Visa Waiver

There is in effect a Law regarding tourist visas for entering the Republic of Panama; EXECUTIVE DECREE # 248 states that:

  “Those who hold a valid passport with a 3 months validity left and a valid visa from ONE of the following countries: USA, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia or any of the member countries of the European Union, which has been used at least one time to enter these countries, may enter the Republic of Panama regardless of their nationality”


For more clarification you will qualify for this decree if you comply with all of these requirements:

•  Have a valid passport with minimum of three months of validity left.

•  Have a valid visa (meaning that it is not expired) from ONE of these countries: USA, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia or any of the member countries of the European Union.

•  You must have used this visa to enter the country. For example, if you have a United States Visa, you must have entered the U.S. with that visa in order to qualify for the waiver.

•  Immigration officials are accepting as valid the entrance of the holders of a United States permanent resident card              under this law.

•  You must also show proof of economic solvency for a minimum of US$ 500.00 upon entry.


NOTE: Please make sure you have a minimum of three months of validity left in your passport and a round trip ticket.

The maximum amount of time that you can stay in Panama is six months. If you want to stay longer than six months, you may extend your visa in the Offices of Immigration in Panama.


For further information please access the following link which contains a copy of the law decree


No Visa Requirement

You will not need a visa if you are from any of the following countries:

Germany Brunei Estonia Kiribati Norway Saint Thomas and Prince
Andorra Bulgaria Fiji KuwaitKenya Kosovo New Zealand Serbia
Angola Cabo Verde Finland Latvya Netherlands Seychelles
Antigua and Barbuda Cambodia France Liechtenstein Palau Singapore
Saudi Arabia Canada Gabon Lithuania Papua New Guinea Saint Lucia
Argentina Chile Georgia Luxembourg Paraguay South Africa
Armenia Cyprus Granada Macedonia Peru Sweden
Australia Colombia Guatemala Madagascar Poland Switzerland
Austria South Korea Guyana Malaysia Portugal Thailand
Bahamas Costa Rica Honduras Maldives Qatar Taiwan
Barbados Croatia Hungary MaltaMauritius United Kingdom Tonga
Belgium Denmark Ireland Mexico Czech Republic Trinidad and Tobago
Belize Dominica Iceland Micronesia Greece Turkey
Bhutan Ecuador Comoros Moldavia Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic Tuvalu
Belarus El Salvador Marshall Islands Monaco Romania Ukraine
Bristish National Overseas (BNO) United Arab Emirates Solomon Islands Mongolia Samoa Uruguay
Bolivia Slovakia Israel Montenegro Saint Kitts and Nevis Vanuatu
Bosnia and Herzegovina Slovenia Italy Namibia San Marino Venezuela
Botswana Spain Jamaica Nauru St. Vincent and the Grenadines Vietnam
Brazil United States of America Japan Nicaragua Vatican City Russia


No visa requirement if you have a diplomatic passport of the following countries:

Dominican Republic
Republic of China








Authorized Visas

If you are from one of the following countries and do not qualify for the visa waiver mentioned above, you will need an authorized visa:

Afghanistan Djibouti Iraq Morocco People’s Republic of Korea Turkmenistan
Albania Egypt Iran Mauritania Rwanda Uganda
Algeria Eritrea Jordan Mozambique Senegal Uzbekistan
Azerbaijan Ethiopia Kazakhstan Myanmar Sierra Leone Yemen
Bahrain Nepal Syria Zambia
Bangladesh Gambia Kyrgyzstan Niger Somalia  Dominican Republic
Benin Guinea Laos Nigeria Sri Lanka Haiti
Burkina Faso Guinea-Bissau Lesotho Oman Sudan
Burundi Equatorial Guinea Lebanon Pakistan Suriname
Chad Haiti Liberia Palestine Tanzania
Ivory Coast India Libya Democratic Republic of the Congo Tajikistan
 Cuba Indonesia Mali People’s Republic of China Tunisia


Please be advised: for authorized visas, the approval process may take up to 60 business days, depending on the verification and completion of your documents. Do not finalize your travel arrangements until your visa has been granted.  All the submitted documents must be notarized by a Public Notary in the United States prior to being sent to our offices. You must send the following requirements: 

•  Complete and sign the visa application (Click here to download)
•  Copies of all the pages of your passport.
•  Copies of any other form of valid I.D. you have issued either by your home country or the country where you reside.
•  3 Photographs (size: 2x2, with white background)
•  Proof of economic solvency during stay, (No less than USD$500.00) This can be verified with one or more of the following:
•  Certified bank checks with applicant's name.
•  Travelers check with applicant's name.
•  Applicant bank statements from previous three months.
•  Applicant credit card with statements from previous three months.
•  Letter from employer that reflects your monthly wage.(must be translated to Spanish)
•  Tax returns from previous fiscal year.
•  Any other reasonable proof of income accepted by the National Service for Migration.
•  Hotel reservation (if applicable)
•  Flight reservation with itinerary of trip continuation or electronic ticket.
•  Certified check or money order for US$135.00 made out to **Consulate of Panama.
•  Self-addressed prepaid envelope for return of documents.

If someone is inviting you, you need to present a letter of invitation from that person translated to Spanish if necessary by an authorized public translator along with the following documents:

Natural Person

•  Valid copy of cedula.
•  If person is a foreigner, copy of general information from passport and temporary or permanent resident card or cedula.
•  Copy of receipt from previous utilities bill that includes resident's address.

Private Entity

•  Certificate of existence from Public Registry.
•  Copy of operation key from Colon Free Zone (if applicable).
•  Copy of receipt from previous utilities bill that includes entity's address.

If applying by mail, you may include your original passport, which must have a minimum of 3 months of validity left. Alternatively, you can initially send us photocopies of your passport (first and second page, and make sure there are blank pages available for the Panamanian visa to be stamped) and we will notify you when your visa is granted for you to send in your passport.


Stamped Visa:

If you are from one of the following countries and do not qualify for the visa waiver mentioned above, you will need an stamped visa.

Central African Republic
Republic of the Congo