Panama Relocation Tours does NOT offer support with filling out Panama’s Digital Affidavit Form. Please do not contact us for assistance with this form. Everything we know about the digital affidavit is included in this post.
If you have questions or experience problems while completing the digital affidavit, please contact your airline to ask A) if they require you to fill out the affidavit and B) for assistance with filling out the digital affidavit.
When Panama re-opened its borders to visitors on October 12th, Safety Guidelines for Your Next Trip to Panama was published on Panama’s official tourism website. This is required reading for anyone who plans to travel to Panama.
In the “Prior to Traveling” section of that page, they list a number of requirements to enter Panama. One of the requirements states:
Prior to check-in, all incoming travelers will be required to complete an Electronic Affidavit (sworn statement) agreeing to:
- Comply with all sanitary control measures outlined by the Ministry of Health of Panama.
- Provide localization information for residence while in Panama.
- Confirm that you are healthy (no symptoms of any respiratory illness) and that you have not been exposed to COIVD-19 within the last fourteen (14) days.
The page also includes instructions for how to fill out the Affidavit.
During the last couple of weeks, we’ve received dozens of phone calls and emails from people who have experienced problems while attempting to fill out this form. At first, I thought to myself “Geez! How hard could it really be?” But the calls have kept coming in.
I decided to try filling it out myself to find out what is really going on. What I found was the process is actually surprisingly difficult. If it was any other form on the internet I would have given up early on. But considering how important the form is, I was determined to make it work. After a lot of trial and error, I was finally able to complete the form!
I documented my experience and am sharing it with you so you’ll hopefully have a better experience than I did. This is what worked for me…
The form is supposed to be filled out no more than 4 days before your check-in date. Don’t fill it out too early.
Step 1 – Use Google Chrome on a laptop or desktop
I completed the form on my laptop. We’ve heard that the form works better on Firefox but, for me, it worked on Google Chrome. It may work on other browsers or devices. I don’t know because I didn’t try that.
One thing I had to do was temporarily disable my ad & tracking blockers. I have both the uBlock Origin and Privacy Badger extensions installed and they seemed to cause problems during this process. Once I disabled them some of the problems disappeared. If you don’t know what these are, you probably don’t need to do anything.
Step 3 – Do not use a Yahoo email address
After completing the form, you’ll be emailed a QR code that you need to keep on hand while entering Panama. We’ve received reports that this email never gets delivered to Yahoo email addresses. When I completed the form, I used a Gmail address.
Step 3 – Open the form and change it to English
In a new browser tab, open the digital affidavit form:
In the top right corner click on “EN”. This will change the site from Spanish to English. After changing the site to English, I found that some, but not all, of the site actually used English. Some text was still in Spanish.
Step 4 – Fill Out the Digital Affidavit Form
Here are some tips for completing the form:
- Date of Entry to Panama: This field uses the format mm/dd/yyyy
- Country of origin: The list of countries is in Spanish. For United States, choose Estados Unidos.
- Type of Travel Document: Choose Passport
- Identification document: Enter your passport number
- Birthdate: This field uses the format mm/dd/yyyy.
- Nationality: The list of countries is in Spanish. For United States, choose Estados Unidos.
- Telephone: Enter your phone number, numbers only – no dashes or spaces.
The Direccion Temporal section is asking where you will be staying in Panama. For example, if you are staying at a hotel you would enter the information for the hotel here. If you are staying in multiple locations you might want to enter the one you will be spending the most time at.
If you don’t know this information, you should contact the place where you will be staying and ask them.
Some of this section is in Spanish. I used Google Translate to translate it into English.
Sitio de hospedaje = Hosting site. Enter the name of the hotel or the place where you will be staying.
Direccion del sitio de hospedaja = Address of or directions to the hosting site.
Telefono del lugar de hospedaje = Telephone of the place of lodging
Note: If you are joining us for a group tour of Panama, we will email you before your tour and let you know what to enter here.
COUNTRIES VISITED IN THE LAST 14 DAYS
The list of countries is in Spanish. You should know the drill by now! For United States, choose Estados Unidos.
Once you are done completing the form, click the Send button. You should see a success message, like this:
Step 5 – Check Your Email for the QR Code
After you complete the form, you will be sent a confirmation email with a file containing a QR code. You may be required to show this QR code at the airport so it’s important that you find it.
We’ve received reports that some people are asked to present the QR code before boarding their flight to Panama, others are asked for it after they arrive in Panama, and others aren’t asked for it at all! Make sure to keep it on hand just in case. You may even want to take a screenshot of it on your phone so you can access it even if you don’t have cell phone signal.
For me, the email arrived immediately. If you can’t find it, check your spam or junk mail folder. The email came from email@example.com and had the subject line “Codigo QR”. It looks like this:
So, that’s it! Just make sure to have the QR code available during your entire journey to Panama.