Measures and Restrictions in Panama 

Last updated: February 28, 2021.

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

  • Entering Panama:
    • The Government of Panama requires a negative COVID-19 test (PCR) within 48 hours prior to traveling to Panama.
    • If you do not have a test, or the test was done more than 48 hours before traveling to Panama, you will be required to take a test at the airport at your expense ($50.00).
    • If you test positive, you will be required to quarantine at a designated hotel allocated by the Health Ministry.  After seven days you will be tested again; if you test negative you will be allowed to leave; otherwise, you must remain in quarantine for 14 days or until you test negative.
    • As of December 21, Panama has temporarily suspended the entrance of people who have originated or transited from the UK or South Africa within the past 20 days.
    • 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.
  • During your stay in Panama:
    • Face masks are required in all public spaces for locals and visitors alike.
    • Frequent temperature screenings in almost every retail store, restaurant, hotel, etc.
    • Digital menus to be scanned with QR via your smartphone.
    • No more weekend lockdowns from March 1st 2021 onwards. Curfew remains every day from 10PM to 4AM. 
    • Hotels are open but are using strict and mandatory safety protocols established by the Ministry of Health.

When can we expect more activities to open up?

On January 12, the Government of Panama announced a gradual reopening plan that is subject to change depending on health conditions:

  • January 14, 2021:
    • Beaches, rivers, pools (in social areas as well as hotels) and parks are open for visitors only during mobility hours.
    • Outdoor exercise and activities are permitted during mobility hours as long as they’re contactless and abiding to social distancing guidelines.
    • Restaurants can only operate via delivery and pick-up.
    • Stores can only operate via online and delivery.
  • February 1st, 2021:
    • Stores, beauty salons, barber shops and daycare centers are allowed to reopen.
  • February 8th, 2021:
    • Restaurants are allowed to reopen their doors.
    • Shopping days restrictions per gender for supermarkets and stores are lifted. You can now go shopping any day from Monday - Friday.
  • February 15, 2021:
    • Carwashes, tailor shops, shoe repair shops, non-essential industries, cultural industries, and restaurants are allowed to reopen.
    • Beaches and rivers can be accessed from Monday through Friday, from 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the provinces of Panama, Panama Oeste and Herrera. 
    • Restaurants are allowed to extend their opening hours to 9PM.
  • March 1st, 2021:
    • Gyms, spas, fishing, race tracks are allowed to reopen.
    • No more weekend lockdowns. Curfew remains every day from 10PM to 4AM. 
  • March 15, 2021:
    • Cinemas and Casinos are allowed to reopen.

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