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

This page was last updated on 07 May, 2021.

 

At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Tourist Entry: Partially Allowed
Testing: Negative PCR test required for all countries. It is also possible to be tested upon arrival, at the cost of $50 USD.
Quarantine Required: Depends
Quarantine Details: If arriving with a positive result, you will be required to quarantine for 7 days and take another test. A second positive result will require additional 7 days of quarantine.

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 03.05.2021
1. Passengers without a negative COVID-19 test taken at most 48 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 who in the past 15 days have been in or transited through Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, India, Paraguay, Peru, South Africa, Suriname, United Kingdom, Uruguay or Venezuela.
2. Passengers who in the past 15 days have been in or transited through Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, India, Paraguay, Peru, South Africa, Suriname, United Kingdom, Uruguay or Venezuela must have a negative COVID-19 test taken at most 48 hours before arrival. Tests accepted are: antigen, PCR and RT-PCR. The test result must be in English or Spanish.
3. Passengers who in the past 15 days have been in or transited through Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, India, Paraguay, Peru, South Africa, Suriname, United Kingdom, Uruguay or Venezuela are subject to a COVID-19 molecular test upon arrival at their own expense.
4. Passengers could be subject to quarantine for up to 14 days.
5. A completed “Declaracion Jurada de Salud” must be presented upon arrival. The form can be obtained at http://viajes.panamadigital.gob.pa/ .
6. Residency permits issued by Panama that expired after 13 March 2020 are accepted for entry until 30 June 2021.
7. Non-resident multiple-entry visas (Visa de no Residente) issued by Panama that expired after 13 March 2020 are accepted for entry until 30 June 2021. If issued by a consulate of Panama, they must have an extension stamp.

 

Detailed Tourist Information

Since October 12th, Panama has reopened its borders to international travelers, keeping the safety and health of both tourists and locals our top priority.

Visitors from most 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.

All incoming travelers arriving from or that have transited through from South America, 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. For more information on these restrictions, click here https://www.visitpanama.com/information/travel-guidelines/#collapse2044
 

Lockdown Details

Beaches and rivers will be open from 6am until 5pm, 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:

Alcohol can be served only with meals.

A 2 metre distance between tables must be maintained.

They must close at 9pm (Delivery can continue until 10pm).

All personnel must use facemasks, face shields and comply with biosecurity measures.

Shops must comply with a 50% capacity rule to prevent overcrowding.

All gatherings in public or commercial areas remain prohibited. Work-related gatherings are allowed for up to 25 people as long a 2 metre distance is kept between each person and other biosecurity measures are met.
 

Sources

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