New rules for those arriving in Panama Following the Executive Decree 833 and Resolution 2311

The Official Gazette published Resolution 2311 that updates the classification of countries with a high risk of contagion of the coronavirus to become effective on September 16, 2021.

The list of countries includes United States, Cuba, Guatemala, Costa Rica, French Guyana, United Kingdom, Greece, Georgia, Estonia, Serbia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Azerbaijan, Israel, Malaysia, Mongolia, Africa, South Africa, Guinea Bissau, Tunisia, and Fiji.

According to Executive Decree 833, those who wish to enter Panama should take into account the following:

  • Vaccinated travelers against COVID19 must show their registration digitally or physically present their vaccination card, so they will be exempt from any COVID 19 testing, and 72-hour preventive quarantine. The vaccine must have been administered at least 14 days before entry into Panama.
  • Unvaccinated travelers from low-risk COVID19 countries must present a negative COVID19 test performed 72 hours before arrival in the country. Otherwise, the test must be performed at their point of entry at their own cost. If the test result is negative, they will be exempted from the 72-hour preventive quarantine.
  • Travelers from high-risk countries that are not vaccinated must present a negative COVID19 test done 72 hours before arrival. They must also stay in preventive quarantine for 72 hours at home or in a hotel at their own expense. The quarantine will end when a COVID19 test is performed again with a negative result.
  • Children under 12 years of age will be exempt from a COVID19 test and preventive quarantine as long as the responsible adult in charge complies with the requirements established according to the risk level of the country of origin.

To read the complete Decree on new rules for entry to Panama see:

Executive Decree 833

Published September 11th, 2021, as Laws on COVID19 | Immigration by Johana Sum