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May 16, 2023

Last updated: 05/16/2023

The Administration ended the COVID-19 vaccine requirements for international air travelers at the end of the day on May 11, the same day that the COVID-19 public health emergency ends. This means starting May 12, noncitizen nonimmigrant air passengers are no longer required to show proof of being fully vaccinated with an accepted COVID-19 vaccine to board a flight to the United States. For more information see the Announcement from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention 

Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.


  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? No
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? No



  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? No. 
    • Effective September 14, 2022, a new Presidential decree lifted all COVID-19-entry and quarantine related restrictions to Panama


Testing is available at the following locations:
  • Tocumen International Airport (for departures), antigen rapid test cost: $50 / molecular test cost: $85.
  • Hospital Nacional, Contact 306-3300, WhatsApp 6949-6124.
  • Hospital Punta Pacifica. If you want car-side testing, visit the Punta Pacifica drive-through testing center. Appointments at the following link: https://www.pacificasalud.com/expresscovid. 
  • Lab Center is offering home services. Appointments are made through WhatsApp at 6285-7181
  • Panama Clinic, Contact 310-1111
  • Additionally, many other laboratories in Panama offer both antigen and PCR COVID-19 testing.



  • Are vaccines available in Panama for U.S. citizens to receive? Yes
  • The public is encouraged to register for vaccination by the GoP here . Registration is available for foreigners with or without residency registration numbers (numeros de filiacion). Vaccines are also available to walk-ins at the various MINSA Health Centers throughout the country.
  • Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines  in the United States.


  • For updates from Panama’s Ministry of Health and COVID-19 resources, go to (in Spanish) https://yomeinformopma.org/ 
  • Inquiries about COVID-19 can be directed to: Ministry of Health hotline in Panama (169). Department of Epidemiology Dra. Lourdes Moreno (507-9100)
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