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America > Panama: Covid-19 and Travel


Present Situation

Total cases: 1 millions

Active cases: 7 754

Recovered: 985 881

Deaths: 8 526

Vaccination count: 3.5 millions

Current trend: Declining

Data updated on 2022-12-04

Cumulative coronavirus cases

Summary of the situation

Are the borders open to travellers? Allowed
Is a test required to enter the country?
Negative PCR test is required for some travelers.
Are quarantine measures imposed? Sous conditions
Is the country in lockdown? Partiellement
Is wearing a mask mandatory?
Masks are required in enclosed public places

Provisions for travellers

Entry to the territory: Allowed
Visitors from all countries are welcome to visit Panama.

-Travelers will not have to present a negative COVID-19 test for entry as long as they can provide physical or digital proof of at least 2 (two) doses or complete vaccination scheme endorsed by the WHO, EMA and FDA, equal to or greater than 14 days after the last dose.

-Non-vaccinated or partially vaccinated travelers will be required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken no more than 72 hours prior to their arrival time in Panama.

If a test is not possible within that time frame, a COVID-19 rapid test will be mandated at the airport and the traveler will have to cover the costs of said test (USD $50).

If the results are positive, the traveler will be placed under a mandatory 5-day quarantine in a hotel. The cost of the stay must be fully covered by the traveler.

Any child or person under 17 years will not have to present a negative COVID-19 test or vaccination record if they are accompanied by an adult when entering Panama.

ALL travelers are required to present their completed Electronic Health Affidavit (in physical or digital form) to their airline or carrier BEFORE boarding to Panama. Register and fill out your Health Affidavit (https://www.panamadigital.gob.pa/RegistroPacoViajero)

Tests: Negative PCR test is required for some travelers.

Quarantine: Depends
Quarantine required some travelers

Information updated on 2022-11-23.

Action taken in the country

Lockdown: Partial
The current nationwide nightly 22:00-04:00 curfew will be scaled back to 00:00-04:00. Essential services, critical transportation, and international travelers are exempt from the curfew.

Bars may reopen if serving on outdoor terraces. The public may attend outdoor sporting events at 25 percent capacity. More generally, nonessential businesses will be permitted to open until 23:00. The weekend lockdown in Changuinola district in Bocas del Toro Province will be lifted effective April 17.

Authorities had previously eased other measures under the COVID-19 recovery plan. Cinemas, casinos, and recreational sports fields have reopened at reduced operating capacity. Following this, most nonessential commercial and recreational establishments would have been permitted to reopen subject to strict operation protocols, except for nightclubs and private parties and shows. Other measures remain unchanged. Alcohol may only be served as an accompaniment to meals at restaurants. Access to beaches, rivers, and swimming pools is permitted 06:00-17:00 daily.

All businesses are required to comply with strict sanitation, hygiene, and social distancing protocols, including ensuring that staff and customers use protective facemasks and maintain at least 2 meters (6.5 feet) between each other. Work-related gatherings are to be limited to no more than 25 people. To avoid crowds on public transportation, officials introduced a staggered schedule for work start times; construction workers will start at 07:00, private companies at 08:00, and public servants from 09:00.

Mask use
Masks are required in enclosed public places

Gatherings: Allowed
Allowed under covid restrictions

Restaurants and bars: Open with restrictions

Shops: Open

Tourist attractions: Open


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