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 begun its recovery by opening for international tourists since later 2020.
Here are all the latest COVID-19 entry requirements and everything travelers need to know before booking their trip to Panama.
Countries Permitted To Visit Panama
Travelers from all countries are permitted to visit Panama under regular visa requirements.
Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe are currently banned due to variants.
Travel Authorization To Visit Panama
All passengers must fill out an online health declaration form before entering Panama.
COVID-19 Testing Entry Requirements For Panama
All travelers arriving in Panama must present a negative 72-hour COVID-19 PCR or Antigen test OR proof of vaccination. The test results must be in English or Spanish.
Unvaccinated visitors without a COVID test upon arrival will have to take a test at the airport for $50.
Quarantine Entry Requirements
There are no quarantines for fully-vaccinated travelers arriving in Panama.
Meanwhile, unvaccinated travelers from the following countries will be placed under a 72-hour quarantine upon arrival:
- Cayman Islands
- Czech Republic
- Faroe Islands
- United Kingdom
They need to bring the mandatory 72-hour COVID test upon arrival and take another test at the end of the quarantine period, all at their expense. They must have a reservation prior to arrival, which they will present in printed version upon entry.
- Westin Panama
- Holiday Inn at the Panama Canal
- Mio Hotel Group
- The Santa Maria, a Luxury Collection Hotel
- Sortis Hotel
- Wyndham Panama Albrook Mall
- Westin Playa Bonita
Those who test positive at the end of the 72-hour period will be quarantined for an additional 14 days in a hotel designated by the Ministry of Health. Affected travelers will have to cover the cost of the stay.
Unvaccinated travelers from countries not on the list do not need to quarantine for as long as they have a negative 72-hour COVID test result.
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:
- Masks are not required but encouraged
- Touristic activities, cultural and creative attractions, libraries, movies, theaters, and casinos are operating with restrictions and lower capacities
- Business meetings are allowed up to a maximum of 25 people
- Follow social distancing markers and instructions
- Daily curfew from 1:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m. in the provinces of Colon and Panama Oeste
COVID-19 Vaccine Entry Requirements
In March 2021, Health Minister Sucre announced that fully vaccinated travelers will not have to provide a negative PCR/antigen test to enter.
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:
- Check if you need a visa for entry to Panama
- If unvaccinated, get proof of a negative PCR or antigen test no older than 72 hours before you travel
- Present proof of negative test or vaccination certificate upon entry
- Follow all health protocols while in Panama
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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
Article Originally Published October 18th, 2020