Panama Reopens Borders

From October 12, to enter Panamanian territory, foreign visitors must present a PCR test or antigen negative to covid-19 with a maximum of 48 hours and will not have to comply with mandatory isolation.

Monday, October 12, 2020

Due to the covid-19 outbreak worldwide and in order to protect the health of the population, Panamanian air terminals were closed for commercial flights since March 2020.

In the event that a traveler tests positive, they will be placed in mandatory isolation in a hotel hospital designated by the Ministry of Health. After seven days an antigen test will be performed, if the result is positive, the 14-day isolation must be completed and if it is negative, the isolation ends, informed the Presidency of Panama.

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The reopening of the borders agrees with the reactivation of the operations of swimming pools, cinemas, theaters, museums, galleries, hotels, casinos and tourist sites of closed structures, establishments that will be able to operate at 50% of their capacity.

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For Jean-Pierre Leignadier, president of the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture of Panama (CCIAP), it is very important that the communication issued to international travelers be given in advance, clearly and in line with international health regulations.

According to the executive, as a matter of urgency, the international promotion campaign should be resumed in order to strategically position the destination in the markets identified in the studies carried out by ATP and PROMTUR.

The statement signed by Leignadier details that the reactivation of the tourism sector represents a great challenge with great opportunities for economic recovery, for this it is necessary to work in a way that is aligned with planning and order so as not to fall into improvisation.

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