Panama announces that as of today it will not be mandatory to wear masks outdoors
Based in its epidemiological situation, the Central American country eases restrictions
Panama, bordered by the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, with heavily forested hills and mountainous spaces, is best enjoyed when exploring its wonderful nature. To provide visitors with freer access to the natural wonders of the country, Panama announces that, as of today, the use of masks outside and in open-air spaces will no longer be used.
“With the improvement in COVID-19 conditions, we are easing restrictions while maintaining the necessary protocols. The elimination of the use of the mask outdoors is the most recent step that was implemented to keep visitors and the local community safe, and to help their wanderlust through our commitment to the preservation of nature and culture, while empowering local communities,” says Ivan Eskildsen, Minister of Tourism of Panama.
With incomparable biodiversity and a vast culture, travelers can immerse themselves in the destination through three marked pillars of heritage identified in the country's Sustainable Tourism Master Plan presented in 2020 that reactivated Panama's tourism, conservation and research strategy.
Distinct in its offerings, the pillars include cultural heritage that showcases the colorful history and diversity of Panama's distinct cultures, a mix of African, North American, and Spanish influences, as well as the country's seven indigenous ethnic groups; the Green Heritage , which takes visitors through 13 national parks and protected areas that make up a third of the country, and the Blue Heritage, which covers the Pacific and Atlantic oceans with experiences that include whale watching, turtle conservation and marine exploration in Coiba National Park, a world-class diving destination that is part of the Eastern Tropical Pacific Marine Corridor (CMAR) along with the Galapagos Islands, created to conserve biodiversity and promote the sustainable use of marine resources.
The new mask policy is particularly good news for hikers to explore a wide range of incredible hikes for all experience levels, from easy to moderate hikes and more challenging trails for experienced hikers. All of them offer epic views of Panama. A frequent “Did you know…?” it is the distinction of Panama as the only metropolis in the world that has a jungle, the Metropolitan Natural Park, located in the center of the city and has many trails where you can see the exotic wildlife that is part of Panama.
"Panama is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts and offers endless opportunities to immerse yourself in nature, history and culture," says Fernando Fondevila, general director of PROMTUR Panama. “From country dinners at farmhouse restaurants to rainforest hiking trails and Pacific and Atlantic surfing, Panama has a wide variety of easy-going, easily accessible and highly rewarding adventures.”
For the latest Panama health and safety protocols and entry requirements, visit www.visitpanama.com/