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Travel Safety and Wellness
Country Risk Ratings


Overall Country Risk Rating

Travel Health Low Risk

Affected Areas: Entire country except Travel Restriction areas


Travel Restriction

Affected Areas: Parts of the Mosquito Gulf – Do not travel within 10 miles of the coastline, from Boca de Rio, Chiriqui to Cocle del Norte; Parts of the Darién Region – All areas south of Jaque to Manene to Yaviza to Lajas Blancas cities to the Colombian border, The city of Lajas Blancas, the city of El Salto.

Last Updated: December 12, 2022

Eligibility & Requirements

Panama currently has a Travel Health Low Risk rating, with specific regions having a U-M Regional Travel Restriction risk rating.

  1. Determine whether the cities or locations you visit are within a Travel Health Low Risk area or within a Regional Travel Restriction area.
  2. For cities or locations within a Travel Health Low Risk area:
  1. For cities or locations within a Travel Restriction area:
    • Undergraduate students are prohibited from traveling to a Travel Restriction destination for UMRT.
    • Graduate students on UMRT are eligible to travel to this location after completing the following requirements:
      1. Register your travel with U-M (For students who applied for their program through M-Compass, your program application is your travel registration.)
      2. For individual travel abroad, submit an Individual Safety Plan at least 3 weeks before departure. (See Travel Health Plan & Safety Plan Process for details.)
        • For students participating in Group Travel Abroad, your group leader will submit a “Group Safety Plan” on behalf of the participants; meaning individual students do NOT need to submit an Individual Safety Plan. (See Group Travel Requirements for details.) 
      3. Enroll in U-M Travel Abroad Health Insurance for the travel duration. 
      4. Follow college/unit-specific travel approval steps, if any.

*Note: If your travel itinerary includes locations/cities that are Travel Health Low Risk locations and Regional Travel Restriction locations, you only need to submit one (1) safety plan. If your travel itinerary only includes locations / cities that are Travel Health Low Risk locations and you are not traveling to a Travel Restriction area, then no plan is needed.

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