COVID 19 - Panama Entry & Exit Requirements (updated July 2022)

On October 12, 2020, the Government of Panama permitted international commercial flights to resume services to and from Panama.


With our assistance, crew changes can be carried out in Panama in an efficient and non-complicated manner. Below is just a general guideline of the requirements presently in place, but conditions are changing rapidly, and we recommend that before booking any flights, you first check with us for specific requirements applicable to ship personnel entering the country (i.e. visas, allowed nationalities, originating flights, etc).


Entry Requirements for fully vaccinated travelers:

Effective August 31, 2021, travelers arriving in Panama who present a digital or physical full COVID Vaccination Certificate, showing that they received all required doses of a COVID vaccine approved by the WHO, FDA or EMA at least 14 days prior to their entry, are exempt from all testing and quarantine requirements to enter Panama.

Effective February 16, 2022, the Panamanian government will consider a vaccination scheme complete when the traveler has received at least 2 (two) doses, with the exception of Janssen from Johnson & Johnson, for which the application of 1 (one) dose is considered complete.

Each individual entering Panama must complete and sign an electronic sworn affidavit   prior to check-in.  See the Ministry of Tourism webpage   for more information about current entry requirements.

Entry Requirements for unvaccinated and partially vaccinated travelers:

All unvaccinated and partially vaccinated travelers are required to present a negative COVID-19 test (PCR or Antigen) within 72 hours prior to traveling to Panama or be tested at the airport at their expense.

Each individual entering Panama must complete and sign an electronic sworn affidavit  prior to check-in.  See the  Ministry of Tourism webpage  for more information about current entry requirements.

Exit Requirements:

  • A COVID-19 test is not required to exit Panama; however, some countries require the test to enter their territory. Travelers who test positive for COVID-19 will need to complete a 7-day quarantine in a hotel at their expense.