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  • Extraordinary C-19 Call log 2020-03-28
  • PANAMA – how to figure things out
  • Panama Logistics – Considerations
  • Picture of the Week – active boat quarantine pictures
  • Zihuatanejo, MX
  • Marina Pez Vela, Quepos, CR
  • Mazatlan, MX
  • Marina Puesta del Sol – Nicaragua
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“I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship.”

Louisa May Alcott

1) COUNTRY UPDATES

Mexico     848 cases 16 †  

Mexico  – vessels can enter and exit in both ports Ensenada & Chiapas
Marina Coral / Ensenada can also drive across the border (US) as they have commercial license plates and pick up and drop off crew.

Mexico has implemented temperature-screening measures at some of its airports.  Passengers with abnormal temperatures and travel to high-risk areas might be subject to additional health screening.

Guatemala    34 cases 1 † 



Guatemala
– full lock down – no entry permitted  – Curfew extended to April 28th 

        
The U.S. Embassy has now individually notified all confirmed travelers for the State Department charter flights departing from Guatemala City to Dallas-Ft. Worth (DFW) airport on Saturday, March 28th and Monday, March 30th.  These flights are now fully booked.
There are two additional State Department charter flights scheduled for Tuesday, March 31st. The U.S. Embassy will notify confirmed passengers by Monday, March 30th if they are confirmed for the Tuesday, March 31st flights. 



El Salvador    24 cases   0 †    
El Salvador – full lock down – no entry permitted 

 
Humanitarian Flights
* Saturday, March 28 – Houston, TX (IAH)
* Sunday, March 29 – Houston, TX (IAH)
* Monday, March 30 – Washington, D.C. (IAD)
* Tuesday, March 31 – Los Angeles, CA (LAX)

Honduras    110 cases   2 † 


Honduras – full lock down – no entry permitted 



Nicaragua    4 cases   1

Nicaragua – Check in with Marina Puesta del sol 2 days ahead of time
– they will coordinate to send a health inspector out – after which customs, immigration will clear you in 


Costa Rica    295 cases   2
Costa Rica – full lock down – no entry permitted 
- exit not possible due to lack of staffing at govt offices



Panama    901 cases  17
Panama –  no entry permitted   14 day quarantine has been obtained by some in internal movements
– curfew w 1 hour movement x day for mots with 30 minutes based on ID number – no alcohol sales – 



Total lock down.

“Tue, 03/24/2020 – 18:20
The President of the Republic announced this Tuesday, March 24, that the total quarantine (for 24 hours) will be implemented from tomorrow, from 5:00 in the morning.

“As a government, our responsibility is to preserve the health and integrity of Panamanians at all costs. As of 5:01 am on Wednesday, March 25, I declare total quarantine in the national territory indefinitely, with exceptions,” Cortizo.”

People will be allowed out based on the last number of their national id, resident visa or passport. Details to be released shortly.

Planned Military Repatriation Flights (US)
The Embassy is working on two evacuation options via military flights for those U.S. Citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs) accompanying U.S. citizen family members wishing to depart Panama. There are no guarantees of these flights or the space available.
There are two U.S. military air flights scheduled for April 2 and 4 with a limited number of seats available; we are in the process of notifying individuals who have already expressed interest in being evacuated from Panama about these flights. 

* April 2, departing Panama Pacifico at 9:05 p.m. and arriving Eglin Air Force Base, Fort Walton Beach, FL, to arrive 1:15 a.m. April 3.
* April 4, departing Panama Pacifico at 4:53 p.m. and arriving Goodfellow Air Force Base, San Angelo, TX, to arrive 8:43 p.m.
Requirements, restrictions, and helpful information:
* The flights are restricted to U.S. citizens and LPRs accompanying U.S. citizen family members.  All passengers must be in possession of a valid U.S. passport or I-551 (green card) in order to qualify for a flight.


