ENTRY REQUIREMENTS FOR PANAMA
It is almost time for your trip to Panama! As you prepare, please be aware of the new travel requirements and entry screening process for visiting the destination. The ongoing pandemic causes frequent changes to entry requirements and testing guidelines, so be sure to check this page frequently leading up to your trip as it will be updated with new information as it becomes available.
Last Updated: September 14th, 2021
1. Negative COVID-19 PCR or Antigen Test
Please be advised that before arriving, all persons travelling to Panama, are required to have a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken no more than 72 hours prior to their arrival. If a test is not possible within that time frame, a COVID-19 rapid test will be mandated at the airport before customs and the traveler will have to cover the costs of said test. (USD$ 50).
2. Fully Vaccinated or Quarantine
Fully vaccinated travelers will be exempt from presenting a negative COVID-19 test for entry if 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.
Travelers from the United States who are non-vaccinated will be placed under a mandatory 72-hour quarantine.
The passenger can 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:
- Westin Panama
- Westin Playa Bonita
- Bristol Hotel
- Wyndham Panama Albrook Mall
- Sortis Hotel
- The Santa Maria, a Luxury Collection Hotel
- Mio Hotel Group
- Holiday Inn at the Panama Canal
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 14-day quarantine in a Hotel Hospital designated by the Ministry of Health. The cost of the stay must be fully covered by the traveler.
3. Complete an Electronic Health Affidavit
In addition, all persons entering Panama must complete an Electronic Health Affidavit. Compliance of pre-departure protocols is mandatory by the Government of Panama.
To complete the Electronic Health Affidavit please here. For the validation at the airport, have your documents and the QR code ready to be shown on your smartphone. It is not necessary to have it printed out.
For more details and information, please visit the Panama Tourism Board website.
Before returning to the USA effective immediately, the United States requires that all air passengers entering the country will be required to provide a negative COVID-19 test prior to boarding their flight as per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Many of our travel suppliers have made arrangements for on-site COVID-19 testing right at your hotel (view these travel supplier policies).
Reminder-if you do any COVID testing or seek any healthcare while abroad, please retain all receipts for insurance purposes.
If you have any questions or require assistance before, during, or after your departure, please don't hesitate to contact us. We can always be reached by phone or email.