG-DJ-AAC - establishes measures to prevent the spread of covid-19 in the Civil Aviation Authority’s offices.

Agreement No. 161 - establishes measures to prevent the judiciary’s offices from becoming a center for the spread of covid-19.

Resolution No. 23-2020 – extends Resolution No. 22-2020 of 8 April 2020.

Resolution No. FGC-014-20 - suspends judicial terms for processes before the Auditor General and maintains the suspension of services to the public.

29 April

Resolution No. 7051 - provides relief for foreigners with different kinds of temporary residency permits and visas within the country.

28 April

Municipal Agreement No. 80 - imposes sanctions and strict measures for the application of the national curfew decreed by the national government.

Ministry Resolution No. 006-2020 - establishes conditions for the issuance of treasury bills.

27 April

Resolution No. 201-2422 - facilitates the process for issuing and obtaining approved good standing certificates from the DGI during the national state of emergency.

Resolution No. DM-150-2020 - establishes communications between unions and companies to guarantee the best possible labour relations and working conditions.

Resolution JD No. 041-2020 - establishes administrative measures for the continuity of AMP’s services.

Resolution JD No. 040-2020 - establishes measures for users of the AMP’s services and to prevent the spread of covid-19 in the AMP’s offices.

24 April

Resolution No. ANATI/DAIG/121/2020 - provides certain incentives for rice producers in the province of Penonomé.

Resolution No. 34 - establishes protective measures for information on companies authorised to operate during the National State of Emergency and that issue transit certificates (“salvoconductos”).

Resolution No. 201-2420 - establishes certain processes and administrative suspensions and suspends terms established by Resolution No. 201-9108, related to the exclusive use of electronic multiple payment stubs by taxpayers and the national banking network to pay taxes.

Resolution No. 385 - restricts the movement of citizens in the country on 25 April 2020, except for health reasons, or to go to work, provided the person has the required documentation.

Resolution No. 16061-Elec - prohibits cancelling energy services without the prior consent from ASEP.

Executive Decree No. 548 – extends Executive Decree No. 506 of 24 March 2020.

23 April

Resolution No. SMV-JD-4-20 - temporarily establishes that regulated entities with license or registration issued by the SCM may present documents which require notarisation under current regulations via PDF and with the electronic signature of the signor.

Accord No. 5-2020 - amends dispositions of Regulations No. 5-2004, No. 4-2011 and No. 1-2015 regarding minimum required capital for brokerage houses, investment administrators, and investment advisors.

Resolution No. 4730 - establishes procedures to allow the voluntary temporary closure of gas stations nationwide.

22 April

Resolution No. 1077-ADM - establishes temporary administrative processes to avoid the spread of covid-19.

Resolution No. 4728 - adopts a temporary special process for the resolutions for permits and registrations issued under Cabinet Decree No. 36 in the Energy Secretariat’s offices.

Resolution ADM-059-2020 - establishes administrative measures for the continuity of AMP’s services.

21 April

Executive Decree No. 95 - extends the temporary suspension of labor contracts and makes other dispositions.

Executive Decree No. 541 - adopts new sanitation measures to reduce, mitigate, and control the spread of covid-19.

20 April

Resolution No. 201-2419 - notices of administrative acts issued by the National Tax Authority must now be issued to the email registered by taxpayers (RUC) in the e-Tax 2.0 system during the National State of Emergency.

Board of Directors Resolution No. SBP-GJD-005-2020 - temporarily amends article 2 of Regulation 3-2016, all assets rated in categories 7 and 8, whose adjustment is 125% and 150%, shall temporarily be adjusted under category 6, whose adjustment is 100%.ends asset adjustments by category.

Board of Directors Resolution No. SBP-GJD-004-2020 - recognises the validity of appraisal reports, due to difficulties in presenting them during the National State of Emergency.

Board of Directors Resolution No. SBP-GJD-003-2020 - extends the term to present required updates to the risk ratings under Regulation No. 2-2010.

Resolution No. 1078-ADM – suspends terms in all administrative processes and remedies processed at ASEP until 18 May 2020.

