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COVID-19 travel restrictions: Panama

Travel restrictions


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This article was published on April 15, 2022, and all the information in the article is correct as of this time. Before you book your trip, we highly recommend that you also check official sources for the most up-to-date travel requirements, as they are subject to constant change.

Can I enter Panama?

You can enter Panama. Nevertheless, please note that a number of COVID-19 restrictions are in place in Panama. Please be aware that all travelers must present a completed Electronic Health Affidavit (in physical or digital form) before boarding to Panama.

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Can I enter Panama if I am vaccinated?

You can enter Panama if you are vaccinated. All vaccine drugs endorsed by the WHO, EMA, and FDA are accepted in Panama. You are considered fully vaccinated at least 14 days after completing your vaccination course.

Travel documents if I am vaccinated 

  • Physical or digital proof of your vaccination status

Can I enter Panama if I am unvaccinated?

You can enter Panama if you are unvaccinated.

Travel documents if I am unvaccinated 

If you are unvaccinated, you have to present one of the following documents:

  • Documentation of recovery from COVID-19 that is less than 180 days old
  • A negative PCR or rapid antigen COVID-19 test result taken no more than 72 hours before arrival in Panama

Can I leave Panama?

There are no stringent COVID-19 restrictions in place for leaving Panama. However, please ensure that you have checked the COVID-19 requirements for your destination country.

Travel documents if I am vaccinated 

  • A document confirming vaccination status

Travel documents if I am unvaccinated

  • A certificate of recovery from COVID-19 (no more than 180 days old before the day of crossing the border of a particular country)
  • A negative COVID-19 test result (the relevant period and kind of test may vary, please check the requirements of the destination country)

COVID-19 situation in Panama currently

As of March 2022, the COVID-19 situation in Panama is moderate. 

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Is it safe to travel to Panama right now?

Your visit to Panama will be safe if you follow the local regulations:

  • While all restaurants, beaches, and other recreational areas are open, social distance must be maintained

Is Panama City open for travel?

Presently, Panama City is open for travelers. Please, follow the nationwide COVID-19 regulations to see all sights safely. 

Do I have to quarantine if I go to Panama?

If your pre-departure tests are positive, you have to self-isolate for 14-days in a hotel. Please note that you have to cover the costs of your stay fully.

How do I get a health pass to travel to Panama?

At present, there is no common digital health pass for travelers in Panama. It is recommended to carry your paper documents with you. 

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