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Visa exemption

According to Executive Decree #521, any person, of any nationality, who meets the following requirements is exempted from the visa application:

  1. Have a passport with a minimum of three (3) months validity.

  2. Demonstrate financial solvency of at least of US $500.00 (five hundred US dollars) upon entry.

  3. Have a round-trip ticket.

  4. Have, from one of the following countries, a permanent residency or a multiple visa with six (6) months validity, from:


  • Canada

  • United States of America

  • Commonwealth of Australia

  • Republic of Korea

  • State of Japan

  • United Kingdom of Great Britain

  • Northern Ireland

  • Republic of Singapore

  • Any of the States of the European Union


-> For the multiple visa you must have used it at least once. For example, if you have a Canadian visa, you must have entered Canada in order to qualify for the exemption.


->The maximum period allowed to stay in Panama is six (6) months. If you wish to stay longer, you may extend it by applying at the Immigration Offices in Panama.

-> If you don't meet one of the previous requirements, you will need to request a stamped or authorized visa, depending on your country. 

 

Stamped visa

If you are from one of the following countries and do not qualify for the Visa Exemption mentioned above, you will need a stamped visa:

Cameroon, South Korea, Philippines, Ghana, India, Malawi, Central African Republic, Republic of the Congo, Dominican Republic, People's Republic of China, Swaziland, Togo, Venezuela, Zimbabwe.

To apply for a stamped visa, you will need to send us the documentation listed below.

Please note that the approval process may take up to thirty (30) working days for the stamped visa, depending on the verification of your documents. Do not finalize your travel arrangements until your visa has been granted.

NOTE: IF THE VISA IS GRANTED, YOU MUST COME IN PERSON TO THE CONSULATE TO GET THE VISA STAMPED IN YOUR PASSPORT.

 

Authorized visa

If you are from one of the following countries and do not qualify for the visa exemption, you will need an Authorized Visa.

Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Benin, Burma Myanmar, Burkina Faso, Chad, North Korea, Ivory Coast, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Haiti, Indonesia, Iraq, Iran, Jordan, kazakhstan, kyrgyzstan, laos, lesotho, lebanese, liberia, mali, morocco, mauritania, nepal, niger, nigeria, oman, pakistan palestine, democratic republic of congo, republic of kosovo, rwanda, senegal, sierra leone, sirina, somalia, suriname , Tanzania, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turknenistan, Uzbekistan, Yemen, Djibouti, Zambia.


To apply for an authorized visa, you will need to send us the documentation listed below.

Please note that the approval process for authorized visas, can take up to ninety (90) business days, depending on the verification and finalization of your documents. Do not finalize your travel arrangements until your visa has been granted.

NOTE: IF THE VISA IS GRANTED, YOU MUST COME IN PERSON TO THE CONSULATE TO OBTAIN THE VISA PRINTED IN YOUR PASSPORT.

 

REQUERIMENTS

For both, Stamped and Authorized Visa:

1. Complete the visa application form.

2. Present the original and a complete copy of the passport or travel document with a minimum of three (3) months of validity.


3. Airline reservation, or electronic ticket, with the itinerary of onward travel, is required.

4. Copy of your identification document or residence card of the country where you are domiciled.

5. Provide three (3) photographs.

6. Pay for the migratory services, fifty American Dollars (USD/.50.00), in exact cash only.

7. Proof of economic solvency for their maintenance and sustenance according to the term of stay in the country, which cannot be less than five hundred American dollars (USD/.500.00) and can be demonstrated with one of the following options:

  • Certified check or bank draft made payable to the applicant.

  • Traveler's checks made out to the applicant's name.

  • Bank certification, with account statement of the last month reflecting available balances.

  • Credit card with the last month's statement showing available balances.

  • Income tax return or similar for the last fiscal year.

  • Any other proof of income acceptable to the national immigration service.

8. For the activity that you carry out, you can present:

  • If you are employed by a public or private entity: work certificate with last payslip or accreditation of self-employment.

  • If you are retired: document proving the pension or retirement with proof of payment.

  • If you are self-employed: income tax return for the last fiscal year.

  • If you are a student: certification from the educational center indicating the studies you are taking and the vacation period. If you are not on vacation, you must stipulate the time you were granted to travel.

  •  If you are economically dependent, a sworn statement (Affidavit) from the family member responsible for your travel and support during your trip: certification of relationship and proof of economic solvency.

9. Copy of the last permit that was approved by the immigration authority (if applicable).


10. Confirmed hotel reservation (if applicable).


11. Letter of invitation (if applicable) in which case it may be made by:

A. Temporary or permanent residents or Panamanians living in Panama, attaching the following documents as the case may be:

· Authenticated copy of personal identity card of the national.

· Copy of all pages of the passport and the personal identification document of the foreigner.

· Copy of receipt of payment for the rendering of public services, where the location of the residence of the person in charge is stated.

B. Legal representative of public or private entities, attaching the following.

· In case of being a public entity: invitation letter.

· In case of private entity:

a) Certification of the Public Registry

b) Copy of the Notice of Operations.

c) Copy of the operation code of the Colon Free Zone (if applicable).

d) Copy of the receipt of payment for the rendering of public services where the location of the responsible company is stated.


12. If the previous numeral is applied, the economic solvency of the inviting responsible party may be accredited with any of the following documents:

· Bank certification

· Income tax return.

· Work letter with the latest Social Security record in the case of natural persons.

