Traveling to Panama During COVID

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Last Updated on March 30, 2022

Panama is open and visitors from all countries are welcome. Our tours resumed regular operations in February 2021 and are proceeding as scheduled.

During the pandemic, we’ve had over 500 tour guests and have received almost entirely positive feedback. Traveling to Panama is a little more challenging than it used to be but we’re confident you can still have an amazing trip.

Panama’s standard entry requirements apply in addition to the recommendations & requirements listed below.

Travel Insurance

We recommend buying travel insurance. Depending on the policy, travel insurance may cover your potentially non-refundable travel expenses, medical expenses, and more.

We strongly encourage all travelers to get a negative COVID test within 3 days before flying to Panama, even if not required to do so by your airline or the government.

If you test positive, it will be much better for you to learn this when you are near home and before traveling. If you test positive in Panama, you will be required to quarantine for 14 days at an authorized hotel at your own expense.

Some ideas for finding testing include:

  • Make an appointment with a pharmacy in your area. You may be able to use these links: WalgreensCVS
  • Do a Google search for “COVID testing near me” or “COVID testing” + the name of your city
  • Contact your health care provider

Airline COVID Test Requirements

It’s possible your airline may require you to show proof of a negative COVID test to board a flight to Panama.

You should pay careful attention to any emails you receive from your airline. They will communicate their COVID testing requirements, if any, to you. If you are unsure of your airline’s policy, contact them for more information.

COVID Test Required for All Tour Guests

All group tour guests and staff are required to show proof of a negative PCR or antigen COVID test performed on or after the Wednesday before their tour. A negative COVID test is required regardless of vaccination or antibody status.

If possible, you should get a COVID test before flying to Panama.

If you need to get a COVID test in Panama, the front desk at our group hotel (Courtyard Multiplaza Mall Hotel) can arrange a test for you. An appointment is required. Call the hotel for details at +507 301-0101.

Rapid tests are acceptable as long as they are PCR or antigen tests. Proctored home / self-tests are allowed as long as they meet our requirements.

For more information see Group Tour COVID Test Requirements.

You will be required to show proof of a negative COVID test to our on-site staff before entering our conference room on Saturday morning.

COVID Test May Be Required to Enter Panama

Travelers with a complete vaccination scheme

You will not have to present a negative COVID-19 test for entry to Panama as long as you can provide physical or digital proof of a complete vaccination scheme and the last dose of the vaccine was administered 14 days or more before your arrival in Panama.

Currently, a booster shot is not required to have a complete vaccination scheme.

The following vaccination schemes are considered complete:

  • 1 (one) dose of Janssen (Johnson & Johnson).
  • 2 (two) doses of Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Sinopharm, and Sinovac. Combining different vaccines is accepted (ie. one AstraZeneca shot & one Pfizer shot).

Travelers without a complete vaccination scheme

If you do not have proof of a complete vaccination scheme, you will be required to present proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test to enter Panama. The test can be taken no more than 72 hours before your arrival time in Panama.

If a test is not possible in that timeframe, you will be required to take a COVID test when you arrive at Tocumen International Airport (PTY). The cost is $50. If you test positive, you will be required to quarantine for 14 days at your own expense in a Hotel Hospital designated by the Ministry of Health.

If you are coming on a group tour: Depending on your date of arrival in Panama, you may need to get two COVID tests.

For example, if you are arriving in Panama on the Tuesday before your tour – you will need to get one test to enter Panama and a second test to come on our tour.

However, if you are arriving on the Friday before your tour you could get only one test on Wednesday. The results from this test will be accepted to enter Panama as well as to come on our tour.

Health Affidavit Required Before You Fly

When your arrival time in Panama is less than 72 hours away and ideally after you have a negative COVID test result (**if required to get a test), Panama requires you to complete a Health Affidavit. We published some instructions here:

How to Fill Out the Panama Health Affidavit Form

The form asks where you will be staying while you are in Panama (Temporal Address). If you are coming on a group tour, we’ll send you that information approximately 10 days before your tour date.

Precautions During Your Trip

In Panama, you are required to wear a face mask covering your mouth and nose in all indoor public spaces – including while on our tour bus & airport shuttles, in taxis, and in hotel common areas. Face masks are required regardless of vaccination or antibody status. There are no exceptions to the face mask policy.

Face masks can only be removed indoors while eating or while in your private hotel room.

Face masks are no longer required when outdoors as long as you can maintain at least 1 meter (3 feet) of physical distance between yourself and other parties.

Panama Relocation Tours is strictly following all biosecurity measures required by Panama’s Ministry of Health. Our drivers, tour guides, and assistants will wear face coverings while indoors and will maintain 3 feet of physical distance whenever possible. 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. During our lunch stop, the interior of the bus will be wiped down with disinfectant again.

We ask that everyone please wear a face covering at all times while:

  • In our airport shuttles
  • On our tour bus

Whenever possible, please maintain 3 feet physical distance between your party and other parties in our group. This includes while boarding the bus, while getting off the bus, and during meals.

COVID Test Required to Leave Panama

Panama does not require you to get a COVID test to leave the country. However, some countries, including the United States, require all travelers to get a negative COVID test before boarding a flight that arrives there.

You are responsible for monitoring & adhering to the entry requirements for the country you are flying to when you leave Panama.

During your group tour, the tour guide will tell you where you can go to get a covid test. We also have a blog post that covers where to get a COVID test in Panama.