Traveling to Panama: New Entry Requirements
Updated: Dec 4, 2020
Starting October 12th Panama is reopening for international visitors, reactivating international flights, tourist activities, hotels, and more. At the same time, there are new entry regulations and COVID-19 precautions that all travelers must comply with upon arrival in Panama.
Upon arrival to the country every national, resident, or foreigner must present a negative PCR Test Certificate or antigen, no older than 48 hours. By complying with this measure established by the Ministry of Health of Panama, the traveler will be able to enter the country without having to fulfill any type of mandatory quarantine.
If the traveler upon arrival in Panama City does not carry a PCR Test Certificate or antigen the person will be required to perform a rapid test at the international Tocumen airport (prior to passport control).
Depending on the result of the rapid test, the following measures will be applied:
If the result of the rapid test is negative, the traveler is exempt from any mandatory quarantine.
If the PCR test is positive, the person must be placed in mandatory isolation in a hotel hospital designated by the Ministry of Health. After 7 days, another test will be performed. If the result is positive, the 14-day quarantine must be completed. If the result of the second test is negative, the quarantine is terminated. The failure to comply with the established provisions will be sanctioned by the competent authorities.
These measures established by the Ministry of Health of Panama will come into effect as of October 12 and will be in force until December 31, 2020, with the possibility of extending them.
Bon voyage and have a safe trip!
UPDATE: The cost of the rapid test at Tocumen Airport is US$50.00. Three stations have been set up in Terminal 1 (prior to passport control) to perform the rapid test. The results are available in approximately 20 to 30 minutes.
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