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Panama (Panamá) travel restrictions

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Airlines Updates

Published on 18.01.2021
Six COPA Panama-Managua flights sold out in a few hours
COPA was close to 40% of its operations in December

Published on 14.12.2020
Panama suspends flights by Venezuelan airlines in tit-for-tat measure.

Published on 27.11.2020
COPA waiting for authorizations to increase frequencies and routes (Caracas, Maracaibo and Valencia) into Venezuela.

Published on 21.11.2020
Copa Airlines to resume flights from Fort Lauderdale to Latin America

Published on 20.11.2020
Copa Airlines Sees MAX Approval, service return in 2020

Published on 03.11.2020
Copa Airlines Reinitiates Flight Operations In Colombia

Published on 22.10.2020
Turkish Airlines resume flights from Panama on November 1

Published on 15.10.2020
Copa Airlines resumes Toronto service from mid-Oct 2020

29.09.2020 Copa Airlines during the month of October 2020 plans to operate following service, based on the airline’s announcement earlier this month. Operational frequency is based on schedule listing as of 27SEP20.

Selected routes not listed below are available for reservation from mid-October 2020, but they are not mentioned by the airline in recent statement. Additional changes remain highly possible.

Panama City – Bogota 4 weekly
Panama City – Cali 4 weekly
Panama City – Cancun 4 weekly
Panama City – Cartagena 2 weekly
Panama City – David 3 weekly
Panama City – Guatemala City 3 weekly
Panama City – Guayaquil 8 weekly
Panama City – Kingston eff 16OCT20 2 weekly
Panama City – Los Angeles 4 weekly
Panama City – Medellin 4 weekly
Panama City – Mexico City 8 weekly
Panama City – Miami 8 weekly
Panama City – Montevideo 3 weekly
Panama City – New York JFK 8 weekly
Panama City – Orlando 4 weekly
Panama City – Punta Cana 3 weekly
Panama City – Quito 4 weekly
Panama City – Rio de Janeiro Galeao eff 16OCT20 3 weekly
Panama City – San Juan eff 16OCT20 3 weekly
Panama City – San Pedro Sula 2 weekly
Panama City – San Salvador 4 weekly
Panama City – Santa Cruz 2 weekly
Panama City – Santo Domingo 4 weekly
Panama City – Sao Paulo Guarulhos 5 weekly
Panama City – Washington Dulles 3 weekly

Published on 07.09.2020
Copa Airlines resumes operations from Orlando

26.08.2020 Copa Airlines during the month of September 2020 continues to operate limited service, as the airline tentatively schedules 13 routes between Wednesdays and Fridays (Panama City departure). As of 24AUG20, preliminary planned operation as follows.

Specified dates listed below is based on Panama City departure. Last minute adjustment remains highly possible, due to various travel restrictions.

Panama City – Cancun Sep: 03, 04, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25
Panama City – Guayaquil Sep: 03, 04, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25
Panama City – Los Angeles Sep: 03, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24
Panama City – Mexico City Sep: 03, 10, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25
Panama City – Miami Sep: 03, 04, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25
Panama City – Montevideo Sep: 16, 17, 23, 24
Panama City – New York JFK Sep: 03, 04, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24
Panama City – Orlando Sep: 03, 10, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25
Panama City – Quito Sep: 03, 04, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25
Panama City – Santiago de Chile Sep: 03, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24
Panama City – Santo Domingo Sep: 03, 04, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25
Panama City – Sao Paulo Guarulhos Sep: 03, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24
Panama City – Washington Dulles Sep: 16, 17, 23, 24

Published on 25.08.2020
Copa Airlines Sep 2020 Preliminary operation as of 24AUG20

19.08.2020 Copa Airlines in late-August 2020 plans to resume limited operation, with the scheduling of 10 routes, during the period of 21AUG20 – 29AUG20. These services will be operating on Fridays and Saturdays, under CM4000-4999 flight number series.

Additional changes remain possible, while ongoing travel restriction continues to impact the airline’s operation.

Panama City – Caracas 21AUG20 – 29AUG20 Day 56
Panama City – Guayaquil 21AUG20 – 29AUG20 Day 56
Panama City – Mexico City 21AUG20 – 29AUG20 Day 5 (Day 6 from MEX)
Panama City – Miami 21AUG20 – 29AUG20 Day 56 (2 flights on Day 5 from Panama, 2 flights on Day 6 from MIA)
Panama City – New York JFK 21AUG20 – 29AUG20 Day 5 (Day 6 from JFK; 2 flights on 28AUG20 from Panama, 29AUG20 from JFK)
Panama City – Quito 21AUG20 – 29AUG20 Day 56
Panama City – San Jose (Costa Rica) 21AUG20 – 29AUG20 Day 56
Panama City – Santiago de Chile 21AUG20 – 29AUG20 Day 5 (Day 6 from SCL)
Panama City – Santo Domingo 21AUG20 – 29AUG20 Day 56
Panama City – Sao Paulo Guarulhos 21AUG20 – 29AUG20 Day 5 (Day 6 from GRU)

Published on 18.08.2020
Copa Airlines schedules limited service in late-August 2020

Published on 16.08.2020
Copa Airlines Resumes US Flights With South American Connections

Published on 15.08.2020
Copa Airlines to resume flihgts to Miami, New York on 21 August

Published on 05.08.2020
Copa Airlines in Panama will resume international flights to eight countries from 14 August

Published on 25.07.2020
Copa Airlines Plans To Restart Flights In September

11.07.2020 Copa Airlines in June 2020 further delayed planned scheduled service resumption, now scheduled as early as 07AUG20. The Star Alliance carrier in the last few days also filed additional revision to its planned Northern summer operation between 07AUG20 and 20NOV20.

Planned operation, subject to Government Approval, as of 09JUL20 as follows. Note certain flights/routes remain unavailable for reservation, and planned operation may be impacted by ongoing travel restrictions in certain countries.

Panama City – Aruba eff 21AUG20 2 weekly
Panama City – Asuncion eff 21AUG20 4 weekly
Panama City – Barranquilla eff 02SEP20 3 weekly
Panama City – Belo Horizonte eff 18SEP20 2 weekly
Panama City – Bogota eff 02SEP20 2 daily
Panama City – Brasilia eff 04SEP20 2 weekly
Panama City – Bucaramanga eff 04SEP20 2 weekly
Panama City – Buenos Aires Ezeiza eff 02SEP20 1 daily
Panama City – Cali eff 02SEP20 1 daily
Panama City – Cancun eff 07AUG20 2 weekly (3 weekly from 17AUG20, 4 from 24AUG20, 5 from 31AUG20, 7 from 07SEP20)
Panama City – Caracas eff 07AUG20 2 weekly (3 weekly from 17AUG20, 4 from 24AUG20, 5 from 31AUG20, 7 from 07SEP20)
Panama City – Cartagena eff 02SEP20 3 weekly
Panama City – Chicago O’Hare eff 04SEP20 3 weekly
Panama City – Cordoba eff 04SEP20 2 weekly
Panama City – Curacao eff 21AUG20 1 weekly
Panama City – David eff 07AUG20 2 weekly (3 weekly from 17AUG20, 4 from 24AUG20, 5 from 31AUG20, 7 from 07SEP20)
Panama City – Georgetown eff 02SEP20 3 weekly
Panama City – Guadalajara eff 04SEP20 2 weekly
Panama City – Guatemala City eff 07AUG20 2 weekly (3 weekly from 17AUG20, 4 from 24AUG20, 5 from 31AUG20, 7 from 07SEP20)
Panama City – Guayaquil eff 07AUG20 2 weekly (3 weekly from 17AUG20, 4 from 24AUG20, 5 from 31AUG20, 7 from 07SEP20)
Panama City – Havana eff 07AUG20 4 weekly (6 weekly from 17AUG20, 8 from 24AUG20, 10 from 31AUG20, 14 from 07SEP20)
Panama City – Holguin eff 18SEP20 2 weekly
Panama City – Kingston eff 04SEP20 2 weekly
Panama City – Lima eff 07AUG20 2 weekly (3 weekly from 17AUG20, 4 from 24AUG20, 5 from 31AUG20, 7 from 07SEP20)
Panama City – Los Angeles eff 07AUG20 2 weekly (4 weekly from 20AUG20)
Panama City – Managua eff 07AUG20 2 weekly (3 weekly from 17AUG20, 4 from 24AUG20, 5 from 31AUG20, 7 from 07SEP20)
Panama City – Maracaibo eff 21AUG20 2 weekly
Panama City – Medellin eff 02SEP20 7 weekly (14 weekly from 07SEP20)
Panama City – Mexico City eff 06AUG20 2 weekly (4 weekly from 21AUG20, 14 from 05SEP20)
Panama City – Miami eff 07AUG20 4 weekly (6 weekly from 17AUG20, 8 from 24AUG20, 10 from 31AUG20, 14 from 07SEP20)
Panama City – Montego Bay eff 04SEP20 2 weekly
Panama City – Monterrey eff 18SEP20 2 weekly
Panama City – Montevideo eff 21AUG20 4 weekly
Panama City – Montreal eff 18SEP20 2 weekly
Panama City – New York JFK eff 07AUG20 2 weekly (3 weekly from 17AUG20, 4 from 24AUG20, 5 from 31AUG20, 7 from 07SEP20)
Panama City – Orlando eff 21AUG20 4 weekly (9 weekly from 31AUG20, 14 from 07SEP20)
Panama City – Paramaribo eff 04SEP20 2 weekly
Panama City – Pereira eff 02SEP20 3 weekly
Panama City – Port-au-Prince eff 04SEP20 2 weekly
Panama City – Port of Spain eff 21AUG20 4 weekly
Panama City – Porto Alegre eff 02NOV20 2 weekly
Panama City – Punta Cana eff 07AUG20 2 weekly (3 weekly from 17AUG20, 4 from 24AUG20)
Panama City – Quito eff 07AUG20 2 weekly (4 weekly from 23AUG20, 7 from 04SEP20)
Panama City – Rio de Janeiro Galeao eff 14AUG20 1 weekly (4 weekly from 23AUG20, 7 from 07SEP20)
Panama City – Rosario eff 04SEP20 2 weekly
Panama City – St. Maarten eff 21AUG20 1 weekly
Panama City – San Francisco eff 04SEP20 2 weekly
Panama City – San Jose (Costa Rica) eff 07AUG20 4 weekly (6 weekly from 17AUG20, 8 from 24AUG20, 10 from 31AUG20, 14 from 07SEP20)
Panama City – San Juan eff 04SEP20 4 weekly
Panama City – San Pedro Sula eff 07AUG20 2 weekly (4 weekly from 20AUG20)
Panama City – San Salvador eff 21AUG20 4 weekly (5 weekly from 31AUG20, 7 from 07SEP20)
Panama City – Santa Clara eff 18SEP20 2 weekly
Panama City – Santa Cruz eff 21AUGL20 3 weekly
Panama City – Santiago de Chile eff 07AUG20 2 weekly (3 weekly from 17AUG20, 4 from 24AUG20, 5 from 31AUG20, 7 from 12SEP20)
Panama City – Santo Domingo eff 07AUG20 2 weekly (3 weekly from 17AUG20, 4 from 24AUG20, 5 from 31AUG20, 7 from 07SEP20)
Panama City – Sao Paulo Guarulhos eff 07AUG20 2 weekly (3 weekly from 17AUG20, 4 from 24AUG20, 5 from 31AUG20, 7 from 07SEP20)
Panama City – Tegucigalpa eff 21AUG20 2 weekly
Panama City – Toronto eff 04SEP20 2 weekly
Panama City – Valencia (Venezuela) eff 04SEP20 4 weekly
Panama City – Washington Dulles eff 21AUG20 4 weekly (5 weekly from 31AUG20, 7 from 07SEP20)

Published on 10.07.2020
Copa Airlines August – November 2020 operations as of 09JUL20

Published on 04.07.2020
COPA set to start operations on 07AUG20

Published on 30.05.2020
Copa Airlines To Resume Flights On July 3

Published on 22.05.2020
Copa Airlines moves planned service resumption to late-June 2020

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Crossing Rules

Entry restrictions
Passengers without a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) RT – PCR or antigen test result issued at most 48 hours before arrival are subject to Coronavirus (COVID-19) test upon arrival at their own expense. The certificate must be in Spanish or English.

A completed “Declaracion Jurada de Salud” must be presented upon arrival. The form can be obtained at http://viajes.panamadigital.gob.pa/ .

Visas issued by Panama that expired after 13 March 2020 are accepted for entry until 30 June 2021.

Multiple non-residents visas (Visa de no Residente) issued by Panama that expired after 13 March 2020 are accepted for entry until 30 June 2021. If issued by a consulate of Panama, they must have an extension stamp.

Ban entry for passengers who arrive from or have been in South Africa, United Kingdom
Passengers arriving from South Africa or United Kingdom are not allowed to enter.

Passengers who have been in the past 20 days in South Africa or United Kingdom are not allowed to enter.

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Flight Restrictions

published 27.10.2020

Entry restrictions
Passengers without a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR or antigen test result issued at most 48 hours before arrival are subject to Coronavirus (COVID-19) test at their own expense. The certificate must be in Spanish or English.

Passengers must complete a “Declaracion Jurada de Salud” available at tinyurl.com

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Quarantine

Quarantine requirement at government designated site- subject to category.

Upon arrival in Panama, travellers will be expected to take another COVID-19 PCR test. Travellers are responsible for covering the costs. If you have a negative result, you do not need to quarantine. If the results are positive, travellers need a PCR-RT test by +ICGES and will be required to comply with a 14 quarantine at a government facility.
From Monday 24 May, all travellers entering the country that have the Digital Certification of Vaccination (DCV) for more than 14 days with the IATA Travel Pass, plus a negative COVID-19 test, will be exempt from quarantine
From 3 May, travellers who have spent the last 15 days in the UK, South Africa, India or South America, or have transited through the UK, South Africa, India or South America, must provide a negative PCR or antigen test taken no more than 48 hours before their arrival in Panama. Upon arrival in Panama, travellers must take another test prior to registering with the immigration authorities. Travellers will have to cover the cost of this additional test themselves.
If the additional test is negative, travellers must still quarantine in their homes, or at a government approved observation facility, for three days. If the result of the additional test is positive, travellers need a PCR-RT by +ICGES test and must quarantine for 14 days at a government facility.

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Insurance
Certification

COVID-19 negative certification required for entering the country.

Entry into Panama is open to Panamanian nationals, residents, tourists and business travellers who have a negative COVID-19 PCR test results. You must take the test no more than 48 hours before you arrive in Panama.
From Monday 24 May, all travellers entering the country that have the Digital Certification of Vaccination (DCV) for more than 14 days with the IATA Travel Pass, plus a negative COVID-19 test, will be exempt from quarantine
From 3 May, travellers who have spent the last 15 days in the UK, South Africa, India or South America, or have transited through the UK, South Africa, India or South America, must provide a negative PCR or antigen test taken no more than 48 hours before their arrival in Panama. Upon arrival in Panama, travellers must take another test prior to registering with the immigration authorities. Travellers will have to cover the cost of this additional test themselves.
If the additional test is negative, travellers must still quarantine in their homes, or at a government approved observation facility, for three days. If the result of the additional test is positive, travellers need a PCR-RT by +ICGES test and must quarantine for 14 days at a government facility.

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Vaccination

Yellow fever (2019)
Country requirement at entry: a yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travellers aged 1 year or
over arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission and from countries with an active yellow
fever outbreakand for travellers having transited for more than 12 hours through an airport of a country with
risk of, or active, yellow fever transmission.
WHO vaccination recommendation: yes

Recommended for all travellers aged 9 months or over going to mainland areas east of the area surrounding
the Canal (the entire comarcas of Emberá and Kuna Yala, the province of Darién, and areas of the provinces
of Colón and Panama that are east of the Canal).
Not recommended for travellers whose itineraries are limited to areas west of the Canal, the city of Panama,
the Canal area itself, Balboa Islands (Pearl Islands) and San Blas Islands.

Malaria (2019)
Malaria risk due predominantly to P. vivax (97%) exists throughout the year in the following provinces and
comarcas along the Atlantic coast and the borders with Costa Rica and Colombia: Bocas del Toro, Chiriquí,
Colón, Darién, Kuna Yala, Ngäbe Buglé, Panama, and Veraguas. In Panama City, the Canal Zone, and other
provinces, the risk of malaria transmission is negligible or non-existent.
WHO recommended prevention in risk areas: B; in eastern endemic areas bordering Colombia: C

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Full Restrictions

  • Panama (Panamá) Latest News: Panama closes borders with Colombia amid COVID-19 concerns (RCN, 19.05.2021). Stricter COVID-19 measures in Chiriqui and Veraguas (OSAC, 13.05.21).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry rules in response to coronavirus (COVID-19): International flights have resumed to and from Tocumen International Airport.
    An electronic affidavit of good health for all travellers entering the country needs to be filled in upon arrival. The affidavit form will be available at the website: https://www.panamadigital.gob.pa/RegistroPacoViajero. The completed affidavit will generate a QR code, which will needs to be scanned on arrival at Tocumen Airport.
    Panama encourages the use of the IATA Travel Pass app. This app will have up-to-date information on travel restrictions, authorised labs for COVID-19 tests and vaccine information. It will have the option to enter personal data, such as vaccination information and tests undertaken. The government will accept the “OK to Travel” certification from this app as a validation for COVID-19 tests on travellers.
    Entry restrictions on people who have been in the UK, South Africa, India or South America within 15 days of their arrival into Panama
    From 3 May, travellers who have spent the last 15 days in the UK, South Africa, India or South America, or have transited through the UK, South Africa, India or South America, must provide a negative PCR or antigen test taken no more than 48 hours before their arrival in Panama. Upon arrival in Panama, travellers must take another test prior to registering with the immigration authorities. Travellers will have to cover the cost of this additional test themselves.
    If the additional test is negative, travellers must still quarantine in their homes, or at a government approved observation facility, for three days. After the third day, travellers will be tested again. If the results of the day three test are negative, the quarantine measures can end. If the result of the additional test is positive, travellers need a PCR-RT by +ICGES test and must quarantine for 14 days at a government facility.
    From 3 May, travellers can comply with the above-mentioned three-day quarantine at a pre-approved hotel facility at their own expense. The official list can be found at: https://www.visitpanama.com/.
    You should arrange to take a private test. From Monday 24 May, all travellers entering the country that have the Digital Certification of Vaccination (DCV) for more than 14 days with the IATA Travel Pass, plus a negative COVID-19 test, will be exempt from quarantine
    *Entry for Panama: Entry into Panama is open to Panamanian nationals, residents, tourists and business travellers who have a negative COVID-19 PCR test results. You must take the test no more than 48 hours before you arrive in Panama.
    Upon arrival in Panama, travellers will be expected to take another COVID-19 PCR test. Travellers are responsible for covering the costs. If you have a negative result, you do not need to quarantine. If the results are positive, travellers need a PCR-RT test by +ICGES and will be required to comply with a 14 quarantine at a government facility.
    *Transiting Panama: It is now possible to transit Panama. You will need to have the following items:
    • Negative COVID-19 PCR test results. The test must be taken within 48 hours of your travel to Panama
    • Confirmed onward flight
    Unless you meet entry requirements, you will not be allowed to leave the airport during your transit.
    You should check the requirements for your country of final destination as requirements may vary.
    *Data collection: You will be required to give address details of your accommodation and a contact telephone number. You will also be required to download a tracing application to your smartphone.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Panama: Panama is currently under a state of emergency, and a curfew is in place. Measures in place to combat the spread of COVID-19 vary by province. Sanitary cordons may be imposed at short notice to restrict travel between provinces. Domestic flights are operating.
    *Nationwide measures: From 19 April, there is a nationwide daily mandated curfew from 12 midnight until 4am. Stricter provincial measures may also apply. Subject to provincial measures, leaving your home/accommodation is permitted between the hours of 4am and 10pm, unless you have any symptoms of COVID-19, or have otherwise been ordered to quarantine by the Panamanian authorities.
    If you are arriving internationally during the hours covered by the curfew, you are allowed to travel to your accommodation if you can provide proof of your arrangements or flight details (boarding pass, flight itinerary and/or other forms of proof) to the requesting authorities. ‘Salvoconductos’ (travel permits) are only necessary for those undertaking essential activities that require movement during curfew hours.
    Beaches and rivers will be open from 6am until 6pm, from Monday to Sunday. Only family bubbles will be allowed to enter beaches. No big groups will be permitted and alcohol consumption will be prohibited. Social areas and pools in buildings can operate at up to 25% capacity, with limits on numbers to be supervised by each building administration.
    Restaurants can continue to operate with the following conditions in place:
    • Alcohol can be served only with meals.
    • A 2 metre distance between tables must be maintained.
    • They must close at 11pm (Delivery can also continue until 11pm).
    • All personnel must use facemasks, face shields and comply with biosecurity measures.
    Shops must comply with a 50% capacity rule to prevent overcrowding.
    All gatherings in public or commercial areas remain prohibited. Work-related gatherings are allowed for up to 25 people as long a 2 metre distance is kept between each person and other biosecurity measures are met.
    *Sanitary Cordons and Checkpoints: From 17 February, the sanitary cordon in the district of Capira will be removed and replaced with a checkpoint.
    Sanitary cordons and checkpoints can be introduced with little or no notice. You may be randomly tested for COVID-19 if you are stopped.
    *Travel to and from the airport: Airports, ports and boarders will remain open; proof of good health will be required at these entry points. If you are travelling to and from the airport, it will be necessary that you have a copy of your plane ticket or itinerary. If you will be travelling to the airport to pick someone up or drop someone off, please have a copy of that person’s plane ticket or itinerary as well. You will need to show these at the different checkpoint in order to continue with your journey.
    *Public spaces and services: Face masks.The wearing of masks outside of your accommodation is compulsory nationwide.
    *Transport: Uber has resumed services in Panama. Yellow taxis have a reduced presence. The police and security forces are empowered to enforce restrictions on movements and events due to the current state of emergency. You must follow their instructions. The wearing of masks is mandatory on all public transport. Face shields / visors are recommended.