17 April

Resolution No. 27-2020 DNMySC - approves the instruction guide for voluntary donations to the “Panama Solidario” plan.

Resolution No. 31-2000 - permits complaints, requests, and reports to be presented via phone or email from Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Resolution No. PA/DS-097-2020 - establishes emails and other methods to present complaints, requests, and reports to the Public Ministry and the Attorney General’s Office.

Resolution No. 376 of Ministerio de Salud.

16 April

Resolution No. 109 - establishes electronic means for certain customs processes.

Executive Decree No. 534 – modifies Executive Decree No. 507.

Resolution No. 201-2418 – modifies Executive Decree No. 400.

Resolution ADM-056-2020 - establishes administrative measures for the continuity of AMP’s services.

15 April

Law No. 144 - amends and adds certain articles to Law 83 of 2012, regarding the use of electronic media for government processes.

Executive Decree No. 132 - temporarily suspends fishing activities for Panamanian flagged ships for interior service for shrimp, doncella, pajarita, anchoveta, arequne and orqueta.

14 April

Cabinet Decree No. 13 - authorises Panama to receive humanitarian aid to combat the outbreak of COVID-19.

Resolution No. 053-DG-DJ-AAC – extends Executive Decree No. 244.

13 April

Resolution 1170 - establishes a special procedure for the approval of publicity material by the Ministry of Health.

Resolution 373 - establishes certain expedited processes and protocols to prevent the outbreak of COVID-19.

11 April

Executive Decree No. 266 - establishes strict enforcement measures for sanctions for violating transit laws during the full quarantine.

9 April

Resolution No. 372 - adopts new measures to restrict the movement of citizens in the country.

Resolution No. 201-2416 - extends the term to present tax declarations until 15 July. 

8 April

Resolution No. JD-001-2020 - suspends payment of monthly rent for companies in the Colon Free Zone for April, May, and June 2020.

Resolution No. 22-2020 - establishes mechanisms to prevent the Caja de Ahorros offices from contributing to the spread of covid-19.

7 April

Cabinet Resolution No. 24 - provides that public servants may contribute to the “Panama Solidario” plan.

Resolution No. ADM-ARAP-31 - National Authority of Aquatic Resources.

Resolution No. PA-DS-096-2020 – health and occupational prevention measures adopted by Offices of the Attorney General. 

Municipal Decree No. 029-2020 – amends Municipal Decree No. 027-2020.

6 April

Resolution No. 15 - establishes a special process to grant medical licenses for healthcare professionals due to the health crisis caused by covid-19.

Resolution No. 369 - authorises mobilisation for autistic or persons on the autism spectrum to be outside during a specific timeframe.

Resolution No. 201-2406 - establishes certain measures for taxpayers who must use fiscal printers nationwide.

Resolution No. 019 - temporarily extends the validity of Operating Licenses issued by the National Directorate of Medical Equipment.

Resolution No. 123 – extends Resolution No. 116 of 23 March 2020 by 15 days.

Resolution No. 121 – Resolution No. 118 of 23 March 2020 until 7 June.

Resolution No. 280 - establishes measures to prevent the National Drugs and Pharmaceuticals Directorate from becoming a point of contagion for COVID-19.

3 April

Resolution No. 383-2020-DG - suspends fines, late fees, and interest for late payment of the monthly payroll statement of workers and salaries.

Executive Decree No. 257 - amends Executive Decree No. 553 and extablishes extension in payments of tax amnesty until 30 June.

Resolution No. SMV JD-3-20 - establishes measures for the Superintendence to continue operating and providing its services through electronic means.

Resolution No. SBP-RG-0002-2020 – Superintendente de Bancos.

Resolution No. SMV-142-20 - establishes mechanisms so the offices of the Superintendency of Capital Markets do not become a center for spreading COVID-19.

General Board of Directors Resolution SBP-GJD-0002-2020 - sets temporary guidelines for divulging client information to agencies or data processing offices for the “Panama Solidario” plan.

Resolution AN No. 1076-ADM – extends the suspension of terms in all administrative processes and remedies processed at ASEP until 30 April 2020.

