Foreign travel advice



On 9 May 2016, as part of an anti-drug and illegal immigration operation named “Operation Shield”, Panama closed its border with Colombia. The Panamanian government has advised it will stay closed for 40 days.

Cases of locally transmitted Zika virus have been confirmed in the last 3 months. You should follow the advice of the National Travel Health Network and Centre and discuss your travel plans with your healthcare provider, particularly if you’re pregnant or planning to become pregnant.

Most visits to Panama are trouble-free. 

If you travel to the Darien province you should do so only with an organised group and to recognised tourist destinations protected by the Panamanian police. See Local Travel

There is a low threat from terrorism. See Terrorism

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.

Foreign driving licences are only valid for 90 days following your entry to the country. See Road Travel