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    25.05.2021
  • Panama (Panamá) Latest News: Panama implements new requirements for travelers from South America (Aviacionline, 20.04.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry rules in response to coronavirus (COVID-19). International flights have resumed to and from Tocumen International Airport.
    An electronic affidavit of good health for all travellers entering the country needs to be filled in upon arrival. The affidavit form will be available at the website: www.viajes.panamadigital.gob.pa. The completed affidavit will generate a QR code, which will needs to be scanned on arrival at Tocumen Airport.
    Panama encourages the use of the IATA Travel Pass app. This app will have up-to-date information on travel restrictions, authorised labs for Covid-19 tests and vaccine information. It will have the option to enter personal data, such as vaccination information and tests undertaken. The government will accept the “OK to Travel” certification from this app as a validation for Covid-19 tests on travellers.
    Entry restrictions on people who have been in the UK or South Africa within 15 days of their arrival into Panama
    From 19 April, travellers who have spent the last 15 days in the UK or South Africa, or have transited through the UK or South Africa, should provide a negative PCR or antigen test taken within the last 48 hours before travel to Panama. On arrival, these travellers will be expected to cover the cost of the test prior to registering with the Immigration authorities.
    If the local test is negative, travellers must quarantine in their homes, or at a government approved observation facility, for three days. After the third day, travellers will be tested again. if results are negative, the prevention measures have ended. If the results are positive, travellers would need a PCR-RT by +ICGES test and will be required to comply with a 14 quarantine at a government facility.
    Entry restrictions on people who have been in South America prior to their arrival into Panama
    From 19 April, travellers who have spent the last 15 days in South America, or have transited through South America, should provide a negative PCR or antigen test taken within the last 48 hours before travel to Panama. On arrival, these travellers will be expected to cover the cost of the test prior to registering with the Immigration authorities.
    If the local test is negative, travellers must quarantine in their homes, or at a government approved observation facility, for three days. After the third day, travellers will be tested again. if results are negative, the prevention measures have ended. If the results are positive, travellers would need a PCR-RT by +ICGES test and will be required to comply with a 14 quarantine at a government facility.
    From 3 May, travellers can comply with the above-mentioned three-day quarantine at their own expense at a pre-approved hotel facility. The official list can be found at: www.visitpanama.com
    *Entry to Panama: Entry to Panama is open to Panamanian nationals, residents, tourists and business travellers who have a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate and who have not spent time in the United Kingdom, South Africa or South America in the 20 days prior to their arrival. The test must be taken no more than 48 hours before you travel. If you cannot do this, a test can be taken at the airport on arrival at a cost of USD 50.00. Travellers are responsible for covering the cost of the test. If you have a negative result, you do not need to quarantine.
    In the event of a positive test, you will be required to quarantine for at least 7 days in a government facility. You will be tested after 7 days. If the result is still positive you will need to complete a further 7 days of quarantine at the facility. If it is negative you will be able to leave the facility. You should arrange to take a private test.
    *Transiting Panama: It is now possible to transit Panama. You will need to have the following items:
    • Negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate. The test must be taken within 48 hours of your travel to Panama.
    • Confirmed onward flight.
    Unless you meet entry requirements, you will not be allowed to leave the airport during your transit.
    You should check the requirements for your country of final destination as requirements may vary.
    *Data collection: You will be required to give address details of your accommodation and a contact telephone number. You will also be required to download a tracing application to your smartphone.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Panama: Panama is currently under a state of emergency, and a curfew is in place. Measures in place to combat the spread of COVID-19 vary by province. Sanitary cordons may be imposed at short notice to restrict travel between provinces. Domestic flights are operating.
    *Nationwide measures: From 19 April, there is a nationwide daily mandated curfew from 12 midnight until 4am. Stricter provincial measures may also apply. Subject to provincial measures, leaving your home/accommodation is permitted between the hours of 4am and 10pm, unless you have any symptoms of COVID-19, or have otherwise been ordered to quarantine by the Panamanian authorities.
    If you are arriving internationally during the hours covered by the curfew, you are allowed to travel to your accommodation if you can provide proof of your arrangements or flight details (boarding pass, flight itinerary and/or other forms of proof) to the requesting authorities. ‘Salvoconductos’ (travel permits) are only necessary for those undertaking essential activities that require movement during curfew hours.
    Beaches and rivers will be open from 6am until 6pm, from Monday to Sunday. Only family bubbles will be allowed to enter beaches. No big groups will be permitted and alcohol consumption will be prohibited. Social areas and pools in buildings can operate at up to 25% capacity, with limits on numbers to be supervised by each building administration.
    Restaurants can continue to operate with the following conditions in place:
    • Alcohol can be served only with meals.
    • A 2 metre distance between tables must be maintained.
    • They must close at 11pm (Delivery can also continue until 11pm).
    • All personnel must use facemasks, face shields and comply with biosecurity measures.
    Shops must comply with a 50% capacity rule to prevent overcrowding.
    All gatherings in public or commercial areas remain prohibited. Work-related gatherings are allowed for up to 25 people as long a 2 metre distance is kept between each person and other biosecurity measures are met.
    *Sanitary Cordons and Checkpoints: From 17 February, the sanitary cordon in the district of Capira will be removed and replaced with a checkpoint.
    Sanitary cordons and checkpoints can be introduced with little or no notice. You may be randomly tested for COVID-19 if you are stopped.
    *Travel to and from the airport: Airports, ports and boarders will remain open; proof of good health will be required at these entry points. If you are travelling to and from the airport, it will be necessary that you have a copy of your plane ticket or itinerary. If you will be travelling to the airport to pick someone up or drop someone off, please have a copy of that person’s plane ticket or itinerary as well. You will need to show these at the different checkpoint in order to continue with your journey.
    *Public spaces and services: Face masks.The wearing of masks outside of your accommodation is compulsory nationwide.
    *Transport: Uber has resumed services in Panama. Yellow taxis have a reduced presence. The police and security forces are empowered to enforce restrictions on movements and events due to the current state of emergency. You must follow their instructions. The wearing of masks is mandatory on all public transport. Face shields / visors are recommended.

    Read more
    11.05.2021
  • Panama (Panamá) Latest News: Panama implements new requirements for travelers from South America (Aviacionline, 20.04.2021)

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry rules in response to coronavirus (COVID-19). An electronic affidavit of good health for all travellers entering the country needs to be filled in upon arrival. The affidavit form will be available at the website: www.viajes.panamadigital.gob.pa. The completed affidavit will generate a QR code, which will needs to be scanned on arrival at Tocumen Airport.
    Panama encourages the use of the IATA Travel Pass app. This app will have up-to-date information on travel restrictions, authorised labs for Covid-19 tests and vaccine information. It will have the option to enter personal data, such as vaccination information and tests undertaken. The government will accept the “OK to Travel” certification from this app as a validation for Covid-19 tests on travellers.
    *Entry restrictions on people who have been in the UK or South Africa within 20 days of their arrival into Panama.
    From 19 April, travellers who have spent the last 15 days in South America, or have transited through South America, should provide a negative PCR or antigen test taken within the last 48 hours before travel to Panama. On arrival, these travellers will be expected to cover the cost of the test prior to registering with the Immigration authorities.
    If the local test is negative, travellers must quarantine in their homes, or at a government approved observation facility, for three days. After the third day, travellers will be tested again. if results are negative, the prevention measures have ended. If the results are positive, travellers would need a PCR-RT by +ICGES test and will be required to comply with a 14 quarantine at a government facility.
    *Entry restrictions on people who have been in South America prior to their arrival into Panama
    From 19 April, travellers who have spent the last 15 days in South America, or have transited through South America, should provide a negative PCR or antigen test taken within the last 48 hours before travel to Panama. On arrival, these travellers will be expected to cover the cost of the test prior to registering with the Immigration authorities.
    If the local test is negative, travellers must quarantine in their homes, or at a government approved observation facility, for three days. After the third day, travellers will be tested again. if results are negative, the prevention measures have ended. If the results are positive, travellers would need a PCR-RT by +ICGES test and will be required to comply with a 14 quarantine at a government facility.
    From 3 May, travellers can comply with the above-mentioned three-day quarantine at their own expense at a pre-approved hotel facility. The official list can be found at: www.visitpanama.com
    *Entry to Panama: Entry to Panama is open to Panamanian nationals, residents, tourists and business travellers who have a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate and who have not spent time in the United Kingdom, South Africa or South America in the 20 days prior to their arrival. The test must be taken no more than 48 hours before you travel. If you cannot do this, a test can be taken at the airport on arrival at a cost of USD 50.00. Travellers are responsible for covering the cost of the test. If you have a negative result, you do not need to quarantine.
    In the event of a positive test, you will be required to quarantine for at least 7 days in a government facility. You will be tested after 7 days. If the result is still positive you will need to complete a further 7 days of quarantine at the facility. If it is negative you will be able to leave the facility. You should arrange to take a private test.
    *Transiting Panama: It is now possible to transit Panama. You will need to have the following items:
    • Negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate. The test must be taken within 48 hours of your travel to Panama.
    • Confirmed onward flight.
    Unless you meet entry requirements, you will not be allowed to leave the airport during your transit. You should check the requirements for your country of final destination as requirements may vary.
    *Data collection: You will be required to give address details of your accommodation and a contact telephone number. You will also be required to download a tracing application to your smartphone.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Panama: Panama is currently under a state of emergency, and a curfew is in place. Measures in place to combat the spread of COVID-19 vary by province. Sanitary cordons may be imposed at short notice to restrict travel between provinces. Domestic flights are operating.
    *Nationwide measures: From 19 April, there is a nationwide daily mandated curfew from 12 midnight until 4am. Stricter provincial measures may also apply. Subject to provincial measures, leaving your home/accommodation is permitted between the hours of 4am and 10pm, unless you have any symptoms of COVID-19, or have otherwise been ordered to quarantine by the Panamanian authorities.
    If you are arriving internationally during the hours covered by the curfew, you are allowed to travel to your accommodation if you can provide proof of your arrangements or flight details (boarding pass, flight itinerary and/or other forms of proof) to the requesting authorities. ‘Salvoconductos’ (travel permits) are only necessary for those undertaking essential activities that require movement during curfew hours.
    Beaches and rivers will be open from 6am until 6pm, from Monday to Sunday. Only family bubbles will be allowed to enter beaches. No big groups will be permitted and alcohol consumption will be prohibited. Social areas and pools in buildings can operate at up to 25% capacity, with limits on numbers to be supervised by each building administration.
    Restaurants can continue to operate with the following conditions in place:
    • Alcohol can be served only with meals.
    • A 2 metre distance between tables must be maintained.
    • They must close at 11pm (Delivery can also continue until 11pm).
    • All personnel must use facemasks, face shields and comply with biosecurity measures.
    Shops must comply with a 50% capacity rule to prevent overcrowding.
    All gatherings in public or commercial areas remain prohibited. Work-related gatherings are allowed for up to 25 people as long a 2 metre distance is kept between each person and other biosecurity measures are met.
    *Sanitary Cordons and Checkpoints: From 17 February, the sanitary cordon in the district of Capira will be removed and replaced with a checkpoint.
    Sanitary cordons and checkpoints can be introduced with little or no notice. You may be randomly tested for COVID-19 if you are stopped.
    *Travel to and from the airport: Airports, ports and boarders will remain open; proof of good health will be required at these entry points. If you are travelling to and from the airport, it will be necessary that you have a copy of your plane ticket or itinerary. If you will be travelling to the airport to pick someone up or drop someone off, please have a copy of that person’s plane ticket or itinerary as well. You will need to show these at the different checkpoint in order to continue with your journey.
    *Public spaces and services: Face masks.The wearing of masks outside of your accommodation is compulsory nationwide.
    *Transport: Uber has resumed services in Panama. Yellow taxis have a reduced presence. The police and security forces are empowered to enforce restrictions on movements and events due to the current state of emergency. You must follow their instructions. The wearing of masks is mandatory on all public transport. Face shields / visors are recommended.

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    23.04.2021
  • Panama (Panamá) Latest News: Panama government will suspend entry of travelers from South Africa, U.K. from 22 December (Reuters, 21.12.2020). Panama’s aviation authority suspends flights from Venezuela (Bloomberg, 14.12.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry rules in response to coronavirus (COVID-19): Upon your arrival in Panama, you will be asked to fill out an Affidavit of Health form. This document is available in Spanish and English.
    *Entry restrictions on people who have been in the UK or South Africa within 20 days of their arrival into Panama: From 21 December, Panama has temporarily suspended entry to anyone, with the exception of Panamanian nationals and residents, that has been in either the United Kingdom or South Africa within 20 days of their arrival in the country. Panamanian nationals and residents are allowed to enter Panama if they have been in the UK or South Africa, but will either need to take a COVID19 PCR test no more than 48 hours before they travel, or carry out a test at the airport on arrival at a cost of $50.00..Regardless of the result, all will be required to stay in a designated government quarantine facility for as long as the local health authorities deem necessary.
    *Entry to Panama: Entry to Panama is open to Panamanian nationals, residents, tourists and business Entry to Panama is open to Panamanian nationals, residents, tourists and business travellers who have a negative COVID19 PCR test certificate and who have not spent time in the United Kingdom or South Africa in the 20 days prior to their arrival. The test must be taken no more than 48 hours before you travel. If you cannot do this, a test can be taken at the airport on arrival at a cost of USD 50.00. Travellers are responsible for covering the cost of the test. If you have a negative result, you do not need to quarantine. In the event of a positive test, you will be required to quarantine for at least 7 days in a government facility. You will be tested after 7 days. If the result is still positive you will need to complete a further 7 days of quarantine at the facility. If it is negative you will be able to leave the facility.
    *Transiting Panama: It is now possible to transit Panama. You will need to have the following items:
    • Negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate. The test must be taken within 48 hours of your travel to Panama,
    • Confirmed onward flight.
    Unless you meet entry requirements, you will not be allowed to leave the airport during your transit. You should check the requirements for your country of final destination as requirements may vary.
    *Data collection: You will be required to give address details of your accommodation and a contact telephone number. You will also be required to download a tracing application to your smartphone.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Panama: Panama is currently under a state of emergency, and a curfew is in place. Measures in place to combat the spread of COVID-19 vary by province. Sanitary cordons may be imposed at short notice to restrict travel between provinces. Domestic flights are operating.
    *Nationwide measures: From 15 February, there is a nationwide daily mandated curfew from 10pm until 4am. Stricter provincial measures may also apply. Subject to provincial measures, leaving your home/accommodation is permitted between the hours of 4am and 10pm, unless you have any symptoms of COVID-19, or have otherwise been ordered to quarantine by the Panamanian authorities. If you are arriving internationally during the hours covered by the curfew, you are allowed to travel to your accommodation if you can provide proof of your arrangements or flight details (boarding pass, flight itinerary and/or other forms of proof) to the requesting authorities. ‘Salvoconductos’ (travel permits) are only necessary for those undertaking essential activities that require movement during curfew hours. Access to, and the use of, parks, stadiums, gyms, beaches, rivers, and the Cinta Costera y Calzada de Amador are prohibited during the national curfew and may be restricted more widely at the discretion of the local authorities. From 4am on 6 March, the weekend lockdown that previously applied to a number of provinces will cease, with the exception of the district of Changuinola in the province of Bocas del Toro. You will be allowed to move about without restrictions, except during the daily mandated curfew hours of 10pm to 4am. Beaches and rivers will be open from 6am until 5pm, from Monday to Sunday. Only family bubbles will be allowed to enter beaches. No big groups will be permitted and alcohol consumption will be prohibited. Social areas and pools in buildings can operate at up to 25% capacity, with limits on numbers to be supervised by each building administration. Restaurants can continue to operate with the following conditions in place: • Alcohol can be served only with meals; • A 2 metre distance between tables must be maintained; • They must close at 9pm (Delivery can continue until 10pm); • All personnel must use facemasks, face shields and comply with biosecurity measures. Shops must comply with a 50% capacity rule to prevent overcrowding. All gatherings in public or commercial areas remain prohibited. Work-related gatherings are allowed for up to 25 people as long as 2 meters distance is kept between each person and other biosecurity measures are met.
    *Provincial Measures: -Bocas del Toro: For the district of Changuinola in the province of Bocas del Toro, there is a weekend lockdown in effect from 10pm every Friday until 4am every Monday until further notice.
    -Sanitary Cordons and Checkpoints: From 17 February, the sanitary cordon in the district of Capira will be removed and replaced with a checkpoint. Sanitary cordons and checkpoints can be introduced with little or no notice. You may be randomly tested for COVID-19 if you are stopped.
    -Travel to and from the airport: Airports, ports and boarders will remain open; proof of good health will be required at these entry points. If you are travelling to and from the airport, it will be necessary that you have a copy of your plane ticket or itinerary. If you will be travelling to the airport to pick someone up or drop someone off, please have a copy of that person’s plane ticket or itinerary as well. You will need to show these at the different checkpoint in order to continue with your journey.
    *Public spaces and services: -Face masks: The wearing of masks outside of your accommodation is compulsory nationwide.
    -Transport: Uber has resumed services in Panama. Yellow taxis have a reduced presence. The police and security forces are empowered to enforce restrictions on movements and events due to the current state of emergency. You must follow their instructions. The wearing of masks and face shields is mandatory on all public transport.

