Group Tour COVID Test Requirements

This page is about COVID testing requirements to come on a Panama Relocation Tours group tour. You should also be familiar with Traveling to Panama During COVID.

To protect the health of our tour guests, tour staff, and the communities we visit, all tour guests and staff are required to provide proof of a negative PCR or antigen COVID test that was performed on or after the Wednesday before your group tour.

You are required to present the negative test results to our tour staff before entering our conference room on the first morning of your tour.

If possible, we encourage you to obtain a negative test result before flying to Panama.

Some ideas for finding testing include:

  • Check with pharmacies in your area (WalgreensCVS, etc)
  • Do a Google search for “COVID testing near me” or “COVID testing” + the name of your city
  • Contact your healthcare provider

When scheduling your test, make sure to confirm it is a PCR or antigen test. Antibody tests are not accepted.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I get a test in Panama?

Yes. Some testing options include:

  • If you are arriving on or before the Thursday before your tour and are staying at the Courtyard Multiplaza Mall Hotel, the front desk can arrange a test for you at the hotel. An appointment is required. Call the hotel for details at +507 301-0101.
  • At Tocumen International Airport (PTY) there is a testing center in the secured area of the airport. No appointment is needed. The cost is $50 and results are available in around 40 minutes. Please let us know if you plan to get tested at PTY.
  • There are a variety of other testing locations in Panama.

Can I get a rapid test?

Rapid tests are acceptable as long as they are a PCR or antigen test.

Does a self-test (aka home test) meet the conditions of this policy?

Yes, but the test must meet the following requirements:

  • The testing procedure must include a telehealth service affiliated with the manufacturer of the test that provides real-time supervision remotely through an audio and video connection.
  • The telehealth provider must confirm your identity, observe the sample collection and testing procedures, confirm the test result, and issue a report that meets our requirements (see “What information must be included on the test result?” below).
  • Our tour staff must be able to review and confirm your identity and the test result details.

What information must be included on the test result?

A test result must be in the form of written documentation (paper or electronic copy). The documentation must include:

  1. Type of test (indicating it is a PCR or antigen test)
  2. Entity issuing the result (e.g. laboratory, healthcare entity)
  3. Specimen collection date. A negative test result must show the specimen was collected on or after the Wednesday before your tour.
  4. Information that identifies the person (full name plus at least one other identifier such as date of birth or passport number)
  5. Test Result

What if I have had a COVID-19 vaccine or have tested positive for antibodies? Do I still need a negative COVID-19 test?

Yes, all tour guests and staff, regardless of vaccination or antibody status, are required to provide a negative COVID-19 test result.

Is this different from Panama’s COVID testing policy?

Yes, a COVID test is no longer required to enter Panama as long as you can provide physical or digital proof of a complete vaccination scheme endorsed by the CDC, WHO, EMA, or FDA, equal to or greater than 14 days after the last dose.

However, we (Panama Relocation Tours) still require a negative COVID test – even if you are vaccinated.