FRENCH POLYNESIA 30 cases   0
– IS SHUT DOWN / CLOSED 




Colombia 608 cases   6
– IS SHUT DOWN
Colombia orders 19-day nationwide quarantine




Ecuador 1,823 cases   48
Is Shut Down 




USA 124,683 cases   2237
Entry for US vessels only

U.S. Citizen Travelers:

Enroll for alerts at step.state.gov.
In Case of Emergency: Call 1-888-407-4747 (U.S./Canada); +1-202-501-4444 (overseas);
or contact the nearest embassy: go.usa.gov/xduQM

CANADA 5,655 cases   63


Dear Canadian,

You are receiving this email because you are registered with the Government of Canada’s Registration of Canadians Abroad (ROCA) service. This notice is to ensure you were informed about the quickly evolving situation related to the Corona Virus (COVID-19).

Panama airspace is closed and there are no new evacuation flights being planned at this time. However our Embassy is preparing a list of Canadians in seeking evacuation to notify them should a flight become available in the future.

To have your name placed on this list, we kindly ask you to please provide the following information for our list if you wish to be notified in case of an available flight:

1. Full name:
2. Valid passport number:
3. Date of birth:
4. Current location in Panama:
5. Telephone number:
6. Transportation means if a flight becomes available:
7. Number of people in group:

The above information is needed for each member of your group. This message is not intended as a guarantee of a flight but the Embassy will do what we can.

Please share the link to register on the ROCA to any Canadians you may be aware of who are still in country
https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/registration

Best regards,

Lilly Nicholls,
Canadian Ambassador in Panama

any one has any additions to this please let us now

2) Extraordinary C-19 Call log 2020-03-28

NUMBERNAMELOCATIONSTAY IN PLACEMOVE ON TO LOGISTICAL ISSUES
1BAJA FOGBarrashelter inplace 
maybe fly back 
John & Monique
2ANGELIQUE OF VANCOUVER



Mike & Jacquie
3TALIESIN ROSEPuesta del sol 

no restrictions
Victoria & Rowan
4THISLDU



Garrett & Audrey
5LUNA



Bob & Kris
6KAI LANI



John
7EIONE



Darrin & Linda
8APHRODITE



Thomas & Mike
9CARINTHIA



Dietmar & Suzanne
10SEAGLUBSan Jose del Cabo

airport to PV car to ferrry downtown everyting is closed local restaurants are open 1/2 tables 
Chris
11BONZER



Michael & Vicki
12JEAN ANNEhuatulco 
banderas lu
Steve & Chelsea
13SINGULARITYvista mar shelter in place inde

Robert & Carol
14SLOW DANCER



Dale & Kenneth
15ELAN



Paul
16 ©ENJOY



Don & Nina
17AVALON



Rick & Karen
18PERSPECTIVE



Brad, Sarah & Sydney
19  © KNOT RIGHTvista mar stay in place 
play it by ear 
Walt & Jeariene
20 © COMPROMISEChiappas 
Huatulconon
Ronald & Karen
21BLOOM



Jason & Lisa
22DUE WEST



Kirk & Heidi
23TOP CIDER



Chuck & Sharon
24RAIREVA



Marek
25HALF MOON



Brain & Elizabeth
26MADELEINE



Huibert & Maaike
27ANGELIQUE



Dan & Angela
28JO



Phillip Jay & Kelley
29DELTA SWIZZLERSantiago bay 9 other bay stay i stay in the area 

Mark & Cindy
30FIREFLY



Brenda & Ted
31 ©EL GATO



Eric & Annie
32 © MORNING STAR



David, Stella & …
33LITHA



Justin, Kimberly and Crew
34ONE LIFEbarraShelter in Place

Doug & Mary
35  ©FOOTLOOSE



Michael & Lisa
36  ©KOKOPELLI



Karen & Ron
37WISHLIST



Chris
38ANGELIQUE II



Brian & Hiromi
39HUMAN HOLIDAY



Alan & Robin
40AVANTshelter bay in canada – vancouver 
keep an eye out on colon
Rob & Debra
41ANDANTE



