Frequently asked questions

What currency is used in Panama?

($) US Dollars

Do I need a visa to go to Panama?

In effect, there is a Law on tourist visas to enter the Republic of Panama; EXECUTIVE DECREE # 591 establishes that: "Those who hold a valid passport valid for 3 months and a multiple entry visa with one year of remaining validity of ONE of the following countries: USA, Australia, Canada or the United Kingdom. United, which has used at least once to enter these countries, can enter the Republic of Panama regardless of their nationality. If you also want to verify that your passport is valid, click here.

Can I travel with an expired passport to Panama?

No one, 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 rank in the departure area at the airport; it is found after passing through customs. The 30-minute taxi ride from Tocumen airport to Panama City can cost around $ 20 dollars. The official fare is $ 10.00 per person if you share the taxi with four (4) other passengers, $ 14.00 per person if you share with two (2) other passengers. You can also buy a private taxi for $ 25.00 dollars. The buses are not near the terminal and the nearest bus stop is at a considerable distance from the airport. The Tourism Authority of Panama advises not to take a bus. (UBER?)

Is there a direct telephone line I can use in case of an emergency during my trip to Panama?

In case you have an emergency during your trip, you can dial 311 for the Citizen Service Center. Operators can help you in English.

I would like to travel to South America from Panama. Can I do it through roads, boats or ferry?

The only way to travel from Panama to any other country in South America; including Colombia, it is with an airplane. There are no official boats or ferry services. With respect to road services, the Pan-American Highway has a long rest in the dense jungle of Darién, Panama.

Do I need a yellow fever vaccine?

You do not need a yellow fever vaccine to travel to Panama.

Where is the Embassy located?

Our Embassy is located at 2862 McGill Terrace, NW Washington, DC 20008.

What are the regular work schedules for the Embassy of Panama?

The usual work schedule of the Embassy of Panama is from Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. M. At 5:00 p.m. M.

I am a student who is investigating in Panama, with whom can I contact to receive information about Panama?

You can contact the Cultural Attaché within our Embassy to provide brochures, maps, information or any other material available for these purposes.

Where is the Consulate of Panama in Washington, D.C.?

The Consulate of Panama in Washington, DC is located inside the Embassy of Panama at 2862 McGill Terrace NW Washington, DC 20008.

What are the regular hours for the Consulate of Panama in Washington, D.C.?

The regular work schedule is from 9:00 a.m. at 2:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

I am a Panamanian citizen and I would like to obtain my cedula. Can I process my ID through the Consulate or the Embassy?

Please visit the cedulas section.

I would like to process my documents through the Consulate, but I do not understand exactly what a prepaid envelope is and where I can buy it. Could you explain this?

A prepaid envelope is an envelope purchased through the post office (USPS, preferably Priority Mail) or a courier service (eg, FedEx, UPS, DHL, TNT, etc.) with a stamp or label that includes an address appropriate return for the documents that will be attached

It's been over a week and I have not received my documents yet. How do I know my documents arrived?

Some documents may take more time than others. Check within the Consular Services Section or the Visa Section, how long your documentation will take. If your documentation takes longer than the amount of time it is processed, contact the Panamanian Consulate by phone or email.

I want to travel with a pet. How I do this?

Please see the section on how to travel with pets.

What are the requirements to renew my passport?

Please see the passport section.

How can I pay the consulate?


How can I make an appointment at the consulate?

To schedule an appointment, call: 202-483-1407 or send an email to or

Can the consulate help me get a job?

The Embassy of Panama and its consulates cannot help people find a job in Panama. To work in Panama, you must have a valid work permit, and legal status as a resident. To obtain a work permit, you must submit a request for a change of status through a lawyer.