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Safety Guidelines for Your Next Trip to Panama

Panama is open to international travelers, keeping the safety and health of tourists and locals our top priority.

Visitors from all countries are welcome to visit Panama, however, non-vaccinated travelers or travelers with a partial vaccination scheme will have to present a negative COVID-19 test for entry. For more information on entry and testing requirements, refer to the Prior to Traveling Tab.

Non-vaccinated travelers arriving from or that have transited through High Risk Countries in the last 15 days will be required to quarantine for 72 hours in a hotel, and the cost of the stay must be fully covered by the traveler. For more details and an up-to-date High Risk Country list, make sure to check out the Arriving from a High Risk Country? tab.

For more details, please refer to the Getting Around and During Your Visit tab.

Masks are required at all times, regardless of vaccination status, except for momentary removal for identification purposes, and we encourage all travelers to respect the social distance of 2 meters both indoors and outdoors.

Last updated on January 14, 2022.
Protocols will be updated on an as-needed basis.


    • Travelers will not have to present a negative COVID-19 test for entry as long as they can provide physical or digital proof of a complete vaccination scheme endorsed by the WHO, EMA and FDA, equal to or greater than 14 days after the last dose.

      • As of January 28, 2022, the complete vaccination scheme will be recognized when the traveler has received 3 (three) doses, with the exception of Janssen from Johnson & Johnson, for which the application of 2 (two) doses is considered complete.

      • The complete vaccination scheme must have been applied at least 14 days prior to your trip.

    • Non-vaccinated  or partially vaccinated travelers will be required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken no more than 72 hours prior to their arrival time in Panama.

      • If a test is not possible within that time frame, a COVID-19 rapid test will be mandated at the airport and the traveler will have to cover the costs of said test (USD $50).

        • If the results are positive, the traveler will be placed under a mandatory 14-day quarantine in a hotel. The cost of the stay must be fully covered by the traveler.

    • ALL travelers are required to present their completed Electronic Health Affidavit (in physical or digital form) to their airline or carrier BEFORE boarding to Panama.

      • To register and fill out your Health Affidavit, CLICK HERE 

  • CURRENT HIGH RISK COUNTRIES:  Cayman Islands, Barbados, Anguilla, Bonaire, Greece, Austria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Serbia, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovenia, Hungary, Faroe Islands, Ireland, Montenegro, Croatia, Netherlands, Slovakia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Armenia, Ukraine, Jersey, Georgia, Guemsey and UK.

    • Non-vaccinated travelers or travelers without a complete vaccination scheme arriving from or that have transited through these countries in the last 15 days:

      • Will be placed under a mandatory 72-hour quarantine. The passenger will have to complete the quarantine at an authorized hotel of their choosing with a reservation prior to arrival that they will have to present in printed version upon entry. Each reservation cost must be fully covered by the traveler.
        Authorized Hotels:
        1. Westin Panama
        2. Holiday Inn at the Panama Canal
        3. Mio Hotel Group
        4. The Santa Maria, a Luxury Collection Hotel
        5. Sortis Hotel
        6. Wyndham Panama Albrook Mall
        7. Westin Playa Bonita
      • At the end of the 72-hour 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 10-day quarantine in a Hotel Hospital designated by the Ministry of Health. The cost of the stay must be fully covered by the traveler.
    • Travelers will be exempt from the 72-hour mandatory quarantine provided that they present the following documents in physical 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. 


    • International tourists arriving in Panama who need to transfer to their lodging accommodations outside of Panama City or during curfew hours will be able to do so as long as they provide valid airline ticket information and hotel reservations.

      • Travel agents, tour operators, and travel guides who are hosting international travelers will be allowed to provide transfers during curfew hours. They must have an authorization form from their employer as well as the airline tickets and times of arrival or departure of the tourists they are transferring.

    • Beaches, rivers, pools (in social areas as well as hotels) and parks are open for visitors.

    • Outdoor exercise and activities are permitted during mobility hours as long as they’re contactless and abiding to social distancing guidelines.

    • Touristic activities, cultural and creative attractions, libraries, movies and theaters, casinos and others will be enforcing the safety protocols and may be operating with lower capacity and restricted schedules.

    • Business meetings are admitted with 100% capacity, if all participants have their vaccination card complete.

    • All non-essential businesses are open for clients.

    • All restaurants are open.

      • Restaurants may operate by reservation system in order to avoid crowding.

    • We encourage all travelers to check travel restrictions of your destination country and airport.

    • COVID-19 testing is available for Departing Passengers from Tocumen International Airport.

      • The center is open from 5:00 AM to 9:00 PM.

      • The cost of the COVID-19 rapid test is $50.00 USD and the result takes around 40 minutes.

      • The service is first come, first serve, so we encourage all passengers that want to get tested to arrive with enough time before their flight.

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