Covid-19 Travel Info

The community of Bocas del Toro is taking precautions to minimize exposure by enacting protocols based on recommendations, guidelines, and requirements issued by numerous North American health organizations, international organizations, and the Panamanian public health agency.

COVID-19 BOCAS DEL TORO, PANAMA TRAVEL INFORMATION

Since October 12th, 2020 Panama has once again opened its doors to international travellers.

Visitors from most countries are welcome to visit Bocas del Toro, Panama, however, a negative COVID-19 test is required for entry in Panama. Below we have more information on entry requirements as well as per country restrictions.

As of January 2021, there is a mandatory curfew at 11pm every night in Bocas del Toro, Panama. Beaches are currently open for visitors during mobility hours. For more details on beaches and attractions, please refer to the Where to Go and What to Do sections of this website.

TEST REQUIREMENTS

  • Travelers will be required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken no more than 48 hours prior to their arrival time in the Tocumen International Airport in Panama City, Panama or before crossing the Costa Rica – Bocas del Toro, Panama land border.
  • If a test is not possible within that time frame, a COVID-19 rapid test will be mandated at the airport and at the border at Sixaola before customs and the traveler will have to cover the costs of said test. (USD $50)
    • If the test results are positive, the Panamanian government will facilitate a hotel stay at no cost to the traveler for a mandatory 14-day quarantine.
  • ALL incoming passengers arriving from South America:
    • Will be required to take an additional mandatory COVID-19 test upon arrival at Tocumen International Airpor before customs. The traveler will have to cover the costs of said test.
      • If the results are positive, the passenger will be placed under a mandatory 14-day quarantine in a Hotel Hospital designated by the Ministry of Health free of charge OR at home, if a Panama citizen or resident.
      • If the results are negative, the passenger will be placed under a mandatory 5-day quarantine in a Hotel Hospital designated by the Ministry of Health free of charge OR at home, if a Panama citizen or resident.
        At the end of the 5-day period another test will be taken.

         

        • If the results are negative, the quarentine period will be over.
        • If the results are positive, the passenger will be placed under a 14-day quarantine.

PER COUNTRY OF ORIGIN RESTRICTIONS

  • The country of Panama has temporarily suspended the entrance of non-residents who have originated or transited from the UK or South Africa within the past 20 days.

REQUIRED HEALTH AFFIDAVIT

  • 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.

For information on filling out your Affidavit step by step click here.

RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Health insurance is not a requirement for entry but is highly recommended.
  • Plan to travel with more available time for delays or biosecurity procedures, if you are flying to Bocas del Toro arrive to the airport with more than an hour before your flight. Do the same for buses at the Bus Terminal at Albrook, Panama City.
  • We encourage all travelers to check travel restrictions from your departure country and country of citizenship.

GENERAL PRECAUTIONS AND REMINDERS

  • Passengers that fail to follow protocols may not enter the country or may be sanctioned according to Panamanian laws.
  • Visitors will be required to wear a mask that fully covers the mouth and nose during certain parts of your trip. These times may include travel within an airplane or within an airport, riding in a closed for hire vehicle. Visitors are encouraged to wear a mask any time they are unable to maintain a 6’ distance from another individual.
  • The Ministry of Health can perform random rapid testing at any time.
  • All public spaces, dining areas, bathrooms, etc. will be sanitized multiple times each day
  • Face masks are required in all public spaces for locals and visitors alike.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the archipelago
  • Be sure to cough or sneeze into your elbow and away from others
  • Frequently and thoroughly wash your hands either with soap and hot running water for at least 20 seconds or with alcohol-based hand sanitizers
  • Expect temperature checks to be taken in a sanitary manner as you enter certain establishments

    CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ON SAFETY GUIDELINES WHEN VISITING PANAMA.

     

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