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    04.03.2021
  • Panama (Panamá) Latest News: Nationwide COVID-19 lockdown extended to 14 January (Reuters, 27.12.2020). Panama government will suspend entry of travelers from South Africa, U.K. from 22 December (Reuters, 21.12.2020). Panama’s aviation authority suspends flights from Venezuela (Bloomberg, 14.12.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry rules in response to coronavirus (COVID-19): Upon your arrival in Panama, you will be asked to fill out an Affidavit of Health form. This document is available in Spanish and English.
    *Entry restrictions on people who have been in the UK or South Africa within 20 days of their arrival into Panama: From 21 December, Panama has temporarily suspended entry to anyone, with the exception of Panamanian nationals and residents, that has been in either the United Kingdom or South Africa within 20 days of their arrival in the country. Panamanian nationals and residents are allowed to enter Panama if they have been in the UK or South Africa, but will either need to take a COVID19 PCR test no more than 48 hours before they travel, or carry out a test at the airport on arrival at a cost of $50.00..Regardless of the result, all will be required to stay in a designated government quarantine facility for as long as the local health authorities deem necessary.
    *Entry to Panama: Entry to Panama is open to Panamanian nationals, residents, tourists and business Entry to Panama is open to Panamanian nationals, residents, tourists and business travellers who have a negative COVID19 PCR test certificate and who have not spent time in the United Kingdom or South Africa in the 20 days prior to their arrival. The test must be taken no more than 48 hours before you travel. If you cannot do this, a test can be taken at the airport on arrival at a cost of USD 50.00. Travellers are responsible for covering the cost of the test. If you have a negative result, you do not need to quarantine. In the event of a positive test, you will be required to quarantine for at least 7 days in a government facility. You will be tested after 7 days. If the result is still positive you will need to complete a further 7 days of quarantine at the facility. If it is negative you will be able to leave the facility.
    *Transiting Panama: It is now possible to transit Panama. You will need to have the following items:
    • Negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate. The test must be taken within 48 hours of your travel to Panama,
    • Confirmed onward flight.
    Unless you meet entry requirements, you will not be allowed to leave the airport during your transit. You should check the requirements for your country of final destination as requirements may vary.
    *Data collection: You will be required to give address details of your accommodation and a contact telephone number. You will also be required to download a tracing application to your smartphone.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Panama: Panama is currently under a state of emergency, and a curfew is in place. Measures in place to combat the spread of COVID-19 vary by province. Sanitary cordons may be imposed at short notice to restrict travel between provinces.
    Domestic flights are operating. Nationwide measures. From 15 February, there is a nationwide daily mandated curfew from 10pm until 4am. Stricter provincial measures may also apply. Subject to provincial measures, leaving your home/accommodation is permitted between the hours of 4am and 10pm, unless you have any symptoms of COVID-19, or have otherwise been ordered to quarantine by the Panamanian authorities. If you are arriving internationally during the hours covered by the curfew, you are allowed to travel to your accommodation if you can provide proof of your arrangements or flight details (boarding pass, flight itinerary and/or other forms of proof) to the requesting authorities. ‘Salvoconductos’ (travel permits) are only necessary for those undertaking essential activities that require movement during curfew hours. Access to, and the use of, parks, stadiums, gyms, beaches, rivers, and the Cinta Costera y Calzada de Amador are prohibited during national or provincial curfew and lockdown hours, and may be restricted more widely at the discretion of the local authorities.
    *Carnival Measures: Over the Carnival festival, the measures in place will be as follows:
    Friday 12 February will be a normal working day. Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 February will remain full lockdown in those provinces with a weekend lockdown in force. Monday 15 and Wednesday 17 February will be normal working days. Tuesday 16 will be a public holiday. National and provincial measures will remain in place and no celebrations events or gatherings that contravene these will be permitted.
    Provincial Measures: Panama and Panama Oeste.
    There is a weekend lockdown in effect from 10pm every Friday until 4am every Monday until further notice. You should not leave your accommodation during lockdown hours, to avoid temporary detention and/or fines from the authorities.
    From Monday 8 February, beaches and rivers will re-open from 6am until 4pm, from Monday to Friday. Only family bubbles will be allowed to enter beaches. No big groups will be permitted and alcohol consumption will be prohibited. Social areas and pools in buildings can re-open, operating at up to 25% capacity, with limits on numbers to be supervised by each building administration.
    From Monday 15 February, restaurants will be allowed to re-open with the following conditions in place:
    • Alcohol can be served only with meals.
    • A 2 metre distance between tables must be maintained.
    • They must close at 9pm (Delivery can continue until 10pm).
    • All personnel must use facemasks, face shields and comply with biosecurity measures.
    Gender based restrictions on commercial shops / supermarkets have been lifted. Both men and women are allowed to shop at any time from Monday to Friday.
    Shops must comply with a 50% capacity rule to prevent overcrowding. All gatherings in public or commercial areas remain prohibited. Work-related gatherings are allowed for up to 25 people as long a 2 metre distance is kept between each person and other biosecurity measures are met.
    *Herrera. There is a weekend lockdown in effect until further notice. You should only leave your accommodation on your assigned gender days to complete essential shopping. You should also avoid accessing social areas within your accommodation, including gyms and swimming pools. Only supermarkets and shops selling food and medicine will be allowed to open and this will be from Monday to Friday. Gender-based measures apply for shopping:
    • Women are permitted to enter shops on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays
    • Men are permitted to enter shops on Tuesdays and Thursdays
    *Coclé, Veraguas and Los Santos: There is a weekend lockdown in effect from 10pm every Friday until 4am every Monday until further notice. You should not leave your accommodation during lockdown hours, to avoid temporary detention and/or fines from the authorities. You should also avoid accessing social areas within your accommodation, including gyms and swimming pools.
    *Sanitary Cordons and Checkpoints: From 17 February, the sanitary cordon in the district of Capira will be removed and replaced with a checkpoint. Sanitary cordons and checkpoints can be introduced with little or no notice. You may be randomly tested for COVID-19 if you are stopped.
    *Travel to and from the airport: Airports, ports and boarders will remain open; proof of good health will be required at these entry points. If you are travelling to and from the airport, it will be necessary that you have a copy of your plane ticket or itinerary. If you will be travelling to the airport to pick someone up or drop someone off, please have a copy of that person’s plane ticket or itinerary as well. You will need to show these at the different checkpoint in order to continue with your journey.
    *Public spaces and services: Face masks. The wearing of masks outside of your accommodation is compulsory nationwide.
    *Transport: Uber has resumed services in Panama. Yellow taxis have a reduced presence. The police and security forces are empowered to enforce restrictions on movements and events due to the current state of emergency. You must follow their instructions. The wearing of masks and face shields is mandatory on all public transport.

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    15.02.2021
  • Panama (Panamá) Latest News: Nationwide COVID-19 lockdown extended to 14 January (Reuters, 27.12.2020). Panama government will suspend entry of travelers from South Africa, U.K. from 22 December (Reuters, 21.12.2020). Panama’s aviation authority suspends flights from Venezuela (Bloomberg, 14.12.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry rules in response to coronavirus (COVID-19): Upon your arrival in Panama, you will be asked to fill out an Affidavit of Health form. This document is available in Spanish and English.
    *Entry restrictions on people who have been in the UK or South Africa within 20 days of their arrival into Panama: From 21 December, Panama has temporarily suspended entry to anyone, with the exception of Panamanian nationals and residents, that has been in either the United Kingdom or South Africa within 20 days of their arrival in the country. Panamanian nationals and residents are allowed to enter Panama if they have been in the UK or South Africa, but will either need to take a COVID19 PCR test no more than 48 hours before they travel, or carry out a test at the airport on arrival at a cost of $50.00..Regardless of the result, all will be required to stay in a designated government quarantine facility for as long as the local health authorities deem necessary.
    *Entry to Panama: Entry to Panama is open to Panamanian nationals, residents, tourists and business Entry to Panama is open to Panamanian nationals, residents, tourists and business travellers who have a negative COVID19 PCR test certificate and who have not spent time in the United Kingdom or South Africa in the 20 days prior to their arrival. The test must be taken no more than 48 hours before you travel. If you cannot do this, a test can be taken at the airport on arrival at a cost of USD 50.00. Travellers are responsible for covering the cost of the test. If you have a negative result, you do not need to quarantine. In the event of a positive test, you will be required to quarantine for at least 7 days in a government facility. You will be tested after 7 days. If the result is still positive you will need to complete a further 7 days of quarantine at the facility. If it is negative you will be able to leave the facility.
    *Transiting Panama: It is now possible to transit Panama. You will need to have the following items:
    • Negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate. The test must be taken within 48 hours of your travel to Panama,
    • Confirmed onward flight.
    Unless you meet entry requirements, you will not be allowed to leave the airport during your transit. You should check the requirements for your country of final destination as requirements may vary.
    *Data collection: You will be required to give address details of your accommodation and a contact telephone number. You will also be required to download a tracing application to your smartphone.

    Internal Restrictions:
    Travel in Panama: Panama is currently under a state of emergency, and a curfew is in place. Measures in place to combat the spread of COVID-19 vary by province. Sanitary cordons may be imposed at short notice to restrict travel between provinces. Domestic flights are operating.
    *Nationwide measures: From 14 January, there is a nationwide daily mandated curfew from 9pm until 4am. Stricter provincial measures may also apply. Subject to provincial measures, leaving your home/accommodation is permitted between the hours of 4am and 9pm, unless you have any symptoms of COVID-19, or have otherwise been ordered to quarantine by the Panamanian authorities.
    If you are arriving internationally during the hours covered by the curfew, you are allowed to travel to your accommodation if you can provide proof of your arrangements or flight details (boarding pass, flight itinerary and/or other forms of proof) to the requesting authorities. ‘Salvoconductos’ (travel permits) are only necessary for those undertaking essential activities that require movement during curfew hours.
    Access to, and the use of, parks, stadiums, gyms, beaches, rivers, and the Cinta Costera y Calzada de Amador are prohibited during national or provincial curfew and lockdown hours, and may be restricted more widely at the discretion of the local authorities.
    Carnival Measures: Over the Carnival festival, the measures in place will be as follows:
    • Friday 12 February will be a normal working day.
    • Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 February will remain full lockdown in those provinces with a weekend lockdown in force.
    • Monday 15 and Wednesday 17 February will be normal working days.
    • Tuesday 16 will be a public holiday.
    National and provincial measures will remain in place and no celebrations events or gatherings that contravene these will be permitted.
    Provincial Measures: Panama and Panama Oeste. There is a lockdown from 9pm on 15 January to 4am on 18 January and every weekend thereafter until further notice. You should not leave your accommodation during lockdown hours, to avoid temporary detention and/or fines from the authorities. From Monday 8 February, beaches and rivers will re-open from 6am until 4pm, from Monday to Friday. Only family bubbles will be allowed to enter beaches. No big groups will be permitted and alcohol consumption will be prohibited. Social areas and pools in buildings can re-open, operating at up to 25% capacity, with limits on numbers to be supervised by each building administration. Restaurants will be allowed to reopen for customers under the following conditions:
    • Alcohol can be served only with meals.
    • A 2 metre distance between tables must be maintained.
    • They must close at 7:30pm (Delivery can continue until 10pm).
    • All personnel must use facemasks, face shields and comply with biosecurity measures.
    Gender based restrictions on commercial shops / supermarkets will also be lifted. Both men and women will be allowed to shop at any time from Monday to Friday. Shops must comply with a 50% capacity rule to prevent overcrowding. All gatherings in public or commercial areas remain prohibited. Work-related gatherings are allowed for up to 25 people as long a 2 metre distance is kept between each person and other biosecurity measures are met.
    Herrera: A lockdown is in place from 9pm on 15 January until 4am on 1 February. You should only leave your accommodation on your assigned gender days to complete essential shopping. You should also avoid accessing social areas within your accommodation, including gyms and swimming pools. Only supermarkets and shops selling food and medicine will be allowed to open and this will be from Monday to Friday. Gender-based measures apply for shopping:
    • Women are permitted to enter shops on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays
    • Men are permitted to enter shops on Tuesdays and Thursdays
    Coclé, Veraguas and Los Santos: Lockdown from 9pm on 15 January to 4am on 18 January and every weekend thereafter until further notice. You should not leave your accommodation during lockdown hours, to avoid temporary detention and/or fines from the authorities. You should also avoid accessing social areas within your accommodation, including gyms and swimming pools.
    Sanitary Cordons and Checkpoints: From 23 December at 5am, the Ministry of Health, along with police units, will set up sanitary checkpoints along the road in La Pesa de la Chorrera, Divisa, La Villa, Chagres, Vigui and others. Airports, ports and boarders will remain open, proof of good health will be required at these entry points. From 4 January, new checkpoints will focus on restricting movement to and from the Provinces of Panama and Panama Oeste. The main checkpoints will be at the Police Station in Chepo and El Lago in Capira.
    Travel to and from the airport: Airports, ports and boarders will remain open; proof of good health will be required at these entry points. If you are travelling to and from the airport, it will be necessary that you have a copy of your plane ticket or itinerary. If you will be travelling to the airport to pick someone up or drop someone off, please have a copy of that person’s plane ticket or itinerary as well. You will need to show these at the different checkpoint in order to continue with your journey.
    *Public spaces and services: Face masks. The wearing of masks outside of your accommodation is compulsory nationwide.
    Transport: Uber has resumed services in Panama. Yellow taxis have a reduced presence. The police and security forces are empowered to enforce restrictions on movements and events due to the current state of emergency. You must follow their instructions. The wearing of masks and face shields is mandatory on all public transport.

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    09.02.2021
  • Panama (Panamá) Latest News: Nationwide COVID-19 lockdown extended to 14 January (Reuters, 27.12.2020). Panama government will suspend entry of travelers from South Africa, U.K. from 22 December (Reuters, 21.12.2020). Panama’s aviation authority suspends flights from Venezuela (Bloomberg, 14.12.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry rules in response to coronavirus (COVID-19): Upon your arrival in Panama, you will be asked to fill out an Affidavit of Health form. This document is available in Spanish and English.
    *Entry restrictions on people who have been in the UK or South Africa within 20 days of their arrival into Panama: From 21 December, Panama has temporarily suspended entry to anyone, with the exception of Panamanian nationals and residents, that has been in either the United Kingdom or South Africa within 20 days of their arrival in the country. Panamanian nationals and residents are allowed to enter Panama if they have been in the UK or South Africa, but will either need to take a COVID19 PCR test no more than 48 hours before they travel, or carry out a test at the airport on arrival at a cost of $50.00..Regardless of the result, all will be required to stay in a designated government quarantine facility for as long as the local health authorities deem necessary.
    *Entry to Panama: Entry to Panama is open to Panamanian nationals, residents, tourists and business Entry to Panama is open to Panamanian nationals, residents, tourists and business travellers who have a negative COVID19 PCR test certificate and who have not spent time in the United Kingdom or South Africa in the 20 days prior to their arrival. The test must be taken no more than 48 hours before you travel. If you cannot do this, a test can be taken at the airport on arrival at a cost of USD 50.00. Travellers are responsible for covering the cost of the test. If you have a negative result, you do not need to quarantine. In the event of a positive test, you will be required to quarantine for at least 7 days in a government facility. You will be tested after 7 days. If the result is still positive you will need to complete a further 7 days of quarantine at the facility. If it is negative you will be able to leave the facility.
    *Transiting Panama: It is now possible to transit Panama. You will need to have the following items:
    • Negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate. The test must be taken within 48 hours of your travel to Panama,
    • Confirmed onward flight.
    Unless you meet entry requirements, you will not be allowed to leave the airport during your transit. You should check the requirements for your country of final destination as requirements may vary.
    *Data collection: You will be required to give address details of your accommodation and a contact telephone number. You will also be required to download a tracing application to your smartphone.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Panama: Panama is currently under a state of emergency, and a curfew is in place. The local government may impose sanitary cordons around provinces with limited notice. Domestic flights are operating.
    *Nationwide measures: From 14 January, there is a nationwide daily mandated curfew from 9pm until 4am. Stricter provincial measures may also apply. Subject to provincial measures, leaving your home/accommodation is permitted between the hours of 4am and 9pm, unless you have any symptoms of COVID-19, or have otherwise been ordered to quarantine by the Panamanian authorities. If you are arriving internationally during the hours covered by the curfew, you are allowed to travel to your accommodation if you can provide proof of your arrangements or flight details (boarding pass, flight itinerary and/or other forms of proof) to the requesting authorities. ‘Salvoconductos’ (travel permits) are only necessary for those undertaking essential activities that require movement during curfew hours. Access to, and the use of, parks, stadiums, gyms, beaches, rivers, and the Cinta Costera y Calzada de Amador are prohibited during national or provincial curfew and lockdown hours, and may be restricted more widely at the discretion of the local authorities.
    *Provincial Measures: -Panama and Panama Oeste: There is a lockdown from 9pm on 15 January to 4am on 18 January and every weekend thereafter until further notice. You should not leave your accommodation during lockdown hours, to avoid temporary detention and/or fines from the authorities. You should also avoid accessing social areas within your accommodation, including gyms and swimming pools. Gender-based restrictions apply for shopping:
    • Women are permitted to enter shops on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays;
    • Men are permitted to enter shops on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
    All gatherings in public or commercial areas remain prohibited. Work-related gatherings are allowed for up to 25 people as long a 2 metre distance is kept between each person and other biosecurity measures are met.
    -Herrera: A lockdown is in place from 9pm on 15 January until 4am on 1 February. You should only leave your accommodation on your assigned gender days to complete essential shopping. You should also avoid accessing social areas within your accommodation, including gyms and swimming pools. Only supermarkets and shops selling food and medicine will be allowed to open and this will be from Monday to Friday. Gender-based measures apply for shopping:
    • Women are permitted to enter shops on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays;
    • Men are permitted to enter shops on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
    *Coclé, Veraguas and Los Santos:
    Lockdown from 9pm on 15 January to 4am on 18 January and every weekend thereafter until further notice. You should not leave your accommodation during lockdown hours, to avoid temporary detention and/or fines from the authorities. You should also avoid accessing social areas within your accommodation, including gyms and swimming pools.
    -Sanitary Cordons and Checkpoints: From 23 December at 5am, the Ministry of Health, along with police units, will set up sanitary checkpoints along the road in La Pesa de la Chorrera, Divisa, La Villa, Chagres, Vigui and others. Airports, ports and boarders will remain open, proof of good health will be required at these entry points. From 4 January, new checkpoints will focus on restricting movement to and from the Provinces of Panama and Panama Oeste. The main checkpoints will be at the Police Station in Chepo and El Lago in Capira.
    -Travel to and from the airport: Airports, ports and boarders will remain open; proof of good health will be required at these entry points. If you are travelling to and from the airport, it will be necessary that you have a copy of your plane ticket or itinerary. If you will be travelling to the airport to pick someone up or drop someone off, please have a copy of that person’s plane ticket or itinerary as well. You will need to show these at the different checkpoint in order to continue with your journey.
    *Public spaces and services: -Face masks: The wearing of masks outside of your accommodation is compulsory nationwide.
    -Transport: Uber has resumed services in Panama. Yellow taxis have a reduced presence. The police and security forces are empowered to enforce restrictions on movements and events due to the current state of emergency. You must follow their instructions. The wearing of masks and face shields is mandatory on all public transport.
    -Business: Since 12 October, all shops and shopping malls are open. You should check the Panamanian Ministry of Health Twitter feed for the latest updates. From 18 December 2020 to 4 January 2021, there will also be a ban on the sale of liquor (Ley Seca) between the hours of 7pm to 5am. Only one adult per family will be allowed to enter supermarkets, accompanied by one minor or a person with disabilities.

