Panama Entry Requirements
The requirements listed on this page are Panama's requirements for visitors to enter the country. It's possible your airline may have slightly different requirements for allowing you to board a flight to Panama. It's important that you check with your airline to understand their requirements for allowing you to fly to Panama.
You must meet both Panama's requirements and your airline's requirements in order to come to Panama.
Travelers will be required to present a negative nasal swab COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken no more than 48 hours prior to their arrival time in Panama. If a test is not possible within that time frame, a COVID-19 rapid test will be mandated at the airport before customs and the traveler will have to cover the costs of said test. (USD $50).
If you test positive for COVID at Tocumen International Airport you will be required to quarantine in a hotel designated by the Ministry of Health until you test negative. We strongly encourage you to get proof of a negative COVID test before boarding your flight to Panama. Start researching where you can get a COVID test in your area at least 30 days before your departure date. Do not wait until the day before your trip!
You should also check with your airline to see if they have any additional COVID restrictions.
See our Traveling to Panama During COVID FAQ.
Prior to check-in for your flight, all incoming travelers are required to complete an Electronic Affidavit 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 details see How to Fill Out the Panama Digital Affidavit Form.
In order to enter Panama, you need a passport and your passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond your date of arrival. If your passport will expire within 6 months of your arrival date it is important that you renew your passport before traveling to Panama.
Passport holders from the USA, Canada, Australia, South Africa, the UK, most countries in the EU, and many other countries are not required to obtain a visa before traveling to Panama. For more information about visitor visa requirements, visit this page.
Proof of Return Trip
You are required to have proof that you will leave Panama within 6 months of arriving. Round-trip airfare works best for this. Many airlines will not allow you to board a flight to Panama without proof of round-trip airfare.
Although it's rarely checked you are also required to have proof of economic solvency for a minimum of $500 USD. This could be $500 in cash or a bank statement showing you have at least $500.