TRAVEL TO PANAMA DURING COVID-19
- You will not have to present a negative COVID-19 test for entry as long as you can provide physical or digital proof of a complete vaccination scheme endorsed by the WHO, EMA and FDA, equal to or greater than 14 days after the last dose.
- You are required to present a completed Electronic Health Affidavit (in physical or digital form) to your airline or carrier BEFORE boarding to Panama.
Airlines will require that all travelers entering Panama complete a sworn health affidavit, prior to travel. This includes the upload of a vaccine record, should you have one, and your COVID test results. It is important that you carry this record, along with your negative COVID-19 Test results, with you during travel.
By default, this form is in Spanish, but there is a language selector in the top right hand corner that will allow you to translate the form to english. (See guide here) Once completed, you will receive a QR code via email – please print this out alongside your test results and vaccine records, for review by the airline.
If your airline has not provided you with this form within 48 hours of travel, you can fill out the affidavit here. The airline will not allow you to board your plane unless this form has been completed, so please ensure that you have done so prior to travel.
The United States government requires a negative test to re-enter the US. For your convenience, we provide testing at the hangar upon your return from the lodge, when possible. If we are unable to conduct testing at the hangar, our drivers will take you to our partner lab to complete the test.
COVID RELATED CANCELLATIONS
- If you contract COVID within 14 days prior to travel, you will be allowed to reschedule your trip (limitations apply).
Tropic Star made considerable exceptions throughout the duration of the 2021 season, however, due to the fact that COVID rates in Panama have significantly stabilized, we have reverted back to our standard cancellation policy for all COVID related reasons other than contraction of the virus.
We encourage ALL guests to undertake reliable travel insurance that covers COVID related cancellations. You can visit this helpful guide for more information on policies.
OUR HEALTH AND SAFETY PROMISE
Experts and industry leaders have determined one thing with certainty; Covid 19 is not going anywhere, and we need to learn to find a way to live around it until a vaccination has been found.
As we have all already been experiencing over the past few months, the most efficient way to move forward, is adjusting and improving our day-to-day and general standards. Life needs to go on.
Tropic Star Lodge looks forward to our guests returning and we want to assure you all that we are taking the necessary steps to make sure that you have a great experience with us. We are putting effective sanitary and cleaning practices, as recommended by the authorities on this matter, in place – and are making a heightened effort to educate our staff on these practices.
All arrival staff will be educated and follow the same protocols as the lodge staff. All buses and aircrafts will be sanitized before guests enter. Please note that guests will be asked to step into a disinfectant tray before stepping onto the bus or the planes. You will also be given hand sanitizer for your hands. Your baggage will be misted with anti-viral disinfectant.
If you would like to practice social distancing while at Tropic Star, every effort will be made to accommodate your needs, with your health and well-being remaining the ultimate priority.
The simple task of thoroughly washing hands will be practiced and all boats, rooms and public spaces will be equipped with hand sanitizer.
All staff are being trained to use products that are effective against viruses and recommended by the CDC. All high use areas, surfaces and floors will be disinfected constantly. Rooms and Boats, fishing rods and all other equipment will be properly sanitized between arrivals. Restaurants, kitchens and other guest areas will be sanitized constantly as recommended by the CDC. The same sanitizing practices will be used for behind-the-scenes areas like workshops, tackle shop and so forth.
All staff are being trained to not only to clean and sanitize but to practice personal hygiene protocols. Staff will be taught proper and frequent hand-washing throughout the day, as this practice is a very important act, that is effective against preventing spread of the virus.