Tocumen International Airport officially reopened for international flights on Oct. 12, marking a major step in Panama’s reopening.
In the early stages, Tocumen is expected to handle about 80 daily operations, with flights from 36 destinations in 20 countries in the Americas and Europe, including the United States, Colombia, Ecuador, Chile, Guatemala, Argentina, and Brazil. Seven airlines are flying in the initial phase, including Copa, Air France, United, and Spirit.
There are no country restrictions on visitors, but anybody traveling to Panama must present upon arrival a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken no more than 48 hours prior to the trip. Rapid tests are available at the airport for $50. If a travel fails a COVID-19 test, they will be quarantined in a government-prepared hotel.
President Laurentino Cortizo was on hand to greet the first flight from Panama and government officials made it clear that this was a big moment in the country’s careful steps toward reopening.
“After months of dreaming about and planning for Panama’s reopening, we are thrilled that this day is finally here,” Tourism Minister Iván Eskildsen told reporters.
We also expect this to have a dramatic impact on Panama’s property market. As we’ve discussed in communications with our clients, we’re seeing a lot of pent-up demand. As restrictions started to ease, we saw a surge in sales and rental activity. Many of the deals found during the pandemic are likely to end as Panama real estate continues to reopen.
The airport opening coincides with an easing of restrictions across the country. Hotels and some tourist attractions are open, although there are strict health guidelines for every business.
More information about Panama’s travel guidelines and restrictions can be found here.