Panama Visa and Passport Requirements
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To enter Panama, a passport valid for a minimum of six months is required by all nationals referred to in the chart above.
Visas are not required by nationals referred to in the chart above for stays of up to 180 days.
If arriving by sea (except via cruise ship), there is a US$110 charge per person for passengers and crew members.
If travelling overland, get an exit visa and Panama entry visa stamped in your passport. Difficulties can arise further down the line when leaving Panama if the stamps are absent.
Nationals not referred to in the chart are advised to contact the embassy to check visa requirements for Panama.
Three months from the date of issue and allowing stays of up to 30 days (extendable to 90 days once in Panama at the discretion of the immigration authorities).
International travellers in transit in Panama do not require a visa provided they don’t pass immigration and are staying less than nine hours.
Visas for temporary residence are granted to those studying in Panama, those visiting relatives, those having medical treatment or those working with international firms. Apply to your embassy in this instance.
Normally five to 10 days if no authorisation is needed; up to 20 days if authorisation (which depends on nationality) is needed.
Travellers should be ready to show that they are carrying sufficient funds. You should be able to show a credit card or US$500 in cash.
You must carry proof of an onward journey to enter Panama – in practice it may not be asked for, but it is technically required and grounds for refusal of entry if missing. Having a yellow fever certificate if coming from a yellow fever area is highly recommended.
Visa holders wishing to extend their 30-day stay to 90 days need to visit the nearest immigration office in Panama and request a prórroga de turista.
Children require their own passports. Leaving the country, children require their birth certificates and letter of consent from both parents if either or both aren’t present.
Panama law allows for the deportation/refusal of entry of those with HIV/AIDS. You are not legally required to declare this on entry and actual occurrences of this are few and far between.
Bringing dogs and cats into Panama requires a Certificate of Good Health and a rabies vaccination, and a Quarantine for Domestic Animals form should be sent three days ahead of arrival to the Panama Minister of Health. Then your dog or cat needs to be checked by a Panamanian vet at the airport – your best choice is to pay to have one meet your flight and get it done then and there. Please note that at certain times of year, restriction periods do apply for animals transported in a cargo hold. Contact your nearest embassy for further information.
Birds and reptiles require an import permit, and birds require vaccinations for chlamydia, salmonella, TB, avian flu and newcastle disease. These vaccinations must be shown on your bird’s Certificate of Good Health, and that and your import permit must be certified in the consulate in Panama before arrival.