Panama is reopening its borders to international visitors this fall, with new protocols in place designed to keep both visitors and residents safe.
Starting October 12, the country will reopen to international tourists from all countries, including the US, as long as they present the negative result of a COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken no more than 48 hours before arrival. If it was taken more than 48 hours prior to arrival, the visitor will be required to take a rapid test at the airport at their own expense — approximately $30. Passengers will also be expected to complete an electronic affidavit before checking into their flight, agreeing to comply with all sanitary control measures.
Ivan Eskildsen, Panama’s Minister of Tourism, said, “After closing our borders to travelers in late March, we are excited to safely welcome visitors back to Panama. The new health and safety protocols reflect our continuous hard work and dedication in protecting both Panamanians and our visitors, and through our efforts, have earned the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Safe Travels stamp of approval. Our beautiful country, rich in nature, biodiversity and cultural heritage is once again ready to be discovered.”
Masks will be required at the airport, as well as in all public places within the country, and incoming passengers should expect additional measures like temperature screenings to be in place. If you’re found to have COVID-19 symptoms, or your rapid test is positive, you must quarantine for seven days — at no cost to you — in a hotel for seven days before taking another test.
Panama received a World Travel & Tourism Council Safe Travels stamp of approval for its new COVID-19 protocols, which may reassure some prospective travelers.