COVID19

Measures and Restrictions in Panama 

Last updated: July 08, 2021.

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

  • Entering Panama:
    • All travelers will be required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken no more than 48 hours prior to their arrival time in Panama. The IATA Travel Pass is currently NOT accepted as a proof of testing.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • ALL incoming travelers arriving from South America, India, South Africa or the United Kingdom OR that have transited through any of these countries in the last 15 days:
      • Will be required to take an additional, mandatory molecular COVID-19 test upon arrival at Tocumen International Airport before customs. The traveler will have to cover the costs of said test (USD $85).
        • If the results are positive, the traveler will be placed under a 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.
        • 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.
    • Panamanian travelers or residents of Panama will be exempt from the 3-day quarantine and molecular test upon arrival provided that they present the following documents in physical or digital form:
      1. Negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test for a maximum of 48 hours upon arrival in Panama.
      2. Card or digital certification of a complete vaccination scheme endorsed by the WHO, EMA and FDA, equal to or greater than 14 days after the last dose.
  • 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 10 PM 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.