The Ministry of Health establishes measures for entry into the national territory for people coming from South America due to New Strain of COVID-19.
The Ministry of Health (MINSA), through Executive Decree No. 260 of March 29, 2021 (hereinafter the “Decree”), and due to the new strain of P1 Sars Cov-2 (COVID-19) has informed certain measures applicable to all persons coming from, who have stayed in or transited through any country in South America, as follows:
- As of 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, March 31, 2021, all persons coming from, staying in or transiting through any South American country must bring a negative PCR or antigen test no later than 48 hours prior to arrival.
- In addition, they must undergo, at their own cost, a PCR or Antigen Test upon entry into the country.
- If the result is negative, the traveler must be isolated at home for 5 days or in a Covid-19 travelers’ hospital. On the fifth day, the antigen swab test must be repeated, and if the result is negative, the isolation ends.
- If the result is positive, PCR-RT test and typing test +ICGES analysis should be performed. In addition, the traveler must comply with a 14-day quarantine in a Covid-19 travelers’ hospital.
- This Decree will become effective on March 29, 2021.
- This Decree applies to nationals, residents and tourists who come from, have stayed, or transited through any South American country, regardless of the result of the PCR or antigen test.
- The current Executive Decree No. 61 of January 8, 2021 establishes the requirement to file a negative result to enter the country or to take a PCR or antigen test at the Tocumen Airport. With this Decree, even when bringing a negative test, any person with characteristics the already indicated is obliged to take a second test at the Airport, in order to enter our country.
- Likewise, the Decree establishes mandatory isolation for all persons coming from, having stayed in or transited through any South American country, regardless of the result of the PCR or antigen test.
- The use of masks and compliance with all biosecurity measures established by MINSA is mandatory for all persons entering the country, whether by air, land or sea, using commercial or private means.
- The Civil Aviation Authority, the National Immigration Office, the Panama Maritime Authority and the Public Force can adopt any measures that they consider necessary to comply with these measures.
- Failure to comply with the provisions of this Decree will be sanctioned in accordance with Executive Decree No. 961 of August 18, 2020, as amended by Executive Decree No. 61 of January 8, 2021.
As of February 12, 2021, the National Authority for Government Innovation enabled the COVID-19 vaccination registration for all foreigners who are living in Panama.
To complete the registration, you must follow these steps.
Step 1. Enter the following link.
Step 2. You must select one of the following options.
a. For permanent resident, temporary resident, or resident in process.
Foreigners who already have a registration stamp of the National Migration Service stamped in their passport.
The affiliation number is unique for each foreigner and it doesn´t change. It can be found in:
b. For foreigners without an affiliation stamp.
Foreigners who don´t have a registration stamp of the National Migration Service stamped in their passport, must select this option.
Step 3. Complete the form with the requested information.
Resolution number 636 of January 27th, 2021 issued by the National Immigration Authority (“SNM”), and published in the Official Gazette on February 1st, 2021 establishes an additional extension of documents, due to the crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic, namely:
• An extension until June 30th, 2021 in the validity of any identification document issued by the SNM (Provisional Residence Cards, Non-resident Visas, Judicial Stay Cards, Immigration Regularization Cards and Tourists Stay), expired as of March 13th, 2020, without incurring fines or surcharges.
• An extension until June 30th, 2021, to the period in which Permanent Residents who are outside the national territory, can remain abroad, without this situation leading to the cancellation of the Permanent Residence.
• An extension until June 30th, 2021 to previously issued birth and marriage certificates that have expired from March 30th, 2020 to January 31st, 2021.
• The extension established in this Resolution will allow an additional validity previously extended until January 31st, 2021, now up to June 30th, 2021.
• The Resolution includes the extension of the period in which permanent residents can be away without incurring a penalty. In this sense, article 31 of Decree Law 8 of 2008 establishes as a cause for canceling permanent residence, that the foreigner remains outside the country for more than two (2) years.
• The marriage and birth certificates will now be valid until June 30th, 2021, only if they expired between March 30th, 2020 and January 31st, 2021.
Decreto Ejecutivo N ° 61 enero 8 º , 2021 (en adelante “el Decreto”), publicado en el Boletín Oficial el mismo día, establece medidas sanitarias para los pasajeros al entrar en Panamá durante el estado de emergencia nacional.
Medidas relevantes :
- Requisitos de entrada: Todos los pasajeros deben cumplir con los siguientes requisitos para ingresar a Panamá:
- Envíe a la aerolínea un Certificado de Prueba Negativa de PCR o Antígenos con un máximo de 48 horas antes de abordar el vuelo en el país de origen.
- Las autoridades panameñas tendrán derecho a realizar pruebas de PCR o antígenos aleatorias a todos los viajeros en los puntos de entrada, las cuales serán cubiertas por el estado panameño.