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    29.01.2021
  • Panama (Panamá) Latest News: Nationwide COVID-19 lockdown extended to 14 January (Reuters, 27.12.2020). Panama government will suspend entry of travelers from South Africa, U.K. from 22 December (Reuters, 21.12.2020). Panama’s aviation authority suspends flights from Venezuela (Bloomberg, 14.12.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry rules in response to coronavirus (COVID-19): Upon your arrival in Panama, you will be asked to fill out an Affidavit of Health form. This document is available in Spanish and English.
    *Entry restrictions on people who have been in the UK or South Africa within 20 days of their arrival into Panama: From 21 December, Panama has temporarily suspended entry to anyone, with the exception of Panamanian nationals and residents, that has been in either the United Kingdom or South Africa within 20 days of their arrival in the country. Panamanian nationals and residents are allowed to enter Panama if they have been in the UK or South Africa, but will either need to take a COVID19 PCR test no more than 48 hours before they travel, or carry out a test at the airport on arrival at a cost of $50.00..Regardless of the result, all will be required to stay in a designated government quarantine facility for as long as the local health authorities deem necessary.
    *Entry to Panama: Entry to Panama is open to Panamanian nationals, residents, tourists and business Entry to Panama is open to Panamanian nationals, residents, tourists and business travellers who have a negative COVID19 PCR test certificate and who have not spent time in the United Kingdom or South Africa in the 20 days prior to their arrival. The test must be taken no more than 48 hours before you travel. If you cannot do this, a test can be taken at the airport on arrival at a cost of USD 50.00. Travellers are responsible for covering the cost of the test. If you have a negative result, you do not need to quarantine. In the event of a positive test, you will be required to quarantine for at least 7 days in a government facility. You will be tested after 7 days. If the result is still positive you will need to complete a further 7 days of quarantine at the facility. If it is negative you will be able to leave the facility.
    *Transiting Panama: It is now possible to transit Panama. You will need to have the following items:
    • Negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate. The test must be taken within 48 hours of your travel to Panama,
    • Confirmed onward flight.
    Unless you meet entry requirements, you will not be allowed to leave the airport during your transit. You should check the requirements for your country of final destination as requirements may vary.
    *Data collection: You will be required to give address details of your accommodation and a contact telephone number. You will also be required to download a tracing application to your smartphone.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Panama: Panama is currently under a state of emergency, and a curfew is in place. The local government may impose sanitary cordons around provinces with limited notice. Domestic flights are operating.
    *Nationwide measures: From 14 January, there is a nationwide daily mandated curfew from 9pm until 4am. Stricter provincial measures may also apply. Subject to provincial measures, leaving your home/accommodation is permitted between the hours of 4am and 9pm, unless you have any symptoms of COVID-19, or have otherwise been ordered to quarantine by the Panamanian authorities. If you are arriving internationally during the hours covered by the curfew, you are allowed to travel to your accommodation if you can provide proof of your arrangements or flight details (boarding pass, flight itinerary and/or other forms of proof) to the requesting authorities. ‘Salvoconductos’ (travel permits) are only necessary for those undertaking essential activities that require movement during curfew hours. Access to, and the use of, parks, stadiums, gyms, beaches, rivers, and the Cinta Costera y Calzada de Amador are prohibited during national or provincial curfew and lockdown hours, and may be restricted more widely at the discretion of the local authorities.
    *Provincial Measures: -Panama and Panama Oeste: There is a lockdown from 9pm on 15 January to 4am on 18 January and every weekend thereafter until further notice. You should not leave your accommodation during lockdown hours, to avoid temporary detention and/or fines from the authorities. You should also avoid accessing social areas within your accommodation, including gyms and swimming pools. Gender-based restrictions apply for shopping: • Women are permitted to enter shops on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays; • Men are permitted to enter shops on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
    All gatherings in public or commercial areas remain prohibited. Work-related gatherings are allowed for up to 25 people as long a 2 metre distance is kept between each person and other biosecurity measures are met.
    -Herrera: A lockdown is in place from 9pm on 15 January until 4am on 1 February. You should only leave your accommodation on your assigned gender days to complete essential shopping. You should also avoid accessing social areas within your accommodation, including gyms and swimming pools;
    Only supermarkets and shops selling food and medicine will be allowed to open and this will be from Monday to Friday; Gender-based measures apply for shopping: • Women are permitted to enter shops on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays; Men are permitted to enter shops on Tuesdays and Thursdays
    *Coclé, Veraguas and Los Santos: Lockdown from 9pm on 15 January to 4am on 18 January and every weekend thereafter until further notice. You should not leave your accommodation during lockdown hours, to avoid temporary detention and/or fines from the authorities. You should also avoid accessing social areas within your accommodation, including gyms and swimming pools.
    -Sanitary Cordons and Checkpoints: From 23 December at 5am, the Ministry of Health, along with police units, will set up sanitary checkpoints along the road in La Pesa de la Chorrera, Divisa, La Villa, Chagres, Vigui and others. Airports, ports and boarders will remain open, proof of good health will be required at these entry points. From 4 January, new checkpoints will focus on restricting movement to and from the Provinces of Panama and Panama Oeste. The main checkpoints will be at the Police Station in Chepo and El Lago in Capira.
    -Travel to and from the airport: Airports, ports and boarders will remain open; proof of good health will be required at these entry points. If you are travelling to and from the airport, it will be necessary that you have a copy of your plane ticket or itinerary. If you will be travelling to the airport to pick someone up or drop someone off, please have a copy of that person’s plane ticket or itinerary as well. You will need to show these at the different checkpoint in order to continue with your journey.
    *Public spaces and services: -Face masks: The wearing of masks outsi
    de of your accommodation is compulsory nationwide. -Transport: Uber has resumed services in Panama. Yellow taxis have a reduced presence. The police and security forces are empowered to enforce restrictions on movements and events due to the current state of emergency. You must follow their instructions. The wearing of masks and face shields is mandatory on all public transport.
    -Business: Since 12 October, all shops and shopping malls are open. You should check thePanamanian Ministry of Health Twitter feed for the latest updates. From 18 December 2020 to 4 January 2021, there will also be a ban on the sale of liquor (Ley Seca) between the hours of 7pm to 5am. Only one adult per family will be allowed to enter supermarkets, accompanied by one minor or a person with disabilities.

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    21.01.2021
  • Panama (Panamá) Latest News: Nationwide COVID-19 lockdown extended to 14 January (Reuters, 27.12.2020). Panama government will suspend entry of travelers from South Africa, U.K. from 22 December (Reuters, 21.12.2020). Panama’s aviation authority suspends flights from Venezuela (Bloomberg, 14.12.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry restrictions on people who have been in the UK or South Africa within 20 days of their arrival into Panama: From 21 December, Panama has temporarily suspended entry to anyone, with the exception of Panamanian nationals and residents, that has been in either the United Kingdom or South Africa within 20 days of their arrival in the country.
    Panamanian nationals and residents are allowed to enter Panama, but will either need to take a PCR test 48 hours before leaving the UK or need to carry out a COVID19 test at the airport on arrival at a cost of $50.00. Regardless of the result, all will be required to stay in a designated government quarantine facility for as long as the local health authorities deem necessary.
    *Entry to Panama: Entry to Panama is open to Panamanian nationals, residents, tourists and business Entry to Panama is open to Panamanian nationals, residents, tourists and business travellers who have a negative COVID19 PCR test certificate and who have not spent time in the United Kingdom or South Africa in the 20 days prior to their arrival. The test must be taken no more than 48 hours before you travel. If you cannot do this, a test can be taken at the airport on arrival at a cost of USD 50.00. Travellers are responsible for covering the cost of the test. If you have a negative result, you do not need to quarantine. In the event of a positive test, you will be required to quarantine for at least 7 days in a government facility. You will be tested after 7 days. If the result is still positive you will need to complete a further 7 days of quarantine at the facility. If it is negative you will be able to leave the facility.
    *Transiting Panama: It is now possible to transit Panama. You will need to have the following items: Negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate. The test must be taken within 48 hours of your travel to Panama, Confirmed onward flight. Unless you meet entry requirements, you will not be allowed to leave the airport during your transit. You should check the requirements for your country of final destination as requirements may vary.
    *Data collection: You will be required to give address details of your accommodation and a contact telephone number. You will also be required to download a tracing application to your smartphone.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Panama: Panama is currently under a state of emergency, and a curfew is in place. The local government may impose sanitary cordons around provinces with limited notice. Domestic flights are operating.
    *Nationwide measures: From 14 January, there is a nationwide daily mandated curfew from 9pm until 4am. Stricter provincial measures may also apply. Subject to provincial measures, leaving your home/accommodation is permitted between the hours of 4am and 9pm, unless you have any symptoms of COVID-19, or have otherwise been ordered to quarantine by the Panamanian authorities. If you are arriving internationally during the hours covered by the curfew, you are allowed to travel to your accommodation if you can provide proof of your arrangements or flight details (boarding pass, flight itinerary and/or other forms of proof) to the requesting authorities. ‘Salvoconductos’ (travel permits) are only necessary for those undertaking essential activities that require movement during curfew hours.
    Access to, and the use of, parks, stadiums, gyms, beaches, rivers, and the Cinta Costera y Calzada de Amador are prohibited during national or provincial curfew and lockdown hours, and may be restricted more widely at the discretion of the local authorities.
    *Provincial Measures: Panama and Panama Oeste:
    There is a lockdown from 9pm on 15 January to 4am on 18 January and every weekend thereafter until further notice. You should not leave your accommodation during lockdown hours, to avoid temporary detention and/or fines from the authorities. You should also avoid accessing social areas within your accommodation, including gyms and swimming pools.
    Gender-based restrictions apply for shopping: Women are permitted to enter shops on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays. Men are permitted to enter shops on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
    All gatherings in public or commercial areas remain prohibited. Work-related gatherings are allowed for up to 25 people as long a 2 metre distance is kept between each person and other biosecurity measures are met.
    Herrera: A lockdown is in place from 9pm on 15 January until 4am on 1 February. You should only leave your accommodation on your assigned gender days to complete essential shopping. You should also avoid accessing social areas within your accommodation, including gyms and swimming pools.
    Only supermarkets and shops selling food and medicine will be allowed to open and this will be from Monday to Friday. Gender-based measures apply for shopping: Women are permitted to enter shops on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays. Men are permitted to enter shops on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
    *Coclé, Veraguas and Los Santos: Lockdown from 9pm on 15 January to 4am on 18 January and every weekend thereafter until further notice. You should not leave your accommodation during lockdown hours, to avoid temporary detention and/or fines from the authorities. You should also avoid accessing social areas within your accommodation, including gyms and swimming pools.
    *Sanitary Cordons and Checkpoints: From 23 December at 5am, the Ministry of Health, along with police units, will set up sanitary checkpoints along the road in La Pesa de la Chorrera, Divisa, La Villa, Chagres, Vigui and others.
    Airports, ports and boarders will remain open, proof of good health will be required at these entry points. From 4 January, new checkpoints will focus on restricting movement to and from the Provinces of Panama and Panama Oeste. The main checkpoints will be at the Police Station in Chepo and El Lago in Capira.
    *Travel to and from the airport: Airports, ports and boarders will remain open; proof of good health will be required at these entry points. If you are travelling to and from the airport, it will be necessary that you have a copy of your plane ticket or itinerary. If you will be travelling to the airport to pick someone up or drop someone off, please have a copy of that person’s plane ticket or itinerary as well. You will need to show these at the different checkpoint in order to continue with your journey.

    *Public spaces and services: The wearing of masks outside of your accommodation is compulsory nationwide. Uber has resumed services in Panama. Yellow taxis have a reduced presence.
    The police and security forces are empowered to enforce restrictions on movements and events due to the current state of emergency. You must follow their instructions.
    Since 12 October, all shops and shopping malls are open. You should check the Panamanian Ministry of Health Twitter feed for the latest updates.
    From 18 December 2020 to 4 January 2021, there will also be a ban on the sale of liquor (Ley Seca) between the hours of 7pm to 5am. Only one adult per family will be allowed to enter supermarkets, accompanied by one minor or a person with disabilities.

    On January 12, the Government of Panama announced updated regional and national COVID-19 restrictions beginning January 14.
    Starting January 14, a nationwide curfew is in effect Monday through Friday from 9:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. Additional movement and business restrictions vary by region.
    Panama and Panama Oeste: Starting January 14, movement restrictions based on passport or cedula number are eliminated. However, gender restrictions for shopping remain in place (Men: Tuesdays and Thursdays; Women: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays). Weekends are full lockdown, from Fridays at 9 p.m. until Monday at 4 a.m. Work-related gatherings are limited to 25 people or 25% capacity. For a list of permitted activities, see slides six and seven of the Ministry of Health’s informational presentation here.
    Cocle, Veraguas, and Los Santos: A full lockdown is in effect from 9 p.m., January 15 until 4 a.m., January 17. Businesses will remain open until 7:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, with no gender restrictions.
    Herrera: Starting January 14, shopping will be restricted by gender (Men: Tuesdays and Thursdays; Women: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays). Beginning January 15, weekends will be full lockdown, from Fridays at 9 p.m. until Monday at 4 a.m.
    The government also announced a gradual reopening plan that is subject to change depending on health conditions:
    • February 1: retail, beauty parlors, barber shops, daycare centers
    • February 15: carwashes, tailor shops, shoe repair shops, non-essential industries, cultural industries, restaurants
    • March 1: gyms, spas, lotteries, fishing, race tracks
    • March 15: beaches, movie theaters
    On December 28, the Government of Panama announced new regional and nationwide restrictions lasting until January 14. Starting January 4, these include a return to movement restrictions based on gender and ID number in the provinces of Panama and Panama Oeste.
    Movement and shopping restrictions:
    • From January 4 to 14, a total quarantine and curfew are in effect from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. for the provinces of Panama and Panama Oeste. Businesses will close at 7:30 p.m. All non-essential businesses will be closed. For the rest of Panama, the curfew remains from 7:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.
    From January 4 to January 14, gender restrictions in Panama and Panama Oeste provinces allow for movement as follows:
    • Women:  Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
    • Men:  Tuesday and Thursday 
    Additionally, in Panama and Panama Oeste, movements are restricted to a two-hour window based on the last digit of each individual’s cedula number or passport number if an individual is not a citizen of Panama.  During their corresponding two-hour window, individuals are allowed one hour for travel (30 minutes each way) and one hour for shopping. U.S. Citizens in Panama should always carry their passports, and their Panamanian cedula if they have one.  The two-hour windows are as follows:
    • Last number is 7 – 6:30 – 8:30 a.m; Last number is 8 – 7:30 – 9:30 a.m; Last number is 9 – 8:30 – 10:30 a.m; Last number is 0 – 9:30 – 11:30 a.m; Last number is 1 – 12:30 – 2:30 p.m; Last number is 2 – 1:30 – 3:30 p.m; Last number is 3 – 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.; Last number is 4 – 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
    • Last number is 5 – 4:30 – 6:30 p.m; Last number is 6 – 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
    There is a special window for the handicapped and those over 60 years old, regardless of cedula or passport numbers, between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. (gender restrictions still apply). One caretaker (regardless of their gender) may accompany these individuals.
    Normal exceptions apply for holders of permission letters (salvoconductos).
    Hours of circulation during the total quarantine are intended only for essential purchases by one person per household. The Embassy reminds U.S. citizens in Panama that it is always obligatory to comply with local laws. 
    MINSA reminds citizens and residents of Panama that staying at home, not touching your face, and washing your hands frequently are the best means of prevention against COVID-19.  It also requires the use of masks when in public.

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    15.01.2021
  • Panama (Panamá) Latest News: Nationwide COVID-19 lockdown extended to 14 January (Reuters, 27.12.2020). Panama government will suspend entry of travelers from South Africa, U.K. from 22 December (Reuters, 21.12.2020). Panama’s aviation authority suspends flights from Venezuela (Bloomberg, 14.12.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry restrictions on people who have been in the UK or South Africa within 20 days of their arrival into Panama: From 21 December, Panama has temporarily suspended entry to anyone, with the exception of Panamanian nationals and residents, that has been in either the United Kingdom or South Africa within 20 days of their arrival in the country.
    Panamanian nationals and residents are allowed to enter Panama, but will either need to take a PCR test 48 hours before leaving the UK or need to carry out a COVID19 test at the airport on arrival at a cost of $50.00. Regardless of the result, all will be required to stay in a designated government quarantine facility for as long as the local health authorities deem necessary.
    *Entry to Panama: Entry to Panama is open to Panamanian nationals, residents, tourists and business travellers who have a negative COVID19 PCR test certificate and who have not spent time in the United Kingdom or South Africa in the 20 days prior to their arrival. The certificate must be obtained no more than 48 hours before you travel. If you cannot do this, a test can be taken at the airport on arrival at a cost of USD 50.00. Travellers are responsible for covering the cost of the test. If you have a negative result, you do not need to quarantine. In the event of a positive test, you will be required to quarantine for at least 7 days in a government facility. You will be tested after 7 days. If the result is still positive you will need to complete a further 7 days of quarantine at the facility. If it is negative you will be able to leave the facility.
    *Transiting Panama: It is now possible to transit Panama. But you will need to have a confirmed onward flight, a COVID-19 PCR test and a negative result and you will not be allowed to leave the airport. You should check the requirements for your country of final destination as requirements may vary.
    *Data collection: You will be required to give address details of your accommodation and a contact telephone number. You will also be required to download a tracing application to your smartphone.

    Internal Restrictions:
    On January 12, the Government of Panama announced updated regional and national COVID-19 restrictions beginning January 14.
    Starting January 14, a nationwide curfew is in effect Monday through Friday from 9:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. Additional movement and business restrictions vary by region.
    Panama and Panama Oeste: Starting January 14, movement restrictions based on passport or cedula number are eliminated. However, gender restrictions for shopping remain in place (Men: Tuesdays and Thursdays; Women: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays). Weekends are full lockdown, from Fridays at 9 p.m. until Monday at 4 a.m. Work-related gatherings are limited to 25 people or 25% capacity. For a list of permitted activities, see slides six and seven of the Ministry of Health’s informational presentation here.
    Cocle, Veraguas, and Los Santos: A full lockdown is in effect from 9 p.m., January 15 until 4 a.m., January 17. Businesses will remain open until 7:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, with no gender restrictions.
    Herrera: Starting January 14, shopping will be restricted by gender (Men: Tuesdays and Thursdays; Women: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays). Beginning January 15, weekends will be full lockdown, from Fridays at 9 p.m. until Monday at 4 a.m.
    The government also announced a gradual reopening plan that is subject to change depending on health conditions:
    • February 1: retail, beauty parlors, barber shops, daycare centers
    • February 15: carwashes, tailor shops, shoe repair shops, non-essential industries, cultural industries, restaurants
    • March 1: gyms, spas, lotteries, fishing, race tracks
    • March 15: beaches, movie theaters
    On December 28, the Government of Panama announced new regional and nationwide restrictions lasting until January 14. Starting January 4, these include a return to movement restrictions based on gender and ID number in the provinces of Panama and Panama Oeste.
    Movement and shopping restrictions:
    • From January 4 to 14, a total quarantine and curfew are in effect from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. for the provinces of Panama and Panama Oeste. Businesses will close at 7:30 p.m. All non-essential businesses will be closed. For the rest of Panama, the curfew remains from 7:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.
    From January 4 to January 14, gender restrictions in Panama and Panama Oeste provinces allow for movement as follows:
    • Women:  Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
    • Men:  Tuesday and Thursday 
    Additionally, in Panama and Panama Oeste, movements are restricted to a two-hour window based on the last digit of each individual’s cedula number or passport number if an individual is not a citizen of Panama.  During their corresponding two-hour window, individuals are allowed one hour for travel (30 minutes each way) and one hour for shopping. U.S. Citizens in Panama should always carry their passports, and their Panamanian cedula if they have one.  The two-hour windows are as follows:
    • Last number is 7 – 6:30 – 8:30 a.m; Last number is 8 – 7:30 – 9:30 a.m; Last number is 9 – 8:30 – 10:30 a.m; Last number is 0 – 9:30 – 11:30 a.m; Last number is 1 – 12:30 – 2:30 p.m; Last number is 2 – 1:30 – 3:30 p.m; Last number is 3 – 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.; Last number is 4 – 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
    • Last number is 5 – 4:30 – 6:30 p.m; Last number is 6 – 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
    There is a special window for the handicapped and those over 60 years old, regardless of cedula or passport numbers, between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. (gender restrictions still apply). One caretaker (regardless of their gender) may accompany these individuals.
    Normal exceptions apply for holders of permission letters (salvoconductos).
    Hours of circulation during the total quarantine are intended only for essential purchases by one person per household. The Embassy reminds U.S. citizens in Panama that it is always obligatory to comply with local laws. 
    MINSA reminds citizens and residents of Panama that staying at home, not touching your face, and washing your hands frequently are the best means of prevention against COVID-19.  It also requires the use of masks when in public.

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    12.01.2021
  • Panama (Panamá) Latest News: Nationwide COVID-19 lockdown extended to 14 January (Reuters, 27.12.2020). Panama government will suspend entry of travelers from South Africa, U.K. from 22 December (Reuters, 21.12.2020). Panama’s aviation authority suspends flights from Venezuela (Bloomberg, 14.12.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry restrictions on people who have been in the UK or South Africa within 20 days of their arrival into Panama: From 21 December, Panama has temporarily suspended entry to anyone, with the exception of Panamanian nationals and residents, that has been in either the United Kingdom or South Africa within 20 days of their arrival in the country.
    Panamanian nationals and residents are allowed to enter Panama, but will either need to take a PCR test 48 hours before leaving the UK or need to carry out a COVID19 test at the airport on arrival at a cost of $50.00. Regardless of the result, all will be required to stay in a designated government quarantine facility for as long as the local health authorities deem necessary.
    *Entry to Panama: Entry to Panama is open to Panamanian nationals, residents, tourists and business travellers who have a negative COVID19 PCR test certificate and who have not spent time in the United Kingdom or South Africa in the 20 days prior to their arrival. The certificate must be obtained no more than 48 hours before you travel. If you cannot do this, a test can be taken at the airport on arrival at a cost of USD 50.00. Travellers are responsible for covering the cost of the test. If you have a negative result, you do not need to quarantine. In the event of a positive test, you will be required to quarantine for at least 7 days in a government facility. You will be tested after 7 days. If the result is still positive you will need to complete a further 7 days of quarantine at the facility. If it is negative you will be able to leave the facility.
    *Transiting Panama: It is now possible to transit Panama. But you will need to have a confirmed onward flight, a COVID-19 PCR test and a negative result and you will not be allowed to leave the airport. You should check the requirements for your country of final destination as requirements may vary.
    *Data collection: You will be required to give address details of your accommodation and a contact telephone number. You will also be required to download a tracing application to your smartphone.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Panama: Panama is currently under a state of emergency, and a curfew is in place. The local government may impose sanitary cordons around provinces with limited notice. Domestic flights are operating.
    *Curfew measures: From 18 December until 4 January, unless you are under 14-day quarantine or have Covid-19 symptoms, you can leave your home/accommodation between the hours of 5am and 7pm. Leaving your home/accommodation is permitted between the hours of 5am until 7pm, unless you have any of the COVID-19 symptoms or if you are subject to a 14-day ordered quarantine period. Leaving your home/accommodation is permitted between the hours of 5am until 7pm, unless you have any of the COVID-19 symptoms or if you are subject to a 14-day ordered quarantine period.
    From 4 January until 14 January, there will be a daily mandated curfew in the Provinces of Panama and Panama Oeste from 8pm until 5am. The 7pm to 5am curfew will remain in place in the rest of Panama. If you are arriving internationally during the hours covered by the curfew, you are allowed to travel to your accommodation by providing proof of your arrangements or flight details (boarding pass, flight itinerary and/or others) to the requesting authorities. ‘Salvoconductos’ (travel permits) are only necessary for those undertaking essential activities that require movement during curfew hours.
    *Quarantine Measures during the month of December: From 21 December, gender based restrictions apply to shopping at supermarkets, pharmacies and malls. There are alternate days for men and women:
    Ladies will be able to enter shops on 21, 23, 28 and 30 December. Gentlemen will be able to enter shops on 22, 24, 29 and 31 December.
    Beginning on 4 January, restrictions based on gender and the last number of your personal ID/Passport will apply for essential shopping for groceries and medication in the Provinces of Panama and Panama Oeste. Adults over the age of 60 and people with disabilities must adhere to gender-based restrictions, but are permitted to shop between 11am and 1pm, accompanied by a caregiver. The Panamanian government has announced two new full nationwide lockdowns: First lockdown beginning at 7pm on 31 December and ending at 5am on 4 January. Second lockdown on 9 and 10 January.
    The access and use of parks, stadiums, gyms, beaches, rivers, Cinta Costera y Calzada de Amador is prohibited during the nationwide lockdown. You should not leave your accommodation during lockdown, to avoid temporary detention and/or fines from the municipal and health authorities. The same restriction applies to open and enclosed social areas along with gyms and swimming pools, of apartment buildings, residential housing and hotels; these should not be access or used.
    *Sanitary Cordons and Checkpoints: From 23 December at 5am, the Ministry of Health, along with police units, will set up sanitary checkpoints along the road in La Pesa de la Chorrera, Divisa, La Villa, Chagres, Vigui and others. Airports, ports and boarders will remain open, proof of good health will be required at these entry points.
    From 4 January, new checkpoints will focus on restricting movement to and from the Provinces of Panama and Panama Oeste. The main checkpoints will be at the Police Station in Chepo and El Lago in Capira.

