After thorough research and preparation, Panama is excited to once again welcome international travelers starting October 12, 2020.
The Ministry of Tourism has worked closely with government authorities including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Work, Labor and Economic Development among other government entities to implement biosecurity protocols that ensure the safety of both travelers and locals as the destination reopens for tourism and business travel. Below, you will find the current protocols travelers need to keep on top of mind if considering traveling to or through Panama.
Last updated on November 20th, 2020.
Protocols will be updated on an as-needed basis.
Prior to check-in, all incoming travelers will be required to complete an Electronic Affidavit (sworn statement) agreeing to:
Comply with all sanitary control measures outlined by the Ministry of Health of Panama.
Provide localization information for residence while in Panama.
Confirm that you are healthy (no symptoms of any respiratory illness) and that you have not been exposed to COVID-19 within the last fourteen (14) days.
Filling out your Affidavit step by step:
Start by registering on the Panamá Digital platform HERE.
Select your language preference at the upper right corner (ES/EN = Spanish/English).
Complete the fields of passport and personal information for foreigners or ID for Panamenians and residents. Click on the REGISTER button.
A confirmation message sent by firstname.lastname@example.org will arrive at your email. Which you will access in order to create your password with the following standard:
- 8 characters or more
- A minimum of: 1 uppercase letter, 1 lowercase letter and 1 number.
- Special characters are not allowed.
Once your password has been established, access https://www.panamadigital.gob.pa/Login and select the LOG IN button to start your session at Panamá Digital, using your email and the password created.
After logging in, on the main navigation menu, select TRÁMITES, which will deploy a sub menu where you should select DECLARACIÓN JURADA DE SALUD DE PASAJEROS PARA INGRESAR A PANAMÁ.
Fill out all the information required and then click on ENVIAR.
You will receive a confirmation email with a file containing a QR code.
For the validation at the airport, have your documents and the QR code ready to be shown on your smartphone. It is not necessary to have it printed out.
Note: In the case of people with an illness other than COVID-19 which prevents them from breathing with the surgical mask, they must use a face shield and a medical certificate must be presented indicating the illness they suffer from and the medical recommendation that they should not use such personal protective equipment.
Face masks need to be in optimal condition and must be worn properly. Wet, dirty, or damaged masks must be replaced as soon as possible.
Touristic activities, cultural and creative attractions, libraries, swimming pools, movies and theaters, casinos and others will be enforcing the safety protocols and may be operating with lower capacity and restricted schedules.
The access to beaches is allowed to small family groups. A mask will not be required all the time, but visitors should stay within their family bubble, keeping distance from other groups and always carry a mask to be used when interacting with other people.