An important event is coming up in Panama on April 10 & 11, 2105, Summit of the Americas (Cumbre de las Americas), where “the heads of state and government of the Western Hemisphere discuss common policy issues, affirm shared values and commit to concerted actions at the national and regional level to address continuing and new challenges faced in the Americas.” This is the 7th year the summit is being held and the first time Panama will be hosting it.

Year # Dates Country City Host leader
1994 [3] 1st December 9–11 United States United States[4] Miami Bill Clinton
1998 2nd April 18–19 Chile Chile[5] Santiago Eduardo Frei Ruiz-Tagle
2001 3rd April 20–22 Canada Canada[6] Quebec City Jean Chrétien
2005 4th November 4–5 Argentina Argentina[7] Mar del Plata Néstor Kirchner
2009 5th April 17–19 Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago[8] Port-of-Spain Patrick Manning
2012 6th April 14–15 Colombia Colombia[9] Cartagena Juan Manuel Santos Calderón
2015 7th April 10–11 Panama Panama[10] Panama City Juan Carlos Varela

 Wikipedia: Summit of the Americas

Extreme security measures are being implemented

The event is being held at the Atlapa Convention Center in Panama City’s San Francisco neighborhood and extreme security measures are being implemented since world leads like Barack Obama will be attending the event. Residents in the surrounding blocks of Atlapa will be required to show a special ID to enter and several major roads will be completely closed from April 9 – 12.

Know which roads will be closed

This summit is going to be hell for drivers in Panama because several of the main roads in the city are going to be shut down. Here’s what you need to know:

– April 9 from 12pm – April 12 at 6pm: Partial closing of Corredor Sur, Cinta Costera, Avenida Balboa and Vía Interamericana from Panamá Pacifico to Panamá.


– April 9 from 12am – April 12 at 9pm: Streets with access to vía Israel will be closed, from Calle 68 Este, to vía Cincuentenario.


– April 10 from 6am – 7pm: Calle 50 will totally be closed, the section between Federico Boyd and Calle 56 Este.


– April 10 from 4pm – April 11 at 12am: Vía Cincuentenario will totally be closed, from the entrance to Chanis until Atlapa.


Days off work

In order to help alleviate the traffic that would normally ensue Panama City into chaos with these road closings, the government announced that:

April 10 & 11: Business in the private sectors of the Panama and San Miguelito districts will be off work.

April 9 – 11: Public offices will be off work from April 9 at noon to April 11.

April 9 & 10: All schools will be closed.

The only businesses that will be open during these days are hospitals, restaurants & bars, airports, supermarkets, and malls.

For anyone living in the affected areas with road closings this would be a great weekend to use the days off work to get out of the city and come back once roads reopen.


I'm Joey, a guy from Louisville, Kentucky that packed up and studied abroad in Panamá at the age of 20 and haven't moved back since. What started as a semester trip to Panamá has turned into 7+ years of living in Latin America and becoming a full-time travel blogger. Follow me on Instagram @joeybonura for more updates on my life abroad!

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