Panama’s standard entry requirements apply in addition to the requirements listed below.
COVID Test Required to Enter Panama
Travelers will be required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken no more than 48 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 before customs and the traveler will have to cover the costs of said test. (USD $50).
If you test positive for COVID at Tocumen International Airport you will be required to quarantine in a hotel designated by the Ministry of Health until you test negative. We strongly encourage you to get proof of a negative COVID test before boarding your flight to Panama. Start researching where you can get a COVID test in your area at least 30 days before your departure date. Do not wait until the day before your trip!
You should also check with your airline to see if they have any additional COVID restrictions.
COVID Test Required to Fly to the United States
Air passengers are required to show proof of a negative COVID test taken within 3 days of their flight to the United States. You will not be allowed to board a flight to the U.S. if you test positive or refuse to take a test. COVID testing has been added to our tour itinerary.
When to arrive in Panama
Due to a larger than normal number of flights being significantly delayed or rescheduled, we recommend arriving on the Thursday before your tour starts if possible. We can make a reservation for you at our preferred Panama City hotel prior to your tour check-in date. The room will be at your expense but you can take advantage of our tour operator discounted rate.
Prior to check-in for your flight, all incoming travelers are required to complete an Electronic Affidavit agreeing to:
- Comply with all sanitary control measures outlined by the Ministry of Health of Panama.
- Provide localization information for residence while in Panama.
- Confirm that you are healthy (no symptoms of any respiratory illness) and that you have not been exposed to COVID-19 within the last fourteen (14) days.
For details see How to Fill Out the Panama Digital Affidavit Form.
BioSecurity Rules in Panama
While in Panama, you are required to wear a face mask covering your mouth and nose in all public spaces – including while on our tour bus & airport shuttle, in taxis, in hotel common areas, and while socially distanced outdoors. Face masks can only be removed while eating or while in your private hotel room. To enter stores and restaurants, you will be required to step in a disinfectant, get your temperature taken, and apply hand sanitizer.
BioSecurity Rules During Your Panama Relocation Tour
We are strictly following all biosecurity measures required by Panama’s Ministry of Health – including operating at a reduced capacity.
Every evening the interior of our tour bus will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. All surfaces you might come in contact with will be cleaned with a disinfectant. To get on the bus in the morning, you will be required to step in a disinfectant solution, have your temperature taken, and apply a hand sanitizer. Your temperature must be less than 36.5 degrees Celcius to get on the bus.
During our lunch stop, the interior of the bus will be wiped down with a disinfectant again.
For more information see: Safety Guidelines for Your Next Trip To Panama (opens Panama’s official tourism website)