2 April

Law No. 139 - adopts emergency measures to face the health crisis caused by covid-19.

Executive Decree No. 85 - amends Executive Decree No. 17 and adopts the modification to the working day.

Resolution No. 201-2402 - establishes certain measures for the Directorate to provide services electronically.

Executive Decree No. 86 – establishes temporary digital platforms to receive and deal with complaints and reports from workers for violations of their labor rights.

1 April

Resolution 6,518 - provides relief to foreigners with different temporary residency permits and visas within the territory of Panama.

Resolution No. ANATI-DAG-119-2020 – Autoridad Nacional de Administración de Tierras.

31 March

Cabinet Decree No 11 - suspends retaliatory measures imposed on Ecuador and certain Ecuadorian companies due to the State of Emergency.

Cabinet Decree No 12 - sets forth certain amendments to the National Import Tax to render import of consumables and certain goods more accessible.

Cabinet Resolution No 18 - increases the amount for contracting under the National Emergency clause established by Cabinet Resolution No 11 of 2020.

Cabinet Resolution No 19 - grants special authorisations to the MOP for contracting goods and services to mitigate the spread of covid-19.

Cabinet Resolution No 20 - amends Cabinet Resolution No 60 and establishes public financing measures to compensate for fees owed to ASEP.

Cabinet Resolution No. 21 - authorizes MIDA to contract goods and services to mitigate the spread of covid-19.

Resolution No. 277 - establishes mechanisms for the issuance of prescriptions and the dispensing of medicines in private pharmacies.

Cabinet Decree 10 - sets forth certain amendments to the National Import Tax to render import of consumables and certain goods more accessible.

Executive Decree No. 520 - establishes a special process to grant medical licenses due to the health crisis caused by covid-19.       

30 March

Resolution No. dm-147-2020 - suspends the legal terms in the processes and updates that are handled in the Directorate-General for Labor and in the Regional Directorates from 31 March to 30 April.

Resolution No. DM-148-2020 - extends the suspension of judicial terms in the Conciliation and Decision Boards throughout the National Territory from 30 March to 20 April.

Resolution No. DM-149-2020 - extends the validity of work permits for foreign workers.

Resolution No. 201-2401 - extends the deadline for submitting the reports and tax compliance forms.

Resolution No. 360 - establishes measures to restrict mobility of people.

Municipal Decree No. 028-2020 - establishes a special schedule for the Community Legal Assistance Centers.

Resolution No. 276 - establishes tools and measures to adopt temporary procedures for receiving, processing, evaluating and authorising requests.

27 March

Executive Decree No. 513 - modifies Executive Decree No. 507 and establishes the suspension of administrative terms at the national level.

Resolution No. 354 – establishes guideline in handling of corpses with suspicion or confirmation of covid-19.

Resolution No. OAL-150-ADM-2020 - establishes relief as to the term of health records for those who hold such records before MIDA.

Resolution No. OAL-151-ADM-2020 - suspends the procedures for the entry of registrations for new pesticides and fertilisers.

Resolution J.D. No. 030-2020 – establishes extension for the payment of fees and surcharges for licenses and permits in passenger transport service. 

Resolution J.D. No. 031-2020 – suspends surcharge on administrative concession contracts or provisional concession permits. 

Resolution J.D. No. 32-2020 – suspends payment of moorage fees for passenger ships at docks. 

Resolution No. 355 – extends the validity of Bidder Certificates issued by the CNO until 30 May. 

Resolution No. 1109 - provides an extension for the validity of documents for proceedings or filings with the regional health centers and the General Health Directorate. 

Executive Decree No. 400 - creates a government program called “Panama Solidario” to support persons affected by covid-19. 

Resolution No. 275 – establishes special procedures for the Pharmaceuticals and Drugs National Directorate. 

Resolution No. 1404-A – establishes measures to guarantee the provision of educational services in the Republic of Panama.

26 March 

Resolution No. SBP-ADM-012-2020 - establishes a customer service. 