Kevin
42 ©ROCINANTE



Bill & Lisanne
43RHAPSODYvista shelter shelter place

Sarah & Bob
44 © MAKANI



Frederic
45 ©  XENIA



Tara & Mike
46SINGLE D



Tod & Donna
47WIND SWEPT



Scott & Jan
48 ©DENOVO



Andre, Naomi & crew
49SIRENA



Greg
50ANDURIL



Alice & Greg
51GREEN FLASHVista Mar sheltering in place 
watching repatriation  flights
Bob & Joan
52BONZAIIsla Mujeres Cancunsheltering in place jumping to florida 24 q dock jumping to florida
Don
53GARGOYLE



Kevin & Carla
54STAND DOWNVista Mar sheltering in place 
watching repatriation flights legfal to consume drink 
Richard & Nancy
55SONAMARARed frog marinashelter in place 
curfew – marina is on lock down 
Louis & Patrice
56NAMAHANA



Curtis & Jill                          
57ANTIPODES



Ian & Aldo
58KATHLEEN



Robert & Karen
59RAVEN



Neil, Tammy, & Jan
60BLUE OASIS



Barry & Kathy
61  ©WILDEST DREAMSAnchored in Golfito stay in place – or head back to mexico 
deciding – no zarpes – banana bay – shut down april 12 th 
Grant & Michelle
62SHEARWATER



Pati & Eric
63SECOND WIND



Laurin
64SECRET WATER



Annie & Chris & Crew
65WOODWIND 1



Brian & Tracy
66PARADISE



Sid & Manuela
67CHIMERA



Dennis & Margaret
68KACHINA



Robert
69ALIZANN



Martin & Suzanne
70FLOATING STONESBahama oster island west coast sitting 

Bryan & Cheryl
71MOONRISE



Stephen & Ana Veronica
72KOUMBA BANG



Abdoulaye
73ENTERPRISE III



Martin & Elzane
74MAISON DE SANTEbarra sheltering in place

Keenan & Nicole
75BELLA SIRENA



Bryon
76ISLAND DRIFTER



Ken
77EURYBIA



Marie & Jon
78SALPARE



Jeff & Fran
79DESTINATION



Chris & Anne
80DAD’S DREAM



Rick & Brenda
81AY CARAMBA !



Juan & Michelle
82BULA



Kenny & Cari
83SKY POND



Carl & Roxy
84VENTURE LIBRE



Shane & Karen
85FOLLOW YOU FOLLOW ME



Allan & Rina
86CONTEXT



John
87EL GATO



Jules & Jeff
88  ©SEA LARKS



Jeffrey & Paula
89QUE SERA



Rick & Mary
90QUEST



Daniel
91DANCES WITH WINDS



Eric & Ana
92BAIT ‘N SWITCH III



John & Laurie
93PASEO



Nan & Doug
94  ©MARIAH



Trish & John
95WAVE DANCER



Vladimir & Galinda
96MALOLO



Matt & Britt
97YOSHAN



Nate
98DOUBLE DEUCE




Ron & Karen


99HO’OKIPABarrastay in place


Lisa & Lucky


100VOLAREhuatulco 

no issues – some stores closed 

Jessica & Adam

101  © KIANGA



Beat & Daniela
102CELESTIAL



Scott & Donna
103LILIPAD



Bruce & Kirk
104 ©MIDNIGHT BREEZE



Richard & Caroline
105SALISH DRAGON



Steve & Tracey
106CAYUSE



Brent & Jill
107CYCLADES



Daniel
108 ©SEDNA VI



Ken & Cheryl
109JOY



Jeff & Roxanne
110KARVI



Dan & Nancy
111SEAQUEL



Michael
112 ©SALTAIR 3



Brad, Krista & Cole
113 ©TAKMOANA



Gary & (Wendy) Louise
114STRAY CAT



Derick & Barb
115NOETA



Patrick & Alexa
116SOUTHERN CROSS III



Stephen & Janet
117PILIALOHA



Rick & Maria
118BELLE VIE



Benjamin,Andrea & Emma
119 ©TRANCE



Dan & Marlene
120SANNA



Dave & Marie
121ANKYRIOSBarra 
decision next wek 
Dennis, Brandy & Crew
122HERITAGE



