The government of Panama has reopened commercial flights for citizens and residents with some restrictions. Limited humanitarian flights and flights for medical goods and appliances are currently allowed as well, however, the airport remains closed to the general public.

Key Points:

  • Citizens and residents of Panama can now travel by air. “Residents” is anyone with a valid immigration ID card, or those with pending cases that have been filed while the applicant was outside of Panama, has received a receipt of filing, a receipt of payment of the temporary ID card and a RE-Entry Visa.
  • A negative antigen or PCR swab test taken within 48 hours prior to boarding a flight will be required for entry.
  • All travelers must sign an affidavit of commitment to comply with sanitary measures issued by the Ministry of Health and use an application for monitoring symptoms, confirmation of quarantine and traceability.
  • All travelers will be expected to quarantine for 14 days.
  • Travelers must provide a landline telephone number for the place where the individual will quarantine.

Analysis & Comments: Commercial air travel has been suspended in Panama since March. The government expects to reopen the airport by Oct. 12 to the general public, but it is only a projection, not a formal commitment. The response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, and Deloitte will provide additional updates as information becomes available. Please check Deloitte’s COVID-19 Digital Map, available here, for information on travel restrictions and immigration changes in other countries.

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