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RICO’s DIGEST – “I heard” is a term often used on social networks to deliver information on a subject. What does that even mean?

Panama City, Panama

Hear (intentional) at the Q we don’t report on what was “heard”, rather on facts based on official information, science, laws, etc. We also provide opinions, but that is different and our opinion on a subject is always identified as such, as an opinion.

To the point of all of this is the misinformation about the entry requirements into Panama for those looking to do a border run. In my opinion, Nicaragua is a lot closer, but given the current political and health (covid) situation in that part of the world, Panama is the option for border runs by land or air.

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Requirements change constantly due to Covid.

The most UP-TO-DATE information can always be found at https://www.visitpanama.com/information/travel-guidelines/, however, that website is a little difficult to navigate.

Following is an excerpt of the latest (as of this post date):

  • Every person entering Panama must fill out this online Health Affidavit. (Click “EN” at the top right corner of the page for ENGLISH).
  • Travelers will be exempt from presenting a negative COVID-19 test for entry as long as they can provide physical or digital proof of a complete vaccination scheme.

    Assuming you DO NOT have a digital signature: Fill out and complete the online COVID-19 vaccine certificate request form; Complete the affidavit, sign and scan it and send it along with a copy of the vaccination card you got from the CCSS, a copy of the identity document (ie Cedula, passport or DIMEX) to certificadovacuna.covid19@misalud.go.cr.

    When the vaccination card is in a language other than Spanish, you must present a translation into Spanish.

    The card given by Caja is not accepted, so make sure to pull your records before the departure date.

  • Non-vaccinated travelers will be required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken no more than 72 hours prior to their arrival time in Panama.
  • The IATA Travel Pass is currently NOT being accepted as proof of testing or vaccination.
  • Health insurance is not a requirement for entry but is highly recommended.
  • Travelers are encouraged to check travel restrictions from your departure country and country of citizenship.
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ALWAYS check the official website, in case they have made a recent change after the date of this post.

Below is a flow chart by igopanama.com.

Happy travels. Stay safe. Stay healthy.

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