Panama announces the reopening of borders to international travelers with security guidelines
The Tourism Authority has worked closely with the Ministry of Health and other government authorities to implement health and biosecurity protocols designed to keep safe
Panama announces the reopening of its borders as of October 12, 2020, for international travelers, without restriction according to country of origin. With COVID-19 still a global concern, the Panama Tourism Authority has worked closely with the Ministry of Health and other government authorities to implement health and biosafety protocols designed to keep visitors and visitors safe. local communities throughout the destination, during and after its initial tourism reopening.
"After the closure of our borders at the end of March, we are excited to welcome again in a safe way, travelers who wish to visit Panama," said Minister Eskildsen. “The new health and biosafety protocols reflect our hard work and our dedication to protect both Panamanians and our visitors and, through these efforts, we have obtained the seal of approval from the World Travel and Tourism Council - Safe Travels. Our beautiful country, rich in nature, biodiversity and culture, is once again ready to be discovered. "
When planning a trip to Panama, the implementation of the new health and biosecurity protocols begins with the pre-trip requirements. All incoming travelers, including Panamanians, must present a negative COVID-19 antigen or PCR test upon arrival, which must be done no more than 48 hours prior to arrival. If a passenger's COVID-19 test is more than 48 hours old, the traveler will have to take a quick test at the airport before clearing customs and will be responsible for its cost, which will be approximately US $ 30. Passengers must also complete an electronic affidavit before checking in for their flight, where they agree to comply with all sanitary control measures indicated by the Ministry of Health of Panama. The statement will be available on the VisitPanama.com website, under the COVID-19: Travel Requirements and Protocols section, starting October 10. It is not a requirement that tourists have medical insurance to enter, however it is highly recommended.
Surgical masks are required at all times when arriving and walking through Tocumen International Airport and should only be removed for identification purposes. Travelers should be prepared to present a negative COVID-19 test result to customs. Additional measures have been taken at the airport to guarantee the safety of its employees and visitors, such as temperature controls and physical distancing measures of at least two meters. In the event that passengers have a high temperature, they will be required to undergo a rapid COVID-19 test, which will be borne by the traveler, prior to passing through customs, and / or additional health examinations. If the test result is positive, the Panamanian government will facilitate a hotel stay at no cost to the traveler for a mandatory seven-day quarantine period, at which time another rapid antigen test will be administered. If the result is negative, the quarantine ends, otherwise it will remain in quarantine
When leaving the airport and starting your visit to Panama, it is important to bear in mind that the use of masks is required in all public spaces, both for residents and travelers. To ensure safety and promote sanitary practices, there is an increased presence of hand sanitizing stations, use of electronic payment options, menus and digital maps accessible through mobile phones, designed to limit contact with others.
Visitors who want to try Panamanian cuisine should book in advance as restaurants are limiting the number of people to avoid crowds. Restaurant tables are separated by a distance of at least two meters to promote social distancing. For contactless ordering, restaurants will have digital menus, accessible via mobile phones. Additionally, tour operators and attractions have reduced capacity by 50 percent in ground transportation vehicles, and event spaces are limited to 30 percent of capacity and four people per table.
With the implementation of the new protocols, Panama obtained the Safe Travel Seal of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), the first global seal of safety and hygiene in the world based on the guidelines of the World Organization of Health (WHO) and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC for its acronym in English). Also supported by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the initiative focuses on the enhanced security efforts needed to restore the confidence of travelers around the world.