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.
Countries Permitted To Visit Panama
Travelers from all countries are permitted to visit Panama under regular visa requirements.
South Africa and the UK are temporarily banned due to virus strains.
April 1, 2021 update: Visitors from South America are still permitted to enter, but have extra testing/quarantine requirements
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 COVID-19 PCR or Antigen 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.
April 1, 2021 update: Passengers coming from South American countries must comply with the above testing rules, be tested again upon arrival, and be subject to 14-days quarantine.
Quarantine Entry Requirements
There are no quarantines for travelers arriving in Panama when a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen 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.
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.
Panama’s Transit Rules
Transits are permitted, as long as the passenger has:
- Negative COVID-19 PCR test within 48 hours of the flight to Panama.
- Confirmed onward flight.
Unless you meet entry requirements, you will not be allowed to leave the airport during your transit.
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
COVID-19 Vaccine Entry Requirements
Panama has not announced any mandates if a proof of vaccine record will be required for entry in the future.
In March 2021 Health Minister Sucre announced 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
- Get proof of a negative PCR or antigen test no older than 48 hours before you travel
- Present proof of negative test 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