2022 Covid Blog: Panama

COVID Travel Requirements: Panama

Requirements at a glance...

  • Type of tests needed before departure: N/A (present vaccination cards)
  • Other pre-departure tasks: At the airport, builders will complete an electronic sworn affidavit with the help of their Trip Leaders. 
  • Testing in Country: No testing is required upon arrival. 

Keep reading for more important details:

We know you’ve probably had a few questions about COVID-19 regulations during your trip. This blog will help answer those questions and outline exactly what you need to know before you leave.

Should I quarantine before I go?

We strongly suggest that you self-quarantine one week prior to your trip to help ensure a negative test result. If you do test positive, or do not receive a negative test result in time, we will do our best to put you on a later trip, but there is no guarantee this will be possible. You would need to pay for your new trip in full and there would be no refund for the original trip you were scheduled on.

Do I need to get tested before I leave?

No, but in order to enter Panama, you need to show your physical vaccination card.

Where should I take my test?

If you would like to take a test before coming on the trip, you’re welcome to get tested anywhere that provides approved tests: pharmacies, doctor’s offices, testing companies, etc. For same-day testing options, refer to the link below:

If I get a positive test result before my trip, can I get a refund?

As stated when you registered, there will be no refund for your current trip if you test positive or are unable to acquire a negative result before departure (see our COVID Response page for more information).

Will I have to take any more COVID tests once I'm on my trip?

No COVID testing is required upon arrival unless a traveler shows extreme symptoms. 

COVID Vaccine Requirements?

The COVID-19 vaccine is required for all 2022 HXP participants. Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson are all approved vaccines. You will need to bring your physical vaccine card with you on your trip. Do not laminate or modify your vaccine card in any way.

If you are not fully vaccinated or bring a counterfeit vaccine card you will not be allowed on your HXP trip.

Vaccine requirements and COVID-19 regulations are subject to change. We strongly encourage that you stay up to date on covid updates, which can be found here.

Are there any other COVID requirements?

Prior to departure, all travelers must fill out a health form, which can be found here. Builders will complete this form with the help of their Trip Leaders at the airport.

Masks are required in public spaces both indoors and outdoors.

To enter public spaces, such as restaurants, a vaccination card is required.

What happens if I test positive while on my trip?

If you test positive for COVID-19 while on your trip, you will be required to quarantine at your own expense . We recommend obtaining health insurance to cover this potential cost, in case you test positive while in-country. 

How might gathering restrictions impact my trip?

 Although subject to change, church meetings are currently in person, and small group gatherings are permitted. 

You've got this!

Now take a deep breath. It may seem like a lot, but we’ll have you out serving on your trip in no time!

With love,

Your HXP Team