TRAVELING TO PANAMA

What currency is used in Panama
($) U.S. Dollars.
Do I need a visa to go to Panama?
There is in effect a Law regarding tourist visas for entering the Republic of Panama; EXECUTIVE DECREE # 591 states that: “Those who hold a valid passport with a 3 months validity left and a multiple entry visa with a remaining one year validity from ONE of the following countries: USA, Australia, Canada, or United Kingdom, which has been used at least one time to enter these countries, may enter the Republic of Panama regardless of their nationality” If you would like to further verify that your passport is valid please (click here).
Can I travel with an expired passport to Panama?
Nobody, regardless of their nationality, can travel to Panama with an expired passport.
How can I get from Tocumen Airport to Panama City?
There is a taxi stand at the exit area in the airport; the same is located after you pass through customs. The 30-minute taxi ride from Tocumen Airport to Panama City can cost around $20 dollars. The official rate is $10.00 dollars per person if you share the taxi with four (4) other passengers, $ 14.00 dollars per person if you share with two (2) other passengers. You may also purchase a private taxi for $25.00 dollars. Buses are not close to the terminal and the closest bus stop is located at a considerable walking distance from the airport. The Panamanian Tourism Authority advises to not take a bus.
Is there a Telephone Hotline I can use in case I have an emergency during my trip in Panama?
In case you have an emergency during your trip, you may dial 311 for the Citizen Service Center. Operators will be able to assist you in English.
I would like to travel to South America from Panama; can I do so through roads, boats, or ferry?
The only way to travel from Panama to any other country in South America; including Colombia, is with an airplane. There are no official boats or ferry services. In regards to road services, the Pan- American Highway has a long break in the dense jungle of Darien, Panama.

 

ABOUT THE EMBASSY OF PANAMA

 

Where is the Embassy located?
Our Embassy is located at 2862 McGill Terrace, NW Washington, DC 20008.
What is the regular working hours for the Embassy of Panama?
The Embassy of Panama’s regular working hours is Monday through Fridays from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
I’m a student doing a research on Panama, who may I contact to receive information about Panama?
You may contact the Cultural Attaché within our Embassy to provide you with brochures, maps, information, or any other materials available for these purposes.
I would like to participate in Embassy Events open to the public. How may I be notified?
You may call the Embassy to be registered for Events open to the Public. Please be ready to provide your full name, phone number, nationality, and e-mail address. We usually send notifications on events open to the public through e-mails.

 

ABOUT THE CONSULATE OF PANAMA

 

Where is the Consulate of Panama in Washington, DC located?
The Consulate of Panama in Washington, DC is located within the Embassy of Panama at 2862 McGill Terrace NW Washington, DC 20008.
What are the regular hours for the Consulate of Panama in Washington, DC?
The regular working hours are from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, Monday through Fridays.
I am a Panamanian Citizen and I would like to obtain my Cedula. Can I process my cedula through the Consulate or Embassy?
Unfortunately, the cedula can only be processed through the Electoral Tribunal (Tribunal Electoral) in Panama. For more information on your cedula, please access: http://www.tribunal-electoral.gob.pa/html/.
I would like to process my documents through the Consulate but I don’t exactly understand what a pre-paid envelope is and where I can purchase it?
A pre-paid envelope is an envelope purchased through the Post-Office (USPS, preferably Priority Mail) or a Courier (ex: FedEx, UPS, DHL, TNT, etc.) with a stamp or a label that includes an appropriate return address for the documents to be enclosed.
It’s been more than a week and I still have not received my documents.
Some documents may take longer than others. Please verify within the Consular Services Section or the Visa Section, how long your documentation will take. If your documentation is taking longer than the amount of time it is said to be processed, please contact the Consulate of Panama through phone or e-mail.