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When you leave Panama, some countries require a negative Covid test to get on the flight to fly home.
The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) announced this week that a negative Covid test will be required for international travelers to fly to the United States effective January 26th.
Air passengers are required to get a viral test (a test for current infection) within the 3 days before their flight to the U.S. departs, and provide written documentation of their laboratory test result (paper or electronic copy) to the airline or provide documentation of having recovered from COVID-19. Airlines must confirm the negative test result for all passengers or documentation of recovery before they board. If a passenger does not provide documentation of a negative test or recovery or chooses not to take a test, the airline must deny boarding to the passenger.
This also applies to travelers on private jets and chartered flights but excludes travelers which are only transiting and not entering the US.
When Should You Get Tested?
The CDC requires the test date to be no more than 72 hours before the scheduled departure to fly to the United States.
Who Checks Test Results?
Travelers are required to provide their test results in a paper or digital copy to the airline they are traveling with.
What Kind of Test Is Acceptable to Fly to the United States?
Airlines are allowed to accept both COVID-19 PCR and rapid-antigen tests. Only a PCR test is acceptable to fly to Canada.
What If I Have Been Vaccinated?
Travelers that have been vaccinated are not exempt and will be required to provide negative COVID-19 test results.
Is a Quarantine Required When I Fly Home?
Quarantine is not required in Panama unless you test positive when you come into Tocumen International Airport or if you test positive before leaving Panama.
Currently, Canadians are required to self-quarantine for 14 days after international travel when they get back to Canada.
What are the current curfew and quarantine restrictions in Panama?
As of January 27, 2021, there is a country-wide curfew from 9 pm to 4 am.
From Friday at 7pm to Monday at 4am, Panama City and Panama Oeste (which includes Coronado area), Los Santos, Herrera, Veraguas, and Cocle Provinces have a weekend quarantine, meaning you cannot leave your house/property. hose areas also have movement restrictions also: Women can only go shopping on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Men can only go shopping on Tuesday and Thursday. The beaches are closed in Panama City, Panama Oeste, Los Santos, Herrera and Cocle until March 15th.
In Chiriqui and Bocas del Toro Provinces, the beaches are open and there are no weekend quarantines. There is only a curfew from 9 pm to 5 am in these provinces. There are no movement restrictions.
Can You Get a Covid Test During a Panama Relocation Tour or a Private Tour?
During a Panama Relocation Tour, we have added a time to the itinerary for you to get a Covid test. The Covid test will be $40 for the lab in Boquete. If you go on a Private Tour, your tour guide can also help you get a Covid test.
Please note: This is not an OFFICIAL list but one that we have compiled based on information provided by each institution. Please contact the hospital/clinic/lab with any questions.
Laboratorio Clinico Genetix – Panama City, Calle 63G Oeste: 260-2999,
David – 775-3702, Herrara – 996-1148
Antigen – $40, 2-4 HRS
PCR – $95 8-24 HRS. Same day results if test before 9AM or guaranteed by next day
Laboratorio Vidatec: 226-1533
PCR: $95 12-24 HRS (M-F), 24-36 HRS (Sat. and Sun.)
Antigen: $40 3-6 HRS
Laboratories Clincos de Sedas: 297-5050, WhatsApp: 6407-6677 In-home, by appointment
PCR: $100 24-48 HRS
Antigen: $45 4-6 HRS
Laboratorio Clincio LB: 260-6742, WhatsApp: 6316-0221 In-home appointment
PCR: $85 24-48 HRS (M-F) –
Antigen: $40 4-8 HRS
(Longer on weekends. Also extra cost for Saturday and Sundays and in-home)
Complejo Medico Marbella: WhatsApp: 6245-7330
Antigen: $40 3-5 HRS
Hospital Santa Fe – Av. Simon Bolivar- 360-7400 WhatsApp: 6675-1203
PCR: $100 24 HRS
Antigen: $45 4 HRS
Laboratorio Clinico Fernandez: 212-5353, WhatsApp: 6906-4141
PCR-RT: $100, 24-48 HRS
Hospital Punta Pacifica:
PCR $95.00. If you want this done inside your car, you visit the Punta Pacifica drive-through testing center. Appointments are made at in the following link:
Results take 24 to 48 hours.
