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Panama (Panamá) travel restrictions

Open for citizens: partial Open for foreigners: no Open for tourism: no Quarantine: yes
Airlines Updates

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

Flight Restrictions

Flights to Panama are suspended.
– This does not apply to humanitarian flights.

Quarantine

Borders are closed to all but citizens and residents with a mandatory two week self-isolation on arrival.

Insurance
Certification

COVID-19 negative certification not required / not known.

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.

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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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  • 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.

    Read more
    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
  • Source [https://pandemic.internationalsos.com/2019-ncov/ncov-travel-restrictions-flight-operations-and-screening]
    [https://pa.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/]
    [https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/panama/staying-during-coronavirus]
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