Data Last Updated: June 12, 2021
Panama has reopened its borders to all travelers, including foreign visitors. The country will allow entry of visitors coming from all countries.
All arriving passengers are still subject to enhanced health screenings. They must complete an online sworn affidavit before travel and must present a negative result from a COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) or antigen test taken within 48 hours before arrival; Those who fail to produce the pre-departure test result will be tested at the airport at their own expense. Passengers who test positive upon arrival must quarantine at a government-approved location.
Travelers who have been in India, the UK, South Africa, or any South American country within the 15 days prior to departing for Panama remain subject to additional restrictions, including at least three days of quarantine. In addition to presenting a negative result from a COVID-19 PCR test taken 48 hours prior to arrival, travelers must undergo a second COVID-19 test at the airport at their own expense.
Vaccinated travelers will be allowed to enter Panama with no need to submit proof of a negative PCR or antigen test for as long as they can show certification that they have received both doses of the vaccine.
Mask is required to be worn in all public indoor, public transport and all outdoor areas.
Authorities in Panama announced plans to further ease business restrictions related to the nation's response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic from Sept. 7, while maintaining existing nationwide curfew measures.
In addition to previously approved commercial activity, beginning Sept. 7, sectors and industries permitted to operate include construction and associated sectors, such as engineers, architects, project managers, contractors, and moving and hauling services.
Barbershops, and hair and beauty salons may reopen, operating at 50 percent capacity and by appointment only.
Retail stores, which have been limited to home deliveries only, may now offer curbside collection services for online orders.
Construction projects, car sales, and NGO operations may resume.
Nationwide curfew measures will remain unchanged. A 1900-0500 curfew will be enforced daily, except in areas where tighter weekend curfews are in place.
A 24-hour full weekend curfew has been imposed in Bocas del Toro, Colon, and Chiriqui provinces since July 25. Tighter measures will also be maintained in Panama and Panama Oeste Provinces.
Airlines & Transport
Flights are expected to resume on August 22, 2020.
Several repatriation flights have operated into Panama since the suspension of international flights, but these were operated mainly by Copa Airlines.
Cargo shipments and medical flights are exempt from the flight restrictions. All measures are subject to amendment at short notice.
Status of Opening to Tourists
Information based on tourists place of residence being in that country for the last 14 days
Antigua and Barbuda
Bosnia and Herzegovina
British Virgin Islands
Central African Republic
Democratic Republic of Congo
Isle of Man
Northern Mariana Islands
Papua New Guinea
Republic of Congo
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Pierre and Miquelon
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Sao Tome and Principe
Svalbard and Jan Mayen
Trinidad and Tobago
Turks and Caicos
U.S. Virgin Islands
United Arab Emirates
Wallis and Futuna
Information for Non-Tourists
From Aug. 17, Panamanian nationals and residents will be permitted to return to the country on commercial flights. All arriving passengers must present a negative COVID-19 test taken within 48-hours, and will be subject to a mandatory self-quarantine for 14 days.
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