    *Travel to and from the airport: Airports, ports and boarders will remain open; proof of good health will be required at these entry points. If you are travelling to and from the airport, it will be necessary that you have a copy of your plane ticket or itinerary. If you will be travelling to the airport to pick someone up or drop someone off, please have a copy of that person’s plane ticket or itinerary as well. You will need to show these at the different checkpoint in order to continue with your journey.

    *Public spaces and services: -Face masks: The wearing of masks outside of your accommodation is compulsory nationwide; -Transport: Uber has resumed services in Panama. Yellow taxis have a reduced presence.
    The police and security forces are empowered to enforce restrictions on movements and events due to the current state of emergency. You should follow their instructions.
    -Business: Since 12 October, all shops and shopping malls are open. You should check the Panamanian Ministry of Health Twitter feed for the latest updates. From 18 December 2020 to 4 January 2020. There will also be a ban on the sale of liquor (Ley Seca) between the hours of 7 pm to 5 am Monday to Sunday. Only one person per family will be allowed to enter supermarkets accompanied by one minor or a person with disabilities.

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    08.01.2021
  • Panama (Panamá) Latest News: Nationwide COVID-19 lockdown extended to 14 January (Reuters, 27.12.2020). Panama government will suspend entry of travelers from South Africa, U.K. from 22 December (Reuters, 21.12.2020). Panama’s aviation authority suspends flights from Venezuela (Bloomberg, 14.12.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    *Restrictions to travellers arriving from the United Kingdom and South Africa: On 21 December, Panama temporarily suspended the entry of all those that have been in the United Kingdom or South Africa 20 days prior to their arrival unless they are Panamanian nationals or residents. Upon arrival, Panamanian citizens or residents that have been in the United Kingdom or South Africa 20 days prior to their arrival must undergo a COVID 19 PCR/Antigen test. Regardless of the result, you will be expected to quarantine in a designated hotel hospital for as long as the local health authorities deem necessary.
    *Entry to Panama: Entry to Panama is closed to all those who have been in the United Kingdom or South Africa 20 days prior to their arrival unless they are Panamanian nationals or residents. Entry to Panama is open to Panamanian nationals, residents, tourists and business travellers with a negative COVID19 PCR test certificate unless they have recently been in the United Kingdom or South Africa. The PCR test certificate must be obtained no more than 48 hours before you travel. If you cannot do this, a test can be taken at the airport on arrival at a cost of USD 50.00. Travellers are responsible for covering the cost of the test. If you have a negative result, you do not need to quarantine. In the event of a positive test, you will be required to quarantine for at least 7 days in a government facility. You will be tested after 7 days, if the result is still positive you will need to complete a further 7 days of quarantine at the facility. If it is negative you will be able to leave the facility.
    *Transiting Panama: It is now possible to transit Panama. You will need to have a confirmed onward flight and you will not be allowed to leave the airport. You will also need to take a COVID-19 PCR test and receive a negative result to be able to transit. You should check the requirements for your country of final destination as requirements may vary.
    *Data collection: You will be required to give address details of your accommodation and a contact telephone number. You will also be required to download a tracing application to your smartphone.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Panama: Panama is currently under a state of emergency, and a curfew is in place. The local government may impose sanitary cordons around provinces with limited notice. Domestic flights are operating.
    *Curfew measures: From 18 December until 4 January, unless you are under 14-day quarantine or have Covid-19 symptoms, you can leave your home/accommodation between the hours of 5am and 7pm. Leaving your home/accommodation is permitted between the hours of 5am until 7pm, unless you have any of the COVID-19 symptoms or if you are subject to a 14-day ordered quarantine period. Leaving your home/accommodation is permitted between the hours of 5am until 7pm, unless you have any of the COVID-19 symptoms or if you are subject to a 14-day ordered quarantine period.
    From 4 January until 14 January, there will be a daily mandated curfew in the Provinces of Panama and Panama Oeste from 8pm until 5am. The 7pm to 5am curfew will remain in place in the rest of Panama. If you are arriving internationally during the hours covered by the curfew, you are allowed to travel to your accommodation by providing proof of your arrangements or flight details (boarding pass, flight itinerary and/or others) to the requesting authorities. ‘Salvoconductos’ (travel permits) are only necessary for those undertaking essential activities that require movement during curfew hours.
    *Quarantine Measures during the month of December: From 21 December, gender based restrictions apply to shopping at supermarkets, pharmacies and malls. There are alternate days for men and women:
    Ladies will be able to enter shops on 21, 23, 28 and 30 December. Gentlemen will be able to enter shops on 22, 24, 29 and 31 December.
    Beginning on 4 January, restrictions based on gender and the last number of your personal ID/Passport will apply for essential shopping for groceries and medication in the Provinces of Panama and Panama Oeste. Adults over the age of 60 and people with disabilities must adhere to gender-based restrictions, but are permitted to shop between 11am and 1pm, accompanied by a caregiver. The Panamanian government has announced two new full nationwide lockdowns: First lockdown beginning at 7pm on 31 December and ending at 5am on 4 January. Second lockdown on 9 and 10 January.
    The access and use of parks, stadiums, gyms, beaches, rivers, Cinta Costera y Calzada de Amador is prohibited during the nationwide lockdown. You should not leave your accommodation during lockdown, to avoid temporary detention and/or fines from the municipal and health authorities. The same restriction applies to open and enclosed social areas along with gyms and swimming pools, of apartment buildings, residential housing and hotels; these should not be access or used.
    *Sanitary Cordons and Checkpoints: From 23 December at 5am, the Ministry of Health, along with police units, will set up sanitary checkpoints along the road in La Pesa de la Chorrera, Divisa, La Villa, Chagres, Vigui and others. Airports, ports and boarders will remain open, proof of good health will be required at these entry points.
    From 4 January, new checkpoints will focus on restricting movement to and from the Provinces of Panama and Panama Oeste. The main checkpoints will be at the Police Station in Chepo and El Lago in Capira.

    *Travel to and from the airport: Airports, ports and boarders will remain open; proof of good health will be required at these entry points. If you are travelling to and from the airport, it will be necessary that you have a copy of your plane ticket or itinerary. If you will be travelling to the airport to pick someone up or drop someone off, please have a copy of that person’s plane ticket or itinerary as well. You will need to show these at the different checkpoint in order to continue with your journey.

    *Public spaces and services: -Face masks: The wearing of masks outside of your accommodation is compulsory nationwide; -Transport: Uber has resumed services in Panama. Yellow taxis have a reduced presence.
    The police and security forces are empowered to enforce restrictions on movements and events due to the current state of emergency. You should follow their instructions.
    -Business: Since 12 October, all shops and shopping malls are open. You should check the Panamanian Ministry of Health Twitter feed for the latest updates. From 18 December 2020 to 4 January 2020. There will also be a ban on the sale of liquor (Ley Seca) between the hours of 7 pm to 5 am Monday to Sunday. Only one person per family will be allowed to enter supermarkets accompanied by one minor or a person with disabilities.

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    31.12.2020
  • Panama (Panamá) Latest News: Panama government will suspend entry of travelers from South Africa, U.K. from 22 December (Reuters, 21.12.2020). Panama’s aviation authority suspends flights from Venezuela (Bloomberg, 14.12.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    *Restrictions to travellers arriving from the United Kingdom and South Africa: On 21 December, Panama temporarily suspended the entry of all those that have been in the United Kingdom or South Africa 20 days prior to their arrival unless they are Panamanian nationals or residents. Upon arrival, Panamanian citizens or residents that have been in the United Kingdom or South Africa 20 days prior to their arrival must undergo a COVID 19 PCR/Antigen test. Regardless of the result, you will be expected to quarantine in a designated hotel hospital for as long as the local health authorities deem necessary.
    *Entry to Panama: Entry to Panama is closed to all those who have been in the United Kingdom or South Africa 20 days prior to their arrival unless they are Panamanian nationals or residents. Entry to Panama is open to Panamanian nationals, residents, tourists and business travellers with a negative COVID19 PCR test certificate unless they have recently been in the United Kingdom or South Africa. The PCR test certificate must be obtained no more than 48 hours before you travel. If you cannot do this, a test can be taken at the airport on arrival at a cost of USD 50.00. Travellers are responsible for covering the cost of the test. If you have a negative result, you do not need to quarantine. In the event of a positive test, you will be required to quarantine for at least 7 days in a government facility. You will be tested after 7 days, if the result is still positive you will need to complete a further 7 days of quarantine at the facility. If it is negative you will be able to leave the facility.
    *Transiting Panama: It is now possible to transit Panama. You will need to have a confirmed onward flight and you will not be allowed to leave the airport. You will also need to take a COVID-19 PCR test and receive a negative result to be able to transit. You should check the requirements for your country of final destination as requirements may vary.
    *Data collection: You will be required to give address details of your accommodation and a contact telephone number. You will also be required to download a tracing application to your smartphone.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Panama: Panama is currently under a state of emergency, and a curfew is in place. The local government may impose sanitary cordons around provinces with limited notice. Domestic flights are operating.
    *Curfew measures: From 18 December until 4 January, unless you are under 14-day quarantine or have Covid-19 symptoms, you can leave your home/accommodation between the hours of 5am and 7pm. A curfew is in place between 7 pm and 5am from Monday to Sunday. ‘Salvoconductos’ (permissions) are only necessary for those occupations that require movement during curfew hours. If you are arriving internationally when the curfew is in effect, you are allowed to travel to your accommodation providing you carry proof that you have just left a flight.
    The periods when you can leave your accommodation are no longer restricted, other than the curfew timings above. You are allowed to exercise with no limitations on distance from your accommodation.
    Places of worship, parks, sports facilities and social areas (including those of buildings and open air areas of private clubs, such as tennis courts, golf and other sporting activities that do not involve physical contact) are open with 25% capacity and social distancing of 2 metres. Cultural activities (such as museums and theatres) have resumed with restrictions of 50% capacity.
    The Panamanian Ministry of Health has specified that the relaxation in measures does not include social activity in groups, celebrations, contact sports or any activity that does not respect social distancing. Gyms and social areas in apartment complexes are to comply with curfew (7pm-5am) and bio security measures.
    *Quarantine Measures during the month of December: Starting 21 December, gender restrictions will be applied to shopping at supermarkets, shops and malls. The schedule will be as follows:
    • Ladies will be able to enter shops on 21, 23, 28 and 30 December. • Gentlemen will be able to enter shops on 22, 24, 29 and 31 December. There will be two nationwide lockdowns during the month of December: • The first one starting at 7pm on 24 December and ending at 5am on 28 December • The second one starting at starting 7pm on 31 December and ending at 5am on 4 January You should not leave your accommodation during lockdown, to avoid temporary detention and/or fines by municipal or health authorities.
    *Sanitary Cordons and Checkpoints: From 23 December at 5am the Ministry of Health along with police units will set up sanitary cordons/checkpoints towards the interior of the country. You must have a valid reason for travelling to/from the city and you will be required to present proof of this by the authorities.
    Some of the locations of the checkpoints will include La Pesa de la Chorrera, Divisa, La Villa, Chagres and Vigui.
    *Travel to and from the airport: Airports, ports and boarders will remain open; proof of good health will be required at these entry points. If you are travelling to and from the airport, it will be necessary that you have a copy of your plane ticket or itinerary. If you will be travelling to the airport to pick someone up or drop someone off, please have a copy of that person’s plane ticket or itinerary as well. You will need to show these at the different checkpoint in order to continue with your journey.

    *Public spaces and services: -Face masks: The wearing of masks outside of your accommodation is compulsory nationwide; -Transport: Uber has resumed services in Panama. Yellow taxis have a reduced presence.
    The police and security forces are empowered to enforce restrictions on movements and events due to the current state of emergency. You should follow their instructions.
    -Business: Since 12 October, all shops and shopping malls are open. You should check the Panamanian Ministry of Health Twitter feed for the latest updates. From 18 December 2020 to 4 January 2020. There will also be a ban on the sale of liquor (Ley Seca) between the hours of 7 pm to 5 am Monday to Sunday. Only one person per family will be allowed to enter supermarkets accompanied by one minor or a person with disabilities.

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    22.12.2020
  • Panama (Panamá) Latest News: Panama’s aviation authority suspends flights from Venezuela (Bloomberg, 14.12.2020). Tocumen International Airport in Panama City reopens for international flights; COVID-19 screening required (Tico Times, 12.10.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    Entry to Panama is open to Panamanian nationals, residents, tourists and business travellers with a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate. The certificate must be obtained no more than 48 hours before you travel. If you cannot do this, a test can be taken at the airport on arrival at a cost of USD 50.00. Travellers are responsible for covering the cost of the test. If you have a negative result, you do not need to quarantine.
    In the event of a positive test, you will be required to quarantine for at least 7 days in a government facility. You will be tested after 7 days, if the result is still positive you will need to complete a further 7 days of quarantine at the facility. If it is negative, you will be able to leave the facility.
    Transiting Panama: It is now possible to transit Panama. You will need to have a confirmed onward flight and you will not be allowed to leave the airport. You will also need to take a COVID-19 PCR test and receive a negative result to be able to transit. You should check the requirements for your country of final destination as requirements may vary.
    Data collection: you will be required to give address details of your accommodation and a contact telephone number. You will also be required to download a tracing application to your smartphone.

    Internal Restrictions:
    Panama is currently under a state of emergency, and a curfew is in place. The local government may impose sanitary cordons around provinces with limited notice. Domestic flights are operating.

    * Curfew measures: From 18 December until 4 January, unless you are under 14-day quarantine or have Covid-19 symptoms, you can leave your home/accommodation between the hours of 5am and 7pm. A curfew is in place between 7 pm and 5am from Monday to Sunday. ‘Salvoconductos’ (permissions) are only necessary for those occupations that require movement during curfew hours. If you are arriving internationally when the curfew is in effect, you are allowed to travel to your accommodation providing you carry proof that you have just left a flight. The periods when you can leave your accommodation are no longer restricted, other than the curfew timings above. You are allowed to exercise with no limitations on distance from your accommodation. Places of worship, parks, sports facilities and social areas (including those of buildings and open air areas of private clubs, such as tennis courts, golf and other sporting activities that do not involve physical contact) are open with 25% capacity and social distancing of 2 metres. Cultural activities (such as museums and theatres) have resumed with restrictions of 50% capacity. The Panamanian Ministry of Health has specified that the relaxation in measures does not include social activity in groups, celebrations, contact sports or any activity that does not respect social distancing. Gyms and social areas in apartment complexes are to comply with curfew (7pm-5am) and bio security measures.
    *Quarantine Measures during the month of December: Starting 21 December, gender restrictions will be applied to shopping at supermarkets, shops and malls. The schedule will be as follows: Ladies will be able to enter shops on 21, 23, 28 and 30 December. Gentlemen will be able to enter shops on 22, 24, 29 and 31 December. There will be two nationwide lockdowns during the month of December: The first one starting at 7pm on 24 December and ending at 5am on 28 December. The second one starting at starting 7pm on 31 December and ending at 5am on 4 January. You should not leave your accommodation during lockdown, to avoid temporary detention and/or fines by municipal or health authorities.
    *Sanitary Cordons and Checkpoints: From 23 December at 5am the Ministry of Health along with police units will set up sanitary cordons/checkpoints towards the interior of the country. You must have a valid reason for travelling to/from the city and you will be required to present proof of this by the authorities. Some of the locations of the checkpoints will include La Pesa de la Chorrera, Divisa, La Villa, Chagres and Vigui.
    *Travel to and from the airport: Airports, ports and boarders will remain open; proof of good health will be required at these entry points. If you are travelling to and from the airport, it will be necessary that you have a copy of your plane ticket or itinerary. If you will be travelling to the airport to pick someone up or drop someone off, please have a copy of that person’s plane ticket or itinerary as well. You will need to show these at the different checkpoint in order to continue with your journey.
    *Public spaces and services: **Face masks: The wearing of masks outside of your accommodation is compulsory nationwide.
    **Transport: Uber has resumed services in Panama. Yellow taxis have a reduced presence. The police and security forces are empowered to enforce restrictions on movements and events due to the current state of emergency. You should follow their instructions.
    **Business: Since 12 October, all shops and shopping malls are open. You should check the Panamanian Ministry of Health Twitter feed for the latest updates. From 18 December 2020 to 4 January 2020. There will also be a ban on the sale of liquor (Ley Seca) between the hours of 7 pm to 5 am Monday to Sunday. Only one person per family will be allowed to enter supermarkets accompanied by one minor or a person with disabilities.

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    19.12.2020
  • Panama (Panamá) Latest News: Panama’s aviation authority suspends flights from Venezuela (Bloomberg, 14.12.2020). Tocumen International Airport in Panama City reopens for international flights; COVID-19 screening required (Tico Times, 12.10.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    Entry to Panama is open to Panamanian nationals, residents, tourists and business travellers with a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate. The certificate must be obtained no more than 48 hours before you travel. If you cannot do this, a test can be taken at the airport on arrival at a cost of USD 50.00. Travellers are responsible for covering the cost of the test. If you have a negative result, you do not need to quarantine.
    In the event of a positive test, you will be required to quarantine for at least 7 days in a government facility. You will be tested after 7 days, if the result is still positive you will need to complete a further 7 days of quarantine at the facility. If it is negative, you will be able to leave the facility.
    Transiting Panama: It is now possible to transit Panama. You will need to have a confirmed onward flight and you will not be allowed to leave the airport. You will also need to take a COVID-19 PCR test and receive a negative result to be able to transit. You should check the requirements for your country of final destination as requirements may vary.
    Data collection: you will be required to give address details of your accommodation and a contact telephone number. You will also be required to download a tracing application to your smartphone.

