May 20. The continued resurgence of Covid-19 in Colombia has led Panama’s to announce a temporary closure of its border with Colombia beginning on May 20th to prevent the spread of COVID-19 from that nation. This at a time that Colombia actually reopened land and maritime crossings with Panama.
Panama’s government said Colombia’s decision to reopen the borders “puts at risk the significant progress” that Panama made to control the COVID-19 pandemic and border security.
“The national government has determined to temporarily suspend the entry into the national territory by land, sea and river routes of any person coming from the border with the Republic of Colombia, as of May 20, 2021,” the foreign ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.
Colombia on Wednesday reopened its land, river and sea borders with Brazil, Ecuador, Peru and Panama, which had been closed since March 17, 2020, its government said.
Panama has recorded 372,221 cases of coronavirus and 6,305 deaths, according to government data.