Resolution No. 032-2020 - suspension of the terms and actions of any administrative process of the Panama Pacifico Agency. 

Resolution No. DG-060-2020 – establishes provisional measures in the usual registration services through electronic means eliminating certain formalities for the issuance of certificates of registration. 

Resolution No. 18 - extends the validity of company registries and certifications. 

25 March 

Resolution No. 53,960-202 - amends the procurement procedure in a state of emergency decreed by the Cabinet Council. 

Resolution No. 347 - authorises the reactivation of the operation, activity and mobilisation of companies for the project of rehabilitation of the Bridge of the Americas. 

Resolution No. 348 - authorises the reactivation of the operation, activity and mobilisation of companies for the project of the Modular Hospital covid-19. 

Resolution No. 1075-ADM - establishes an exceptional notification procedure for communications and acts of ASEP. 

Resolution No. ADM 053-2020 - suspends legal terms. 

Resolution No. ADM 054-2020 - establishes certain reliefs for the procedures for filing preliminary registrations in the Public Register of Ownership of Ships. 

Resolution No. 349 - provides tools to prevent the spread of covid-19 within health institutions and in public administration. 

Municipal Decree No. 027-2020 - establishes certain coercive measures and penalties for non-compliance with the national curfew/quarantine. 

Resolution No. 106-57-DGMM - establishes processes to present and follow up on applications electronically.

24 March 

Decree No. 23-2020-DNMySC - establishes control mechanisms for IDAAN procurement processes during the State of National Emergency. 

Executive Decree No. 506 – establishes temporary suspension of construction activities. 

Executive Decree No. 507 – extension of curfew period. 

Resolution No. 048 – suspension of domestic flights. 

Executive Decree No. 251 - adopts certain tax measures to alleviate the economic impact of the National State of Emergency. 

Resolution No. SMV-117 - suspends temporarily the attention of the public in SMV premises, and thus establishing an email address for the submission of formalities. 

Cabinet Resolution No. 16 - declares the Cabinet Council's approval of the measures taken by the Ministry of Health. 

Cabinet Resolution No. 17 - adopts administrative and fiscal measures for the dynamic restructuring of the General State Budget for the 2020 fiscal year. 

Resolution No. 106-56-DGM – extension of expiration of navigation permits or licenses. 

Municipal Decree No. 76 – provides extension in payment of taxes of the Municipality of Panama. 

Municipal Decree No. 026 -2020 - amends Municipal Decree No. 025-2020 and establishes measures restricting mobility in the territory of the district of Panama. 

Resolution No. 249 - establishes administrative measures to prevent the spread of covid-19 within the Ministry of Health offices. 

23 March 

Executive Decree No. 504 - establishes provisions on quarantine and/or isolation measures ordered to persons diagnosed with, or suspect to be positive in, covid-19. 

Executive Decree No. 505 – extends curfew period ordered in Executive Decree No. 490. 

Resolution No. 572-DGF - exempts certain departments of the Social Security Fund from the requirement to obtain prior authorisation. 

Resolution No. 116 - suspension of judicial, administrative and criminal terms of the National Customs Authority. 

Resolution No. 118 - streamlines the services provided by the National Customs Authority and approves a temporary procedure for the importation of goods. 

Administrative Resolution No. 111 - suspension of terms in all administrative processes that are processed before SENACYT. 

Resolution No. 17 – establishes extension of legal terms for administrative proceedings of the Architecture and Engineering Technical Board. 

20 March 

Executive Decree No. 500 – temporary closure of commercial establishments and companies. 

Executive Decree No. 81 - establishes measures regarding the suspension of the effects of employment agreements. 

Agreement No. 3-2020 - establishes a temporary special procedure to submit modifications to the terms of the securities recorded in the SMV. 

Law No. 134 - permits the suspension of the application of taxes at the national level in case of legally declared states of emergency. 

Resolution No. A-018-2020 - temporarily enables the electronic presentation of defenses within the investigative process of economic agents. 

Resolution No. 115 - authorises the implementation of the temporary procedure for sending, receiving and document verification prior to the entry of goods into the customs territory. 

