Panama Travel Advisory

Travel Advisory
April 20, 2022

Panama - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

O D K E N H U T C

Reconsider travel to Panama due to COVID-19 quarantine requirements.  Exercise increased caution in Panama due to crime. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory.

Do not travel to:

  • Parts of the Mosquito Gulf due to crime.
  • Parts of the Darién Region due to crime.

Read the country information page for additional information on travel to Panama.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined Panama has a high level of COVID-19.  Visit the CDC page for the latest Travel Health Information related to your travel.  There are mandatory quarantine requirements for U.S. and other foreign citizens who test positive for COVID-19.  Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Panama.

If you decide to travel to Panama:

Parts of the "Mosquito Gulf" – Level 4: Do Not Travel

The “Mosquito Gulf” is an extremely remote and inaccessible area along part of the north (Caribbean) coast.

Do not travel within 10 miles of the coastline, from Boca de Rio, Chiriqui to Cocle del Norte. Drug trafficking and other illicit activities occur in this area.

The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in this region as U.S. government personnel must obtain prior approval before traveling there and face additional restrictions before such travel is approved.

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Parts of the Darién Region – Level 4: Do Not Travel

Do not travel to the following areas of the Darien:

  • All areas south of Jaque to Manene to Yaviza to Lajas Blancas cities to the Colombian border
  • The city of Lajas Blancas
  • The city of El Salto

Criminal elements and drug and human trafficking networks operate in these areas. Police presence and emergency response are extremely limited.

The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in these regions as U.S. government personnel must obtain prior approval before traveling there and face additional restrictions before such travel is approved.

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Last Update: Reissued with updates to health information.

Travel Advisory Levels

Information for Vaccinated Travelers

The CDC's latest guidance on international travel for vaccinated people can be found here.

Assistance for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy Panama
Avenida Demetrio Basilio Lakas,
Building No.783
Clayton, Panama
Telephone
+(507) 317-5000
Emergency
+(507) 317-5000
Fax
+(507) 317-5278

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