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Replay: What’s Going on With Covid in Panama

Since 2010, Panama Relocation Tours has been hosting conference calls to keep you informed about what it’s like to live in Panama and to answer your questions.

Listen to the replay of the Saturday, July 24th conference call to learn:

1. What’s going on with covid number and restrictions in Panama. Where and why there are Sunday quarantines in some areas of Panama but not others. Masks requirements.

2. New requirements for coming into Panama – a Covid test is required even if you’ve been vaccinated but now the test can be 72 hours old (previously 48 hours old). Did you know that CVS and Walgreens both offer free Covid tests if you tell them it is for travel??

Note, you could have to wait 2 hours for Covid tests results at eh Tocumen International Airport so it is better to get tested before you come to Panama. Some airlines will not let you on the flight to Panama unless you present a negative covid test.

3. Extra quarantines required for people coming into Panama from “high risk” areas like South Africa, South America, India, and the United Kingdom if you have been there in the last 15 days. You will need to present a negative Covid test to come into Panama PLUS you’ll need to get another Covid test ($50) when you arrive.

However, travelers arriving from these “high risk” countries that can present a complete vaccination scheme, equal to or greater than 14 days after the last dose, will be exempt from the 3-day quarantine.

If you have not been vaccinated and you are coming from one of the “high risk” countries, you’ll need to do a 3-day quarantine at an approved hotel even if you have a negative Covid test. If you test positive, you’ll need to do a 14-day quarantine.

No quarantine is required for people from other countries if you present a negative covid test when you arrive in Panama.

See more details here about the safety guidelines for entering Panama and a link to the Digital Affidavit that is required.

4. During the pandemic Panama insurance companies stopped writing policies for those over 65. But now, Panama health insurance for those under 70 years old is available in Panama. Most companies require that you have a residency Visa to get this insurance or a letter from your attorney that you are in the process of getting a visa. The cost is $102 per month if you are 60-70 years old. Soon insurance for 70+ will be available for $125 per month. See the brochure HERE. to learn what’s covered and when.

5. How to get prescription medications sent to Panama and how to get pricing on medications in Panama before you arrive.

PLUS much more including a Q & A time!

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. Paris L Fant says

    My wife of 29 years is Panamanian. We married in Panama while I was stationed there. I’m interested in get a pensionado.

    • Jackie Lange says

      HI Paris

      Any of the immigration lawyers we work with can help you get a pensionado visa quickly and affordably. It will cost about $1200 for a Pensionado Visa. Our list of recommended immigration lawyers is in the

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