The Joy Is Back!

Panama is slowly waking up to the world and carefully, cautiously reopening our skies and the doorway to the beauty and magic of this little squiggle of a nation that joins not only the continents, but also the world, together.  It will take a little while before all the things we enjoyed about flying are back in place, but … we’re slowly getting there!  If all  your favorite features of flying aren’t all there yet, please be patient.  The airlines are working hard to give you the level of service in the “friendly skies” that you have come to expect!

Air Panama and Copa restart domestic flights with cut-price offers

Air Panama and Copa Airlines have declared themselves ready to resume domestic flights on  Monday, September 28, after a  six months hiatus brought on by the pandemic.

Air Panama, general manager, Eduardo Stagg, said on Thursday that they will begin with a daily flight to the city of David, Chiriquí, and to Isla Colón and Changuinola, in Bocas del Toro. All flights depart from Marcos A. Gelabert Airport.

On social networks, the company is promoting  $99 round trip tickets, but the price does not include airport and fuel taxes.

Copa Airlines will fly three times a week to Enrique Malek de David airport from Tocumen International. Flights will be available in the restart phase on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. To stimulate demand, the company has a price of $69 per trip, including taxes.

But wait, to protect Panama from the Corona virus pandemic that seemingly rages out of control in some of our neighboring countries in North America, there are some added features!

New  sanitary controls for foreigners and returning residents

Nationals, residents, and foreigners who enter the country from October 12  must comply with a set of sanitary controls confirmed on Thursday.

Travelers must present a certificate of swab / PCR or negative antigen tests within a maximum of 48 hours, without having to comply with the mandatory isolation measure.

Visitors who do not carry the certificate will have the obligation to undergo a rapid test, prior to the airport migration registration, which will be paid by the tourist or resident.

If the rapid test result is negative, the passenger will be exempt from complying with the mandatory isolation.

If the swab / PCR or antigen test is positive,  the passenger will go to mandatory isolation in a hotel hospital assigned by the Ministry of Health.

Seven days later there will be an antigen test; If it is positive,  the traveler must finish the  14-day isolation and if it is negative, the isolation will end.

Welcome to Panama!