The Panamanian government has introduced new travel requirements to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Key Points:

  • Anyone entering Panama must provide results of a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen swab test taken no more than 48 hours before arriving in Panama.
  • Anyone traveling from South America must take an additional swab test at their own expense at the airport upon arrival in Panama.
    • Those who test negative must complete a five-day quarantine at home or at a quarantine hotel. On the fifth day, these travelers must take another swab test. If the results are negative, the quarantine ends.
    • Those who test positive must complete a 14-day quarantine at a quarantine hotel.
    • Travelers from South America must sign forms upon arrival stating that they provide consent for the quarantine and testing measures. While this requirement will apply to all travelers from South America, airlines may also request consent from travelers from any location under a previous decree.

Analysis & Comments: The changes will add to the time it take to plan travel to Panama, especially for those traveling from South America. The response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, and Deloitte will provide additional updates as information becomes available.

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