Resolution No. MEF-RES-2020-1127 - specialised hygiene committee is set up to prevent the spread and contagion of covid-19 within the Ministry of Economy and Finance. 

Resolution No. 201-2352 - amends Resolution No. 201-2270 and extends the period of suspension of the administrative terms competence of the Directorate-General for Revenue. 

19 March 

Executive Decree No. 499 - establishes epidemic zones subject to health control. 

Executive Decree No. 244 - suspends all international flights for 30 days from 22 March. 

Resolution No. DG-SSRP-010 – establishes measures to mitigate the possible contagion of covid-19 in the SSRP and provides certain reliefs to insurance brokers. 

Resolution No. DG-SSRP-011 – extension of deadline for the submission of information of regulated entities until 31 May. 

Resolution No. FG-58-2020 - prevents Public Registry Offices from being a center of propagation of covid-19. 

Resolution No. 882-2020-D.G. - suspends the judicial terms of compulsory jurisdiction and the terms of all CSS administrative proceedings from 20 March to 15 April. 

Resolution No.087 – suspends legal terms of all administrative processes that are brought before any MIDES office for two weeks.             

Decree No. 22-2020-DNMySC – sets out for the control of contracts carried out by ETESA under the State of National Emergency. 

Resolution No. 114 - permits the temporary electronic filing of documents with the National Customs Authority. 

Resolution No. ADM/ARAP-28 – extension in suspension of fishing licenses. 

Resolution No. ADM/ARAP-29 - provides certain extensions and suspensions to prevent ARAP offices in context of covid-19 health alert. 

Resolution No. ADM/ARAP-30 – establishes extension of expiration in providing interior service fishing licenses until 31 May. 

18 March 

Resolution No. 329 - establishes a “Written Informed Consent” form for the treatment or administration of medicines for patients affected by covid-19. 

General Resolution SMV No. JD-2-20 - establishes the need to implement special measures in regulated institutions, within the stock market. 

Resolution No. 31 - urges financial firms to take exceptional and temporary measures to collect credit obligations with their debtors. 

Cabinet Decree No. 8 - authorises the subscription of the Non-Refundable Financial Cooperation Agreement between the BCIE and the Republic of Panama. 

Cabinet Decree No. 7 - establishes special and exceptional tariff measures. 

Resolution No. DG-056-5050 - prevents Public Registry Offices from being a center of propagation of covid-19. 

Resolution No. DM-0127-2020 - suspends terms in all administrative processes and remedies processed at ASEP from 19 March to 3 April. 

Resolution No. 4 - provides that the offices of the Public Ministry at the national level shall operate from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. from 19 March to 30 March. 

Resolution No. 18 - suspends the terms in the administrative processes carried out in the Gaming Control Board from 18 March to 7 April. 

Resolution SBP-RG-0001-2020 - suspension of administrative procedural terms from 19 March to next 15 days. 

Resolution No. 002-FGE-DS - suspends judicial terms within electoral and judicial administrative processes and procedures that pre-empt the FGE for a period of 15 working days. 

Resolution No. AN-1073-ADM - establishes measures to safeguard the public interest and ensure that public services are provided efficiently, continuously and uninterruptedly. 

17 March 

Resolution No. 187 - establishes certain exemptions for sanitary registrations for hygiene products necessary to prevent covid-19. 

Executive Decree No. 490 – establishes extreme measures on controls and surveillance. 

Cabinet Decree No. 6 – establishes authorization in issuance of bonds by the Republic of Panama for up to $3000 million. 

Agreement No. 67 – establishes extension for the filing of the annual declaration by taxpayers until 30 April. 

Executive Decree No. 378 - establishes obligations to prevent the spread of covid-19 in public institutions. 

Resolution No. 039-DG-DJ-AAC - suspends the terms in all administrative processes and remedies processed at AAC from 18 March to 31 March. 

Resolution PA/DS-094-2020 – adoption of health and occupational prevention measures by the offices of Attorney General. 

Resolution No. 4709 – establishes preventive measures to ensure the efficient, continuous and uninterrupted provision of electricity and fuel utilities. 

