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New Rules for Coming Into Panama

Panama has been very aggressive about fighting the spread of the Covid-19 virus. And now, we’re starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel! Daily cases have been under 200 in the whole country and many of those have mild cases so they can quarantine at home.

Because Panama is doing so well, they are easing up on some of the restrictions to come to visit Panama.

See these NEW RULES below for coming into Panama:

  1. ALL travelers are required to present their completed Electronic Health Affidavit (in physical or digital form) to their airline or carrier BEFORE boarding a flight to Panama. It’s required when entering Panama by land too! To register and fill out your Health Affidavit, CLICK HERE (it’s in English)
  2. Non-vaccinated travelers will be required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken no more than 72 hours prior to their arrival time in Panama. You need to upload the results to the Electronic Health Affidavit form
  3. Vaccinated travelers will be exempt from presenting a negative COVID-19 test for entry as long as they can provide physical or digital proof of a complete vaccination scheme endorsed by the WHO, EMA and FDA, equal to or greater than 14 days after the last dose. You will need to upload your proof of vaccine to the Electronic Health Affidavit form. If your vaccine card is not one that is approved by Panama, you’ll need to get a Covid test to come into Panama.
  4. ALL travelers are required to present their completed Electronic Health Affidavit (in physical or digital form) to their airline or carrier BEFORE boarding the flight to Panama. We have instructions for filling out this form HERE
  5. The exception to these rules are people coming into Panama from high risk countries including United Kingdom, India, South Africa, Colombia, Brazil, Venezuela, Argentina, Paraguay, Ecuador, Guyana and Surinam. If you are coming in from these countries, see details about extra Covid testing and mandatory quarantines at Visit Panama Guidelines.

For more details, see the rules and safety guidelines for visiting Panama HERE

More good news!

A Covid test is no longer required to travel outside of Chiriqui Province or anywhere within Panama.

Most areas in Panama only have a curfew from midnight to 4am.

Mask Requirements

Surgical face masks are still required to be worn in public and when going into stores or businesses. A face shield is also required on public buses and when going into immigration.

Tourist Rules!

Effective October 1st, a tourist from most countries can only stay in Panama for 90 days.  Tourists from Canada or the United States can stay in Panama for 180 days.  You cannot stay longer than the allotted time.  You’ll need to leave Panama for at least 30 days before you can come back.   

If you’re coming to Panama to get a residency Visa, as soon as you get your temporary visa, your time in Panama will be extended to 6 months for a Pensionado Visa or two years if you’re getting a different visa

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.

Reader Interactions


  1. Scott Sindelar says

    Is there a link for uploading the vaccination card information?

  2. David says

    Are there any different rules for minor children entering the country? For example, as parents we have been vaccinated but the children are under 12 and too young to be vaccinated.

  3. Kathy Tate says

    Hello Jackie
    I am reading that travellers do not need proof of a negative Covid 19 test if fully Vaccinated. Is this implimented immediately or as of October 1/21?

    We had planned to come to Panama for 6 months. With the new changes for visitors from 180 days to 90 days implimented October 1/21, we are considering changing our arrival date to September 29/21. Would we be able to show a return flight ticket for March 28/22 (6 MONTHS) at immigration when we arrive??

    Thank you in advance for any help you can give us. The Panamanian Consolate in Toronto, Canada is unaware of any of these changes for visitor length of stay.

    Kathy Tate

    • Jackie Lange says

      If you arrive before October 1st, you can stay 180 days in Panama

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