Free medical insurance for tourists travelling to Panama has been introduced.

The Panama Tourist Board insurance is available to foreigner visitors arriving in the country through Tocumen International Airport and is valid for 30 days. 

Backed by Generali and Axa, the medical insurance, can be obtained on arrival at the airport. It covers travellers in the event of falling ill or having an accident while in Panama.

The cover includes hospitalisation, medical expenses, transfer to the nearest hospital or regular place of residence, hotel expenses if travellers are convalescent for more than 10 days, pharmaceutical expenses, legal assistance, accidental death and repatriation to the country of origin, amongst others.

Panama tourism minister Salomon Shamah said: “This is a very positive initiative for our tourism sector as it gives us and our visitors additional peace of mind.”