16 March 

Executive Decree No. 489 – establishes temporary closure of places involving in crowds of people.    

Resolution No. DM-136-2020 - Ministry of Labor facilities establishes measures to prevent the spread of covid-19. 

Resolution No. DM-137-2020 – establishes a protocol to preserve occupational hygiene and health for covid-19 prevention in working facilities. 

Executive Decree No. 78 - establishes measures to prevent the spread of covid-19 in the private sector. 

Executive Decree No. 217 – establishes measure to control immigration movement through restrictions on the arrival of foreigners. 

Resolution No. 5839 – regulates Executive Decree No. 217 and establishes measure to control immigration movement through restrictions on the arrival of foreigners. 

Resolution No. 110 - establishes control and prevention measures for drivers of land cargo. 

Resolution No. 040-DG-DJ-AAC - establishes the suspension of operations of international flights. 

Agreement No. 02-2020 – establishes regulatory requirements on credit risk. 

Resolution No. 154-2020 - suspends terms for administrative proceedings from 16 March 16 to 30 March. 

Municipal Decree No. 024-2020 – establishes extreme temporary measures to contain covid-19 outbreak. 

Resolution No. 201-2270 - prevents offices of the General Tax Directorate from being a center of propagation of covid-19. 

Resolution No. ANATI/DAG/116 - suspends the terms for the filing, and submission of applications, resources and administrative actions in the various processes and procedures that are the responsibility of the National Land Administration Authority indefinitely. 

Agreement No. 06-2020 - suspends court terms within the TAT from 17 March to 7 April. 

14 March 

Executive Decree No. 241 – suspends flights from Europe and Asia for a period of 30 days from 15 March. 

13 March 

Executive Decree No. 472 – establishes extreme sanitary measures due to the increase in cases of covid-19. 

Executive Decree No. 71 - establishes the need to apply the content of Article 159 of the Labor Code regarding the modification of working hours. 

Resolution No. 5731 - extends the validity of residence permits which expire from 13 March for a period of 15 days. 

Executive Decree No. 114 – establishes measures to avoid price increases on sanitary products. 

Resolution No. 11 - decrees the State of National Emergency as established in Article 79 of Law 22 of 2006 on Public Procurement. 

Resolution DM-135 - suspends judicial terms at the Directorate-General of Labor from 16 March to 30 March. 

Resolution No. AN-1072-ADM - suspends terms in all administrative processes and remedies processed at ASEP from 16 March to 30 April. 

Resolution 201-2222 – establishes procedures for exemptions from real estate tax. 

Agreement No. 146 - suspends terms in the judicial activities from 16 March to 9 April. 

Resolution DM-134 - suspends the terms of the Conciliation and Decision Boards from 16 March to 30 March. 

Resolution No. 509-A - establishes procedures for the control of the Comptroller in the selection processes of State of Emergency contractor under Law 22 of 2006. 

Resolution No. 509-B - establishes the mechanism for the submission of compliance bonds in the selection processes of State of Emergency contractor under Article 79 of Law 22 of 2006. 

Resolution No. 509-C - establishes the mechanism for the submission of compliance bonds in contractor selection processes in an exceptional manner for emergency reasons set out in Article 73 of Law 22 of 2006. 

11 March 

Resolution No. 181 - establishes certain exemptions for sanitary registration for hygiene products necessary to prevent covid-19. 

2 March 

Resolution No. 233 – creates multi-disciplinary commission to advice on covid-19 health alert. 

18 February

Law No. 126 - establishes and regulates telework in the Republic of Panama and modifies an article of the Labour Code.

13 February 

Resolution No. 177 - approves the “Written Informed Consent” form for individuals entering the national territory. 

28 January 

Executive Decree No. 64 – establishes urgent measures to contain possible spread of covid-19. 

Resolution No. 6 - declares covid-19 a high-risk threat to the Republic of Panama. 

23 January 

Resolution No. 75 - activates the Health Emergency Operations Centre within the framework of the International Health Alert declared by PAHO/WHO in connection with the covid-19 outbreak.