    Internal Restrictions:
    Panama is currently under a state of emergency, and a curfew is in place. The local government may impose sanitary cordons around provinces with limited notice. Domestic flights are operating.
    *Curfew measures for all provinces in the Republic of Panama: From 8 December, unless you are under 14-day quarantine or have Covid-19 symptoms, you can now leave your home/accommodation between the hours of 5 am and 9 pm. A curfew is in place between 9 pm and 5am from Monday to Sunday. ‘Salvoconductos’ (permissions) are only necessary for those occupations that require movement during curfew hours. If you are arriving internationally when the curfew is in effect, you are allowed to travel to your accommodation providing you carry proof that you have just left a flight. The periods when you can leave your accommodation are no longer restricted, other than the curfew timings above. You are allowed to exercise with no limitations on distance from your accommodation. Places of worship, parks, sports facilities and social areas (including those of buildings and open air areas of private clubs, such as tennis courts, golf and other sporting activities that do not involve physical contact) and swimming pools are open with 25% capacity and social distancing of 2 metres. Cultural activities (such as museums and theatres) have resumed with restrictions of 50% capacity. The Panamanian Ministry of Health has specified that the relaxation in measures does not include social activity in groups, celebrations, contact sports or any activity that does not respect social distancing. Gyms in apartment complexes are to remain closed.
    The wearing of masks outside of your accommodation is compulsory nationwide. Uber has resumed services in Panama. Yellow taxis have a reduced presence. The police and security forces are empowered to enforce restrictions on movements and events due to the current state of emergency. You should follow their instructions. Since 12 October, all shops and shopping malls are open. You should check the Panamanian Ministry of Health Twitter feed for the latest updates.
    There is a ‘Ley Seca’ in Panama City and Panama Oeste from Monday to Sunday. It is not possible to purchase liquor in these provinces from 9 pm to 5 am in Panama City and 7 pm to 5 am in Panama Oeste.

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    14.12.2020
  • Panama (Panamá) Latest News: Tocumen International Airport in Panama City reopens for international flights; COVID-19 screening required (Tico Times, 12.10.2020). Domestic flights resume on 28 September (Middle East North Africa Financial Network, 29.09.2020). Aviation authorities to allow international flights to resume on 12 October (Reuters, 23.09.2020). Government eased movement restrictions (OSAC, 15.09.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    Entry to Panama is open to Panamanian nationals, residents, tourists and business travellers with a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate. The certificate must be obtained no more than 48 hours before you travel. If you cannot do this, a test can be taken at the airport on arrival at a cost of USD 50.00. Travellers are responsible for covering the cost of the test. If you have a negative result, you do not need to quarantine.
    In the event of a positive test, you will be required to quarantine for at least 7 days in a government facility. You will be tested after 7 days, if the result is still positive you will need to complete a further 7 days of quarantine at the facility. If it is negative, you will be able to leave the facility.
    Transiting Panama: It is now possible to transit Panama. You will need to have a confirmed onward flight and you will not be allowed to leave the airport. You will also need to take a COVID-19 PCR test and receive a negative result to be able to transit. You should check the requirements for your country of final destination as requirements may vary.
    Data collection: you will be required to give address details of your accommodation and a contact telephone number. You will also be required to download a tracing application to your smartphone.

    Internal Restrictions:
    Panama’s domestic flights resumed on Monday 28 September. Panama is currently under a state of emergency, and a curfew is in place. The local government may impose sanitary cordons around provinces with limited notice.
    Quarantine measures for all provinces in the Republic of Panama: From 25 October, unless you are under 14-day quarantine or have Covid-19 symptoms, you can now leave your home/accommodation. Beginning 8 December movement and alcohol restrictions in the province of Panama province changed with a daily curfew from 2100-0500; · the sale and consumption of alcohol is prohibited during curfew hours. All other provinces continue to have daily 2300-0500 curfew practiced throughout Panama. Gender-based movement restrictions are no longer in place. ‘Salvoconductos’ (permissions) are only necessary for those occupations that require movement during curfew hours. If you are arriving internationally when the curfew is in effect, you are allowed to travel to your accommodation providing you carry proof that you have just left a flight. The periods when you can leave your accommodation are no longer restricted, other than the curfew timings above. You are allowed to exercise with no limitations on distance from your accommodation.
    Places of worship, parks, sports facilities and social areas (including those of buildings and open air areas of private clubs, such as tennis courts, golf and other sporting activities that do not involve physical contact) and swimming pools are open with 25% capacity and social distancing of 2 metres.
    Cultural activities (such as museums and theatres) have resumed with restrictions of 50% capacity. The Panamanian Ministry of Health has specified that the relaxation in measures does not include social activity in groups, celebrations, contact sports or any activity that does not respect social distancing.
    Gyms in apartment complexes are to remain closed.
    Face masks – The wearing of masks outside of your accommodation is compulsory nationwide.
    Transport – Uber has resumed services in Panama. Yellow taxis have a reduced presence. The police and security forces are empowered to enforce restrictions on movements and events due to the current state of emergency. You should follow their instructions.
    Business – Since 12 October, all shops and shopping malls are open. You should check the Panamanian Ministry of Health Twitter feed for the latest updates.

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    08.12.2020
  • Panama (Panamá) Latest News: Tocumen International Airport in Panama City reopens for international flights; COVID-19 screening required (Tico Times, 12.10.2020). Domestic flights resume on 28 September (Middle East North Africa Financial Network, 29.09.2020). Aviation authorities to allow international flights to resume on 12 October (Reuters, 23.09.2020). Government eased movement restrictions (OSAC, 15.09.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    Entry to Panama is open to Panamanian nationals, residents, tourists and business travellers with a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate. The certificate must be obtained no more than 48 hours before you travel. If you cannot do this, a test can be taken at the airport on arrival at a cost of USD 50.00. Travellers are responsible for covering the cost of the test. If you have a negative result, you do not need to quarantine.
    In the event of a positive test, you will be required to quarantine for at least 7 days in a government facility. You will be tested after 7 days, if the result is still positive you will need to complete a further 7 days of quarantine at the facility. If it is negative, you will be able to leave the facility.
    Transiting Panama: It is now possible to transit Panama. You will need to have a confirmed onward flight and you will not be allowed to leave the airport. You will also need to take a COVID-19 PCR test and receive a negative result to be able to transit. You should check the requirements for your country of final destination as requirements may vary.
    Data collection: you will be required to give address details of your accommodation and a contact telephone number. You will also be required to download a tracing application to your smartphone.

    Internal Restrictions:
    Panama’s domestic flights resumed on Monday 28 September. Panama is currently under a state of emergency, and a curfew is in place. The local government may impose sanitary cordons around provinces with limited notice.
    Quarantine measures for all provinces in the Republic of Panama: From 25 October, unless you are under 14-day quarantine or have Covid-19 symptoms, you can now leave your home/accommodation between the hours of 5am and 11 pm. A curfew is in place between 11pm and 5am. Gender-based movement restrictions are no longer in place. ‘Salvoconductos’ (permissions) are only necessary for those occupations that require movement during curfew hours. If you are arriving internationally when the curfew is in effect, you are allowed to travel to your accommodation providing you carry proof that you have just left a flight. The periods when you can leave your accommodation are no longer restricted, other than the curfew timings above. You are allowed to exercise with no limitations on distance from your accommodation.
    Places of worship, parks, sports facilities and social areas (including those of buildings and open air areas of private clubs, such as tennis courts, golf and other sporting activities that do not involve physical contact) and swimming pools are open with 25% capacity and social distancing of 2 metres.
    Cultural activities (such as museums and theatres) have resumed with restrictions of 50% capacity. The Panamanian Ministry of Health has specified that the relaxation in measures does not include social activity in groups, celebrations, contact sports or any activity that does not respect social distancing.
    Gyms in apartment complexes are to remain closed.
    Face masks – The wearing of masks outside of your accommodation is compulsory nationwide.
    Transport – Uber has resumed services in Panama. Yellow taxis have a reduced presence. The police and security forces are empowered to enforce restrictions on movements and events due to the current state of emergency. You should follow their instructions.
    Business – Since 12 October, all shops and shopping malls are open. You should check the Panamanian Ministry of Health Twitter feed for the latest updates.

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    29.10.2020
  • Panama (Panamá) Latest News: Tocumen International Airport in Panama City reopens for international flights; COVID-19 screening required (Tico Times, 12.10.2020). Domestic flights resume on 28 September (Middle East North Africa Financial Network, 29.09.2020). Aviation authorities to allow international flights to resume on 12 October (Reuters, 23.09.2020). Government eased movement restrictions (OSAC, 15.09.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    From 12 October, all travellers to Panama will be able to enter with a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate. The certificate must be obtained no more than 48 hours before you travel. If a PCR test cannot be obtained before travel, you can have a test carried out at the airport for USD 50.00. Travellers are responsible for covering the cost of the test.
    If you have a negative test result, you do no not need to quarantine. In the event of a positive test, you will be required to quarantine for at least 7 days in a government facility. You will be tested after 7 days, if the result is still positive you will need to complete a further 7 days of quarantine at the facility. If it is negative, you will be able to leave the facility.
    Transiting Panama: It is now possible to transit Panama. You will need to have a confirmed onward flight and you will not be allowed to leave the airport. You will also need to take a COVID-19 PCR test and receive a negative result to be able to transit. You should check the requirements for your country of final destination as requirements may vary.
    You will be required to give address details of your accommodation and a contact telephone number. You will also be required to download a tracing application to your smartphone.

    Internal Restrictions:
    Panama’s domestic flights resumed on Monday 28 September.
    Unless you are under 14-day quarantine or have COVID-19 symptoms, you can leave your home / accommodation between the hours of 5am and 11pm on Monday to Saturday. A full curfew will be in effect from 11pm on Saturday until 5am Monday. The local government may impose sanitary cordons around provinces with limited notice. Quarantine measures for the provinces of Panama City and Panama Oeste: Unless you are under 14-day quarantine or have COVID-19 symptoms, you can leave your home / accommodation between the hours of 5am and 11pm on Monday to Saturday. A full curfew will be in effect from 11pm on Saturday until 5am Monday. Curfew elsewhere in the country: From 24th July Colon, Chiriquí and Bocas del Toro were added to the list of provinces under stricter quarantine measures. These provinces now have curfew imposed at weekends until further notice, starting at 7pm every Friday evening until 5am Monday morning. If you are arriving internationally to a location where a curfew is in effect, you will be allowed to travel to your accommodation, providing you carry proof that you have just come from a flight.
    Elsewhere, a daily curfew, including weekends, is in place and you must remain in your homes/accommodation between 11pm and 5am, unless you fall under one of the exemptions (e.g. to access emergency medical care, to travel to a flight or if you work in an exempted industry).
    Places of worship, parks, sports facilities and social areas (including those of buildings and open-air areas of private clubs, such as tennis courts, golf and other sporting activities that do not involve physical contact) and swimming pools are open with 25% capacity and social distancing of 2 metres. Cultural activities (such as museums, cinemas and theatres) have resumed with restrictions of 50% capacity. The Panamanian Ministry of Health has specified that the relaxation in measures does not include social activity in groups, celebrations, beach visits, contact sports or any activity that does not respect social distancing. Gyms in apartment complexes are to remain closed. The wearing of masks outside of your accommodation is compulsory nationwide. Uber has resumed services in Panama. Yellow taxis have a reduced presence. In Panama City and Panama Oeste they do not operate on Sundays due to the current total curfew from 11pm Saturday to 5am Monday. The police and security forces are empowered to enforce restrictions on movements and events due to the current state of emergency. You should follow their instructions. Since 12 October, all shops and shopping malls are open. You should check the Panamanian Ministry of Health Twitter feed for the latest updates.

    Change in Movement Restrictions and the opening of beaches and rivers beginning Saturday, 24 October: families will be allowed to gather in groups of seven or fewer at beaches and rivers. Activities at beaches and rivers will only be permitted from 6:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Masks must be worn at all times, except when within your family bubble or when entering the water. Drinking alcohol at beaches and rivers is prohibited except at restaurants nearby. Beginning Sunday, October 25, all weekend quarantines are lifted, and curfew hours are standardized for the whole country, from 11:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m., Monday through Sunday.

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    21.10.2020
  • Panama (Panamá) Latest News: Tocumen International Airport in Panama City reopens for international flights; COVID-19 screening required (Tico Times, 12.10.2020). Domestic flights resume on 28 September (Middle East North Africa Financial Network, 29.09.2020). Aviation authorities to allow international flights to resume on 12 October (Reuters, 23.09.2020). Government eased movement restrictions (OSAC, 15.09.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    From 12 October, all travellers to Panama will be able to enter with a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate. The certificate must be obtained no more than 48 hours before you travel. If a PCR test cannot be obtained before travel, you can have a test carried out at the airport for USD 50.00. Travellers are responsible for covering the cost of the test.
    If you have a negative test result, you do no not need to quarantine. In the event of a positive test, you will be required to quarantine for at least 7 days in a government facility. You will be tested after 7 days, if the result is still positive you will need to complete a further 7 days of quarantine at the facility. If it is negative, you will be able to leave the facility.
    Transiting Panama: It is now possible to transit Panama. You will need to have a confirmed onward flight and you will not be allowed to leave the airport. You will also need to take a COVID-19 PCR test and receive a negative result to be able to transit. You should check the requirements for your country of final destination as requirements may vary.
    You will be required to give address details of your accommodation and a contact telephone number. You will also be required to download a tracing application to your smartphone.

    Internal Restrictions:
    Panama’s domestic flights resumed on Monday 28 September.
    Unless you are under 14-day quarantine or have COVID-19 symptoms, you can leave your home / accommodation between the hours of 5am and 11pm on Monday to Saturday. A full curfew will be in effect from 11pm on Saturday until 5am Monday. The local government may impose sanitary cordons around provinces with limited notice.
    Quarantine measures for the provinces of Panama City and Panama Oeste: Unless you are under 14-day quarantine or have COVID-19 symptoms, you can leave your home / accommodation between the hours of 5am and 11pm on Monday to Saturday. A full curfew will be in effect from 11pm on Saturday until 5am Monday.
    Curfew elsewhere in the country: From 24th July Colon, Chiriquí and Bocas del Toro were added to the list of provinces under stricter quarantine measures. These provinces now have curfew imposed at weekends until further notice, starting at 7pm every Friday evening until 5am Monday morning. If you are arriving internationally to a location where a curfew is in effect, you will be allowed to travel to your accommodation, providing you carry proof that you have just come from a flight.
    Elsewhere, a daily curfew, including weekends, is in place and you must remain in your homes/accommodation between 11pm and 5am, unless you fall under one of the exemptions (e.g. to access emergency medical care, to travel to a flight or if you work in an exempted industry).
    Places of worship, parks, sports facilities and social areas (including those of buildings and open-air areas of private clubs, such as tennis courts, golf and other sporting activities that do not involve physical contact) and swimming pools are open with 25% capacity and social distancing of 2 metres. Cultural activities (such as museums, cinemas and theatres) have resumed with restrictions of 50% capacity.
    The Panamanian Ministry of Health has specified that the relaxation in measures does not include social activity in groups, celebrations, beach visits, contact sports or any activity that does not respect social distancing. Gyms in apartment complexes are to remain closed. The wearing of masks outside of your accommodation is compulsory nationwide.
    Uber has resumed services in Panama. Yellow taxis have a reduced presence. In Panama City and Panama Oeste they do not operate on Sundays due to the current total curfew from 11pm Saturday to 5am Monday.
    The police and security forces are empowered to enforce restrictions on movements and events due to the current state of emergency. You should follow their instructions. Since 12 October, all shops and shopping malls are open. You should check the Panamanian Ministry of Health Twitter feed for the latest updates.

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    13.10.2020
  • Panama (Panamá) Latest News: Domestic flights resume on 28 September (Middle East North Africa Financial Network, 29.09.2020). Aviation authorities to allow international flights to resume on 12 October (Reuters, 23.09.2020). Government eased movement restrictions (OSAC, 15.09.2020). Tocumen International Airport starts phased reopening (Travel off path, 03.08.2020)

    International Restrictions:
    The Panamanian Government has declared that Tocumen International airport can operate as a humanitarian hub, allowing non-citizens and non-residents to transit through the airport to other international destinations. There are limited flights for these destinations. Land borders are closed to all, except citizens and residents. Panamanian Nationals and Residents will only be able to enter with a valid residency document and a negative COVID19 PCR test certificate. The certificate must be obtained no more than 96 hours before you travel. Entry for tourism is barred until at least 21 September 2020. Domestic flights are also suspended. Some special flights are currently operating. If you’re eligible to enter Panama, you’ll be required to self-isolate for 14 days in your own home. At Tocumen airport, authorities will ask you to sign a health declaration and may require you to quarantine in a government sanctioned facility. You will be required to give address details of your accommodation and a contact telephone number. You will also be required to download a tracing application to your smartphone.
    **Transiting Panama: It is now possible to transit Panama. You will need to have a confirmed onward flight and you will not be allowed to leave the airport. You will also need to take a COVID 19 PCR test and receive a negative result to be able to transit. You should check the requirements for your country of final destination as requirements may vary.

    Internal Restrictions:
    Panama’s domestic flights resumed on Monday 28 September.
    On 25 August, the Government of Panama announced plans to reduce movement restrictions and open up additional economic sectors, starting on 7 September. The plan is conditional upon meeting certain criteria regarding the control of the COVID-19 pandemic in Panama. On September 7 the Government of Panama opened the following economic sectors: Construction and related activities (engineers, architects, project managers, contractors, moving services), Panama Pacifico, Colon Free Zone and other free trade zones, private ship docks and sports fishing, tailor shops, shoe shops, and carwashes will resume operations.
    On 14 September, the following changes in movement restrictions were implimented: Gender-based movement restrictions are lifted and ‘salvoconductos’ become null and void, except for those occupations that require movement during curfew hours. Curfew will be from 11pm to 5am, Monday through Saturday, with Sunday as a day of total quarantine in all provinces except for Bocas del Toro, Colon, and Chiriqui, where curfew will be from 7pm to 5am Monday through Friday, with a total quarantine on Saturday and Sunday. For additional details about the plan, visit the website of the Ministry of the Presidency. You should check the Panamanian Ministry of Health Twitter feed.
    On 19 March 2020, the Panamanian Government began establishing sanitary cordons in different provinces of the country, including Panama City, with checkpoints in various locations. The Panamanian Government may change suddenly the provinces with sanitary cordons, and may introduce other restrictions on movement. These are posted on the Panamanian Ministry of Health Twitter feed. Travellers should avoid any unnecessary travel to and from any of the areas included in sanitary cordons. If you urgently need to travel, you will need to show ID and proof of your reason for needing to cross the checkpoint in order to pass, such as evidence of your flight out of Panama. Local authorities may also impose similar restrictions on movement. Movement within Panama is restricted, but for those with tickets, travel to the airport for repatriation is a valid exemption.
    Elsewhere, a daily curfew, including weekends, is in place and you must remain in your homes/accommodation between 7pm and 5am unless you fall under one of the exemptions (eg to access emergency medical care, to travel to a flight or if you work in an exempted industry).
    Places of worship, parks, sports facilities and social areas (including those of buildings and open air areas of private clubs, such as tennis courts, golf and other sporting activities that do not involve physical contact) will open with 25% capacity and social distancing of 2 metres. The Panamanian Ministry of Health has specified that the relaxation in measures does not include social activity in groups, cultural activities, celebrations, beach visits, contact sports or any activity that does not respect social distancing. Swimming pools and gyms in apartment complexes are to remain closed.

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    29.09.2020
  • Panama (Panamá) Latest News: Government eased movement restrictions (OSAC, 15.09.2020). Tocumen International Airport starts phased reopening (Travel off path, 03.08.2020)

    International Restrictions:
    The Panamanian Government has declared that Tocumen International airport can operate as a humanitarian hub, allowing non-citizens and non-residents to transit through the airport to other international destinations. There are limited flights for these destinations. Land borders are closed to all, except citizens and residents. Panamanian Nationals and Residents will only be able to enter with a valid residency document and a negative COVID19 PCR test certificate. The certificate must be obtained no more than 96 hours before you travel. Entry for tourism is barred until at least 21 September 2020. Domestic flights are also suspended. Some special flights are currently operating. If you’re eligible to enter Panama, you’ll be required to self-isolate for 14 days in your own home. At Tocumen airport, authorities will ask you to sign a health declaration and may require you to quarantine in a government sanctioned facility. You will be required to give address details of your accommodation and a contact telephone number. You will also be required to download a tracing application to your smartphone.
    **Transiting Panama: It is now possible to transit Panama. You will need to have a confirmed onward flight and you will not be allowed to leave the airport. You will also need to take a COVID 19 PCR test and receive a negative result to be able to transit. You should check the requirements for your country of final destination as requirements may vary.

