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Health Alert: Modified COVID-19 Curfew and Panamanian Entry Requirements (May 19, 2021)


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Event: Modified COVID-19 Curfew and Panamanian Entry Requirements


On May 18, Panama’s Ministry of Health (MINSA) announced modified curfew hours for the provinces of Chiriqui and Veraguas, and added curfews to three cities in the province of Coclé.


·         Effective May 21, curfew hours in Chiriqui and Veraguas will be from 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday.

·         Effective May 22, Chiriqui and Veraguas will be under full lockdown from Saturday at 10:00 p.m. until Monday at 4:00 a.m.

·         Effective May 24, the cities of Penonomé, Anton, and La Pintada, in the province of Coclé, will begin observing a daily curfew from 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m., Monday through Sunday.

·         Effective May 24, passengers who present a "Full Digital Vaccination Certificate" that proves the passenger received all required doses at least 14 days prior to their entry, AND a negative test properly registered in the IATA Travel Pass app 48 hours before entering the country will not be required to undergo home quarantine nor carry out COVID testing at the airport.


The rest of Panama remains under nationwide curfew Monday through Sunday from 12:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m. Additional movement and business restrictions vary by region.


The Embassy reminds U.S. citizens in Panama that it is always obligatory to comply with local laws. 


MINSA reminds citizens and residents of Panama that staying at home, not touching your face, and washing your hands frequently are the best means of prevention against COVID-19.  It also requires the use of masks when in public.


The Embassy will continue to send messages, as needed, about larger changes that may affect U.S. citizens in Panama.  Minor changes, such as new health recommendations or reopening of a new sector of Panama's economy, will be placed on the Embassy’s COVID-19 Information page.  For all the details about changes made by the Government of Panama in response to the pandemic, please see the daily announcements from the Ministry of Health.  


Actions to Take:


Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information. 


·         For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19, please see the CDC’s latest recommendations.     

·         Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information.     

·         Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in Panama.  

·         Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the United States. 




U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama 

Building 783, Demetrio Basilio Lakas Avenue 

Clayton, Panama 

+507 317-5000 




State Department – Consular Affairs 

+1 (888)407-4747 or +1 (202)501-4444 

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Denese A. Rodgers
+507 6456-8539
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