Traveling to Panama during the Covid-19 pandemic

To enter Panama you are required to provide a negative Covid-19 PCR or Antigen) that was administered within 48 hours prior to traveling to Panama.

Travellers who cannot provide proof of a negative test, or have results from a test that was administered more than 48 hours before traveling to Panama, will be required to take a test at the airport. The cost of the test is $50.00 and this is paid by the traveller. 

If you test positive at the airport in Panama, you will be required to quarantine at a designated hotel. After seven days another test is administered, a negative result will mean you can leave the hotel again. A positive result will mean quarantine for the full 14 days, or until you test negative.

Currently, there are curfews in some areas of the country, however, there are no checkpoints or restrictions on traveling within the country. 

Anyone leaving their residence must be wearing a mask that covers their nose and mouth. Any individual not wearing a mask is subject to possible detention and fine. Masks are also required in all businesses. 

Beginning November 11th, 2020,  the government of Panama imposed movement restrictions in Sona and San Francisco, in the province of Veraguas. In these areas beaches, rivers, and hot springs are closed and a curfew is from 7:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m., Monday through Friday; Sunday quarantine begins at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday and is lifted at 5:00 a.m. on Monday.

In the rest of the country beaches and rivers remain open, however, the government warned if the Rt rate continues to rise curfews and closures would occur. We will continue to monitor this situation and update as information is provided. 

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