    Internal Restrictions:
    On 25 August, the Government of Panama announced plans to reduce movement restrictions and open up additional economic sectors, starting on 7 September. The plan is conditional upon meeting certain criteria regarding the control of the COVID-19 pandemic in Panama. On September 7 the Government of Panama opened the following economic sectors: Construction and related activities (engineers, architects, project managers, contractors, moving services), Panama Pacifico, Colon Free Zone and other free trade zones, private ship docks and sports fishing, tailor shops, shoe shops, and carwashes will resume operations.
    On 14 September, the following changes in movement restrictions were implimented: Gender-based movement restrictions are lifted and ‘salvoconductos’ become null and void, except for those occupations that require movement during curfew hours. Curfew will be from 11pm to 5am, Monday through Saturday, with Sunday as a day of total quarantine in all provinces except for Bocas del Toro, Colon, and Chiriqui, where curfew will be from 7pm to 5am Monday through Friday, with a total quarantine on Saturday and Sunday. For additional details about the plan, visit the website of the Ministry of the Presidency. You should check the Panamanian Ministry of Health Twitter feed.
    On 19 March 2020, the Panamanian Government began establishing sanitary cordons in different provinces of the country, including Panama City, with checkpoints in various locations. The Panamanian Government may change suddenly the provinces with sanitary cordons, and may introduce other restrictions on movement. These are posted on the Panamanian Ministry of Health Twitter feed. Travellers should avoid any unnecessary travel to and from any of the areas included in sanitary cordons. If you urgently need to travel, you will need to show ID and proof of your reason for needing to cross the checkpoint in order to pass, such as evidence of your flight out of Panama. Local authorities may also impose similar restrictions on movement. Movement within Panama is restricted, but for those with tickets, travel to the airport for repatriation is a valid exemption.
    Elsewhere, a daily curfew, including weekends, is in place and you must remain in your homes/accommodation between 7pm and 5am unless you fall under one of the exemptions (eg to access emergency medical care, to travel to a flight or if you work in an exempted industry).
    Places of worship, parks, sports facilities and social areas (including those of buildings and open air areas of private clubs, such as tennis courts, golf and other sporting activities that do not involve physical contact) will open with 25% capacity and social distancing of 2 metres. The Panamanian Ministry of Health has specified that the relaxation in measures does not include social activity in groups, cultural activities, celebrations, beach visits, contact sports or any activity that does not respect social distancing. Swimming pools and gyms in apartment complexes are to remain closed.

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    16.09.2020
  • Panama (Panamá) Government eased movement restrictions (OSAC, 15.09.2020). Tocumen International Airport starts phased reopening (Travel off path, 03.08.2020)

    *****International Restrictions:
    The Panamanian Government has declared that Tocumen International airport can operate as a humanitarian hub, allowing non-citizens and non-residents to transit through the airport to other international destinations. There are limited flights for these destinations. Land borders are closed to all, except citizens and residents. Panamanian Nationals and Residents will only be able to enter with a valid residency document and a negative COVID19 PCR test certificate. The certificate must be obtained no more than 48 hours before you travel. Entry for tourism is barred until at least 21 September 2020. Domestic flights are also suspended. Some special flights are currently operating. If you’re eligible to enter Panama, you’ll be required to self-isolate for 14 days in your own home. At Tocumen airport, authorities will ask you to sign a health declaration and may require you to quarantine in a government sanctioned facility. You will be required to give address details of your accommodation and a contact telephone number. You will also be required to download a tracing application to your smartphone.
    **Transiting Panama: It is now possible to transit Panama. You will need to have a confirmed onward flight and you will not be allowed to leave the airport. You will also need to take a COVID 19 PCR test and receive a negative result to be able to transit. You should check the requirements for your country of final destination as requirements may vary.

    *****Internal Restrictions:
    On 25 August, the Government of Panama announced plans to reduce movement restrictions and open up additional economic sectors, starting on 7 September. The plan is conditional upon meeting certain criteria regarding the control of the COVID-19 pandemic in Panama. On September 7 the Government of Panama opened the following economic sectors: Construction and related activities (engineers, architects, project managers, contractors, moving services), Panama Pacifico, Colon Free Zone and other free trade zones, private ship docks and sports fishing, tailor shops, shoe shops, and carwashes will resume operations.
    On 14 September, the following changes in movement restrictions were implimented: Gender-based movement restrictions are lifted and ‘salvoconductos’ become null and void, except for those occupations that require movement during curfew hours. Curfew will be from 11pm to 5am, Monday through Saturday, with Sunday as a day of total quarantine in all provinces except for Bocas del Toro, Colon, and Chiriqui, where curfew will be from 7pm to 5am Monday through Friday, with a total quarantine on Saturday and Sunday. For additional details about the plan, visit the website of the Ministry of the Presidency. You should check the Panamanian Ministry of Health Twitter feed.
    On 19 March 2020, the Panamanian Government began establishing sanitary cordons in different provinces of the country, including Panama City, with checkpoints in various locations. The Panamanian Government may change suddenly the provinces with sanitary cordons, and may introduce other restrictions on movement. These are posted on the Panamanian Ministry of Health Twitter feed. Travellers should avoid any unnecessary travel to and from any of the areas included in sanitary cordons. If you urgently need to travel, you will need to show ID and proof of your reason for needing to cross the checkpoint in order to pass, such as evidence of your flight out of Panama. Local authorities may also impose similar restrictions on movement. Movement within Panama is restricted, but for those with tickets, travel to the airport for repatriation is a valid exemption.

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    15.09.2020
  • Panama (Panamá) Effective August 24, 2020, The Government of Panama will end the movement restrictions in Panama and Panama Oeste. It will be replaced by a curfew from 7:00pm until 5:00am, Monday through Friday. Sunday remains a day of total quarantine, beginning on Saturday at 7:00pm and being lifted on Monday at 5:00am (OSAC, 21.08.2020). Tocumen International Airport starts phased reopening (Travel off path, 03.08.2020)

    *****International Restrictions:
    The Panamanian Government has declared that Tocumen International airport can operate as a humanitarian hub, allowing non-citizens and non-residents to transit through the airport to other international destinations. There are limited flights for these destinations. Land borders are closed to all, except citizens and residents. Panamanian Nationals and Residents will only be able to enter with a valid residency document and a negative COVID19 PCR test certificate. The certificate must be obtained no more than 48 hours before you travel. Entry for tourism is barred until at least 21 September 2020. Domestic flights are also suspended. Some special flights are currently operating. If you’re eligible to enter Panama, you’ll be required to self-isolate for 14 days in your own home. At Tocumen airport, authorities will ask you to sign a health declaration and may require you to quarantine in a government sanctioned facility. You will be required to give address details of your accommodation and a contact telephone number. You will also be required to download a tracing application to your smartphone.
    **Transiting Panama: It is now possible to transit Panama. You will need to have a confirmed onward flight and you will not be allowed to leave the airport. You will also need to take a COVID 19 PCR test and receive a negative result to be able to transit. You should check the requirements for your country of final destination as requirements may vary.

    *****Internal Restrictions
    Panama is currently under a state of emergency, and a curfew is in place. On 19 March 2020, the Panamanian Government began establishing sanitary cordons in different provinces of the country, including Panama City, with checkpoints in various locations. The Panamanian Government may change suddenly the provinces with sanitary cordons, and may introduce other restrictions on movement. These are posted on the Panamanian Ministry of Health Twitter feed. Travellers should avoid any unnecessary travel to and from any of the areas included in sanitary cordons. If you urgently need to travel, you will need to show ID and proof of your reason for needing to cross the checkpoint in order to pass, such as evidence of your flight out of Panama. Local authorities may also impose similar restrictions on movement. Movement within Panama is restricted, but for those with tickets, travel to the airport for repatriation is a valid exemption.
    On 25 August, the Government of Panama announced plans to reduce movement restrictions and open up additional economic sectors, starting on 7 September. The plan is conditional upon meeting certain criteria regarding the control of the COVID-19 pandemic in Panama. On September 7 the Government of Panama opened the following economic sectors: Construction and related activities (engineers, architects, project managers, contractors, moving services), Panama Pacifico, Colon Free Zone and other free trade zones, private ship docks and sports fishing, tailor shops, shoe shops, and carwashes will resume operations.
    On 14 September, the following changes in movement restrictions will be implimented: Gender-based movement restrictions are lifted and ‘salvoconductos’ become null and void, except for those occupations that require movement during curfew hours. Curfew will be from 11pm to 5am, Monday through Saturday, with Sunday as a day of total quarantine in all provinces except for Bocas del Toro, Colon, and Chiriqui, where curfew will be from 7pm to 5am Monday through Friday, with a total quarantine on Saturday and Sunday. For additional details about the plan, visit the website of the Ministry of the Presidency. You should check the Panamanian Ministry of Health Twitter feed.

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    14.09.2020
  • Panama (Panamá) Effective August 24, 2020, The Government of Panama will end the movement restrictions in Panama and Panama Oeste. It will be replaced by a curfew from 7:00pm until 5:00am, Monday through Friday. Sunday remains a day of total quarantine, beginning on Saturday at 7:00pm and being lifted on Monday at 5:00am (OSAC, 21.08.2020). Tocumen International Airport starts phased reopening (Travel off path, 03.08.2020)

    *****International Restrictions:
    The Panamanian Government has declared that Tocumen International airport can operate as a humanitarian hub, allowing non-citizens and non-residents to transit through the airport to other international destinations. There are limited flights for these destinations. Land borders are closed to all, except citizens and residents. Panamanian Nationals and Residents will only be able to enter with a valid residency document and a negative COVID19 PCR test certificate. The certificate must be obtained no more than 48 hours before you travel. Entry for tourism is barred until at least 21 September 2020. Domestic flights are also suspended. Some special flights are currently operating. If you’re eligible to enter Panama, you’ll be required to self-isolate for 14 days in your own home. At Tocumen airport, authorities will ask you to sign a health declaration and may require you to quarantine in a government sanctioned facility. You will be required to give address details of your accommodation and a contact telephone number. You will also be required to download a tracing application to your smartphone.
    **Transiting Panama: It is now possible to transit Panama. You will need to have a confirmed onward flight and you will not be allowed to leave the airport. You will also need to take a COVID 19 PCR test and receive a negative result to be able to transit. You should check the requirements for your country of final destination as requirements may vary.

    *****Internal Restrictions
    Panama is currently under a state of emergency, and a curfew is in place. On 19 March 2020, the Panamanian Government began establishing sanitary cordons in different provinces of the country, including Panama City, with checkpoints in various locations. The Panamanian Government may change suddenly the provinces with sanitary cordons, and may introduce other restrictions on movement. These are posted on the Panamanian Ministry of Health Twitter feed [https://twitter.com/minsapma]. avoid any unnecessary travel to and from any of the areas included in sanitary cordons. If you urgently need to travel, you will need to show ID and proof of your reason for needing to cross the checkpoint in order to pass, such as evidence of your flight out of Panama. Local authorities may also impose similar restrictions on movement. Movement within Panama is restricted, but for those with tickets, travel to the airport for repatriation is a valid exemption.
    From 24 August, unless you fall under one of the quarantine exemptions, you can now leave your home/accommodation between the hours of 5am and 7pm. There are restrictions on the days you can go out. Women on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and men on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. A full curfew will be in effect from 7pm on Saturday until 5am Monday for both men and women. The periods when you can leave your accommodation are no longer restricted to time. You are allowed to exercise with no limitations on distance from your accommodation, although restrictions on travel between provinces still apply. You should not leave your accommodation outside of these times unless it is an emergency or you fall under one of the limited exemptions. Children are allowed to be taken out by their parent or guardian based on the restrictions set for men and women during the adult’s allotted day.
    From 24th July Colon, Chiriquí and Bocas del Toro have been added to the list of provinces under stricter quarantine measure and these provinces now have curfew imposed at weekends until further notice, starting at 7pm every Friday evening until 5am Monday morning.
    Elsewhere, a daily curfew, including weekends, is in place and you must remain in your homes/accommodation between 7pm and 5am unless you fall under one of the exemptions (eg to access emergency medical care, to travel to a flight or if you work in an exempted industry). Places of worship, parks, sports facilities and social areas (including those of buildings and open air areas of private clubs, such as tennis courts, golf and other sporting activities that do not involve physical contact) will open with 25% capacity and social distancing of 2 metres. The Panamanian Ministry of Health has specified that the relaxation in measures does not include social activity in groups, cultural activities, celebrations, beach visits, contact sports or any activity that does not respect social distancing. Swimming pools and gyms in apartment complexes are to remain closed. The wearing of masks outside of your accommodation is compulsory nationwide. Uber has resumed services in Panama. Yellow taxis have a reduced presence. In Panama City and Panama Oeste they do not operate on Sundays due to the current total curfew from 5pm Saturday to 5am Monday. The police and security forces are empowered to enforce restrictions on movements and events due to the current state of emergency. You should follow their instructions. From 24 August, more retail businesses can conduct sales from their stores. Restrictions apply to accessing the store directly and you may only be able to pick up pre-ordered goods at the door. You can access supermarkets, pharmacies, health clinics, fuel stations and other key businesses in person. There are controls in place at individual stores to limit numbers entering in line with Health Ministry regulations. Businesses not currently allowed to open their doors to trade are permitted to operate on an e-commerce basis (if available) for delivery of good to your home/accommodation. You should check the Panamanian Ministry of Health Twitter feed [https://twitter.com/minsapma?lang=en].

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    24.08.2020
  • Panama (Panamá) Effective August 24, 2020, The Government of Panama will end the movement restrictions in Panama and Panama Oeste. It will be replaced by a curfew from 7:00pm until 5:00am, Monday through Friday. Sunday remains a day of total quarantine, beginning on Saturday at 7:00pm and being lifted on Monday at 5:00am (OSAC, 21.08.2020). Tocumen International Airport starts phased reopening (Travel off path, 03.08.2020)

    *****International Restrictions:
    Commercial flights to and from Panama are not running normally. Some special flights are being operated on a commercial basis. With the relaxation of airport restrictions, COPA airlines have issued a limited schedule of regional flights and flights to USA to 11 destinations for the remainder of August.Airlines may require passengers, including those in transit, to produce a negative COVID 19 test result certificate before they allow you to board. You should check with your airline whether you need a test certificate before you travel. Land borders are closed to all, except citizens and residents. Panamanian Nationals and Residents will only be able to enter with a valid residency document and a negative COVID19 test certificate. The certificate must be obtained no more than 48 hours before you travel. Entry for tourism is barred until 22 August 2020 at the earliest.

    *****Internal Restrictions
    Domestic flights are also suspended. Panama is currently under a state of emergency, and a curfew is in place. On 19 March 2020, the Panamanian Government began establishing sanitary cordons in different provinces of the country, including Panama City, with checkpoints in various locations. The Panamanian Government may change suddenly the provinces with sanitary cordons, and may introduce other restrictions on movement. These are posted on the Panamanian Ministry of Health Twitter feed [https://twitter.com/minsapma]. You should avoid any unnecessary travel to and from any of the areas included in sanitary cordons. If you urgently need to travel, you will need to show ID and proof of your reason for needing to cross the checkpoint in order to pass, such as evidence of your flight out of Panama. Local authorities may also impose similar restrictions on movement.reason for needing to cross the checkpoint in order to pass, such as evidence of your flight out of Panama. A full curfew will be in effect in the provinces of Panama City and Panama Oeste from 7 p.m. on Friday 17 July until 5 a.m. Monday. From 17 July, unless you fall under one of the quarantine exemptions, only women are permitted to leave their homes/accommodation on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and only men are permitted to leave their homes/accommodation on Tuesdays and Thursdays . On those days when you are allowed to leave your homes/accommodation, you can shop for food and medication for one hour (with a half hour grace period either side) according to the last digit of your passport. There is a special window for those over 60 years old, regardless of cedula or passport numbers, between 7:00am and 10:00am (gender restrictions still apply).Normal exceptions apply for holders of permission letters (salvoconductos). Parents may take one child per family outside near their home or in the social areas of their apartment building during the two-hour window of the accompanying parent. Exercises such as bicycling, running, and skating are permissible if done within one kilometer of your home, with a mask, and inside your two-hour window. For all other provinces, the quarantine and two-hour movement windows were replaced by a curfew from 7 pm to 5 am, Monday through Sunday. Children are also free to move about from 4 pm to 7 pm, accompanied by a parent, guardian, or caretaker. The use of masks and social distancing are still required. This new flexibility does not permit social group activities, cultural events, festivals, visits to the beach, contact sports, or any other activity that violates social distancing. The Government of Panama still maintains security checkpoints on the roads and prohibits most interprovincial travel.

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    21.08.2020
  • Panama (Panamá) Tocumen International Airport starts phased reopening (Travel off path, 03.08.2020)

    *****International Restrictions:
    Commercial flights to and from Panama are not running normally. Some special flights are being operated on a commercial basis. With the relaxation of airport restrictions, COPA airlines have issued a limited schedule of regional flights and flights to USA to 11 destinations for the remainder of August.Airlines may require passengers, including those in transit, to produce a negative COVID 19 test result certificate before they allow you to board. You should check with your airline whether you need a test certificate before you travel. Land borders are closed to all, except citizens and residents. Panamanian Nationals and Residents will only be able to enter with a valid residency document and a negative COVID19 test certificate. The certificate must be obtained no more than 48 hours before you travel. Entry for tourism is barred until 22 August 2020 at the earliest.

    *****Internal Restrictions
    Domestic flights are also suspended. Panama is currently under a state of emergency, and a curfew is in place. On 19 March 2020, the Panamanian Government began establishing sanitary cordons in different provinces of the country, including Panama City, with checkpoints in various locations. The Panamanian Government may change suddenly the provinces with sanitary cordons, and may introduce other restrictions on movement. These are posted on the Panamanian Ministry of Health Twitter feed [https://twitter.com/minsapma]. You should avoid any unnecessary travel to and from any of the areas included in sanitary cordons. If you urgently need to travel, you will need to show ID and proof of your reason for needing to cross the checkpoint in order to pass, such as evidence of your flight out of Panama. Local authorities may also impose similar restrictions on movement.reason for needing to cross the checkpoint in order to pass, such as evidence of your flight out of Panama. A full curfew will be in effect in the provinces of Panama City and Panama Oeste from 7 p.m. on Friday 17 July until 5 a.m. Monday. From 17 July, unless you fall under one of the quarantine exemptions, only women are permitted to leave their homes/accommodation on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and only men are permitted to leave their homes/accommodation on Tuesdays and Thursdays . On those days when you are allowed to leave your homes/accommodation, you can shop for food and medication for one hour (with a half hour grace period either side) according to the last digit of your passport . · There is a special window for those over 60 years old, regardless of cedula or passport numbers, between 7:00am and 10:00am (gender restrictions still apply).Normal exceptions apply for holders of permission letters (salvoconductos). Parents may take one child per family outside near their home or in the social areas of their apartment building during the two-hour window of the accompanying parent. Exercises such as bicycling, running, and skating are permissible if done within one kilometer of your home, with a mask, and inside your two-hour window. For all other provinces, the quarantine and two-hour movement windows were replaced by a curfew from 7 pm to 5 am, Monday through Sunday. Children are also free to move about from 4 pm to 7 pm, accompanied by a parent, guardian, or caretaker. The use of masks and social distancing are still required. This new flexibility does not permit social group activities, cultural events, festivals, visits to the beach, contact sports, or any other activity that violates social distancing. The Government of Panama still maintains security checkpoints on the roads and prohibits most interprovincial travel.

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    11.08.2020
  • Panama (Panamá) Panama’s civil aviation authority will extend a suspension of international flights by another month begins on 22 July. (Reuters, 18.07.2020).

    *****International Restrictions:
    Commercial flights to and from Panama are not running normally. check with your travel company for the latest information. It is not possible to transit in Panama either. Some special flights are being operated by Air France and KLM. You should visit their websites to book tickets. You can find more information on Panama’s National Migration Service website [https://www.migracion.gob.pa/].

    *****Internal Restrictions
    Panama is currently under a state of emergency, and a curfew is in place. On 19 March 2020, the Panamanian Government began establishing sanitary cordons in different provinces of the country, including Panama City, with checkpoints in various locations. The Panamanian Government may change suddenly the provinces with sanitary cordons, and may introduce other restrictions on movement. These are posted on the Panamanian Ministry of Health Twitter feed. You should avoid any unnecessary travel to and from any of the areas included in sanitary cordons. If you urgently need to travel, you will need to show ID and proof of your reason for needing to cross the checkpoint in order to pass, such as evidence of your flight out of Panama. Local authorities may also impose similar restrictions on movement.reason for needing to cross the checkpoint in order to pass, such as evidence of your flight out of Panama. A full curfew will be in effect in the provinces of Panama City and Panama Oeste from 7 p.m. on Friday 17 July until 5 a.m. Monday. From 17 July, unless you fall under one of the quarantine exemptions, only women are permitted to leave their homes/accommodation on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and only men are permitted to leave their homes/accommodation on Tuesdays and Thursdays . On those days when you are allowed to leave your homes/accommodation, you can shop for food and medication for one hour (with a half hour grace period either side) according to the last digit of your passport . · There is a special window for those over 60 years old, regardless of cedula or passport numbers, between 7:00am and 10:00am (gender restrictions still apply).Normal exceptions apply for holders of permission letters (salvoconductos). Parents may take one child per family outside near their home or in the social areas of their apartment building during the two-hour window of the accompanying parent. Exercises such as bicycling, running, and skating are permissible if done within one kilometer of your home, with a mask, and inside your two-hour window. For all other provinces, the quarantine and two-hour movement windows were replaced by a curfew from 7 pm to 5 am, Monday through Sunday. Children are also free to move about from 4 pm to 7 pm, accompanied by a parent, guardian, or caretaker. The use of masks and social distancing are still required. This new flexibility does not permit social group activities, cultural events, festivals, visits to the beach, contact sports, or any other activity that violates social distancing. The Government of Panama still maintains security checkpoints on the roads and prohibits most interprovincial travel.

