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September 27, 2022

Last updated: 09/27/2022

  •  Effective Sunday, June 12, 2022 at 12:01 a.m. EDT, the CDC rescinded its Order requiring all airline or other aircraft passengers to show a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 to board any aircraft destined for travel to the United States from a foreign country. CDC’s Order requiring proof of vaccination for non-U.S. citizen nonimmigrants to travel to the United States is still in effect. 
  • Effective November 8, all non-U.S. citizens, nonimmigrant (not a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, lawful permanent resident, or traveling to the United States on an immigrant visa) airline passengers traveling to the United States, must demonstrate proof of vaccination as defined by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Order prior to boarding a U.S.-bound aircraft.  For more information see Requirement for Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for Air Passengers. More details regarding what constitutes full vaccination are available on this page of the CDC website.

 

Country-Specific Information

  • On September 14, 2022, a new Presidential decree lifted all COVID-19-entry related restrictions to Panama.
  • On September 10, 2022, the Panamanian Ministry of Health confirmed 984,234 total cases of COVID-19 in Panama.
  • Effective July 11, 2022, the mandatory use of masks covering nose and mouth is lifted for both indoor and outdoor spaces, with the exception of health care facilities, public transportation, and food industry staff manipulating and serving food.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for Panama due to COVID-19.  The State Department has also issued a Level 3 Travel Advisory for Panama. Read the Health Notice and Travel Advisory.
  • The Government of Panama’s Ministry of Health (MINSA) reminds citizens and residents of Panama that not touching your face, and washing your hands frequently are the best means of prevention against COVID-19.  
  • All restaurants, stores and other commercial establishments are currently available. Some establishments may require proof of vaccination for entry.

COVID-19 Testing

  • Are either PCR or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Panama? Yes
  • If so, are test results reliably available within one calendar day? Yes

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

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

  • Has the Government of Panama approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use?  Yes
  • Are vaccines available in Panama for U.S. citizens to receive? Yes   
  • Which vaccines are available in Panama? Pfizer 
  • The public is encouraged to register for vaccination by the GoPhere. Registration is available for foreigners with or without residency registration numbers (numeros de filiacion). 
  • Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States. 
  • The United States government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas. Please see the Department of State COVID-19 Vaccine Information for U.S. Citizens Abroad. Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Please see Information from the CDC regarding COVID-19 vaccination.

Entry and Exit Requirements

All entry restrictions or requirements around COVID-19 have been lifted. There is no need to present negative test results, proof of vaccination, or a declaration form upon entry to Panama.

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes. 
  • 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
  • Visa extensions for residents and/or tourists should be solicited directly to the Panama Immigration Service.

Exit Requirements:

  • A COVID-19 test is not required to exit Panama; however, some countries require the test to enter their territory.

Movement Restrictions

  • Is a curfew in place? No
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No

Movement and business restrictions may vary by region. See the MINSA Twitter page for details.

For all the details about changes made by the Government of Panama in response to the pandemic, please see the daily announcements on the Ministry of Health’s website, Twitter or Instagram account.

Business Operations:

All restaurants, stores and other commercial establishments are currently available. Some establishments may require proof of vaccination for entry.

The Embassy encourages everyone to prepare accordingly.  Maintain adequate supplies of food and medicine and be prepared to shelter in place as directed by local authorities.

Quarantine Information

  • Effective September 14, 2022, a new Presidential decree lifted all COVID-19-entry and quarantine related restrictions to Panama.

Transportation Options

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes 
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes 

Masks are required in public transportation. Effective March 28, 2022, the mandatory use of facial screens on public transportation throughout Panama is lifted.

Public Transportation is operating normally.  For information and traveler requirements for the Metro rail system, go to https://www.elmetrodepanama.com. Information on the bus system is available at https://www.mibus.com.pa. 

Consular Operations

American Citizen Services

  • If you need to request an emergency service, email your request to Panama-ACS@state.gov, and be sure to explain the nature of the emergency.

Visa Services

  • We have resumed all routine visa services, though wait times remain high.
  • If you already had a full-validity tourist visa issued in Panama, you may qualify to renew it without an appointment by authorized courier by following the instructions at www.ustraveldocs.com. Additionally, children under the age of 14 whose parents have valid visas, and adults over the age of 80 can also process their tourist visa applications by authorized courier. This process can take up to 16 weeks.
  • If you have an urgent need to travel to the United States and do not qualify for a visa by authorized courier, you can request an emergency appointment by following the steps at www.ustraveldocs.com. In your application you must submit evidence of the emergency.

Local Resources

  • 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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