Panama no longer promoting medical tourism

Tourist attractions and destination scenics. View of Casco Antiguo in Panama City

Panama is now open to tourists, health tourists and medical tourists with no quarantine and limited testing. While inbound medical and health tourism is allowed, the country is no longer promoting the sector, after falling numbers for over a decade.

Panama has officially opened its borders and is welcoming international travellers back to the country. The reopening comes after months of strategic planning, which resulted in new health and safety protocols to ensure the protection of both Panamanians and international visitors.

All travellers arriving in Panama must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate no older than 48 hours before travel. People can also get tested at the airport and quarantine for 7 to 14 days; dependent on the results of the test.

Panama has achieved the Safe Travels stamp, aligning protocols developed by the Ministry of Health with the World Travel and Tourism Council standards, so that travellers can have a safe journey through the country.

The Panama Tourism Authority (ATP) has launched a Master Plan for Sustainable Tourism 2020-2025 that outlines ATP’s strategy for the relaunch of the country as a tourism destination. The plan reactivates Panama’s Tourism, Conservation and Research strategy applied in Panama over 20 years ago.