Published on : Monday, August 31, 2020
Formally, Panama has unveiled their reopening schedule. This Tuesday, it was approved by the cabinet, and has international aviation and tourism set to resume on October 12th, 2020.
The Panama government since March 22nd had stopped all international commercial flights but come October 12th after going through almost 6 months of lockdown, they are prepared to see resurgence in international tourism once again.
The reopening plan of the proposed government will first start with resuming domestic tourism on September 28th. Later, on October 12th, the borders will finally be reopened to international tourists as well as foreigners.
The Reopening Timeline of Panama:
• Retail shops
• Domestic flights
• Restaurants and cafes with dine-in options
• Travel agencies and travel operators
• Tour guides
• Spas and aesthetic services
• Outdoor activities like parks, water sports, etc
• International flights
• Hotels, motels, hostels and other accommodations
• Swimming pools
• Tourism activities and non-essential transportation
• Gyms and fitness centers
Still to get determined:
• Movie theatres, museums, galleries, etc
• Concerts, parades and carnivals
• Nightclubs and discos
The Panama government has few things of caution in order to keep the October 12th reopening date. On the proposed date, they will only reopen if, hospital beds are only at 20% occupancy, the respiratory care unit is only at 15% capacity, and the death rate is under 3%.
If the above mentioned criteria remain unmet, Panama will once again push back the reopening dates of the country.
For international tourism even though Panama has released their reopening dates, they are yet to release the entry requirements or information on the countries allowed to enter, if PCR testing will be mandatory, or if any quarantines will be in place.
At present, there is a requirement of a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours before departure for essential travelers entering the country. If no test is provided, then mandatory 14-day quarantine is necessary.