Visa Waiver

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”

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

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

•  Have a multiple entry visa with a remaining ONE year validity from ONE of these countries: USA, Australia, Canada, or United Kingdom.

•  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 on your passport and a round trip ticket.


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:

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

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

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


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$60.00 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
Dominican Republic
Republic of the Congo