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Panama travel restrictions & quarantine rules


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The travel advice is Reconsider your need to travel to Panama. Panama is Moderate 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.
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🚨 Travel Advice for Panama

Moderate restrictions

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

Open with conditions

If another country has been visited in the previous 15 days that is considered high risk, non-vaccinated travelers will be required to quarantine for 3 days on arrival at an authorized hotel.
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 affected countries and authorized hotels can be found at

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 requirements. All vaccines approved by the World Health Organisation, European Medicines Agency, or the Food and Drug Administration will be accepted.

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

In addition to safety guidelines, preventative health measures such as frequent hand washing and social distancing are encouraged to combat further outbreaks. 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 international certificate for full vaccination against COVID-19, with the use of an approved vaccine, do not require an essential reason to enter and are exempt from quarantine requirements.
Vaccinated travelers must still provide a pre-departure test and may be randomly selected to be tested on arrival. Travelers are also required to have a suitable quarantine plan in place for 14 days as a precaution, even when seeking the fully vaccinated exemption.
Proof of vaccination must be uploaded on the ArriveCAN application. The final dose must have been administered at least 15 days before departure and supporting documentation must be in English, French, or with a certified translation.
Further information can be found at

Quarantine required

Travelers are required to self-quarantine for 14 days on arrival at their own residence or accommodation.
Travelers testing negative on the day-8 test may leave quarantine 14 days after arrival. Travelers testing positive will undergo further 10-day quarantine from the day the test was taken and follow the instructions of local authorities.

Test/medical certificate required

Proof of a negative test result, taken within the previous 72 hours, must be provided on departure.
Travelers may instead provide documentation of having recovered from COVID-19. This will require proof of a positive test result, taken at least 15 days before departure and not more than 180 days before departure.
Proof of negative molecular test result or recovery must be uploaded to the ArriveCAN application. Further information on the testing requirements, such as types of tests accepted, can be found at

Testing on arrival

A molecular test will be administered on arrival and travelers will be provided COVID-19 at-home specimen collection kits which must be taken on day 8 of the quarantine period. The kit contains information on how to collect, store and ship the samples.
Travelers may register for the test on arrival at
Travelers who can present proof of a positive test result, taken at least 14 days before departure and not more than 180 days before, are exempt from testing on arrival.

Travel restriction details for Panama

🚫 Destination No quarantine
πŸ›¬ Return Quarantine required
πŸ–οΈ Some Visitors
🍽️ Restaurants & bars Open with restrictions
πŸ›οΈ Open shopping
🚌 Operational with restrictions transport
πŸ“… events Partially Allowed

πŸ”’ 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. β€˜Salvoconductos’ (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 Government’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.

πŸ›‘οΈ 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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