PANAMA OESTE PROVINCE
Clínica Hospital Panamericano – La Chorrera
253-6996 WhatsApp: 6678-1332
Antigen – $80 1 HR
Clinica Hospital San Fernando- Coronado
PCR- $99 48-72 HRS
Antigen- $45 Approximately 1 HR
BOCAS DEL TORO PROVINCE
Hospital Guillermo Sánchez Borbón – Isla Colon
Open daily 7am – 9:30am. There are no appointments; it is first-come, first-serve.
Antigen Test Only
Results are same day after 12pm
Hospital de Almirante: 758-3286
Rapid Test: 2 HRS, Regular: 5 Days
Hospital Raul Davila Mena – Changuinola: 758-8295
FREE 3-5 Days for results
Biomedica – Boquete:
720-1790, David: 774-2164,
720-1790, David: 774-2164,
Antigen- $40, Results – 1 HR
Laboratorio J&C Especializado – David/Home Service 730-4779
WhatsApp: 6303-7389, 6272-6105
Antigen – $45 1-2 HRS
Todo Salud Panama- David:
Antigen – $60 2-4 HRS
PCR – $120 24 HRS
Hospital Mae Lewis – David: 775-4616
Walk Up/Drive Thru
PCR- $125 24-48 HRS
Antigen-$50 Approximately 1Hr
Hospital Chiriqui – David: 774-0128
PCR: $95 24-48 HRS
Antigen: $50 4-6 HRS
Regional Hospital Dr. Rafael Hernandez – David: 777-8400
FREE, 2-3 Days
Hospital Dionisio Arrocha – Puerto Armuelles: 728-1000
FREE, 4 HRS
Hospital Regional de Chriqui Grande – Rambala: 756-9314
FREE – Same day
Laboratorio Mónica Ríos- David: 730-5765, 730- 3638
Paso Canoas: 727-3638
PCR: $95 24-48 HRS
Antigen: $35 45 Minutes-1 HR
CDC Cocle – Penonome: 909-2242 WhatsApp: 6269-4948
PCR-RT: $110 48-72 HRS
Antigen: $48 4 HRS
Listen to the reply of our first conference call in 2021. I discussed five important things you need to take into consideration before planning a move to Panama. And, I made an announcement about our NEW all-inclusive Private Tour option. The last 30-minutes were reserved for Q & A time!
Of course, before you can even come to visit Panama, you need to get a passport so that needs to be at the top of your list. The other five things you need to consider are:
1. RESEARCH if Panama will be a good fit for you. Our Online Panama Relocation Guide has the information to help you do research. You’ll want to determine if Panama has a Visa that will work for you. Does Panama have the kind of weather you like and if there is a place to live in Panama that fits your budget.
2. BUDGET – Determine how much money you will have to live on when you move to Panama. If you’re retired, will your pension be enough to qualify for a Visa? Once again, our Online Panama Relocation Guide has information to help you determine your budget and which places in Panama will be a good fit for your budget. There are upfront costs involved when you move to Panama so you need to determine if you will be able to afford to get a Visa, rental first money rent and a deposit, will you buy a car, do you need to bring pets. and perhaps get health insurance in Panama.
3. FAMILY – will you be able to live away from your family for extended periods of time or will you need to go back “home” often to see children, parents, or grandchildren. or, perhaps your family will come visit you in Panama. If you plan to go visit them, be sure to budget for additional airfare.
4. HEALTH – if you have pre-existing conditions, you need to determine if you can get the medications you need and the health care you need in Panama. Our Online Panama Relocation Guide has two pharmacies who will let you know if your medications are available and what the costs will be. If your medications are not available, you’ll need to make arrangements to get them shipped to Panama so include that cost in your budget. You will probably not be able to get health insurance in Panama if you have pre-existing conditions. But you can use public or private health care systems but you’ll have to pay out of pocket.
