Panama (Panamá) (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 15 September, 2021.

 

At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Tourist Entry: Partially Allowed
Testing: Negative PCR test required for all countries.
Quarantine Required: Yes
Quarantine Details: Quarantine required for all countries.

Local Restrictions

Lockdown in Effect: Partial
Events: Partially Allowed
Transport: Operational with restrictions
Shopping: Open
Restaurants and Bars: Open with restrictions
 

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 01.09.2021
1. Passengers without a negative COVID-19 test taken at most 72 hours before arrival are subject to a test upon arrival at their own expense. Tests accepted are: antigen, PCR and RT-PCR. The test result must be in English or Spanish.
– This does not apply to:
– passengers with Laissez-Passer;
– passengers younger than 12 years;
– passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival.
2. Passengers could be subject to quarantine for 72 hours at their own expense.
– This does not apply to:
– nationals and residents of Panama with a negative COVID-19 test taken at most 72 hours before departure. Tests accepted are: antigen, PCR and RT-PCR;
– passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival.
3. A completed “Declaracion Jurada de Salud” must be presented upon arrival. The form can be obtained at http://viajes.panamadigital.gob.pa/

 

Detailed Tourist Information

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 from South America, India, South Africa or the United Kingdom 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, click here https://bit.ly/3f1utex.

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
https://www.panamadigital.gob.pa/RegistroPacoViajero

FOR ALL INCOMING TRAVELERS ARRIVING FROM OR THAT HAVE TRANSITED THROUGH SOUTH AMERICA, INDIA, SOUTH AFRICA AND THE UNITED KINGDOM IN THE LAST 15 DAYS

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.

 

Lockdown Details

Panama is currently under a state of emergency, and a curfew is in place.

Measures in place to combat the spread of COVID-19 vary by province. Sanitary cordons may be imposed at short notice to restrict travel between provinces.

Domestic flights are operating.

There is a nationwide daily mandated curfew from 12 midnight until 4 AM. Stricter provincial measures may also apply. Subject to provincial measures, leaving your home/accommodation is permitted between the hours of 4 AM and 10 PM, unless you have any symptoms of COVID-19, or have otherwise been ordered to quarantine by the Panamanian authorities.

If you are arriving internationally during the hours covered by the curfew, you are allowed to travel to your accommodation if you can provide proof of your arrangements or flight details (boarding pass, flight itinerary and/or other forms of proof) to the requesting authorities. ‘Salvoconductos’ (travel permits) are only necessary for those undertaking essential activities that require movement during curfew hours.

Beaches and rivers will be open from 6AM until 6PM, from Monday to Sunday. Only family bubbles will be allowed to enter beaches. No big groups will be permitted and alcohol consumption will be prohibited. Social areas and pools in buildings can operate at up to 25% capacity, with limits on numbers to be supervised by each building administration.

Restaurants can continue to operate with the following conditions in place:

A 2 metre distance between tables must be maintained.
They must close at 11PM (Delivery can also continue until 11PM).
All personnel must use facemasks, face shields and comply with biosecurity measures.
Shops must comply with a 50% capacity rule to prevent overcrowding.

From 10 May, gatherings in public or commercial areas must comply with the Government’s 25% capacity rule to prevent overcrowding. In addition, you must adhere to biosafety measures including the use of facemasks and maintaining a 2-metre distance between individual groups or each person. You are now allowed to gather at conferences, seminars, sporting events and musical presentations in small venues.
 

Sources

https://news.trust.org/item/20200822002408-lze3c/
Data Source: covidcontrols.co