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    21.07.2020
  • Panama (Panamá)
    *****International Restrictions:
    Commercial flights to and from Panama are not running normally. check with your travel company for the latest information. It is not possible to transit in Panama either. Some special flights are being operated by Air France and KLM. You should visit their websites to book tickets. You can find more information on Panama’s National Migration Service website [https://www.migracion.gob.pa/].

    *****Internal Restrictions
    Panama is currently under a state of emergency, and a curfew is in place. On 19 March 2020, the Panamanian Government began establishing sanitary cordons in different provinces of the country, including Panama City, with checkpoints in various locations. The Panamanian Government may change suddenly the provinces with sanitary cordons, and may introduce other restrictions on movement. These are posted on the Panamanian Ministry of Health Twitter feed. You should avoid any unnecessary travel to and from any of the areas included in sanitary cordons. If you urgently need to travel, you will need to show ID and proof of your reason for needing to cross the checkpoint in order to pass, such as evidence of your flight out of Panama. Local authorities may also impose similar restrictions on movement.reason for needing to cross the checkpoint in order to pass, such as evidence of your flight out of Panama.From 17 July, unless you fall under one of the quarantine exemptions, only women are permitted to leave their homes/accommodation on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and only men are permitted to leave their homes/accommodation on Tuesdays and Thursdays. A full curfew will be in effect from 7pm on Friday until 5am Monday each weekend until further notice for both men and women. On those days when you are allowed to leave your homes/accommodation. You can shop for food and medication for one hour (with a half hour grace period either side) according to the last digit of your passport .

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    17.07.2020
  • Panama (Panamá) Panama extends suspension of international flights 22JUL20 (Reuters, 17.06.2020)

    *****International Restrictions:
    The country’s borders are indefinitely shut to foreign nationals and non-residents. All international flights, arriving and departing, will be suspended until at least 22 June. Any traveller displaying flu-like symptoms will be immediately taken to the Hospital San Miguel Arcangel in the capital Panama City for quarantine. Humanitarian, cargo, and domestic flights can continue and are not subject to the flight suspension.

    *****Internal Restrictions
    All domestic flights have been suspended until 22 July. Panama is currently under a state of emergency, and a curfew is in place. On 19 March 2020, the Panamanian Government began establishing sanitary cordons in different provinces of the country, including Panama City, with checkpoints in various locations. The Panamanian Government may change suddenly the provinces with sanitary cordons, and may introduce other restrictions on movement. These are posted on the Panamanian Ministry of Health Twitter feed [https://twitter.com/minsapma]. You should avoid any unnecessary travel to and from any of the areas included in sanitary cordons. If you urgently need to travel, you will need to show ID and proof of your reason for needing to cross the checkpoint in order to pass, such as evidence of your flight out of Panama. Local authorities may also impose similar restrictions on movement. Quarantine measures for the provinces of Panama City and Panama Oeste From 8 June, unless you fall under one of the quarantine exemptions, only women are permitted to leave their homes/accommodation on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and only men are permitted to leave their homes/accommodation on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. On those days, you are allowed to leave your homes/accommodation to shop for food and medication for one hour (with a half hour grace period either side) according to the last digit of your passport (although please see below for men with passports ending with 4, 5 or 6 for Saturdays).
    People over the age of 60 and people with disabilities can shop between 7am and 10am, according to their sex, but regardless of their ID/passport number. You should not leave your accommodation outside of these times unless it is an emergency or you fall under one of the limited exemptions. Children are allowed to be taken out by their parent or guardian during the adult’s allotted hour (based on the last number of the ID). There is a total quarantine from 5pm on Saturdays to 5am on Mondays and no one should leave their homes/accommodation during these times. Curfew elsewhere in the country. Elsewhere, a curfew is in place and you must remain in your homes/accommodation between 7pm and 5am unless you fall under one of the exemptions (eg to access emergency medical care, to travel to a flight or if you work in an exempted industry). Places of worship, parks, sports facilities and social areas (including those of buildings and open air areas of private clubs, such as tennis courts, golf and other sporting activities that do not involve physical contact) will open with 25% capacity and social distancing of 2 metres. The Panamanian Ministry of Health has specified that the relaxation in measures does not include social activity in groups, cultural activities, celebrations, beach visits, contact sports or any activity that does not respect social distancing. Children will only be able to leave their homes from 4 pm – 7 pm if accompanied by a parent or guardian. The wearing of masks outside of your accommodation is compulsory nationwide. On 25 March 2020 the distribution, sale and consumption of alcoholic drinks was banned for the duration of the national state of emergency. The Panamanian government began relaxing this ban on 8 May 2020, with permission granted initially for domestic personal consumption only. From Monday 22 June restrictions on the sale of alcohol will be lifted. Uber has resumed services in Panama. Yellow taxis have a reduced presence, and do not operate on Sundays. The police and security forces are empowered to enforce restrictions on movements and events due to the current state of emergency. You should follow their instructions. Commercial businesses have been ordered to close, except for supermarkets, pharmacies, health clinics, fuel stations and other key businesses. Supermarkets can have no more than 50 people inside. The Panamanian government began relaxing these restrictions from 13 May 2020, and you should check the Panamanian Ministry of Health Twitter feed [https://twitter.com/minsapma?lang=en] for the latest updates.

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    29.06.2020
  • Panama (Panamá) Flights to resume on 3 July (QCostaRica, 30.05.2020)
    Flights to Panama are suspended.
    – This does not apply to humanitarian flights.

    *****

    Inbound restrictions:

    The country’s borders are indefinitely shut to foreign nationals and non-residents. All international flights, arriving and departing, will be suspended until at least 22 June. Any traveller displaying flu-like symptoms will be immediately taken to the Hospital San Miguel Arcangel in the capital Panama City for quarantine. Humanitarian, cargo, and domestic flights can continue and are not subject to the flight suspension.

    *****Internal Restrictions
    All domestic flights have been suspended until 22 June.
    On 19 March 2020, the Panamanian Government began establishing sanitary cordons in different provinces of the country, including Panama City, with checkpoints in various locations. The Panamanian Government may change suddenly the provinces with sanitary cordons, and may introduce other restrictions on movement. You should avoid any unnecessary travel to and from any of the areas included in sanitary cordons. If you urgently need to travel, you will need to show ID and proof of your reason for needing to cross the checkpoint in order to pass, such as evidence of your flight out of Panama. Local authorities may also impose similar restrictions on movement. From 8 June, unless you fall under one of the quarantine exemptions, only women are permitted to leave their homes/accommodation on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and only men are permitted to leave their homes/accommodation on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. On those days, you are allowed to leave your homes/accommodation to shop for food and medication for one hour (with a half hour grace period either side) according to the last digit of your passport (although please see below for men with passports ending with 4, 5 or 6 for Saturdays). People over the age of 60 and people with disabilities can shop between 7am and 10am, according to their sex, but regardless of their ID/passport number. You should not leave your accommodation outside of these times unless it is an emergency or you fall under one of the limited exemptions.
    Children are allowed to be taken out by their parent or guardian during the adult’s allotted hour (based on the last number of the ID). There is a total quarantine from 5pm on Saturdays to 5am on Mondays and no one should leave their homes/accommodation during these times.
    Elsewhere, a curfew is in place and you must remain in your homes/accommodation between 7pm and 5am unless you fall under one of the exemptions (eg to access emergency medical care, to travel to a flight or if you work in an exempted industry).
    Places of worship, parks, sports facilities and social areas (including those of buildings and open air areas of private clubs, such as tennis courts, golf and other sporting activities that do not involve physical contact) will open with 25% capacity and social distancing of 2 metres. The Panamanian Ministry of Health has specified that the relaxation in measures does not include social activity in groups, cultural activities, celebrations, beach visits, contact sports or any activity that does not respect social distancing. Children will only be able to leave their homes from 4 pm – 7 pm if accompanied by a parent or guardian. The wearing of masks outside of your accommodation is compulsory nationwide. On 25 March 2020 the distribution, sale and consumption of alcoholic drinks was banned for the duration of the national state of emergency.

    *****Relaxation Measures
    The Panamanian government began relaxing this ban on 8 May 2020, with permission granted initially for domestic personal consumption only. Limits per person are imposed on the sale of alcohol. However, different local authorities across the country are maintaining the total ban. Uber has resumed services in Panama. Yellow taxis have a reduced presence, and do not operate on Sundays. The police and security forces are empowered to enforce restrictions on movements and events due to the current state of emergency. Commercial businesses have been ordered to close, except for supermarkets, pharmacies, health clinics, fuel stations and other key businesses. Supermarkets can have no more than 50 people inside. The Panamanian government began relaxing these restrictions from 13 May 2020, and you should check the Panamanian Ministry of Health Twitter feed for the latest updates.

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    16.06.2020
  • Panama (Panamá) Flights to resume on 3 July (QCostaRica, 30.05.2020)
    Flights to Panama are suspended.
    – This does not apply to humanitarian flights.

    Inbound restrictions:

    The country’s borders are indefinitely shut to foreign nationals and non-residents. All international flights, arriving and departing, will be suspended until at least 22 June. Any traveller displaying flu-like symptoms will be immediately taken to the Hospital San Miguel Arcangel in the capital Panama City for quarantine. Humanitarian, cargo, and domestic flights can continue and are not subject to the flight suspension.

    Conditions and internal restrictions:

    All domestic flights have been suspended until 22 June. Weekend of 06-08June, the curfew will be extended for Panama Oeste and Panama provinces. On Saturday, June 6 curfew will begin at 5 p.m. and will last until Monday, June 8 at 5 a.m. Curfew for all other provinces remains from 7 p.m. until 5 a.m. the next morning. MINSA also announced on June 4 that a health cordon has been declared in the district of Chiriqui Grande, and in the communities of Pantanal and Finca 1 in Changuinola, and Solución in Bocas del Toro. The Government of Panama still maintains security checkpoints on the roads and prohibits most interprovincial travel. On June 2, 2020, the Government of Panama’s Ministry of Health (MINSA) published a resolution stating that 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.
    The Government of Panama has implemented enhanced quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Travelers should be prepared for further travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice. Schools and universities are closed nation-wide. Sporting events, festivals, and all gatherings larger than 50 people have been banned.

    Relaxation Measures:
    Starting June 1, the Government of Panama ended the quarantine with movement restrictions based on ID number and gender. The quarantine and two-hour movement windows were replaced by a curfew from 7 pm to 5 am, Monday through Sunday. Children are also free to move about from 4 pm to 7 pm, accompanied by a parent, guardian, or caretaker. Places of worship, parks, sports facilities and social areas (including those of buildings and open air areas of private clubs, such as swimming pools, tennis courts, golf and other sporting activities that do not involve physical contact) will open with 25% capacity and social distancing of 2 metres. The use of masks and social distancing are still required. This new flexibility does not permit social group activities, cultural events, festivals, visits to the beach, contact sports, or any other activity that violates social distancing.

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    05.06.2020
  • Panama (Panamá) Flights to resume on 3 July (QCostaRica, 30.05.2020)
    Flights to Panama are suspended.
    – This does not apply to humanitarian flights.

    Inbound restrictions:

    The country’s borders are indefinitely shut to foreign nationals and non-residents. All international flights, arriving and departing, will be suspended until at least 22 June. Any traveller displaying flu-like symptoms will be immediately taken to the Hospital San Miguel Arcangel in the capital Panama City for quarantine. Humanitarian, cargo, and domestic flights can continue and are not subject to the flight suspension.

    Conditions and internal restrictions:

    All domestic flights have been suspended until 22 June. A country-wide 24-hour curfew has been implemented. Individuals can only be outside the home for a maximum of two hours for food and/or medicine purchase. Men are allowed to leave their residences for two hours at a time on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays to visit either the supermarket or the pharmacy. Women are permitted to go out on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for the same reasons. The hours of movement are determined by the last digit of an individual’s ID card or passport. Masks must be worn in public and no one is permitted to leave their homes on Sundays.
    The Panamanian government announced on 11 May guidelines that businesses will have to adopt in order to reopen once restrictions are lifted.
    Outdoor physical exercises are allowed wearing masks, following social distancing and on the designated day and hour according to the ID card.

    Relaxation of restrictions:

    From 1 June 2020, you must remain in your homes/accommodation between 7 pm and 5 am unless you fall under one of the exemptions (eg to access emergency medical care, to travel to a flight or if you work in an exempted industry).
    Places of worship, parks, sports facilities and social areas (including those of buildings and open air areas of private clubs, such as swimming pools, tennis courts, golf and other sporting activities that do not involve physical contact) will open with 25% capacity and social distancing of 2 metres.

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    03.06.2020
  • Panama (Panamá) Flights to resume on 3 July (QCostaRica, 30.05.2020)
    Flights to Panama are suspended.
    – This does not apply to humanitarian flights.

    Inbound restrictions:

    The country’s borders are indefinitely shut to foreign nationals and non-residents. All international flights, arriving and departing, will be suspended until at least 22 June. Any traveller displaying flu-like symptoms will be immediately taken to the Hospital San Miguel Arcangel in the capital Panama City for quarantine. Humanitarian, cargo, and domestic flights can continue and are not subject to the flight suspension.

    Conditions and internal restrictions:

    All domestic flights have been suspended until 22 June. A country-wide 24-hour curfew has been implemented. Individuals can only be outside the home for a maximum of two hours for food and/or medicine purchase. Men are allowed to leave their residences for two hours at a time on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays to visit either the supermarket or the pharmacy. Women are permitted to go out on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for the same reasons. The hours of movement are determined by the last digit of an individual’s ID card or passport. Masks must be worn in public and no one is permitted to leave their homes on Sundays.
    The Panamanian government announced on 11 May guidelines that businesses will have to adopt in order to reopen once restrictions are lifted. Restrictions will first be lifted for the e-commerce, mechanical workshops and fishing sectors starting 13 May.
    Outdoor physical exercises are allowed wearing masks, following social distancing and on the designated day and hour according to the ID card.

    Relaxation of restrictions:

    Government to relax some measures beginning 1 June (Reuters, 26.05.2020)

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    01.06.2020
  • Panama (Panamá) Flights to Panama are suspended. – This does not apply to humanitarian flights.

    Inbound restrictions:

    The country’s borders are indefinitely shut to foreign nationals and non-residents. All international flights, arriving and departing, will be suspended until at least 22 June. All domestic flights have been suspended until 22 May. Any traveller displaying flu-like symptoms will be immediately taken to the Hospital San Miguel Arcangel in the capital Panama City for quarantine. Humanitarian, cargo, and domestic flights can continue and are not subject to the flight suspension.

    Outbound restrictions:

    All international flights, arriving and departing, are suspended until 21 June.

    Conditions and internal restrictions:

    Domestic air travel has ceased A country-wide 24-hour curfew has been implemented. Individuals can only be outside the home for a maximum of two hours for food and/or medicine purchase. Men are allowed to leave their residences for two hours at a time on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays to visit either the supermarket or the pharmacy. Women are permitted to go out on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for the same reasons. The hours of movement are determined by the last digit of an individual’s ID card or passport. Masks must be worn in public and no one is permitted to leave their homes on Sundays. The Panamanian government announced on 11 May guidelines that businesses will have to adopt in order to reopen once restrictions are lifted. Restrictions will first be lifted for the e-commerce, mechanical workshops and fishing sectors starting 13 May. Outdoor physical exercises are allowed wearing masks, following social distancing and on the designated day and hour according to the ID card.

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    19.05.2020
  • Panama (Panamá) Aviation authority extends suspension of international flights to 22 June (Reuters, 15.05.2020) Flights to Panama are suspended. – This does not apply to humanitarian flights.

    Inbound restrictions:

    The country’s borders are indefinitely shut to foreign nationals and non-residents. All international flights, arriving and departing, will be suspended until at least 21 June. Any traveller displaying flu-like symptoms will be immediately taken to the Hospital San Miguel Arcangel in the capital Panama City for quarantine. Humanitarian, cargo, and domestic flights can continue and are not subject to the flight suspension.

    Outbound restrictions:

    All international flights, arriving and departing, are suspended until 21 June.

    Conditions and internal restrictions:

    Domestic air travel has ceased A country-wide 24-hour curfew has been implemented. Individuals can only be outside the home for a maximum of two hours for food and/or medicine purchase. Men are allowed to leave their residences for two hours at a time on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays to visit either the supermarket or the pharmacy. Women are permitted to go out on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for the same reasons. The hours of movement are determined by the last digit of an individual’s ID card or passport. Masks must be worn in public and no one is permitted to leave their homes on Sundays. The Panamanian government announced on 11 May guidelines that businesses will have to adopt in order to reopen once restrictions are lifted. Restrictions will first be lifted for the e-commerce, mechanical workshops and fishing sectors starting 13 May. Outdoor physical exercises are allowed wearing masks, following social distancing and on the designated day and hour according to the ID card

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    18.05.2020
  • Panama (Panamá) Flights to Panama are suspended. – This does not apply to humanitarian flights.

    Inbound restrictions:

    The country’s borders are indefinitely shut to foreign nationals and non-residents. All international flights, arriving and departing, will be suspended until at least 22 May. Any traveller displaying flu-like symptoms will be immediately taken to the Hospital San Miguel Arcangel in the capital Panama City for quarantine. Humanitarian, cargo, and domestic flights can continue and are not subject to the flight suspension.

    Outbound restrictions:

    All international flights, arriving and departing, are suspended until 22 May.

    Conditions and internal restrictions:

    Domestic air travel has ceased A country-wide 24-hour curfew has been implemented. Individuals can only be outside the home for a maximum of two hours for food and/or medicine purchase. Men are allowed to leave their residences for two hours at a time on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays to visit either the supermarket or the pharmacy. Women are permitted to go out on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for the same reasons. The hours of movement are determined by the last digit of an individual’s ID card or passport. Masks must be worn in public and no one is permitted to leave their homes on Sundays. The Panamanian government announced on 11 May guidelines that businesses will have to adopt in order to reopen once restrictions are lifted. Restrictions will first be lifted for the e-commerce, mechanical workshops and fishing sectors starting 13 May.

    Source: https://pandemic.internationalsos.com/2019-ncov/ncov-travel-restrictions-flight-operations-and-screening https://www.iata.org/contentassets/9ed4302f84bb4657957a83c088a783bd/panama-ncov-measures.pdf https://pa.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/ https://www.iatatravelcentre.com/international-travel-document-news/1580226297.htm

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    12.05.2020
  • Panama (Panamá) Flights to Panama are suspended until 23 May 2020.
    – This does not apply to humanitarian flights.

    Inbound restrictions:

    ›The country’s borders were indefinitely shut to foreign nationals and non-residents on 16 March.

    Outbound restrictions:

    ›All international flights, arriving and departing, will be suspended for 30 days, beginning 23 March.

    Airport Entry/Exit:Health screening and questionnaires at airports and ports of entry. Passengers who have been to China in the 30 days prior to
    arrival may be subject to increased screening. Any traveller displaying flu-like symptoms will be immediately taken to the
    Hospital San Miguel Arcangel in the capital Panama City for quarantine.

    Internal restrictions:

    Domestic air travel has ceased
    A country wide curfew has been implemented since 17 March, and as of 30 March is 24 hours long. Individuals can only be outside the home for a maximum of two hours for food and/or medicine purchase. Men are allowed to leave their residences for two hours at a time on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays to visit either the supermarket or the pharmacy. Women are permitted to go out on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for the same reasons. The hours of movement are determined by the last digit of an individual’s ID card or passport. Masks must be worn in public and no one is permitted to leave their homes on Sundays.

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    10.05.2020
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    US State Dept. COVID-19 Country Specific Information/
    Foreign travel advice, Gov.UK/
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