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Covid Test Requirements and Current Movement Restrictions in Panama

getting a covid test in panamaUPDATED April 16TH, 2021

To fly into Panama, you will need to provide a negative Covid PCR or antigen test that is not more than 48 hours old.

If you are flying in from South America, you will need to provide a Covid PCR test that is not more than 48 hours old plus you will be required to stay in a Covid hotel for quarantine for 3 days.  At the end of the 3 days, you will be retested for Covid.  If your test is negative, you will be released.

SEE DETAILS here about Guidelines to get into Panama.

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 to board the flight to Panama so you really need to get tested before you come to Panama.  If your test has expired (more than 48 hours old), when you arrive in Panama, you can get retested at Tocumen International Airpot.

Panama’s Tocumen International Airport now offers Covid test for passengers coming into or leaving Panama.  The cost is $50 and you get results in less than 1 hour so be sure to arrive three hours before your flight.

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.

See Their Notification HERE.

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 3 days 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?

Starting April 19th, 2021, there is a country-wide curfew from 12 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.

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.

PANAMA PROVINCE

Laboratorio Clinico Genetix – Panama City, Calle 63G Oeste: 260-2999,
David – 775-3702, Herrara – 996-1148
WhatsApp: 6679-1450
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
WhatsApp: 6500-2974
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:
https://www.pacificasalud.com/expresscovid
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
240-1646, 240-1167
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.

CHIRIQUI PROVINCE

Biomedica – Boquete:
720-1790, David: 774-2164,
WhatsApp: 6859-0602
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:
730-4290
WhatsApp: 6670-2689
Antigen – $60 2-4 HRS
PCR – $120 24 HRS

Hospital Mae Lewis – David: 775-4616
Walk Up/Drive Thru
WhatsApp: 6550-3420
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
WhatsApp: 6675-6755
Paso Canoas: 727-3638
WhatsApp: 6246-0273
PCR: $95 24-48 HRS
Antigen: $35 45 Minutes-1 HR

COCLE PROVINCE

CDC Cocle – Penonome: 909-2242 WhatsApp: 6269-4948
PCR-RT: $110 48-72 HRS
Antigen: $48 4 HRS

Jackie Lange

Jackie Lange is the founder of Panama Relocation Tours and lives in the highlands of Boquete Panama. She has helped thousands of people relocate to Panama.

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  1. Neil Booth says

    This requirement is also need for people arriving in Canada ! Plus a 14 day quarantine is also required !

  2. Susan says

    thanks for this info…. I don’t see anything in Veraguas… do you know of anything there? thanks

    • Jackie Lange says

      there is no place in Veraguas to get tested unless you have symptons.

  3. nonie ratcliff says

    Jackie, thank you so much for the information. I feel much more confident now flying in and out of Panama.

  4. Bob says

    Is the nasal swab (short probe) available & accepted for the PCR test administered in Panama for return flights to the US, or is nasopharangeal (long probe) required? Makes a big difference. Thanks

    • Jackie Lange says

      I do not know which kind of nasal swab is done.

  5. Tommy T says

    Do the results need to be in English when flying from Panama to the USA

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