Foreign travel advice


Important COVID-19 travel guidance

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office currently advises British nationals against all but essential international travel. Travel to some countries and territories is currently exempted.

This advice is being kept under constant review. Travel disruption is still possible and national control measures may be brought in with little notice, so check our travel guidance.


Coronavirus: stay up to date

Several airlines are planning special commercial flights in the coming weeks. See Return to the UK

There is a national curfew. Do not leave your accommodation between 7 pm and 5 am unless with a specific written exemption. In the provinces of Panama and Panama Oeste, a quarantine is 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.