Thomas
123EPIPHANY



Bill and Julianne
124  ©INDEPENDENCE




Larry & Jamie
125LILY ROWAN



Jim & Zyanya
126EVIE



Joel, Ane & Crew
127SHAZAM



Jeanette & Neill
128 ©AMANDLA



Lisa & Captain Fabio



129 ©NESHUMA



Carl & Cynthia
130SIMPLIFY



Randy & Marina
131MAR Y SOL



Bob & Marisol
132IMPOSSIBLE DREAM



Tom & Gale
133BIG CITY FISH



Rick & Linda
134DOTTIE SUE



Bobbie, Neil & Chuck
135 ©TIVOLI



Judy and Torben
136 ©TRYST



Tony and Michelle
137 ©EMMY KATE



Eric and Sharon
138BLESSED LIFEcosta rica pez velashelter in place panamaall open – slowed down – 
Bob and Margie
139 ©FALKOR 4.2



Patrick, Sherrie & Crew
140 ©FIRST LIGHT



Don & Julie
141  NAUTILUS



Michele & Randy
142 ©AZAYA



Riley, Sharon & Crew
143 © SEA GLASS



Chris
144  ©ELSKA



Ben & Mary Jane
145 ©ZOE



Sergio & Gemma
146ROSA-LEE



Gary
147 GRASSHOPPER



Jeffrey & Cheri
148 ©ELEVEN 11



Tim, Kim &
149 ©MOIRA



Nick, Gema & crew
150MILAGRO



Robert & crew
151ROSA DOS VENTOS



Ted & Barbara
152 ©SUSIMIbarra laggoon 
puerto penasaco enjoy call
Paul & Hazel
153ALTERÉ



Terrence
154YAHTZEE



Andy & Jill
155 ©LEILANI



Richard & Tracy
156 ©EVOLIAS



Warren & Erica
157SOL GOOD



Jeff
158TIDAL DANCER



Dan & Ella
159 ©DEVINE DESTINY



Bruce & Barbara
160 ©TOUCHÉ



Judith & Haakon
161 © SPREZZATURA



Eric
162 ©CHELSEA KRU



Charles
163 © LORIEN



Julie & Chris
164 ©KJALOHA



Jürg & Catherine
165 ©AD ASTRA



Erik & Daniela
166 ©MANUREVA



Jon
167 ©ZARZAGAN



Paul Antoine & Monique
168CONVERGENCE



Randy
169 ©WOLFHOUND



Steven, Louise & Sam
170 ©BAD BUNNY



John & Hye
171GenMChamela Bay 

local relaxed once a week – back 
Marvin and Laurie
172 ©AMEKAYA



Maris and Linda
173 ©BISOUBocas del Toro stay in place
curfew 
Robin and Tad
174ARROWbahia tenecatitia
bahia chamela 12 boats here calm quiet in la manzanilla
Maurisa & Mike
175VAGABUNDO DOSZihuatenjo 
papanoa heading south  chiappas 
Grant & Donna
176REEF DANCERBarra shelter in palcae

Jerry & Debra

3) PANAMA – how to figure things out

How to figure out what the he11 is going on

A rough guide by Rob on Avant

I have been pretty diligent at finding and sharing information with the group. Now that we’re back in Canada, I will slow down on my information gathering and sharing. I appreciate the many private messages thanking me for my efforts and thought that I would prepare a rough guide on how I did it so others can step in (and step up).

