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…