COVID-19 Panama Update

Ancon Expeditions of Panama is getting ready for welcoming you on your next visit!
The country has been slowly preparing for a gradual re-opening in order to make sure that your travel experience will be a memorable one and especially to give you the peace of mind that your entire trip will be arranged taking into consideration all recommended health and safety protocols by the local Health Ministry and Panamanian government.

We are also proud to be awarded the Safe Travels stamp by the World Travel & Tourism Council. Our mission is to make you feel safe and welcome during your stay!


Current updates on COVID-19 for reactivating Panama's economical and tourism activities:

  • As of March 31, 2021, for all travelers coming from South America to Panama:
    • Passengers arriving from South America must wear a face mask and face shield at all times and maintain a distance of 2 meters upon arrival at the airport.
    • When checking in at the airport of origin: must present a molecular test by PCR swab or COVID-19 antigen with negative result performed 48 hours before arrival in Panama
    • When arriving to Panama: must have a PCR or COVID -19 antigen swab test performed before check-in at immigration, at their own cost.
    • Comply with mandatory quarantine as follows: 
      • Passengers with negative results:
        Must comply with mandatory isolation either at home or in a Hotel Hospital, as provided by the Health Authority. On the fifth day, a repeat swab test for COVID-19 antigen will be performed, and if it is negative, the quarantine ends. The Health Authority will cover the cost of this test.
      • Passengers with positive results:
        Must undergo molecular testing by PCR swabbing for COVID-19 and typing test analysis by +ICGES, and comply with mandatory 14-day isolation in a COVID-19 Travelers' Hospital Hotel, as arranged by the Health Authority. The Health Authority will cover the cost of this test
    • This new requirement for entry into the Republic of Panama will not affect passengers with connections at the Hub of the Americas.

  • March 6, 2021, until further notice (depending on the development of COVID-19) 
    • Face masks are mandatory in all public spaces
    • Night curfew from 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. every day (Mon-Sun)
    • No more weekend quarantine 

  • February 15, 2021
    • Face masks are mandatory in all public spaces
    • Night curfew from 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. from Mondays through Fridays 
    • Total weekend quarantine from Fridays 10:00 p.m. to Mondays, 4:00 a.m. in the provinces of Panamá (City), Panamá Oeste, Cocle, Veraguas, Los Santos and Herrera. All other provinces (e.g. Chiriqui, Bocas, Azuero as popular travel areas) have no weekend quarantine in place, only the night curfew as listed under bullet point 1.
    • Many cultural and leisure sites slowly reopening (NOTE: Panama Canal Transits will start operating again from October 2021. Panama Canal Visitor Centers have not yet announced the reopening date). 
    • Restaurants and cafés with seat-in slowly reopening (close by 9:00 pm)
    • Retail trade, stores, and shopping malls open again 
    • No more restrictions of gender-based movement 

  • January 14, 2021 
    • Night curfew from 9:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. from Mondays through Fridays
    • Total weekend quarantine from Fridays 9:00 p.m. to Mondays, 4:00 a.m.
    • Beaches and rivers remain closed in the provinces of Panama City and West Panama (closest Pacific beach areas)
    • Exercise and sports allowed outside (without other contacts or groups)
    • No events or social gatherings 
    • Business commerce, industrial services, construction companies, professional services, technical & cleaning services, laundry, rental car companies, supermarkets, pharmacies, drugstores, utility stores, and wholesale trade open until 7:30 p.m. 
    • Shopping based on gender: Ladies on Mon/Wed/Fr and Gentlemen on Tue/Thur
    • Retail trade and restaurants only delivery or take-away until January 31, 2021
    • Retail trade, stores, hairdressers, beauty salons scheduled to reopen on February 1, 2021
    • Cultural and leisure sites, cafés, restaurants with seat-in scheduled to reopen on February 15, 2021
    • Gyms, Spa, Massage, and marinas scheduled to reopen on March 1, 2021
    • Beaches and rivers scheduled to reopen in Panama City and West Panama provinces on March 15, 2021
    • Many hotels have their reopening postponed until late March 2021

  • December 18, 2020, through January 14, 2021:
    • Night curfew from 7:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. 
    • Total quarantine from Dec 25, 2020, at 7:00 p.m. through Dec 28, 2020, at 5:00 a.m. 
    • Total quarantine from Jan 1, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. through Jan 14, 2021, at 5:00 a.m. 
    • No events or social gatherings allowed 
    • Supermarkets only permit 1 person per family 
    • Airports, ports, and borders continue operating as usual according to biosecurity protocols
    • Food delivery available until 10:00 p.m.
    • Masks obligatory in inside and outside spaces
  • October 25, 2020
    • Beaches reopen from 6:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily
    • The weekend curfew will be lifted in the entire country 

  • October 12, 2020:
    • International and domestic flights resume operations
    • Tourist activities, national parks, museums
    • Restaurants, cafes 
    • Hotels (many of them are scheduled to reopen by mid-November / mid-December)
    • Curfew on Sundays is still in place until further notice (24hrs quarantine)


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