1. Download and install google’s chrome browser (it auto translates from source languages to your language if it has adequate bandwidth).
2. Find and bookmark links to reliable information in the chrome browser. In Panama, I used la prensa ( https://www.prensa.com ), metro libre (https://www.metrolibre.com/ ), and tele metro ( https://www.telemetro.com/ ). These are (near as I could figure) the three leading reliable news sources in Panama. There will be other local sources in other countries, seek them out. Check them about a couple of times a day. In Panama, the best times are about lunch time and at the end of the day (about 1930). The government seems to schedule press conferences for the end of the day, so that’s when you get the most news. English language expat focussed news sites tend to be both late and light on their coverage.
3. Create a google search for “Panama coronavirus” (or other country as appropriate). Select ‘news’, and under ‘search tools’ select ‘last 24 hours’. Use this search and refresh the page a couple of times a day. 
4. Use Facebook. Search for Panama (or other country) groups (Panama expats, Americans in Panama, Canadians in Panama, Panama cruisers, various embassies in Panama, etc.) and join them. Note the ones you join and visit the pages regularly. All the news will not necessarily show up in your feed.
5. Register with your embassy. If possible, register with other embassies (USA and UK in particular) for email updates. Register with your government’s program for citizens abroad so they push out emails to you. Remember to check your junk mail folder in case stuff they send you lands there. Like and follow their Facebook pages and Twitter accounts as well.
6. Find the locals and local expats who are ‘connected’ and make sure you touch base with them frequently (whether by WhatsApp, face to face, whatever). They often know stuff and don’t share because they’re busy. In shelter bay, that’s Juanjo, elsewhere I don’t know.
7. visit noonsite ( https://www.noonsite.com ) and join it/ create an account. Usually not as up to date as this group, but good for information on nearby areas, where we don’t have Posse ‘feet on the street’.

Then, when you find something out that’s real (as opposed to rumour) and useful, SHARE IT HERE, and SHARE IT ON NOONSITE. Here for obvious reasons, on noonsite because it’s a primary source of information for cruisers coming into this area from elsewhere who aren’t in the Posse yet.


Panama Curfew

Panama lock down mechanics: you get an hour, plus 30 min on each side for travel.



Departure time per person:

If the ID ends at 7: you can leave at 7:00 am
If the ID ends at 8: you can leave at 8:00 am
If the ID ends at 9: you can leave at 9:00 am
If the ID ends at 0: you can leave at 10:00 am
If the ID ends at 1: you can leave at 1:00 pm
If the ID ends at 2: you can leave at 2:00 pm
If the ID ends at 3: you can leave at 3:00 pm
If the ID ends at 4: you can leave at 4:00 pm
If the ID ends at 5: you can leave at 5:00 pm
If the ID ends at 6: you can leave at 6:00 pm
All adults over 60 years of age, regardless of their ID number, may make their purchases between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm

According to the authorities, each citizen will be allowed to leave 30 minutes before their corresponding time and arrive at their residence 30 minutes later, this means that each person has one hour of mobility, plus an additional hour.

Everybody stay safe and healthy!


Debra
Rob

Rob & Deb AVANT

4) Panama Logistics – Considerations

Everyone should be made aware of several cases down here.  It may affect decisions.

1. A Canadian citizen and his wife were cruising.  He needed to go back to Canada to work for a couple months but they’re trying to save money so they decided that she would stay on the boat at anchor in Boca Chica.  Two problems.  Panama closed the airport to international travel with very short notice and he couldn’t join her. She’s a German citizen and they’re only common-law married, so even if Canada made available an evac flight, she couldn’t get on it.

2. A different German citizen wanted to catch the German evac flight to Germany.  He thought he had done everything correctly but then the local airport closed to commuter flights and he had to rent a car to get to the main airport. But he didn’t count on needing extra time to get through the road blocks enacted at the provincial borders and wasn’t able to make the evac flight.

