By Elida Moreno
Panama – Panamanian authorities announced that as of 30 August travelers will not have to submit a negative test for COVID-19, or undergo quarantine if they comply with the previous digital registration, or present the complete vaccination card upon arrival in the territory.
The provision will apply to all travelers entering the country by air., land or sea either by private or commercial means, said the Ministry of Health (MINSA).
“… You will be exonerated from performing any type of COVID-19 test upon arrival in Panama and from preventive quarantine as long as, the vaccination card with the complete vaccination schedule has been digitally registered or physically present ", reported the health authority.
MINSA clarified that if a traveler is not vaccinated and comes from countries classified as low epidemiological risk, they must present a negative test, either PCR or antigen with up to 72 effective hours, but you will be exonerated from quarantine.
Unlike, if the passenger arriving from high-risk countries without being vaccinated will have to comply 72 hours of quarantine at your home or in an authorized hotel at your own cost, and then take a test, either by PCR or antigen.
Panama also eliminated the obligation of COVID-19 tests to mobilize within the country due to the low incidence of infections and the advancement of the vaccination process, since until Monday I had applied 4,6 million doses nationwide.
The objective is to achieve greater speed in passenger boarding at airports, seaports in order to avoid crowds of people and possible sources of contagion, said the government.
At the end of August, Panama registered 457,037 accumulated contagions, Y 7,054 deceased as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.