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Panama coronavirus travel restrictions

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The travel advice is Reconsider your need to travel to Panama. Panama is Open with restrictions for travel. Get travel ban, restrictions alerts and advice before travelling to Panama. Panama is part of North America with main city at Panama City. Its Developing country with a population of 4M people. The main currency is Balboa. The languages spoken are Spanish.
๐Ÿ‘ Developing ย  ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆ 4M people

๐Ÿšจ Travel Advice for Panama

Open with restrictions

for travel
International travel to Panama is permitted. It is necessary to comply with requirements to ensure entry is allowed.

Vaccinations and vaccinated travel

Travelers who present a valid international certificate for full vaccination against COVID-19, with the use of an approved vaccine, are exempt from testing and quarantine requirements. All vaccines approved by the World Health Organization, European Medicines Agency, or the Food and Drug Administration will be accepted.

Quarantine required

Travelers are required to undergo quarantine for 3 days at an authorized hotel and a booking confirmation will be required on arrival.
A COVID-19 test will be administered at the end of this period and those testing negative will be released from quarantine. Those testing positive will be required to quarantine for 14 days at a designed hotel hospital. All accommodation expenses must be covered by the traveler.
A list of authorized hotels can be found at

Test/medical certificate required

Proof of a negative PCR or antigen test, taken within 72 hours prior, must be provided on departure. The certificate must be provided in Spanish or English.
Arrivals without a valid test result will be required to take a rapid test on arrival. The test costs $50 USD and must be paid for by the traveler.

Additional documents required

A 'health affidavit' must be completed prior to boarding. - Health affidavit
For more details Panama Tourism

Government measures

A curfew is in effect in Colon and Panama Oeste between the hours of 1 am and 4 am. Business meetings are limited to a maximum of 25 people. We recommend keeping up-to-date with local guidelines throughout your trip as restrictions may vary per region. Further information can be found at

Use of masks

Face masks are required in public spaces, enclosed environments, and on public transportation.

Public transport

Public transportation is operating as usual.


Restaurants are open with social distancing measures in place. Advance reservations may be required.


Bars are open with social distancing measures in place. Advance reservations may be required.


We have been unable to verify guidelines relating to nightclubs.


Shops and services are open with adapted safety measures in place, such as the use of hand sanitizer and social distancing.

On return

Vaccinations and vaccinated travel

Travelers who present a valid certificate for full vaccination against COVID-19 issued in some countries are exempt from pre-departure testing, post-arrival testing on day 8, and quarantine requirements. The final dose must have been administered at least 14 days before departure.
Vaccinated travelers are still required to book a rapid lateral flow test or PCR test for day 2 after arrival and complete a passenger locator form. Travelers testing positive on the rapid lateral flow test will undergo PCR testing. Those who test positive on the PCR test will be required to self-isolate for 10 days.
Vaccination exemptions will only apply if the full dose and certificate were issued in the United Kingdom, Europe, United States, and other specific countries. A full list of authorized vaccines and issuing countries can be found at

Quarantine required

Travelers are required to self-quarantine for 10 days on arrival at their own residence or accommodation, or the full duration of the trip if staying less than 10 days.
If traveling to England, travelers may apply for the 'Test to Release' scheme to be tested on the fifth day after arrival and be relieved from self-isolation early, if the result is negative. Those with a positive result will be required to self-isolate for another 10 days.
Further details can be found at

Test/medical certificate required

Proof of a negative nucleic acid test, such as a PCR, LAMP, or antigen test, taken within the previous 72 hours, must be provided on departure. This certificate must be in English, French, or Spanish.
Further information on tests such as the minimum standards accepted can be found at

Testing on arrival

Those traveling to England are required to purchase a 'COVID Testing Package' before departure, for 'Day 2 and day 8 tests'. These tests must be administered twice during isolation, on or before day 2 and on day 8.
Vaccinated travelers who meet the exemption criteria are only required to book a 'Day 2 test'.
Unvaccinated travelers staying for less than 10 days, and vaccinated travelers staying for less than 2 days, are still required to book the relevant testing package regardless of the duration of their stay. The tests only have to be taken if the travelers are still in England on the test dates.
Proof of purchase for this testing package must be provided on departure. This can be booked directly at or a list of approved third-party test providers can be found at

Travel restriction details for Panama

๐Ÿšซ Destination Quarantine required
๐Ÿ›ฌ Return Quarantine required
๐Ÿ–๏ธ Some Visitors
๐Ÿฝ๏ธ Restaurants & bars Open with restrictions
๐Ÿ›๏ธ Open shopping
๐ŸšŒ Operational with restrictions transport
๐Ÿ“… events Partially Allowed

๐Ÿ”’ Lockdown Details for Panama

Panama is currently under a state of emergency, and a curfew is in place.
Measures in place to combat the spread of COVID-19 vary by province. Sanitary cordons may be imposed at short notice to restrict travel between provinces.
Domestic flights are operating.
There is a nationwide daily mandated curfew from 12 midnight until 4 AM. Stricter provincial measures may also apply. Subject to provincial measures, leaving your home/accommodation is permitted between the hours of 4 AM and 10 PM, unless you have any symptoms of COVID-19, or have otherwise been ordered to quarantine by the Panamanian authorities.
If you are arriving internationally during the hours covered by the curfew, you are allowed to travel to your accommodation if you can provide proof of your arrangements or flight details (boarding pass, flight itinerary and/or other forms of proof) to the requesting authorities. โ€˜Salvoconductosโ€™ (travel permits) are only necessary for those undertaking essential activities that require movement during curfew hours.
Beaches and rivers will be open from 6AM until 6PM, from Monday to Sunday. Only family bubbles will be allowed to enter beaches. No big groups will be permitted and alcohol consumption will be prohibited. Social areas and pools in buildings can operate at up to 25% capacity, with limits on numbers to be supervised by each building administration.
Restaurants can continue to operate with the following conditions in place:
A 2 metre distance between tables must be maintained. They must close at 11PM (Delivery can also continue until 11PM). All personnel must use facemasks, face shields and comply with biosecurity measures. Shops must comply with a 50% capacity rule to prevent overcrowding.
From 10 May, gatherings in public or commercial areas must comply with the Governmentโ€™s 25% capacity rule to prevent overcrowding. In addition, you must adhere to biosafety measures including the use of facemasks and maintaining a 2-metre distance between individual groups or each person. You are now allowed to gather at conferences, seminars, sporting events and musical presentations in small venues.

๐Ÿ›ก๏ธ Travel safety for Panama

Reconsider your need to travel

To enter Panama, you must complete an electronic health affidavit and show the QR code generated. You must also present either a negative COVID-19 (PCR or Antigen) test taken 72 hours before travel or proof of full vaccination. Fully vaccinated travellers do not need to complete hotel quarantine on arrival. Unvaccinated travellers from some countries may need to complete quarantine at government approved hotels at their own expense. We now advise: Reconsider your need to travel to Panama overall due to the impacts of COVID-19.
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