FYI: At to prospective plans for travel to Panama
, Covid-19 restrictions remain rather dynamic and uncertain, with extensions likely due to continued community spread. Presently there are only very limited humanitarian flights available.
On September 24, the Panamanian Ministry of Health
confirmed 108,726 cases of COVID-19 in Panama.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Health
Notice for Panama due to COVID-19. The State Department has also issued a Level 4 Travel Advisory for Panama. Read the Health Notice and Travel Advisory.
On September 23, the Government
of Panama extended the suspension of international commercial
passenger flights for an additional 19 days through October 11. The previous exceptions for cargo, humanitarian, medical
evacuation, and vaccines remain in place. Tocumen International Airport
continues to operate as a Humanitarian Mini-Hub.
Entry and Exit Requirements:
Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? No
Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes
Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports
of entry? Yes
Currently the Government
of Panama is only allowing Panamanian Citizens and Residents to enter Panama. They are providing limited exceptions for emergencies. If you believe you have an urgent need to enter Panama, contact the nearest Panamanian Embassy or a Consulate.
The Government of Panama requires a negative COVID-19 test within 96 hours of your flight into Panama.
See the Embassy of Panama in Washington
D.C. for more information about current
flights operating? No
Is public transportation operating? Yes
Masks are required any time you leave your home and that includes when using public transportation.
Public Transportation is operating. For information and traveler requirements for the Metro rail system, go to https://www.elmetrodepanama.com
. Information on the bus system is available at: https://www.mibus.com.pa
The Embassy has identified two upcoming humanitarian flights with seats available. Any traveler with the appropriate passport/visa to permit
entry into the United States is eligible to purchase
a ticket. Travelers should carefully plan their onward travel as hotel
options may be limited. Once in the United States, all domestic travel arrangements are the sole responsibility of the traveler.
The upcoming humanitarian flights are:
October 2 United Airlines flight UA1856 to Houston
, TX, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport
at 1:25 p.m.
October 9 United Airlines flight UA1856 to Houston
, TX, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 1:25 p.m.
Copa Airlines also confirmed that they will offer seats on multiple flights that transit through Panama as part of Panama’s new “Humanitarian Hub”. Please check directly with Copa for these flight itineraries and availability.
For additional information about these flights and to make reservations, visit the respective websites of the airlines, Copa or United. Flights that appear to be sold
out may have openings due to cancellations. Continue checking directly with the airlines for any openings.
Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes
Arriving international travelers are required to quarantine for 14 days and must provide Panamanian authorities with the address where they will quarantine.
The Panama Canal
Authority (ACP) requires that ships coming from countries with a confirmed case and with a crew member
exhibiting symptoms must notify the ACP at least 30 days before its arrival and of any crew changes within 14 days of arrival. In the event a crew member
is a confirmed COVID-19 case, the vessel will not be permitted to transit and must be quarantined for 14 days. Preventative measures for such ships include, but are not limited to:
Boarding of vessels by health authorities in order to investigate any cases.
Use of personal protective equipment
, such as masks.
Holding the vessel in quarantine as a precautionary measure.
Is a curfew in place? Yes
Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No
The curfew is from 11:00 pm to 5:00 am, Monday through Friday, with total quarantine from Saturday at 11:00 pm until Monday at 5:00 am, in all provinces except for Bocas del Toro, Colon, and Chiriqui.
In the provinces of Bocas del Toro, Colon, and Chiriqui, total quarantine is from Friday at 7:00 pm until Monday at 5:00 am. There is also a curfew from 7:00 pm until 5:00 am Monday through Thursday.
Anyone leaving their residence must be wearing a mask that covers their nose and mouth. Any individual not wearing a mask is subject to possible detention and fine.