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Detailed Restriction/Reopening Information For Panama
Data Last Updated: October 15, 2020

General Information

Partially Open

Panama has reopened its borders to all travelers, including foreign visitors. The country will allow entry of visitors coming from all countries.

Arriving passengers will be asked to undergo health screenings at all airports. All travelers must present a negative PCR test or antigen test taken within 48 hours before arrival. Those who cannot present a negative test result, they will be subjected to testing at the airport. If the test is negative, no quarantine is needed. Otherwise, the traveler will be required to quarantine at a government-approved location if the test is positive. A second test will be taken after seven days of quarantine; if it is positive, the traveler will be required to complete an additional seven days of quarantine.

Panama Travel Guidelines

Mask Requirement

Mask is required to be worn in all public indoor, public transport and all outdoor areas.

Internal Restrictions/Closures

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.

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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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