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Panama Travel Guide

Agoda aims to give travelers an all-inclusive travel experience, and providing up-to-date, detailed information about current travel conditions is part of the package. While we strive to keep Panama Travel Requirements and Restrictions as current as possible through a host of reliable resources, travelers should confirm regulations through official government channels.

International Travel

A nightly 01:00-04:00 curfew remains in place in multiple locations, but it has been lifted in the following areas:

Cocle Province

Herrera Province

Los Santos Province

Veraguas Province

District of Changuinola in Bocas del Toro Province

District of Ola in the Cocle Province

Districts of Alanje, Boqueron, Gualaca, Remedios, Renacimiento, San Felix, San Lorenzo, Tierras Altas, and Tole in Chiriqui Province

Districts of Chagres, Omar Torrijos, and Portobelo in Colon Province

Districts of Pinogana and Santa Fe in Darien Province

District of San Miguelito, and the Metropolitan Region of Panama City, in Panama Province

District of Capira in Panama Oeste Province

Nonessential businesses in regions subject to the curfew must close one hour before curfew hours begin. Most nonessential businesses may operate with certain capacity limits. All businesses must comply with strict sanitation, hygiene, and social distancing protocols, including ensuring that staff and customers use protective facemasks and adhere to social distancing rules. Most large gatherings remain banned, and attendance at some larger events, including sporting competitions, is allowed only for fully vaccinated individuals.

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Vaccination Rate: 71% of the population has been fully vaccinated

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Tourist Entry: Partially Allowed

Determine your eligibility for travel

To determine your eligibility for travel, please refer to the following conditions and requirements for Panama:

-Travelers will not have to present a negative COVID-19 test for entry as long as they can provide physical or digital proof of at least 2 (two) doses or complete vaccination scheme endorsed by the WHO, EMA and FDA, equal to or greater than 14 days after the last dose.

-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 5-day quarantine in a hotel. The cost of the stay must be fully covered by the traveler.

Any child or person under 17 years will not have to present a negative COVID-19 test or vaccination record if they are accompanied by an adult when entering Panama.

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. Register and fill out your Health Affidavit (https://www.panamadigital.gob.pa/RegistroPacoViajero)

Quarantine is required for some travelers.

International flights to and from Panama have resumed.

Panama deny entry to travelers who have been to South Africa, as well as the United Kingdom in the last 20 days

All land and sea borders are closed.

Vaccinated travelers are exempt from all testing and quarantine requirements by showing proof of vaccination. The last dose of the vaccine must have been applied at least 14 days before arrival.

All other travelers must present a negative COVID-19 test (PCR or Antigen) taken within 72 hours before traveling to Panama or be tested at the airport at their expense.

If you’re not full vaccinated and have visited a high-risk country https://www.tourismpanama.com/plan-your-vacation/advisories/ 14 days prior to your arrival in Panama, you are required to complete 72 hours of mandatory hotel quarantine. You’ll be tested at the end of the 72 hour period to end quarantine. The cost of mandatory hotel is at your own expense.

Non-vaccinated travelers may need to quarantine at at a hotel for 14 days.

There is no a requirement to quarantine if arriving to Panama with negative PCR test results.

If arriving with a positive result, you will be required to quarantine for 7 days and take another test. A positive result will require additional 7 days of quarantine.

Arrivals from high-risk countries will be quarantined for at least 3 days.

Movement restrictions, which vary by province, are in place across the country. Panama has temporarily closed its border via river, sea and land with Colombia Fines for non-compliance run from $US50 to $US1,000.

Wear a face mask when outside, in public spaces and in public transport. Maintain social distancing.

To enter Panama, you must complete an electronic health affidavit online https://www.panamadigital.gob.pa/RegistroPacoViajero (available in English). You’ll need to show the QR code generated by the online affidavit at the airport.

Vaccinated travelers are exempt from all testing and quarantine requirements. The last dose of the vaccine must have been applied at least 14 days before arrival.

Moderna, Pfizer/BioNTech, Janssen (Johnson & Johnson), Oxford/AstraZeneca, Sinovac, Sinopharm/BIBP, Covaxin, Nuvaxovid (Novavax), Serum Institute of India, Covishieldu202f(Serum Institute of India), CanSinoBIO, Moderna Spikevax, AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria)

Domestic travel

The current nationwide nightly 22:00-04:00 curfew will be scaled back to 00:00-04:00. Essential services, critical transportation, and international travelers are exempt from the curfew.

Bars may reopen if serving on outdoor terraces. The public may attend outdoor sporting events at 25% capacity. More generally, nonessential businesses will be permitted to open until 23:00. The weekend lockdown in Changuinola district in Bocas del Toro Province will be lifted effective April 17.

Authorities had previously eased other measures under the COVID-19 recovery plan. Cinemas, casinos, and recreational sports fields have reopened at reduced operating capacity. Following this, most nonessential commercial and recreational establishments would have been permitted to reopen subject to strict operation protocols, except for nightclubs and private parties and shows. Other measures remain unchanged. Alcohol may only be served as an accompaniment to meals at restaurants. Access to beaches, rivers, and swimming pools is permitted 06:00-17:00 daily.

All businesses are required to comply with strict sanitation, hygiene, and social distancing protocols, including ensuring that staff and customers use protective facemasks and maintain at least 2 meters (6.5 feet) between each other. Work-related gatherings are to be limited to no more than 25 people. To avoid crowds on public transportation, officials introduced a staggered schedule for work start times; construction workers will start at 07:00, private companies at 08:00, and public servants from 09:00.

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