Panama will Reactivate International Flights

More than five months after the suspension of commercial air transport in the country, the Civil Aeronautics Authority reported that as of October 12, international flights will be reactivated.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

With the o aim of containing the spread of covid-19, since March 22nd, arrivals and departures of all international flights have been suspended. The measure was made official in Decree No. 244 dated March 19, 2020, this decision affected the operation of 20 commercial passenger lines.

With the reactivation of air transport, passengers and airlines without exception must follow the guidelines established in Resolution No. 766 of August 13, 2020, where the Ministry of Health (Minsa) established the sanitary measures for entry into the country, reported the Civil Aviation Authority of Panama (AAC).

See "Central America: Interest in Travel is Recovering"

Laestrella.com.pa reviews that all passengers arriving in the country must "... submit to the airline the Swab/PCR test certificate or negative antigens with a maximum of 96 hours prior to boarding the flight from the country of origin."

Travelers must also sign "... an acceptance in the affidavit, provided by the airline, by which the passenger agrees to: Comply with the sanitary control measures and health protocols established by the National Government through the Minsa and to use the application for the monitoring of the appearance of symptoms and confirmation of quarantine or other measures established by the Minsa for the proper traceability of the passenger."

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