Panama suspends entry of visitors from Africa due to new variant of the coronavirus

The Ministry of Health said that the "temporary suspension" of entry applies from Thursday to travelers from South Africa, Botswana, Esuatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabweans

Editorial Dept. Voz de la Diaspora

Panama temporarily prohibited the entry of travelers who have visited or traveled during the last 14 days eight southern African countries to prevent the entry of the new Omicron variant of COVID-19 discovered in South Africa that forced nations around the world to impose entry restrictions on their territories.

The Ministry of Health said that the "temporary suspension" of entry applies from Thursday to travelers from South Africa, Botswana, Esuatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Malawi arriving by air, maritime, or land either on commercial or private flights.

The restriction does not include Panamanians and residents of the country, But the government decreed that those who present a complete vaccination scheme must present upon arrival in Panama the negative result of a Covid-19 test of up to 72 hours, and repeat it three days after admission at the request of the authorities.

In the case of citizens who are not immunized or have not received the full doses in addition to the negative test, they will have to comply with a preventive quarantine of 72 hours, and undergo a new test at the end of it.

In previous days after the global alert caused by the appearance of the new variant of the coronavirus that causes Covid-19, the country strengthened epidemiological surveillance and the application of tests at all points of entry into the country to prevent the possible entry of virus carriers.

Panama, that so far does not report the presence of Ómicron, is one of the countries that is most advanced in the vaccination process against Covid-19 in the region by applying more than 6 million doses, According to the government.

The Central American country of 4.3 million inhabitants so far report about 478 thousand accumulated coronavirus infections, Y 7,370 they are deceased, according to an official report.