Panama Visa and Passport Requirements

Passport required Return ticket required Visa required
Australian Yes Yes No
British Yes Yes No
Canadian Yes Yes No
Other EU Yes Yes No
USA Yes Yes No

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Passports

To enter Panama, a passport valid for a minimum of six months is required by all nationals referred to in the chart above.

Visas

Visas are not required by nationals referred to in the chart above for stays of up to 180 days, unless arriving by sea.

Visa note

If arriving by sea (except via cruise ship), there is a US$105 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 requisite stamps are absent.

Nationals not referred to in the chart are advised to contact the embassy to check visa requirements for Panama. 

Types and cost

Tourist visa: £60.

Validity

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).

Transit

International travellers in transit in Panama do not require a visa provided they don’t pass immigration and are staying less than nine hours. 

Application to

Consulate (or consular section at embassy).

Temporary residence

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.

Working days

Normally up to a week if no authorisation is needed; up to 40 days if authorisation (which depends on nationality) is needed.

Sufficient funds

Travellers should be ready to show that they are carrying sufficient funds; in this case, US$500. In practice, travellers are not often asked and sometimes a credit card or display of wealth is enough, but failure to show funds if asked can result in refusal of entry.

Entry documents

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.

Extension of stay

You can't usually extend your stay beyond 90 days, unless you change your migratory status. You need a Panamanian lawyer to request this and must pay a fee.

Entry with children

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.

Entry restrictions

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.

Entry with pets

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.
 

Embassies and tourist offices

British Embassy in Panama
Telephone: (507) 297 6550. Website: http://www.gov.uk/government/world/organisations/british-embassy-panama-city Opening times: Mon-Thurs 0730-1530, Fri 0730-1230.
Embassy of the Republic of Panama in the USA
Telephone: (202) 483 1407. Website: http://www.embassyofpanama.org Opening times: Mon-Fri 0900-1400.
Consulate General of Panama in the UK
Telephone: (020) 7493 4646. Website: http://www.panamaconsul.co.uk Opening times: Mon-Fri 0930-1700.

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