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REPLAY: Panama’s New Entry Requirements

Listen to the replay of the September 11th weekly Panama Relocation Tours conference call. We had more than 300 people on the call!

During the call, I discussed Panama’s new requirements for coming into Panama.

To recap some of the details

Before coming to Panama, everyone must fill out an Electronic Health Affidavit form BEFORE boarding their flight to Panama. You can find the form HERE. At the upper right, you can convert to EN (English).

If you’ve been vaccinated more than 14 days prior to arrival in Panama, you will need to upload your vaccine card to the Electronic Health Affidavit Form. Panama no longer requires vaccinated people to provide a negative Covid test.

If you have not been vaccinated, you will be required to upload a negative Covid antigen or PCR test that is not older than 72 hours from your arrival time in Panama. If it’s not possible to get results 72 hours before arrival, you can get tested at Tocumen International Airport for $50. Be aware that many airlines require a negative Covid test to board the flight. Check with your airline about their requirements.

We do have instructions for filling out the form here. Alert – the United States is not on the list of countries — instead, look for the word in Spanish — Estados Unidos.

If you’re coming from a high-risk country (high volume of Covid cases) Panama also requires a 72-hour quarantine for non-vaccinated people at an approved hotel. You can see the list of approved hotels on the website If you’re a Panamanian citizen or legal resident, you can quarantine at your home in Panama.

As of September 16th, these are the high-risk countries: United States, Cuba, Guatemala, Costa Rica, French Guyana, the United Kingdom, Greece, Georgia, Estonia, Serbia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Azerbaijan, Israel, Malaysia, Mongolia, South Africa, Guinea Bissau, Tunisia and Fiji.

See up-to-date information about Panama’s Entry Requirements at the Visit Panama website.

Panama Relocation Tours Entry Rules

Panama Relocation Tours is dedicated to providing you a safe tour. We follow all MINSA biosecurity measures, we have reduced the size of the tours to allow for plenty of social distancing on our comfortable 40-passenger bus, plus we require that everyone, even vaccinated, present a negative Covid test that is not more than 72 hours old to get on the tour bus.

Unfortunately, being vaccinated is no safeguard against getting or spreading Covid.

My Covid doctor in Panama says that 50% of the people in the hospital with Covid in Panama have been fully vaccinated. My daughter-in-law’s mother, who was fully vaccinated, got Covid and I know many others who have been vaccinated but got Covid anyway.

To make sure that your tour is as safe as possible for you, the other tour guests, our guides, and the communities we visit, we require everyone to show a negative Covid test to come on the tour. We recommend that you get tested before flying to Panama.

If you test positive in Panama, you will be required to do a 14-day quarantine at a Covid Hotel or the Covid hospital if necessary.

Covid News and Requirements

The number of new Covid cases per day in Panama is about 320 in the whole country. There are currently 232 people in the hospital with Covid in Panama.

Panama’s doing a great job of controlling Covid and the new Entry Requirements will ensure that the numbers continue to go down.

You’re required to wear a mask in public… unless you’re on an island with no one else around like the photo below!

Cioba Island National Park Panama
You could be here!

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. Norman Hutchinson says

    We are interested in your tour but want to take the tour and then spend several months renting in different locations. I assume we will need some kind of visa or papers to stay in addition to what is needed for your tour. Is all this information in your guide book? Should we get the guide before coming down? I lived in Margarita and Coco Solo many years ago while attending high school so we are interested in finding the best micro climate zone we like.

    • Jackie Lange says

      Tourists from the United States and Canada can stay in Panama 180 days. No visa is necessary. If you’re from a different country, you can stay in Panama for 90 days without getting a visa.

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