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Panama Covid Update December 2021

Prior to the November holidays, Panama had about 130 new Covid cases per day with about 95 people in the hospital in the whole country.

But, after the November holidays including family gatherings, parties, and parades, the Covid numbers doubled to more than 300 new cases per day. Luckily, these have been mild cases and hospitalizations have not gone up. Hospitalization is down 89%.

Keep in mind the 300 new cases a day is in the whole country with a population of about 4,500,000.

Listen to the replay of the December 4th conference call with more details about the Covid situation in Panama.

All businesses are open. Life in Panama is back to normal except you have to wear a mask in public.

Restaurants and bars are operating at a lower capacity to insure social distancing.

About 57% of the population is fully vaccinated in Panama. Covid vaccines, and booster shots, are available to anyone who wants them in Panama.

To come into Panama, you need to fill out a Digital Health Affidavit Form. We have step-by-step instructions for filling out the form HERE. If you are vaccinated, you need to upload your vaccine card to the Digital Health Affidavit Form. If you are not vaccinated, you are required to upload a Covid test that is no more than 72 hours old when you enter Panama.

Once you complete the Digital Health Affidavit Form, you will be emailed a QR code. Many airlines will not issue a boarding pass unless you show your QR code. Be sure to fill out the Digital Health Affidavit Form before you go to the airport.

See more details about entry requirements on the Tourism Panama website.

The current status, as of December 7, 2021

GREAT NEWS… After the holidays the numbers came back down!

On December 10th there were only 127 new Covid cases and there are less than 100 people in the hospital.

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. Eric says

    I think I saw somewhere that taking a bus requires a face shield on top of a mask. Is that still a requirement?
    We plan on using the bus from Almirante to David.

    • Jackie Lange says

      It is currently required to wear a face shield in addition to a mask when you are on public transportation.

  2. urska says

    Hello, I am searching for an information whether covid-19 recovery counts as fully vaccinated?

    • Jackie Lange says

      Panama does consider recovering from Covid as fully vaccinated.

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