Foreign travel advice


Important COVID-19 Exceptional Travel Advisory Notice

As countries respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, including travel and border restrictions, the FCO advises British nationals against all but essential international travel. Any country or area may restrict travel without notice. If you live in the UK and are currently travelling abroad, you are strongly advised to return now, where and while there are still commercial routes available. Many airlines are suspending flights and many airports are closing, preventing flights from leaving.


Coronavirus: stay up to date

United Airlines is planning to operate flights from Panama City, Panama to Houston on 27 May and 3 June, and Spirit Airlines is planning to operate flights to Fort Lauderdale on 3 June and 10 June. See Return to the UK

There is a national quarantine in place with limited exemptions. Men and women are only allowed out on alternate days. See Staying during coronavirus

Entry to Panama is now barred to all but citizens and residents with a mandatory two week self-isolation on arrival. See Entry requirements

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

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.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.