Measures and Restrictions in Panama 

Last updated: April 15, 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.
    • Curfew every day from 11 PM to 4 AM.  From April 19th onwards 12 AM to 4 AM. 
    • Hotels are open but are using strict and mandatory safety protocols established by the Ministry of Health.
    • In the provinces of Panamá, Panamá Oeste, Coclé, Veraguas, Los Santos and Herrera, beaches are only open from 6:00 AM to 5:00 PM

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.