Panama lays out the tourism welcome mat


When planning a trip to Panama, the implementation of new health and safety protocols begins with pre-travel requirements.
When planning a trip to Panama, the implementation of new health and safety protocols begins with pre-travel requirements.

Panama is excited to announce it has reopened its borders to international visitors from all countries. The Authority of Tourism has worked closely with the Ministry of Health, alongside other government authorities to implement strategic health and safety protocols designed to keep visitors and local communities safe during and after its initial tourism reopening.

All incoming travelers, including Panamanians, must present a negative Covid-19 PCR or antigen test upon arrival, which must be taken no more than 48 hours prior to arrival. Passengers must also complete an electronic affidavit before checking in to their flight, where they must agree to comply with all sanitary control measures outlined by the Ministry of Health.

Face masks are required in all public spaces, for residents and visitors alike. To ensure safety and promote sanitary practices, there is an increased presence of hand sanitizing stations, usage of electronic payment options, standing or digital menus and maps accessible via smartphone designed to limit contact with others.

With the implementation of the new protocols, Panama has earned the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Safe Travels stamp of approval, the world’s first global safety and hygiene stamp based on guidelines from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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