COVID19

Measures and Restrictions in Panama 

Last updated: September 15, 2021.

Summary of Measures and Safety Guidelines currently active in Panama due to COVID19:

International traveling to Panama from low-risk countries:

  • Travelers entering Panama by land, sea, or air no longer have to present a negative PCR test. This only applies to travelers that can present a complete vaccination card, which needs to include the 2 vaccinations. The second vaccination has to been put equal to or greater than 14 days when arriving in Panama. This is established in Executive Decree No. 833 of Monday, August 30, 2021.
  • The decree also indicates that travelers who do not have a complete vaccination card will need to present a negative result of the COVID-19 test (PCR or antigen) valid for up to 72 hours or at your own cost at the air, sea, or land point of entry. If the result is negative, the traveler will be exonerated from the 72-hour preventive quarantine.
  • Each individual entering Panama must complete and sign an electronic affidavit prior to check-in.
  • See the Ministry of Tourism webpage for more information about current entry requirements.

International traveling to Panama from high-risk countries:

HIGH-RISK COUNTRIES: The United Kingdom, India, South Africa, Colombia, Brazil, Venezuela, Argentina, Paraguay, Ecuador, Guyana, and Surinam.

  • 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 exempt from the 72-hour quarantine.
  • Non-vaccinated travelers arriving from or that have transited through High-Risk countries in the last 15 days will be required to take an additional COVID-19 test upon arrival and quarantine for 72 hours in a hotel, and the cost of the stay must be fully covered by the traveler.
      • 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:
        • 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.If the results are positive, the traveler will be placed under 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.
During your stay in Panama:
  • Face masks are required in all public spaces for locals and visitors alike.
  • Digital menus to be scanned with QR via your smartphone.
  • Curfew every day from 1 to 4 AM.  
  • Hotels are open but are using strict and mandatory safety protocols established by the Ministry of Health.

As shared above the opening dates are subject to change depending on health conditions in Panama. Before traveling to Panama we recommend you check the current restrictions with your embassy. Click here to view the COVID-19 Information by the US Embassy in Panama.