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Don’t Route Via Panama

TPOL is off to Colombia to pursue his IQKhameleon dreams. The most convenient route used to be a direct flight from PR. With that option gone, the second most convenient route is through Panama. Except for this:

The Government of Panama requires a negative COVID-19 test (PCR or Antigen) within 72 hours prior to traveling to Panama. … Passengers on inbound, outbound, or transit flights who test positive for COVID-19 at the airport will be required to quarantine at a MINSA-designated hotel/hospital for 14 days.

Getting tested before traveling is an inconvenience that I have no interest in enduring (see 11 Reasons Why I Still Don’t Want to Travel). However, it doesn’t look like this requirement is going anywhere for years to come. That is not why I am skipping this route. I am avoiding it because of the chance that I may test positive and be stuck in a “MINSA-designated hotel/hospital for 14 days.” Who knows what hotel they would put me in. And notice the “/”. It’s not out of the realm of possibilities that some passengers would have to quarantine in a hospital. It is unclear what the procedures would be to finally leave. Imagine my trip to the Stans (Kayak Answers, “Can I Travel to…?”) with this possibility, and maybe you can understand why I contend that my style of travel is dead (see ThePointsOfLife Travel Philosophy).

Guess I’m going back through the most overrated city, Miami, to see my blog reader Mario (see his comments in Hyatt Regency Miami: You’re Not Staying Here Anyway).

a building with a red roof and a gate
A false positive would have me stuck like a boat in the Suez Canal.
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