3. A sailor who is crewing on boats thought they had a position and traveled to Panama City.  When that gig fell through, they had to spend over 10 hours with the police to get back to Vista Mar because the government was restricting all travel from the capitol city to the outer provinces.

It’s easy to say in hindsight that they should have done this or that but sometimes events override our plans.

The point of these explanations is that even if you think you’re being prudent, it’s best to make decisions VERY early and allow as much time as possible.  If you think that you can wait until the last minute, you may have the rug pulled out from under you by fast moving events.

Bob
Carol

Bob & Carol
SINGUALIRTY

Nicole
Maison
Keenan
Nicole

5) Pictures of the Week –  active boat quarantine pictures

Selfie of Nicole / Maison de Sante in Barra de Navidadwith Carinthia in the Background
Nicole up on the Mizzen Mast  – Barra de Navidad


Keenan & Nicole


MAISON DE SANTE

Z
            town
Rick
Karen

6) Zihuatanejo , MX
Avalon is currently Zihuatanejo
where the beaches are slightly quiet but with school’s about to double the Easter holiday starting next Friday they could get busy.
Stores (larger) are for the most part fully stocked with lots a customers out, look forward to seeing you as we make our way sloowly back to PV


Rick & Karen
AVALON

7) Quepos, Costa Rica
SV BlessedLife in Quepos marina Pez Vela. Beautiful! We will move on in a few days

Quepos
Quepos
Quepos
Margie
Bob

Bob & Margie

BLESSED LIFE

Mazatlan
Mazatlan
Inner Anchorage
Good Nautical Anchorge details
Chris

8) Mazatlan, MX

SeaGlub anchored, Outer Anchorage 35′


Inner Dock


Inner Anchorage
Chris

SEAGLUB

9) Marina Puesta del Sol – Nicaragua

This is one of the undisputed relaxing gems along this
Panama Posse route and a welcome respite in a serene and tranquil setting.

You can leave your vessel and explore this incredible interesting country.  If you are a political junky there is are a lot of geopolitical  layers to explore here.

Visiting the UNESCO world heritage sites of Leon, Lake Nicaragua and Granada from here is as easy as renting a car and driving on well paved roads.

Plus you get to visit the Flor de Caña Rum Factory nearby.

Entrance

Clearing in is fairly easy – for south bound vessels – its a short
sail from the Golfo de Fonseca via a well marked entrance into a lovely estuary.


Puesta del Sol

To check out the 27+ anchorages and UNESCO sites visit Good Nautical
http://www.goodnautical.com/gma/nicaragua?field_gma_value=NI


Here is the track
http://www.goodnautical.com/route/marina-puesta-del-sol-puerto-sandino-outer-anchorage

Tarck
Marina

Aerial View of Marina Puesta del Sol



Below are the costs to clear in and out of Nicaragua which can be done at the Marina –
just let them know when you plan to arrive


CHECK INCHECK OUT
IMMIGRATIONU$ 20.00 per boatU$ 20.00 per boat
 U$ 12.00 per personU$   2.00 per person
PORT CAPTAINU$   FREE
U$ 30.00 International Zarpe
  or U$ 20.00 a National Zarpe ( to San Juan del Sur for example )
CUSTOMU$ 10.00 per boatU$ FREE
AQUATIC TRANSPORT FEE
U$ 25.00 per boatU$ FREE
Juanita
Marina Puesta del Sol

To book ahead and get your 20% Panama Posse Marina discount contact Juantia Garcia


Tel: + (505) 8880-0013
       +(505) 8880-0019     
       +(505) 8883-0781

email: administracion@marinaps.com

10) Please reply to this email with

– your updates – self quarantine
contenders for picture of the week
– relevant blog posts – and of course your valuable suggestions

and we’ll include it in the next FLEET UPDATE – Keep em ‘coming

Dietmar
Suzanne

Dietmar & Suzanne
Sheltering in place in Barra de Navidad
SV Carinthia

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