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Panama is known for so much more than its famed canal. From the modern skyscrapers of Panama city to its beautiful beaches, the country truly has something for everyone.

Panama's tourism industry was originally devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic but has began its recovery by opening for international tourists as of October 12, 2020. 

Here are all the latest COVID-19 entry requirements and everything travelers need to know before booking their trip to Panama.

San Blas island, Kuna Yala, Panama
San Blas island, Kuna Yala, Panama

Countries Permitted To Visit Panama

Travelers from all countries are permitted to visit Panama under regular visa requirements. 

Travel Authorization To Visit Panama

All passengers must fill out an online health declaration form before entering Panama.

Two cargo ships enter the Gatun Locks from the Gatun Lake, Panama Canal

COVID-19 Testing Entry Requirements For Panama

All travelers arriving in Panama must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate no older then 48 hours before you travel.

If a PCR test cannot be obtained before traveling to Panama, you can have a test carried out at the airport for USD $50.00. Travelers are responsible for covering the cost of the test.

Casco Viejo street in an old part of Panama City
Casco Viejo street in an old part of Panama City

Quarantine Entry Requirements 

There are no quarantines for travelers arriving in Panama when a negative COVID-19 PCR test is presented. 

If a traveler arrives without proof of a negative COVID-19 test and tests positive, the traveler will be quarantined for at least 7 days in a government facility. The traveler will be tested after the first 7 days, if the result is still positive, the traveler must complete an additional 7 days of quarantine at the facility. If it is negative, the traveler will then be released.

Panama City Skyline at Night
Panama City Skyline at Night

COVID-19 Travel Insurance Entry Requirements 

All incoming travelers should have travel insurance that covers COVID-19 for the duration of their trip to Panama. 

COVID-19 Health Requirements While in Panama

All visitors must follow COVID-19 health requirements while in Panama:

  • Panama still has very strict mask requirements in place and plans to keep the regulations during reopening. Any person in public spaces without a proper mask covering both nose and mouth can be detained and/or fined.
  • Follow social distancing markers and instructions
Panama City Harbour
Panama City Harbor

COVID-19 Vaccine Entry Requirements 

Panama has not announced any mandates if a proof of vaccine record (POVR) will be required for entry in the future.

Visa Entry Requirements For Panama During COVID-19

All travelers arriving in Panama will need to follow regular visa requirements.

Many countries can visit Panama for up to 180 days without a visa.

Travelers that require a visa must apply at the Panama embassy/consulate in their home country.  

See the chart below to check if your country requires a visa. 

Visa policy of Panama – Image: Wiki

Panama Covid-19 Entry Requirements:


  1. Check if you need a visa for entry to Panama
  2.  Get proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test no older than 48 hours before you travel
  3. Present proof of negative test upon entry
  4. Follow all health protocols while in Panama

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Sources: US State Dept. / UK Gov

Disclaimer: Current travel rules and restrictions can change without notice. The decision to travel is ultimately your responsibility. Contact your consulate and/or local authorities to confirm your nationality’s entry and/or any changes to travel requirements before traveling.  Travel Off Path does not endorse traveling against government advisories


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Article Originally Published October 18th, 2020

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