· If assuming the guest's expenses, they must present a sworn statement (affidavit) where they assume their commitment to cover their sustenance during their stay and their repatriation in case of being necessary.


NOTE: WHEN THE REQUEST IS FOR A MINOR, IT MUST BE MADE BY ONE OF THE PARENTS OR WHOEVER HAS THE CUSTODY AND ACCREDITED PARENTING

NOTE: ALL DOCUMENTS MUST BE TRANSLATED INTO SPANISH.

 

Tourist visa in transit for Haitian citizens

Haitian citizens located in Canada that do not qualify for the visa waiver mentioned before and have a flight to Haiti through Panama will need a Tourist Visa in Transit for Haitian citizens.

This visa will last 24 hours, and the migrant is ONLY authorized to stay in the airport's international transit area to continue their journey.

This visa must be personally requested by the interested party before the Panamanian Consulate with a minimum period of fifteen (15) working days prior the date of travel. Do not terminate your travel arrangements until your visa has been granted.

The visa cost will be the same as for the regular tourist visa, i.e., USD $ 50.00. (Fifty American Dollars) Payment is made in exact cash.

NOTE: IF THE VISA IS GRANTED, YOU MUST COME PERSONALLY TO THE CONSULATE TO OBTAIN THE PRINTED VISA ON YOUR PASSPORT.

Requirements:

1. Complete the Application Form for the Tourist Visa in Transit for Haitians.

2. Two (2) card-sized photographs.

3. Copy of passport with a minimum validity of six (6) months.

4. Airline reservation, or electronic ticket, with continuation itinerary of the trip.

5. Copy of ID or residence card, with a minimum validity of six (6) months.

6. Pay for immigration services the sum of sixty US Dollars (USD/.60.00), in exact cash only.

7. Document demonstrating domicile in the country of destination.

8. Letter of invitation of the natural or legal person responsible for the destination parts (if applicable), attaching to it:

a. Copy of the identity document of the person responsible in the country of destination.

b. Document demonstrating domicile in the country of destination.

c. In the case of a legal person, provide a document proving the existence of the legal entity.

The application for a minor must be made by one of his parents or who has duly accredited guardianship.

 

Visa de tránsito para ciudadanos cubanos

  • Según el Decreto Ejecutivo No. 19, del 8 de marzo de 2022, los ciudadanos de nacionalidad cubana que viajen, en tránsito por la República de Panamá, hacia otro destino o de retorno a su país, deberán solicitar una visa de tránsito a partir del 16 de marzo 2022, según Resolución 4918 del 11 de marzo 2022.

  • Dicha visa les autoriza a permanecer en el área de tránsito internacional del aeropuerto, por un periodo de máximo 24 horas con la finalidad de que pueda continuar su viaje hacia otro destino o su país de origen y tendrá una duración válida de tres (3) meses.

  • Debe ser solicitada personalmente por el interesado ante el Consulado panameños del país en que se encuentre o el consulado panameño más cercano, con un plazo mínimo de quince días (15) hábiles anterior a la fecha del viaje.

  • El costo de la visa es USD 60.00 y se acepta pagos en efectivo solamente.

  • Cuando la solicitud sea para una persona menor de edad, deberá hacerse por uno de sus progenitores, debiendo aportar la autorización del otro progenitor, o quien tenga la tutela debidamente acreditada del menor.

Los requisitos son:

  1. Formulario (proporcionado por el Consulado)

  2. Dos fotografías tamaño carné (  35mmx45mm)

  3. Copia del pasaporte, con vigencia mínima de seis meses.

  4. Copia del Pasaje con itinerario de continuación del viaje.

  5. Copia del documento de identidad del país de residencia, con vigencia mínima de seis meses.

  6. Pago de 60.00 USD en efectivo.


Excepción:

Para toda persona que posea visa o residencia vigente expedida por :

  • Canadá

  • Estados Unidos de América

  • Mancomunidad de Australia

  • República de Corea

  • Estado de Japón

  • Reino Unido de Gran Bretaña

  • Irlanda del Norte

  • República de Singapur

  • Cualquiera de los Estados de la Unión Europea

La visa debe ser multiple, haber sido utilizada previamente y su vigencia no sea inferior a 6 meses al momento de ingresar al territorio panameño.


Adicionalmente deberá presentar: 

  1. Pasaporte con vigencia mínima de tres (3) meses.​

  2. Copia de pasaje que demuestre la continuación del viaje. 

 
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Para solicitor su visa, por favor contactar a la Embajada o Consulado Panameño del país o ciudad donde se encuentre:

To request your visa, kindly contact the Panamanian Embassy or Consulate of the country or city where you are located:

Pour demander votre visa, veuillez contacter l'ambassade ou le consulat panaméen du pays ou de la ville où vous vous trouvez:

Embajada de Panamá en Ottawa, Canadá:

embpanamacanada@mire.gob.pa/ 613 236 7177


Consulado de Panamá en Montreal:

Consulado.pma.Montreal@gmail.com / 514 874 1929


Consulado de Panamá en Toronto:

info@consulatepanama.com / 416 651 2350


Consulado de Panamá en Vancouver:

panamaconsulatebc@outlook.com / 778 370 1415

 

Frequent Questions

1- Do Canadians or Permanent Residents in Canada need a visa to enter Panama? No, Canadian passport's holders or Permanent Residents of Canada do not need visa to enter Panama, for a maximum stay of 180 days. 

 

Last update/Utlima actualización: March 14, 2022