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When you leave Panama, some countries require a negative Covid test to get on the flight to fly home.
Many airlines require that you present a negative Covid test or proof of vaccination to board the flight to Panama. You also need to fill out the Electronic Health Affidavit form BEFORE you board your flight to Panama.
TO FLY BACK TO THE UNITED STATES OR CANADA
The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) announced that a negative Covid test will be required for international travelers to fly to the United States effective January 26th.
Per the CDC, all passengers are required to get a viral test (a test for current infection) no longer than the day before your flight to the U.S. departs, or 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 the day 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.
For Canada, only a PCR test is acceptable and is required for everyone flying to Panama. Only vaccinated people are allowed to enter 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 to fly back to the United States or Canada.
What are the current curfew and quarantine restrictions in Panama?
In Panama, there is a country-wide curfew from 1 am to 4 am.
You are required to wear a mask anywhere in public.
Can You Get a Covid Test During a Panama Relocation Tour or a Private Tour?
On the last day of the tour, you can get tested at a lab in Boquete. If you plan to travel around Panama after the tour, see the list of places to get tested below. You can also get tested at Tocumen International Airport before your flight to leave Panama, however they only provide an antigen test so Canadians will need to get tested at a lab in Panama City.
If you test positive in Panama, you will be required to quarantine for 14 days at either the hotel where you are or an authorized Covid hotel. The quarantine will be at your expense.
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
There are currently no testing places available for travel.
You will need to get tested at Tocumen International Airport
or at a Panama City lab.
720-1790, David: 774-2164,
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
In Volcan – LAC Baru next to Uno Express on the main street. 6901-1754 Their hours are 7:30 am – 5:00 pm. The PCR test costs $95 and the antigen test costs $45. Results are available next day.
CDC Cocle – Penonome: 909-2242 WhatsApp: 6269-4948
PCR-RT: $110 48-72 HRS
Antigen: $48 4 HRS