5. ATTITUDE – Panama is different. If you can easily adapt to a new culture and a new way of doing things, you’ll fit right in. But if you want everything to be like the USA, Canada or Europe but more affordable in Panama, you will be disappointed and may have a hard time adjusting.
LISTEN to the replay of the conference call for more details. I also made a big announcement about our new “All-Inclusive Private Tours”
Since 2010, we’ve been offering all-inclusive 6-day, 7-night Panama Relocation Tours, which travel from Panama City, the Coronado area, the Azuero, Santiago, Las Lajas/Boca Chica, David, Boquete, and Volcan. We’ve completed 124 relocation tours. After helping 1000s of people relocate to Panama, we’ve become the Relocation and Retire in Panama experts. We have the experience you can trust and need when relocating to Panama.
We also know that a full 6-day tour traveling across Panama may not be a good fit for everyone, so we offer Private Tours for specific areas. Private Tours are ideal for those who already know where you’d like to live in Panama or where they don’t want to live. Note, none of these are real estate tours. We will show rentals during your tour but we do not sell real estate so you don’t have to worry about high-pressure sales pitches.
We have information about how to do your own DIY self-guided tour in our Online Panama Relocation Guide for the adventurous types.
There IS a perfect relocation tour for you.
Here’s information about each type of tour to help you decide which tour is better for you.
ALL-INCLUSIVE 6-DAY PANAMA RELOCATION TOUR:
If you have not traveled internationally much, you may prefer an all-inclusive tour because we take care of everything for you. All you need to do is book your flight to Panama (our travel agent can even help with that). Once you arrive, you’ll be picked up at the airport, and all hotel, meals, and transportation are included in your Panama Relocation Tour. You don’t need to make any arrangements in Panama.
If you have no idea where you want to live in Panama and would like to see the variety of towns before deciding where to relocate to, a 6-day all-inclusive Panama Relocation Tour would be a good fit. You’ll learn about prices in each area we visit and the pros and cons of each area too. You’ll visit the beach, mountain, and urban communities during the tour.
The tour itself is like a rolling seminar with daily lessons about how to relocate to Panama. Everything we talk about is already written down in a book, so you don’t need to take notes. After the tour, you’ll get access to the Online Panama Relocation Guide, where we keep the relocation information updates. And, you’ll get access to a private community forum so you can stay in touch with your tour mates. We offer ongoing support before, during, and after your move to Panama for no additional charge.
One challenge will be getting on an all-inclusive tour. Because our tours are so popular, we’re currently sold out for 2021. But we do plan to open more dates in 2021. You can also get on the backup list to be notified of any openings.
See these video testimonials of people who have been on an all-inclusive Panama Relocation Tour.
PANAMA RELOCATION PRIVATE TOUR
A Private Tour is ideal for those who know you want to live in a certain kind of community or a specific town. For example, if you know you want to live near the beach, your Private Tour will focus exclusively on beach communities. If you know you want to live in the mountains or a specific town in the mountains, your Private Tour will focus exclusively on those areas.
Private tours are only for 1-2 people in your family and the Private Tour Guide. With the pandemic, you may feel more comfortable doing a Private Tour. These are custom tours to see and do exactly what you want to. Your Private Tour Guide will do all the driving, so you don’t have to worry about getting lost.
Beach people don’t have to go to the mountains. And mountain people don’t have to go to the beach.
The Private Tour Guides have lived in the area for many years and are experts in that town. They know the best neighborhoods, best places to go shopping, where to get your hair cut, who the English speaking doctors and dentists are, and much more.
We recommend that you do a 2-3 day Private tour to do a deep dive into what it’s like to live in that area. You’ll get to see rentals (we don’t recommend that you buy until you’ve been in Panama for at least 6 months). [Read more…]