- Excepciones: Estos requisitos no serán aplicables a: (i) tripulación técnica; (ii) tripulación auxiliar; (iii) mecánicos de barcos o embarcaciones; y (iv) personal humanitario.
- Será responsabilidad de los Directores Reg i onales de Salud sancionar conmulta de quinientos un dólares (US $ 501.00) hasta cinco mil dólares (US $ 5,000.00) las siguientes infracciones:
- Incurrir en reincidencia en los comportamientos descritos anteriormente.
- Violación de vallas sanitarias o puestos de control.
- Circulación de personas determinadas como sospechosas de COVID-19 que están sujetas a cuarentena y se encuentran en supermercados, estaciones de transporte o lugares y áreas de concurrencia masiva.
- Circulación de personas diagnosticadas como positivas de COVID-19 que transitan fuera del lugar de aislamiento ordenado.
- El incumplimiento de las medidas sanitarias establecidas para los nacionales, residentes o extranjeros que ingresen a la República de Panamá, mientras se encuentre vigente el Estado de Emergencia Nacional.
- Se establece que toda persona que ingrese al Territorio Nacional deberá presentar Certificado Negativo de PCR o Antígenos con un máximo de 48 horas antes de abordar el vuelo en el país de origen.
- Las autoridades competentes podrán realizar pruebas aleatorias a todos los viajeros en los puntos de ingreso, las cuales correrán a cargo del estado panameño.
- Se establecieron los montos de las multas para las personas que no cumplan con ciertas medidas establecidas en este Decreto
- Se incluye como Anexo al Decreto un Flujo de Procesos para la Vigilancia Epidemiológica de Viajeros.
- The Decree abrogates Executive Decree No. 1089 of September 23rd, 2020 and modifies Article 2 of Executive Decree No. 961 of August 18th, 2020.
- The Decree will enter as of January 8th, 2021.
The Ministry of Health has temporarily suspended the entry to Panama of persons coming from the United Kingdom and from the Republic of South Africa due to the new strain of COVID-19.
Ministry of Health:
- By means of Resolution No. 1390 of December 21, 2020, (hereinafter “the resolution”), published in Official Gazette on the same day, the Ministry of Health has suspended temporarily the entry to Panama of persons coming from, that have stayed or transited through (i) the United Kingdom or (ii) the Republic of South Africa, within the last 20 days prior to the entry into Panama, whether they do so by air, land or sea, using commercial or private means.
- Panamanian citizen and residents who arrive in Panama from those countries, under the conditions indicated above, must do the following:
- (i) Take a compulsory PCR or Antigen Test upon arrival.
- (ii) Remain in quarantine in a hospital hotel, regardless the results of the test, for the time that will be determined by the health authorities, in order to verify that they have not been infected by the new strain of SARS- CoV-2 (COVID-19).
- This suspension will enter into force as of today, December 21, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.
- This measure is taken due to the new strain of SARS- CoV-2 (COVID-19).
- In accordance with this resolution, the entry to Panama of Panamanians and residents, with a resident permit ID card either approved or in process, will be allowed en as long as they follow the measures indicated above.
- The Civil Aviation Authority, the National Immigration Authority and the Police can adopt any measures that they deem necessary to comply with these measures.
- Tourists are excluded from this Resolution, therefore they will not be able to enter the country until this measure is lifted.
May 1, 2020
Law No. 126 of 2020 which regulates teleworking in the Republic of Panama contemplates data protection regulations creating an additional control to that established under Law No. 81 of 2019 (“Law No. 81”) on personal data protection. The latter will enter into force end of March 2021.
Article 16 establishes the following obligations for the employer:
- Inform the teleworker about the company’s internal policies and regulations on data protection, for purposes of the information that is used and processed. As established as well by Law No. 81, the obligation to have the necessary procedures and protocols for the security and protection of personal data;
- Inform the teleworker of all restrictions on the use of computer hardware and software, as well as the penalties that will apply;
- Inform the teleworker of the placement of any control system, which must be proportional to the objective that seeks to be protected and may not include mechanisms that violate the personal or family privacy of the teleworker or third parties;
- Inform the teleworker from the beginning of the working relationship, the furniture, and the necessary software for the work tasks, as well as the responsibilities regarding them; and
- Provide, install, and maintain the equipment required for teleworking, as well as provide the technical support service.
Additionally, Article 17 establishes the following obligations for the teleworker:
- Compliance with the data protection regulations and its restrictions, always maintaining the confidentiality of the information;
- Keep and safeguard the equipment, computer tools and software provided by the employer, safely and away from access by persons not authorized by the employer; and
- Immediately communicate to the company about any loss, robbery, theft, or other improper use of equipment and software from the manner provided for in its internal regulations.