The Panama government has announced that they will be reopening its borders for international visitors from the 12th of October. Currently, visitors from all countries will be allowed to visit Panama. All visitors who enter the country should submit a Certificate of Swab Tests / PCR or negative antigen with a maximum of 48 hours, without the need to comply with mandatory isolation. If a passenger’s COVID-19 test was taken more than 48 hours from arrival, passengers will have to take a rapid test at the airport which will be approximately $30.
Passengers who travel to Panama should also complete an electronic affidavit before checking-in to their flight, Its is mandatory to comply with all sanitary control measures outlined by the Ministry of Health. This affidavit form can be found on the Visit Panama website.
All passengers will be required to wear a face mask at all times. On arrival at the Tocumen International Airport, passengers have to present there PCR test results at the customs. Additional precautions such as temperature screenings and social distancing measures will be implemented upon arrival and all travellers are requested to comply with these rules at the airport. In case of a high temperature of a passenger at the airport, a rapid COVID-19 test will be done at the expense of the passenger. If the test result is positive, the Panamanian government will arrange for a hotel for quarantine for 7 days at no cost. After 7 days another test will be carried out to verify if the passenger is fine.
Face mask is made compulsory at all public places in Panama. Restaurants have been asked to limit the dine-in customers, so tourists are requested to make prior reservations when visiting restaurants. tour operators and attractions are required to reduce capacity 50 percent in ground transportation vehicles, and event spaces are limited to 30 percent capacity and four people per table.
Panama has also been approved with World Travel & Tourism Council “Safe Travels“ stamp of approval based on guidelines from the World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.