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 August 3, 2021: Information on entry restrictions, testing and quarantine regulations in Panama

Panama is open to international travelers, keeping the safety and health of both tourists and locals our top priority.

Visitors from all countries are welcome to visit Panama, however, a negative COVID-19 test is required for entry. For more information on entry requirements as well as per country restrictions, please refer to the “Prior to Traveling” section.

Non-vaccinated travelers arriving from or that have transited through India, South Africa, the United Kingdom and some South American countries in the last 15 days will be required to take an additional COVID-19 test upon arrival and quarantine for 3 days. However, travelers arriving from these countries that can present a complete vaccination scheme, equal to or greater than 14 days after the last dose, will be excempt from the 3-day quarantine. For more information on these restrictions and country list, click here.

Currently, mobility restrictions are in place as well as mandatory curfew at night time. Please refer to the “Getting Around” section for more information. Beaches are currently open for visitors during mobility hours. For more details on beaches and attractions, please refer to the “Things to Do” section.

Last updated on July 28th, 2021
Protocols will be updated on an as-needed basis.

 
 PRIOR TO TRAVELING – REQUIREMENTS TO ENTER PANAMA

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

  • ALL travelers will be required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken no more than 72 hours prior to their arrival time in Panama.
    • If a test is not possible within that time frame, a COVID-19 rapid test will be mandated at the airport before customs and the traveler will have to cover the costs of said test (USD $50).
      • If the results are positive, the traveler will be placed under a mandatory 14-day quarantine in a Hotel Hospital designated by the Ministry of Health free of charge OR at home, if a Panama citizen or resident.
  • ALL travelers are required to present their completed Electronic Health Affidavit (in physical or digital form) to their airline or carrier BEFORE boarding to Panama.
    • To register and fill out your Health Affidavit, CLICK HERE

FOR ALL INCOMING TRAVELERS ARRIVING FROM OR THAT HAVE TRANSITED THROUGH HIGH RISK COUNTRIES IN THE LAST 15 DAYS

HIGH RISK COUNTRIES: The United Kingdom, India, South Africa, Colombia, Brazil, Venezuela, Argentina, Paraguay, Ecuador, Guyana and Surinam

  • Non-vaccinated travelers or travelers without a complete vaccination scheme:
    • Will be required to take an additional, mandatory molecular COVID-19 test upon arrival at Tocumen International Airport before customs. The traveler will have to cover the costs of said test (USD $85).
      • If the results are positive, the traveler will be placed under a mandatory 14-day quarantine in a Hotel Hospital designated by the Ministry of Health free of charge OR at home, if a Panama citizen or resident.
      • If the results are negative, the passenger will be placed under a mandatory 3-day quarantine. The passenger will have to complete this quarantine in:
        1. A hotel designated by the Ministry of Health free of charge. (Only until August 8th, 2021)
        2. An authorized hotel of their choosing with a reservation prior to arrival that they will have to present in printed version upon entry. The traveler will have to cover the costs of said stay. Authorized Hotels:
          1. Westin Panama
          2. Westin Playa Bonita
          3. Bristol Hotel
          4. Wyndham Panama Albrook Mall
          5. Sortis Hotel
          6. The Santa Maria, a Luxury Collection Hotel
          7. Mio Hotel (Using code “SAFE” on the reservation)
        3. At home, if a Panama citizen or resident.
      • At the end of the 3-day period another test will be taken.
        • If the results are negative, the quarantine period will be over.
        • If the results are positive, the passenger will be placed under a 14-day quarantine in a Hotel Hospital designated by the Ministry of Health free of charge.
  • Travelers will be exempt from the 3-day mandatory quarantine and molecular test upon arrival provided that they present the following documents in physical or digital form:
    1. Negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken no more than 72 hours prior to their arrival time in Panama.
      • If a test is not possible within that time frame, a COVID-19 rapid test will be mandated at the airport before customs and the traveler will have to cover the costs of said test (USD $50).
    2. Card or digital certification of a complete vaccination scheme endorsed by the WHO, EMA and FDA, equal to or greater than 14 days after the last dose

RECOMMENDATIONS

  • The IATA Travel Pass is currently NOT being accepted as a proof of testing or vaccination.
  • Health insurance is not a requirement for entry but is highly recommended.
  • We do not recommend the use or carrying of non-essential items onboard such as blankets or pillows in order to minimize the risk of cross-contamination.
  • We encourage all travelers to check travel restrictions from your departure country and country of citizenship.
 UPON ARRIVAL – WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN ARRIVING AT AN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
 GETTING AROUND – TRANSPORTATION
 DURING YOUR STAY – WHAT TO EXPECT DURING YOUR TIME IN PANAMA
 ACCOMMODATIONS – HOTELS AND OTHERS
 THINGS TO DO – VISITOR EXPERIENCE
 UPON DEPARTURE – FOR YOUR SAFE RETURN

 

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