UPDATE - August 2020 - Panama Travel Restrictions and WHEN can you come fish Panama report


Panama Sport Fishing Lodge - Boca Chica
Jan 19, 2009
Coiba, Hannibal Bank, and Pearl Islands
John Dela Cruz
Boat Name
35 Marlago FS
Week of August 24th - Panama has loosened its closed border restrictions to allow international passenger flights into Tocumen International Airport but only for residents and nationals. Currently travelers are asked to prove residency before boarding their flight to Panama.

Also, the internal quarantine restrictions were positively tweaked for the people currently living and staying in Panama. Instead of being restricted to public movement for just 2 hours a day during 3 days week, the restriction was lightened to allow people to be out in public from 5am to 7pm, 3 days a week for men and the same for women. Also, certain essential industries (Hair Salons, Retail, and more construction projects) were given the green light to start operating again but under Covid-19 prevention guidelines.

These are positive and encouraging steps signaling that more changes will be done to these new restrictions in the coming weeks as Panama inches closer to opening its doors to non-residents and internal movement.

The Cabinet Council approved this Tuesday, August 25, the Updated National Reopening Plan, which is adopted based on biosafety indicators such as the rate of effective reproduction of COVID-19 cases and the capacity of beds available in the country.

September 7

*Per Minsa Panama - use of private marinas and sportfishing

It will reopen the construction industry and related activities such as engineers, architects, project managers, contractors, moving and hauling services.

They will also open free zones such as the Panama Pacific Special Economic Area and the Colon Free Zone, as well as tailors, dressmakers, shoe stores and car washes.

Mobility and Curfew

On September 14
, the restriction on mobility by gender is lifted and the safe-conducts are without effect (with the exception of companies that, due to their economic activity, require mobility of their workers during curfew hours).

The curfew will be 11:00 p.m. at 5:00 a.m. as of September 14.

Opening of other activities

On September 21,
the federative sports activities will be reopened, but without public.

On September 28, retail stores open in person, restaurants and inns in person, professional services, administrative and general services, national aviation, family activities on the beach, rivers and natural parks, and the racetrack without the public.

***On October 12, the curfew will be lifted, including Sundays. International aviation, hotels, motels, rural hostels, lodging sites and complementary services, tourist activities, non-essential transport (recreational and tourist), creative and cultural industries, music and art academies, libraries, swimming pools, and the National Charity Lottery.****

According to the plan presented by the Minister of Commerce and Industries (MICI), Ramón Martínez, the activities that remain pending the opening date are: schools, colleges, universities and third-level institutions, in person. Also the nursery schools, kindergartens and CAIPI. There is also no date to open cinemas, theaters, museums, galleries and tourist sites with closed structures, gyms, children's entertainment rooms, casinos, bars, canteens, gardens, discos and the like, or for holding congresses, concerts, fairs. , patronal, carnivals, parades, processions and other activities.

At the beginning of this reopening of economic activities, the President of the Republic, Laurentino Cortizo Cohen, said that the whole of society must assume joint responsibility in the observance of the measures that guarantee the safe and reliable progress of the country towards a full recovery of the economy. while protecting the lives of all citizens.
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