Foreign travel advice

Panama

Important COVID-19: travel is different

To understand the risks in a country, including the latest COVID restrictions (including for entry), follow FCDO Travel Advice.

To prevent new COVID variants from entering the UK, you should not travel to red list countries.

Check what you need to do to travel abroad and return to England, or read travel guidance for Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

Summary

The FCDO advises against all but essential travel to the whole of Panama, based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.

COVID-19 entry restrictions for Panama

Before you travel, check the ‘Entry requirements’ section for Panama’s current entry restrictions and requirements. These may change with little warning. Monitor this advice for the latest updates and stay in contact with your travel provider.

Returning to the UK

Panama is on the red list for entering England. Check what you must do to enter England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

If you’re planning travel to Panama, find out what you need to know about coronavirus there in the Coronavirus section.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to get travel insurance and check it provides sufficient cover. See the FCDO’s guidance on foreign travel insurance.

For information about COVID-19 vaccines, see the Coronavirus page.

Local transit authorities have suspended the rolling extension on foreign drivers licenses. This extension ran from June 2020 until April 2021. See Road travel

If you travel to the Darien province you should do so only with an organised group to destinations under the surveillance of the Panamanian police. See Local travel

From 20 May, Panama have temporarily closed their border with Colombia and will not allow travellers to enter if they arrive via rivers, land, and sea. Arrival by air is still permitted.

Although there’s no recent history of terrorism in Panama, attacks can’t be ruled out. See Terrorism

UK health authorities have classified Panama as having a risk of Zika virus transmission. For information and advice about the risks associated with Zika virus, visit the National Travel Health Network and Centre website.

You can contact the emergency services on 911. Alternatively, call 104 for police or 103 for ambulance and fire.

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.