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What to Know About Traveling to Panama

Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport is officially reopened and flights are available from around the world, including the United States. But there are strict safety protocols in place and travelers should know what to expect and what steps are necessary to ensure an uneventful trip.

Panama is setting a new standard on how to reestablish travel. Government agencies have come together “to implement biosecurity protocols that ensure the safety of both travelers and locals as the destination reopens for tourism and business travel,” according to the government’s travel information site.

Here are a few of the key points:

  • Travelers will be required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken no more than 48 hours prior to their arrival time in Panama.
  • If a test is not possible within that time frame, a COVID-19 rapid test will be mandated at the airport before customs and the traveler will have to cover the costs of said test. (USD$ 50).

  • Prior to check-in, all incoming travelers will be required to complete an Electronic Affidavit (sworn statement) agreeing to

  • Passengers are subject to temperature screening upon entering the airport.

  • Visitors who test positive the passenger will be placed under quarantine in a hotel designated by the Ministry of Health for 7 days before being retested.

Once in Panama, masks are required in all public spaces. But visitors will find many restaurants and businesses open and tourists will be able to enjoy many of Panama’s beautiful destinations.

The full list of traveler information can be found here.